AFG Networking Event – Friday 26th September 2014

By Barry Main | September 4, 2014

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The AFG will be holding its September Networking event on Friday 26th September
The Venue will be at Pullman Hotel – North Pattaya.

Speaker for the event will be Khun Chaiyant Savanachai
Has a Bachelor Degree in Engineering from King’s Mongkut Ladkrabang,
Master of Art in International Economics from Temple University Japan.
PhD in International Organization Management from the American University of London.
Along with Expertise in Manufacturing Strategy and Operations.

Currently working at Thai Steel Cable Public Company Limited as the Deputy Managing Director.

Event details
5.30pm to 6.00pm – Registration

6.00pm to 6.45pm Presentation from Speaker – Khun Chaiyant

6.45pm to 9.00pm Networking at the Sunset Lounge Food , Beer & Wine will be be served

Entrance Fee – 600 Bht for Members , 850 Bht for Non-Members

To register for the AFG Networking event, please reply to
or call me on 0890927104
Please respond if you also are NOT attending , to reduce the need for follow up emails.

For those that have not paid their 2014 memberships or would like to join the AFG
Individual Membership 1500 Bht
Corporate Membership 4000 Bht
Payment can be made by Bank Transfer or cash at the AFG event

Look forward to seeing you all on Friday 26th September 2014,


Frank Holzer
President AFG

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BoI changes strategy

By Barry Main | August 20, 2014

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New investment promotion measures to affect 80 businesses; bid to restructure the national economy

The Board of Investment yesterday gave the nod in principle to the new investment promotion strategy for 2015-21, which focuses on industries that will lead to a change in the country’s economic structure, the creation of value-added businesses and sustainable growth.

The new plan will take effect in January with the aim to strengthen the country’s competitiveness and wean it away from dependence on low-cost labour.
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Bright prospects for Thai automobile exports

By Barry Main | August 12, 2014

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BANGKOK, Aug 12 — Nantawan Sakuntanak, director-general of the Department of International Trade Promotion, said she still saw a bright prospect for Thai automobile exports. She said the country remains the most interesting investment destination in Southeast Asia.

Ms Nantawan said that the department continued to expect the value of automobile exports to grow by 10 per cent to more than US$20 billion and auto parts to increase by 10 per cent as well, to more than US$13 billion this year.
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Volvo Car Group sales rise 8.3 pct yr/yr in July

By Barry Main | August 4, 2014

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Volvo Cars’ global sales up 8.3 per cent, strong growth in China and Europe.

Global sales of 36,438 cars, up 8.3 per cent versus July last year
China sales up 47,8 per cent
Volvo Cars’ thirteenth consecutive month of growth
Year-to-date sales of 265,451 cars, an increase of 9.3 per cent versus 2013 volvocar
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BMW F 800 GS to commence in Thailand at the end of July, 2014

By Barry Main | August 1, 2014

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BMW announced the production pipeline. Vehicle adventure tours in the F800GS bearing Thai official.

The latest BMW Group preparing to invite a witness sue to open the F 800 GS production line at the end of this month at BMW-Rayong city estates. After this car components factory, NEC, and the packets already F800 R the sale price only baht 440000.

The F800GS is expected to price in rate “500,000 Bht”


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Auto industry sales rate increases in June

By Barry Main | July 23, 2014

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BANGKOK, 23 July 2014 (NNT) – An auto industry group has revealed that the automotive industry domestic export rate in June 2014 has grew more than in the early months of the year.

The vice president and spokesman of automotive industry of the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) revealed there were 160,452 cars been produced in June, which was higher than May by 8.41 percent although it was 26.1 percent less compared to the same time last year due to the cancellation of First Car Project.

There were 73,799 cars sold domestically in June 2014, a reduction compared to last month by 30.4 percent, while 103,946 cars were exported, an increase from June last year by 6.57 percent and a 9.66 percent increase compared to May 2014. Exports to European and North American has increased as well.

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Mazda sees accelerated competition ahead

By Barry Main | July 18, 2014

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After a deep sales plunge of more than 40 per cent during the first four months of this year, the Thai automobile market is showing signs of recovery.

Even though Mazda witnessed markedly lower sales in the first six months of the year, the Japanese automaker is predicting fierce competition.

“After trying to maintain level sales during the first half of the year, Mazda is now even more ready to compete and we will be witnessing stronger market competition during the remaining months of this year,” Mazda Sales Thailand vice president for marketing Sureethip Chomthongdee La-Ongthong said.
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ZF Plant Tour Friday 25th July 2014

By Barry Main | July 7, 2014

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AFG ZF Plant Tour – Friday 25th July 2014
Dear Members & Non Members

The AFG annually conducts a plant tour, This year we are fortunate to have
ZF Lemforder (Thailand ) Co. Ltd to allow us to visit their facility.
The Plant Tour will commence at 3.00pm at their Eastern Seaboard Facility.
Our Networking event will be held at Cafe de On at 5.00 pm near the
ZF facility.

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Jaguar bares its fangs

By Barry Main | July 5, 2014

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Haven’t I seen this car before? Yes you have. The F-type Project 7 first appeared in concept form last year. Recently, Jaguar decided to put it into production — albeit on a limited scale of just 250 units.

The special F-type will be made by Jaguar’s newly established Special Vehicle Operations, which was designed to cater to buyers wanting unique Jags. This kind of business is set to become popular among high-end car brands, some of which have already carried out vehicle personalisation schemes for customers.
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Toyota’s production Fuel Cell Sedan revealed

By Barry Main | July 4, 2014

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Toyota say their four-door FCV (fuel cell vehicle) will be launched before April 2015 in Japan, and summer 2015 for Europe and North America.
By Dr Iain Corness.

Price indication of around seven million yen (approximately £40,450 / a little over 2.23 million Thai baht at today’s exchange rates), prices for Europe and North America to be decided later.

Toyota has now revealed the exterior design and Japanese market guide pricing of its hydrogen-powered fuel cell sedan, following the car’s appearance in concept form at last year’s Tokyo motor show.
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