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Asia Automotive 2000 surpasses all  expectations

State-of-the-art IT services in Pattaya

BCCT’S first event of 2001

Asia Automotive 2000 surpasses all expectations

Thailand’s premier auto exhibition, Asia Automotive 2000, surpassed all expectations according to principal organizer, Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Center (BITEC).

BITEC managing director Dr Prasarn Bhiraj Buri said, “Business exhibitors and visitors from around the world attended. We are very happy with the outcome. We met our goal of ensuring Thai manufacturers showed their potential to a global business audience and obtained new ideas to give them more influence in the international auto marketplace.”

Dr Prasarn said the number of exhibitors rose from 179 at last year’s exhibition to 230 this year, of which 180 were Thai firms and 50 from overseas. He said this figure, plus the favorable responses heard from auto-related businesses at the event, suggested auto and auto parts exports would bounce in the months to come, thanks to AA 2000.

“We could very well see exports from Thai auto and auto parts makers on the rise on account of this successful event,” he said.

Asia Automotive 2000, or AA 2000, was co-organized by Singapore-based Hannover Fairs Asia, with support from the Ministry of Industry, Thai Auto Parts Manufacturing Association, the Board of Investment and several other key government agencies and private firms.

The expo was divided up into five main sections: National Pavilion, SME Auto Parts Pavilion, Thai Auto Part Pavilion, Thai Garages Pavilion and Financial Institutions Pavilion.

National Pavilion showcased state-of-the-art automotive technology from exhibitors from 11 countries. Two highlights of this section were the German Pavilion and Austrade Pavilion.

The German Pavilion featured many leading German auto parts manufacturers while a low-emissions car from Australia took pride of place in the Austrade Pavilion, the first time the vehicle, which derives its power from a generator, an energy storage system and a 1.4 litre gasoline engine, has been displayed in Asia.

Dr Prasarn said the presence of leading-edge auto parts makers and products had given Thai automotive manufacturers the rewarding opportunity to compare and incorporate foreign approaches to auto business and technology.

In terms of spreading the word about what Thai auto-related firms had to offer, SME Auto Parts Pavilion and Thai Auto Parts Pavilion were the places to go. These areas enabled second and third-tier Thai auto parts manufacturers to showcase their products to a sizeable global business audience.

Dr Prasarn said many Thai auto and auto parts manufacturers had expressed their satisfaction in being able to reach out to an otherwise unavailable audience.

“They appreciated being able to exhibit their products to vast number of people, from potential customers, to business peers, to the general public - especially as most other auto exhibitions in Thailand fail to accommodate second and third-tier SMEs.”

As well as the pavilions, a variety of seminars covering auto industry issues were held on each of the four days of the event. The talks included such topics as e-commerce for the auto industry. Speakers at these events represented such bodies as NECTEC, the Thai Automotive Institute and the Thai Chamber of Commerce.

Of the visitors recorded at the expo, 35 were from Australia, 31 from China, 24 from the Netherlands, 2 from Panama, 81 from Singapore, 443 from Taiwan, 10 from the US, 9 from the UK and 5,651 from Thailand, to name a few.

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State-of-the-art IT services in Pattaya

The Information Technology revolution enables any location to benefit from the best of East and West and at the lowest possible cost. A local example is provided by the Thai/Euro partnership known as ‘IQ Inc Pattaya’.

Individual computer users and businesses, small or large, based in Pattaya and the Rayong to Chonburi region can now benefit from a second-to-none, installation, trouble-shooting, programming, data retrieval, CD-Rom burning and computer repair service. For maximum client convenience, assessment and advice is usually carried out on-site.

Headed by Kenny Tegul - a Thai-born graduate of Chinese parentage, fluent in English and Thai with a knowledge of Mandarin - the company is linked to one of Europe’s most qualified and experienced IT professionals with a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and awards in digital post-production, which combine to create a wide range of IT services locally.

Currently a consultant to Europe’s biggest e-commerce advertising agency, the European connection to the Thai/Chinese side ensures that considerable intellect, experience and practical skills provide the highest Western standards of expertise at value for money Thai prices. Internet site and promotional material can be designed and programmed in English, Swedish, Thai or Mandarin.

Call out charge for an on-site assessment is just 300 baht within Pattaya City limits. This compares to some 50 pounds (3,000 baht) in the UK and almost double that again in Sweden (5,000 baht). Work is charged according to time spent on the job, but usually no more than 500 baht an hour. The Rayong to Chonburi area is covered.

In addition to IT assistance, copywriting and journalistic services can be provided. One page promotional flyers to brochures, press releases, books, ghostwriting, radio ads, screenplays and complete Internet sites can be created. For individuals, organizations and companies who require the best, the ‘IQ Inc Pattaya’ partnership offers a formidable array of services to the highest international standards.

For an on-site assessment, phone Monday to Saturday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tel. (01) 399 8280. Homepage: Email: [email protected]

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BCCT’S first event of 2001

An open invitation to an “International Networking Evening on the Eastern Seaboard”

Sponsored by Unithai Shipyard and Engineering Ltd., at Shenanigans, Pattaya on Friday 12th January 2001 from 6.30 p.m.

All are very welcome to attend regardless of nationality of company or individual. The main objective of the networking evening is to provide an opportunity for companies on the ESIE to network with each other and with representatives from other companies in the area and from Bangkok.

Unithai Shipyard and Engineering is kindly sponsoring some beverages (beer, wine, etc.) and some snacks. After the sponsored items are finished standard prices will apply.

There is no entry fee for this event but please fax the BCCT as a courtesy to give our host an idea of numbers (fax: 02 651 5354, e-mail: [email protected]). Also remember to bring some business cards with you.

A very Happy New Year to all businesses on the Eastern Seaboard from the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT).

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