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Xyratex expands data storage operations in Asia

Posted: 13 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Xyratex, a spinoff in 1994 from IBM's data storage and manufacturing operations, has acquired Jastam Trading Co. Ltd of Tokyo, Japan, for about $1.5 million. Xyratex is a developer of enterprise and data storage process technology.

The new company, to be called Xyratex Japan Ltd, is expected to provide about $1.5 million in revenues per quarter. This new subsidiary supports Xyratex's strategy to expand its storage infrastructure and storage and network systems into the Asia-Pacific market, said Xyratex. Former Jastam president and founder, Tamio Mori, will serve as general manager for Xyratex Japan Ltd.

Xyratex says the Japanese market is a driving force in the storage infrastructure industry, producing about 30 percent of global hard disk drive units, 50 percent of media units, 57 percent of substrate units and 55 percent of head units.

The aim is to combine Xyratex's expertise in high-volume disk drive test, servo writing and automated media cleaning, test and handling technologies with Jastam's experience as a regionally-based trading company in the region.

The new company will also provide sales and support for Xyratex's range of storage and network systems, including the RAID subsystems.

Satoru Doi, director of sales and marketing, will lead Xyratex's Storage and Network Systems division in Japan, building on the strong presence Xyratex has developed in the region. Current customers include NEC Corp., MIC Associates Inc. and Thymos TechnoLogic Corp.

- John Walko
EE Times Europe

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