Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage will join hands with a TDK unit and install assembly lines at China’s Guangdong Province for an undisclosed sum, according to a Nikkei Asia report.
With digital consumption on the rise, need for data centres at the back-end has assumed increased importance. This has resulted in a pickup in data centre-related infrastructure- such as storage devices. Toshiba will soon begin Chinese production of hard-disk drives (for data centres), with plans to roughly double global nearline capacity by fiscal 2025 as storage demand increases.
The company will ship samples as early as June and set up mass production by July, Nikkei said. . This arrangement will enable Toshiba to slash shipping and other costs associated with its existing data centre customers in China while also making it easier to provide customer support.
Currently, Toshiba now makes data centre hard drives in the Philippines and this production facility can be seen as an effort to diversify geographically. Toshiba — one of the top three players, along with U.S. firms Seagate and Western Digital — aims to expand its global market share to at least 24% by fiscal 2025 from 17% in fiscal 2021.
The market for data centre hard drives will grow roughly 40 per cent from $13.8 billion in 2021 to $19.6 billion in 2026, according to a forecast by Japanese research firm Techno Systems Research.
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