German auto parts maker ZF Lemforder (Thailand) Co. opened a new manufacturing plant in Rayong, aiming to ship 240,000 parts per year by 2014.
Reinhard Buhl, CEO of ZF Lemforder (Thailand) Co. and Industry Ministry Deputy Permanent Secretary Attchaka Seebunruang cut the ribbon at the factory at the Eastern Seaboard Rayong industrial estate Nov. 13.
Reinhard Buhl (center right), CEO of ZF Lemforder (Thailand) Co. takes Industry Ministry Deputy Permanent Secretary Attchaka Seebunruang (center left) and officials on a tour of the plant.
Buhl said the company decided to relocate operations from the Amata City industrial estate, where it was located since 2002, because the company needed a larger factory to accommodate increased orders from major U.S. and German automakers.
Only 70 percent of the new 10,000 sq. meter plant currently is in use, leaving plenty of room for expansion. The company wants to increase output to 240,000 parts per year from the current 200,000.
Buhl said the launch of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2014 portends even more expansion across the region for Lemforder.