Global hard drive shipments in Q1 2006

Seagate Technology LLC in the first Q bolstered its lead in the Hard Disk Drive (HDD) market, amid stronger-than-expected demand throughout the industry, according to iSuppli Corp. Global HDD shipments amounted to 101.7 mln units in Q1 2006, up 16.5% from 87.3 mln units during Q1 2005. iSuppli had predicted growth of 15.4%. Shipments declined by 1.7% compared to 103.4 mln units in Q4 2005. However, HDD sales typically decrease sequentially in Q1 following the peak holiday period during Q4. The stronger-than-expected HDD sales in Q1 2006 were driven by demand from the mobile-PC and consumer-electronics markets.

Global hard drive shipments in Q1 2006
Rank Q1 2006 Q4 2005
Q4 2005 Q1 2006 Company Shipments, 000 Share, % Shipments, 000 Share, %
1 1 Seagate 29,450 29.0% 28,820 27.9%
2 2 WDC 18,800 18.5% 18,100 17.5%
3 3 Hitachi GST 14,654 14.4% 16,780 16.2%
4 4 Maxtor 12,075 11.9% 13,599 13.2%
5 5 Toshiba 9,460 9.3% 10,330 10.0%
6 6 Samsung 8,728 8.6% 7,750 7.5%
7 7 Fujitsu 6,890 6.8% 6,352 6.1%
8 8 Excelstor 1,260 1.2% 1,050 1.0%
9 9 Cornice 360 0.4% 400 0.4%
10 10 GS MagicStore 0% 200 0.2%
Source: iSuppli