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Thai Emphasis on Auto-parts

25 Aug 2015

As a showcase for research projects in Automotive Technology the "Auto Parts Tech Day 2015" was hosted by the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) during 27-28 May 2015 at the Thailand Science Park, Pathum Thani, near Bangkok. The event was opened by Dr.Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister of Science and Technology, who said that the auto parts industry was one of the important industrial sectors to be promoted by the government. The manufacture of high quality auto-parts in Thailand was said to not only support the ongoing Eco Car Projects, but also to be crucial to the development of technology and equipment standards for future electric vehicle production in Thailand. The Ministry of Science & Technology (MOST), the Ministry of Industry (MOI) and the Board of Investment (BOI) are to work together to promote Thailand as a centre for future EV production. As part of this plan an industrial estate to be established as a special-innovation zone (SIZ) for new products for the EV sector. Companies will be encouraged to join the SIZ scheme via incentive packages arranged by National Economic and Social Development Board and the Board of Investment. Thailand has become a hub for one-tonne pickups and eco-car production so MOST believes that it is a natural fit for the country to prepare for EV output.

The Auto Parts Technology Day was supported via cooperation between agencies from government and private sectors including the Board of Investment of Thailand (BOI), the Office of Industrial Economics, the Thailand Automotive Institute (TAI), the Bureau of Supporting Industries Development (BSID), the Department of Industrial Promotion, the Thai Automotive Industry Association, the Thai Auto Parts Aftermarket Association, the Thai Subcontracting Promotion Association, the Thai Auto Parts Manufacturers Association (TAPMA) and the Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited.   

At the event the next challenge for the Thailand automotive industry was said to be that local auto-parts manufacturers and SMEs need to integrate innovation into their products and move into green technologies. Thai auto parts producers were advised to strengthen their technological capabilities to increase competitiveness in terms of product design & development, quality, lead times & delivery and price.

The TAI also recently announced that the long delayed plan for an automotive parts testing centre was likely to get government approval with a 5 billion baht investment. The centre, to be completed within five years, will be sited at Sanam Chai Khet in Chachoengsao province and will be under joint management by the TAI and the Thai Industrial Standards Institute.

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