• 14:45 – 15:05

Western Digital’s Semiconductor Odyssey: Charting a Course for Innovation and Business Growth

The semiconductor industry in Southeast Asia (SEA) has undergone significant expansion in recent years, establishing itself as a prominent player in the global tech arena. With the continued surge in demand for semiconductors, SEA stands poised to maintain its pivotal role in this ever-evolving industry. This presentation offers an insightful exploration of Western Digital’s remarkable journey, beginning as a start-up with vertically integrated Solid State Drives (SSD) manufacturing facilities, and charts the course it envisions for future advancements in manufacturing excellence.

Furthermore, this presentation delves into Western Digital’s pioneering efforts in harnessing Industry 4.0 capabilities, marked by automation and data analytics, solidifying its status as the inaugural World Economic Forum’s Lighthouse factory in the region. It underscores the paramount importance of innovation within Western Digital’s growth strategy, and addresses the challenges it encounters on this transformative path.

A forward looking approach extends beyond traditional manufacturing embracing a holistic vision that encompasses capabilities in the area of product design and advanced packaging. This presentation underscores the company’s commitment to nurturing talent and resources to ensure a sustainable future in a rapidly evolving industry landscape.

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YT Chin

Senior Director, Flash Backend Engineering

Western Digital

Dr. YT Chin is a seasoned executive leading Western Digital SSD Operations in Batu Kawan, Penang. With 27 years of experience in Manufacturing and R&D, specializing in Advanced Packaging, Package Development, and Operations in the semiconductor industry, he is recognized for his expertise. Dr. Chin’s passion for advancing manufacturing in the Industry Revolution 4.0 era earned him the prestigious WEF Global Lighthouse award. He is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Scientist, known for successfully delivering complex technical programs in advanced packaging. As a speaker, Dr. YT Chin brings valuable insights into advanced packaging, manufacturing, and the transformative potential of Industry Revolution 4.0. YT Chin holds the titles of Chartered Engineer, Chartered Scientist and a Fellow of IOM3 (uk).

Western Digital Corporation is an American data storage company renowned for its innovative solutions. With a wide range of products including hard drives, solid-state drives, and data center solutions, Western Digital prioritizes data security and protection, consistently pushing the boundaries of storage technology to meet evolving customer needs.

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