Thailand flooding closes 2 factories at industrial park
BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Flooding at an industrial estate east of the Thai capital has forced the closure of two foreign-owned factories producing electronic spare parts, but the estate's operator said other plants there had no plans to halt operations.
Thailand is the world's largest producer of hard-disk drives and a big supplier of electronic components and car parts, and devastating floods in 2011 hit some of the world's biggest manufacturers, delaying shipments and disrupting supply chains.
On Wednesday, Thailand's biggest industrial estate developer, Amata Corporation, said two factories owned by foreign companies at its industrial park in Chonburi, 114 km east of Bangkok, had temporarily shut.
"The factories notified us that they will suspend operations for two days because some workers are finding it difficult to travel to work," said Executive Director Wibun Krommadit, but he declined to identify the companies.