Showing posts from November, 2010

Thai Auto Production May Exceed Target After October Record

Car production in Thailand may exceed this year’s target after reaching a record in October, the nation’s Automotive Industry Club said. Output may reach 1.7 million units, from an earlier projection of 1.6 million, Surapong Paisitpatnapong, a club spokesman, told reporters in Bangkok today. Production reached 152,689 units in October, the most since Thailand started producing cars in 1961.

VW to invest $70 billion over next 5 years

Volkswagen AG says it plans to invest Euro 51.6 billion ($70 billion) over the next five years as it focuses on modernizing and extending its brands' product range. The company said Friday that it will put Euro 41.3 billion of the money into property, plant and equipment for its automotive division -- 57 percent of that in Germany, where it has its Wolfsburg headquarters.

Thai October Vehicle Output Hits High; Exports Still Expanding

More good news about the Thai Auto Industry: BANGKOK -(Dow Jones)- Thailand's vehicle production surged to a new high in October, while exports continued to expand from a year earlier with increased shipments to every market, the Federation of Thai Industries said Wednesday. October vehicle output in Thailand, a regional manufacturing hub for many of the world's biggest automakers, rose 32.7% on year to 152,689 units, the highest ever since the first vehicle was produced in Thailand in 1961, the statement said.

Bangkok Post: Mercedes-Benz building its first engine plant here

Mercedes-Benz has approved the building of an engine plant in Thailand, the first manufacturing facility the German luxury carmaker has had in the kingdom in its 106-year presence. Although many luxury car models are built in Thailand, Mercedes-Benz has hired Thonburi Automotive Assembly Co for their assembly.

‘‘We started setting up the engine production line two weeks ago,’’ says Prof Paufler. Click here to read more.

China Post: Toyota launches Prius hybrid in Thailand

Toyota Motor Co has chosen Thailand as the third location worldwide for manufacturing its Prius hybrid cars which will go on sale on the local market next month, company executives said Thursday. “Thailand will become the third country in the world that will serve as the manufacturing base of Prius this November,” Toyota Motor Thailand president Kyoichi Tanada said.

THE STAR ONLINE: 2010 car sales performance in major Asean markets

With less than two months left till the end of the year, major South-East Asian markets, such as Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines are gearing up for a stellar 2010 as far as their respective automotive industries are concerned.


Quick reminder to register for METALEX 2011 at BITEC, Bangkok - an interesting show for those who are involved in Automotive metalworking….. 
You can register free online with 'special privileges' until 21 November 2011.
Click here to register at METALEX

Thailand to produce 1.7 million vehicles by year end

BANGKOK, Nov 11 - Thailand is maintaining its position as the "Detroit of Asia", beating all production records to produce about 1.7 million cars by year end and is now ranked as the 14th largest world auto producer, according to the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI)'s Automotive Industry Club….

AFG Meeting: Chris Brutons Presentation

Last Friday evening, AFG Members and friends from the AUSTRADE Automotive Trade Mission enjoyed a truly excellent presentation with lots of information and insight about Thailands economic and political present and future.
View or download the presentation on Slideshare.

Automotive Thailand combined sales up 40.3% in September

New vehicle sales in Thailand rose year-on-year for the 13th consecutive month in September. Sales were up 40.3% last month, reaching 68,261 vehicles, Toyota Motor Thailand said.