back to article China finally says yes to WD-HGST union

MOFCOM, the Chinese trade regulator which has been holding up the integration of WD and HGST, is relaxing its "hold separate" restriction and integration can start now. But the two brands and sales forces must stay separate for two more years. Western Digital can "integrate substantial portions of its HGST and WD subsidiaries …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Does MOFCOM's decision impact WD/HGST outside of China?

  2. Your alien overlord - fear me

    Remember MOFCOM is just like the UK/Euro regulators when they started up - incompentent and (probably) corrupt. The Middle Kingdom is just playing catchup.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Time to order the last ever batch of HGST drives...

    --- while they are still twice as reliable.

  4. Lamb0
    Megaphone

    With primarily HGST executives at the helm...

    I hope the quality of Western Digital improves; and sets a higher standard increasing pressure on Seagate to improve reliability!

    1. Alan Brown Silver badge

      Re: With primarily HGST executives at the helm...

      If wishes were horses....

      The other thing to take away from this decision is that China finally believes that SSDs are past the kneepoint, so a duopoly in spinning media isn't so critical anymore.

  5. Mpeler
    Coat

    WDF?

    They've been waiting three years to Cyne on the dotted line...

    (OK, ok, ok, at least I didn't say "another old lang Cyne"...), erm, oops...

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