Western Digital breaks 500,000 barrier in Saudi

Western Digital shipped more than 500,000 hard disk drive units to Saudi Arabia last year, beating the company’s expectations.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  March 31, 2003

Western Digital shipped more than 500,000 hard disk drive units to Saudi Arabia last year, beating the company’s expectations. The Kingdom accounts for as much as 35% of the entire Middle East’s hard disk drive market, and it suggests that the regional PC components market is holding up.

“The overall picture is that there is ongoing growth in the Middle East region’s IT sector – Saudi Arabia in particular – and that demand for reliable PC components is still outstripping supply in some key areas,” says Klaas de Vos, Western Digital’s vice president & general manager, EMEA.

“Western Digital estimates that as few as 40% of Saudi households own a computer, meaning that there is tremendous potential for PC sales growth to continue. And with Saudi Arabia’s largely youthful population, internet penetration is expected to surge in the next few years, drawing even more attention to the country’s need for reliable data storage products,” he adds.

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