TAPA 2012 Showcase Thailand's Potential as Leader in the ASEAN Community in Auto Product and Eco-Friend concept

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At this event, visitors will find new and eco-friendly products and innovations for keeping the world green, helping to reduce pollution and global warming as well as saving energy.

The Department of International Trade Promotion, Ministry of Commerce, and the Thai Auto-Parts Manufacturers Association (TAPMA), will be hosting Thailand Auto Parts & Accessories 2012, or TAPA 2012. This year's fair, the largest in its history, is organized under the concept of, Automotive Technology Innovations for a Sustainable Environment, with participation of the 400 leading Thailand auto parts companies. Welcoming both Thai and foreign visitors from around the world, expected earnings of more than 470 million THB during 4 days fair.|

Mrs. Nuntawan Sakuntanak, Director-General of the Department of international Trade Promotion, said that Thailand's automotive vehicles and parts industries are key factors in the Thai economy. Last year, the total value of exports in this sector was 22 billion USD, with vehicle exports valued at 12.34 billion USD and automotive accessory exports of 9.721 billion USD. The current trend in Thailand's automotive parts, accessories and vehicle production levels shows strong recovery and is now growing after the flooding last year.

Total export values for automobiles in 2012 are projected to be more than 13 billion USD, an increase of more than 8.9 percent compared to the previous year, while the value of automotive parts and accessories exports will be more than 10 billion USD, an increase of more than 10 percent. These figures clearly illustrate how important the automotive sector is to the Thai economy, and is why the government has emphasized and encouraged Thailand's private sector to become the leader and hub of automotive manufacturing in ASEAN, with the ultimate goal of becoming one of the top 10 automotive manufacturing countries of the world. In addition, the Department of International Trade Promotion has prioritized and is actively supporting research and development of auto parts & components (OEM) in order to strengthen automobile manufacturing in the future. The DITP has also developed human resources in the Automotive Engineering field toward acquiring the latest in technological principles of advanced production and designing skills, and to carry out research and development of related technologies in the production of eco-cars.

The DITP, Ministry of Commerce, along with the Thai Auto-Parts Manufacturers Association organizes Thailand Auto Parts & Accessories, or TAPA. This event is held once every 2 years to showcase Thailand's potential as the automotive parts industry leader and hub in the ASEAN region. The event provides a venue for expanding trade and the launching of new products, technologies and innovations in automotive accessories, parts, and vehicles. This year's TAPA is focused on encouraging production development and efficiency, and enhancing competitiveness within the ASEAN Economic Community, or AEC, set to be launched in 2015, and also in gaining greater benefits in the commercial and investment markets, which will help Thai entrepreneurs in expanding their markets to ASEAN member countries.

“At this event, visitors will find new and eco-friendly products and innovations for keeping the world green, helping to reduce pollution and global warming as well as saving energy. In addition, Thailand and 400 foreign companies will be displaying vehicles, auto parts, spare parts, and accessories, including Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, USA, Germany, UAE, Australia, Bangladesh, Pakistan and China, providing a great opportunity for Thai entrepreneurs to show off their strengths as industry leaders and the center of automotive manufacturing in the region. The event is organized primarily for the launching of new products, services, technologies and innovations to new buyers from ASEAN member countries, South Asia, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, Africa and the EU,” said Mrs. Nuntawan.

Mrs. Achana Limpaitoon, President of the Thai Auto Parts Manufacturer Association, or TAPMA, said that not only will eco-friendly products and innovations for keeping the world green be introduced in TAPA 2012, but there will also be exhibitions and seminars related to automobiles and the environment under the concept of this event, such as eco-car exhibitions, which will showcase a range of eco-cars focusing on energy saving innovations from the top 3 automobile companies: namely, Toyota, Nissan, and Isuzu. There will be a seminar about Green Technology where representatives of the Thailand Society of Automotive Engineering will be key speakers, sharing their ideas on how to live with eco-friendly technologies. Representatives from Toyota will share their success stories on how they manage the Toyota Center in Ban Po district, featuring advanced, eco-friendly technologies on their energy-saving production processes.

Visitors interested in exhibitions and seminars in TAPA 2012 are welcome free of charge. April 26-28, 2012, is open to the trade, while April 29 is open to the general public. The event is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Further details and information about TAPA 2012 are available at: http://www.thailandautopartsfair.com, http://www.depthai.go.th, http://www.thaitradefair.com and http://www.thaiautoparts.or.th, or the DITP call center: Tel. 1169.

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