Saturday, 12 December 2009
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
Monday, 16 November 2009
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Frank Holzer, a genial GM style Aussie was the first speaker, but unfortunately Reiko Webster from Ford got lost and arrived a little late, so her address will be deferred to another meeting of the AFG group. (It really is time that FoMoCo had Satnav as standard equipment!)
Frank Holzer began his very ‘frank’ address by stating that the current problems are actually future problems, so we (and GM) are not out of the woods yet. He cited the global economic crisis, international business issues and Thailand’s political issues as all factors which resulted in GM seeing a 59 percent drop in sales year on year.
Factors affecting the bottom line included wages which have doubled over 10 years, and he felt that government intervention was needed in the area of wage control, otherwise Thailand would lose its pricing competitiveness.
He saw the need for all businesses, not just GM, to have sound fiscal policies which would allow for rapid restructuring when necessary and said that Outsourcing did not allow for quick action and is a fixed cost to the manufacturer. A cost that perhaps the parent company cannot sustain in times of economic woes. He also said that corporations have to understand that maintenance of ‘market share’ does not necessarily mean maintenance of ‘profitability’. The pennies have to be counted.
Frank also stated that in the auto industry, keeping large stocks to supply dealers was no longer a viable plan, and ‘build to order’ was much more financially appropriate.
Domestic recovery is expected by 2011, with the one tonne pick-up market still dominant in domestic sales, but the export market will be driven by small, fuel-efficient cars.
In his summation he mentioned the need for political stability in this country and the need to develop and educate the workforce, otherwise China, India, Malaysia, and Indonesia will take over Thailand’s (tenuous) hold on being the ‘Detroit of Asia’.
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Courtesy to Russell Pang / CEVALOGISTICS...
Load it all down at http://www.ulikaiser.de/afg/10Rules.doc
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Malaysia's auto industry is still a long way behind Thailand's, said Vallop Tiasiri, the director of the TAI.
Kuala Lumpur yesterday announced a decision to resume issuing carmaking licences with an aim to spur investment and employment. It will also seek a strategic partner to revive its national car company, Proton Holdings Bhd.
NOW THAT'S AN INTERESTING ARTICLE. CHECK IT OUT.
Sunday, 25 October 2009
The move is part of a strategy by the Cluster of Thai Automotive Parts to expand its members' markets to improve industry performance when local demand is weak because of the slump in vehicle sales and production.
"We have been trying to enter the US market for more than 10 years, but were unsuccessful because we didn't use the right channels," said Samart Deebhijarn, the president of the cluster.
Friday, 23 October 2009
Senior speakers from DHL, Katoen Natie, CEVA Logistics and VPack & Move explained the several levels of logistics services – the higher the level, the higher the integration with the customers business processes.
A main point was the creation of "shared services" so we don't have 2 half empty truck carrying goods from the same A to the same B at the same time.
An excellent session sure to benefit everyone in the audience.
After the meeting, most of the participants enjoyed a beer and roast pig at the joint German and British Chamber function in the Hard Rock Cafe.
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Wednesday, 19 August 2009
Monday, 17 August 2009
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Thursday, 23 July 2009
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
He said a government panel seeking solutions to delays in the programme to build small, fuel-efficient cars could favour a "green tax" incentive"The more reductions in carbon emissions and the greener technology for engines [that carmakers can provide], the more green tax incentives they would receive," he said.
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
Monday, 20 July 2009
(Comment above by Uli Kaiser)
Sunday, 19 July 2009
Pickup sales for the period fell by 35.95% year-on-year to 112,869 units.
Friday, 17 July 2009
Total sales for 2009 are expected to drop 22% year-on-year to 480,000 units, while 2008 sales slipped only 3% year-on-year to 615,000 units, he said.
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
Monday, 13 July 2009
Auto Alliance Thailand (AAT), the 50-50 joint venture of Ford Motor and Mazda Corp, opened its new $500-million compact car plant yesterday aimed at positioning Thailand as a global manufacturing hub for the two international automakers.
Thursday, 2 July 2009
Wednesday, 1 July 2009
The Thailand Competitiveness Conference 2009 will kick off today in the Grand Ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel in Bangkok.
Speakers will discuss how to boost the Kingdom's competitiveness.
The two-day conference will be hosted by the Thai Institute of Directors Association in cooperation with the Thailand Management Association, the Board of Trade, the National Economic and Social Development Board and the Stock Exchange of Thailand.
Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Sunday, 28 June 2009
Thursday, 25 June 2009
Tata Motors Ltd. said on Wednesday its 5-billion-baht ($147 million) project to produce an "eco car" in Thailand by 2012 was still on track. Ajit Venkataraman, chief executive of Tata's Thai unit, dismissed local newspaper reports that the Indian car giant may be wavering on its Thai project.