Toyota rolls out world’s first mass market fuel-cell car

By Barry Main | November 18, 2014

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Toyota rolls out world’s first mass market fuel-cell car

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TOKYO (AFP) – Toyota said Tuesday it would start selling the world’s first mass market fuel-cell car in Japan next month and elsewhere in 2015, in what its top executive called an industry milestone.
The four-door Mirai sedan, powered by hydrogen and emitting nothing but water vapour from its tailpipe, will launch with a price tag of 6.7 million yen ($57,500) in Japan, where Toyota expects to sell 400 units next year.
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Honda celebrates 50 millionth motorbike, multi-purpose engine

By Barry Main | November 17, 2014

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Honda celebrates 50 millionth motorbike, multi-purpose engine

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BANGKOK, Nov 17 — Japan’s Honda celebrates the 50 millionth unit of its motorcycle and multi-purpose engines produced in Thailand and confirms the country will continue to be an important export-oriented production base.

Joining an event to celebrate the long-standing production, Atchaka Sibunruang, permanent secretary for industry, said the Thai Honda Manufacturing Co was producing 1.7 million motorcycles and 3 million multi-purpose engines annually.

The products are exported to 80 countries and 95 per cent of them use locally made parts.

The production helps expand related industries, she said.

Ms Atchaka also said that Thai Honda was recognized as an important export-oriented production base of Honda.

Apart from creating jobs in the country, the production base has built a positive image of Thai industries, she said.

Shunichi Eguchi, president of Thai Honda Manufacturing Co, expressed gratitude to local and international customers for always supporting and trusting Honda.

“From now on Honda continues to develop its Thai production base to better and more quickly satisfy customers and reduce carbon dioxide emissions,” he said.

He acknowledged that past Thai political and economic problems had significantly affected his company but it did not have a problem with the Thai market because it could adapt its products to meet local market demands. (MCOT online news)

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Metalex Show at Bitec Bangna in Bangkok.

By Barry Main | November 16, 2014

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Metalex Show at Bitec Bangna in Bangkok.

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Posco starts construction on Thailand automotive steel sheet plant

By Barry Main | November 10, 2014

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South Korean steel maker POSCO has started construction on an automotive steel sheet plant in Thailand which is expected to be completed by 2016.

The plant will be producing galvanized steel sheet for automotive applications and the plant will have a production capacity of 450,000 tons per year.
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Automotive Business Lunch

By Barry Main | November 10, 2014

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ASEAN AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY –
THE NEXT BIG OPPORTUNITY?
BUSINESS LUNCH – THURSDAY 27TH NOVEMBER 2014,
11:45-14:00 hrs

 

 

Good afternoon.

I am writing to invite you to join a business lunch hosted by Ipsos Business Consulting and the Thailand Automotive Institute at Aldo’s Mediterranean Bistro and Wine Bar on Thursday 27th November 2014. Registration is at 11:40am with a light lunch being served at 12pm.  

At this lunch you will hear presentations on the opportunities in the ASEAN Automotive Industry from speakers from Ipsos Business Consulting, Ipsos UU and the Thailand Automotive Institute.  As well as a delicious lunch and the three interesting presentations, there will be a Q&A session.

Your speakers’ presentations will cover:

  • Significant Boost In Demand For Passenger And Commercial Vehicle
  • Emerging Challenge On Japanese Dominance
  • Emergence Of ‘New’ Market
  • Challenges TO ASEAN Automotive Upon AEC Implementation
  • Dream of car ownership across selected markets in ASEAN
  • The perspective of Thailand automotive industry towards the AEC integration

I look forward to being able to welcome you to what should be an enjoyable and informative lunch at Aldo’s Mediterranean Bistro and Wine Bar.

Closing Date for Bookings: Friday 21st November 2014

Reserve your place today by emailing our team here. Places are limited due to the venue size.  We will send a booking confirmation email to you to acknowledge receipt of your booking.

