HTI Thailand Operations Suspended 11 Oct 11

Hutchinson Technology Incorporated reports that its assembly operations in Ayutthaya, Thailand have been temporarily suspended due to rising floodwaters in the Rojana Industrial Park where the company’s plant is located. The company stated that its plant had not sustained any water damage, but the industrial park is without power and an evacuation of the park had been ordered.

Wayne Fortun, Hutchinson Technology’s president and chief executive officer, says that the company’s first concern was for the safety and wellbeing of its employees. “Many of our employees have been personally affected by the flooding in Thailand, and our heartfelt sympathy goes out to them,” said Fortun.

The company is responding by increasing its production output at its U.S. assembly operations and using existing inventory to meet customer demand. Fortun said that when the flooding is under control, the power has been restored to the industrial park and its employees can safely return to work, the company will resume production in Thailand.

Hutchinson Technology’s Disk Drive Components Division is a key worldwide supplier of suspension assemblies for computer disk drives. The company’s BioMeasurement Division is focused on bringing to the market new technologies and products that provide information clinicians can use to improve the quality of health care and reduce costs.