SMC 2013 Abstract - Alex Patel, Western Digital

HDD Commodities Landscape, Challenges and Strategies

Alex Patel
Director of Procurement
Western Digital Corporation

The topic covers Current HDD industry makeup. Commodities landscape, cost, volatility and supply challenges facing HDD industry as the industry and supply base is shrinking and technological competitive threat from SSD’s. The focus is on strategic materials, metals and key strategies.