Finally, please call Khun Thanita on +66 2697 0116, if you have any questions about this invitation.

Best regards,
 
Sanpichit Songpaisan,

Thailand Country Manager
Ipsos Business Consulting
 
www.ipsosconsulting.com

Lunch Details

11.45 –  Registration
 
12.00 –  Lunch Served
 
12.30 –  Guest Speakers
 
14:00 –  Event Closes
 


Date, Venue & Cost

Date: Thu 27th Nov 2014
 
Venue: Aldo’s Mediterranean Bistro and Wine Bar, Ascott Sathorn, Bangkok, Thailand
 
Cost:  FREE
 


Ipsos Consulting in Thailand

Having opened our first office in 1992 in Hong Kong, and completed our first project in Thailand in 1995, Ipsos Business Consulting is immensely proud of its unique Asian heritage. 
Over the years we have expanded across the Asia Pacific into Europe and the USA, and recently opened our first office in Africa.  We have grown from being an Asia Pacific market intelligence company to become an integral part of the Ipsos global network, with a presence in 85 countries around the globe.
Find out more online:

www.ipsosconsulting.com

 

 

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Australia’s first female car company boss announces her departure

By Barry Main | October 28, 2014

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Veronica Johns oversaw record sales at the Fiat Chrysler Group, and took a unique approach to breaking down the gender barriers.

The first Australian woman to head a car company, Veronica Johns — who earned notoriety for tearing down workshop posters of naked women, as well as record sales — has announced her resignation as the boss of the Fiat Chrysler Group after almost two years in the role and 16 years with the corporation.
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Toyota may shift manufacturing hub for Fortuner to PH

By Barry Main | October 28, 2014

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Toyota Motor Corp. is studying the possible transfer of the regional manufacturing hub for Fortuner model from Thailand to the Philippines, an official of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry disclosed Wednesday.

PCCI president Alfredo Yao said Japanese car companies, including Toyota, plan to make the Philippines an alternative hub for automotive manufacturing.

Yao said during the recent Philippines-Thailand Business Council and Thailand-Philippines Business Council meeting that Toyota expressed interest in setting up or expanding operations in the Philippines to manage and spread risks.
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Semi-Autonomous Driving System Announced by Honda

By Barry Main | October 24, 2014

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Honda is getting ready to launch a new advanced driver-assistance system.

Honda Sensing is an advanced driver assistance system that will come on the all-new Legend in Japan before the end of this year before heading to other models in the future. Developed with safety in mind in hopes of helping prevent accidents and collisions, the Sensing system consists of two types of sensors with different characteristics: one is a millimeter-wave radar inside the front grille, while the other is a monocular camera mounted on the upper, inside part of the windshield.
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Nissan may build electric vehicles in Thailand in another decade

By Barry Main | October 23, 2014

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Nissan may build electric vehicles in Thailand–in another decade

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BANGKOK, Oct 23 — Nissan President Hiroyuki Yoshimoto met Thai Industry Minister Chakramon Phasukavanich and discussed possible electric vehicle (EV) production in Thailand. The Nissan executive said the firm is Japan’s biggest EV maker.

The Nissan president acknowledged Thailand incentives for automotive production investment but said Nissan will wait until EV batteries are more efficient and affordable before considering EV production here. Mr Yoshimoto predicts it can happen in another decade.
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Isuzu to boost capacity in Thailand over 5 years

By Barry Main | October 20, 2014

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Isuzu Motors, a leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles and diesel engines, has committed itself to continuous investment in the Kingdom, where it plans to boost its manufacturing centre for pickup trucks destined for both the Thai market and other countries.

The company revealed a strategic plan to double the combined manufacturing capacity of its facilities at Samrong in Samut Prakan province and the Gateway City Industrial Estate in Chachoengsao province, from between 250,000 and 260,000 units targeted for this year to about 500,000 units within five years.
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