World Economic Forum Welcomes Western Digital to Prestigious Global Lighthouse Network


SAN JOSE, Calif .– (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Today, Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) announced that the World Economic Forum has named two of its smart factories in Asia to the Global Lighthouse Network, a community of leading companies that have succeeded in s ‘adapt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) to scale. 90s Total number of sites within the World Economic Forum’s Lighthouse network, Western Digital is the first company to receive this distinction for a smart factory in Malaysia. Additionally, the company’s facility in Thailand is the first in the country to be recognized as an End-to-End (E2E) beacon for accelerating digital transformation and increasing human performance at scale.

“Today’s recognition by the WEF Lighthouse Network is an honor and a testament to our leadership efforts in 4IR with both technological innovation and workforce engagement,” said David Goeckeler, CEO of Western Digital. “In an increasingly tech-driven and technology-dependent world, we understand that the responsibility we have for the future of the industry has never been more critical. As the world’s leading provider of data infrastructure, we are committed to enabling sustainable growth and transformation at our facilities around the world to deliver value to our customers, employees and partners.

Western Digital has applied the technological innovations it enables its customers every day – artificial intelligence, robotics, automation, advanced analytics and the Internet of Things – to achieve transformational change at its facilities in Penang, Malaysia, and Prachinburi, in Thailand.

With an increase in demand for flash memory of more than 2X, stringent quality requirements and the need to optimize costs, Western Digital’s factory in Penang, Malaysia has embarked on a zero manufacturing adventure. light based on the technologies of the fourth industrial revolution. By automating production and logistics, they were able to deliver a 32% factory cost improvement and transition to make-to-order with an intelligent scheduling system, reducing product inventory and lead times by 50%. ordered.

In Prachinburi, Thailand, with rapidly growing demand, stringent quality requirements and cost pressure for hard drives (HDDs), Western Digital has leveraged connectivity and advanced analytics technologies to transform a full capacity manufacturing site into a digital operating system with real-time visibility of suppliers, production, logistics and customers and data-driven insights and forecasts, ultimately increasing plant production by 123%, avoiding 30% of procurement and production costs and reducing product return rate by 43%.

“Growing global concern for environmental impact has made sustainability an indispensable element in maintaining the viability of businesses,” said Francisco Betti, head of advanced manufacturing and value chain training, World Economic Forum. “The selected sustainability beacons clearly show that by realizing the potential of 4IR technologies in manufacturing, companies can unlock new levels of sustainability in their operations and explore a win-win solution: greater operational competitiveness while taking simultaneously commitments to environmental stewardship, leading to a cleaner and more sustainable future as a result.

Western Digital is committed to its sustainable development effort, and this represents an excellent opportunity to collaborate with the WEF on this new frontier.

The Lighthouse Award is presented by the Global Lighthouse Network (GLN), an initiative of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in collaboration with McKinsey & Company which brings together the most advanced manufacturing facilities setting new benchmarks in productivity, sustainability, agility, speed to market, and personalization. The award recognizes manufacturing sites that have achieved exceptional business results while reducing their environmental footprint through the adoption of 4IR technologies.

To learn more about Western Digital’s sustainability activities, please visit the Western Digital sustainability website.

About Western Digital

Western Digital creates environments for data to thrive. As a leader in data infrastructure, the company is driving the innovation needed to help customers capture, preserve, access and transform an ever-growing diversity of data. Wherever data lives, from advanced data centers and mobile sensors to personal devices, our industry-leading solutions offer the possibilities of data. Western Digital’s data-centric solutions are comprised of Western Digital®, G-Technology â„¢, SanDisk® and WD® brands.

About Global Lighthouse Network

The Global Lighthouse Network is a community of production sites and other facilities that are world leaders in the adoption and integration of advanced technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Lighthouses applies 4IR technologies such as artificial intelligence, 3D printing and big data analytics to maximize efficiency and competitiveness at scale, transform business models and drive economic growth, while increasing the workforce. work, protecting the environment and contributing to a learning path for all. large manufacturers in all geographies and industries. The Global Lighthouse Network is a project of the World Economic Forum in collaboration with McKinsey & Co, factories and value chains that join the network are nominated by a panel of independent experts.

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