Thailand automotive industry overview

Thailand automotive industry

The automotive sector is a major driver of the Thai economy with strong infrastructures and a vast network of small and large, local and foreign companies all along the car-production supply chain. A large hub in ASEAN and Asia, the Thai automotive industry is gearing towards a green automotive production base.

A key sector accounting for approximately 12% of the Thai GDP, the automotive sector employed more than 550,000 people in 2013 with most of the world’s vehicles and auto-parts brands and manufacturers present in the country.

In 2015, the production of cars in Thailand was 1.9 million cars with 800,000 cars sold domestically and 1.2 cars exported. There were also 1.8 motorcycles produced, with domestic sales of 1.6 million and exports of 350,000 units.

Thailand automotive production, sales and export 2015

Thailand automotive industry: moving up the value chain

Presenting the Thai automotive industry from a governmental perspective to attract potential investors, the Thailand Board of Investment – BOI – produced a report to highlight structures, outputs and new developments planned for the upcoming years.

The Thai government is eager to assist the private sectors and drive the entire automotive supply chain towards more value creation. Their goal is to make Thailand a global production base for green automotive, enhancing value creation and environment preservation both for the export and domestic markets.

Structure of the Thai automotive industry

In this first report from 2015, the BOI presents the automotive industry and developments of recent years before diving in details: automotive numbers and sub-industries of auto-parts and automotive electronics. The report highlights particularly interesting opportunities in Thailand and the advantages of the country for investors of the sector.

Making Thailand a global green automotive production base – summary

Thailand automotive industry report
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Thailand: global green automotive production base – page 2

  • Structure of the Thai automotive industry

Big industry drivers – page 3

Automotive industry overview – page 4

  • Global automotive production 2013
  • Thailand’s motor vehicle production by unit 2010-2014
  • Thailand’s automotive industry growth 2010-2014
  • Top 10 Thailand’s vehicle export destinations in 2014

Thailand’s auto parts industry – page 5

  • Thailand’s auto parts exports 2014
  • 50 of the top 100 global OEM parts suppliers in Thailand 2014

Automotive electronics – page 5

Opportunities – page 6

  • Automotive excise taxes (until 2015)
  • Automotive excise taxes 2016

Why Thailand – page 6

  • Promising investment destination – page 7
  • Abundant skilled labor supply – page 7
  • Auto parts clusters – page 7
  • Excellent infrastructure – page 7
  • Thailand’s trade liberalization – page 8
  • Excellent government support – page 8

Attractive investment incentives – page 8

Thailand automotive actors and ecosystem

This second document, published by Uli Kaiser in October 2014, presents a summary of the Thai automotive actors and ecosystem. From foreign manufacturers to Thai companies in the automotive clusters, this presentation details the activities of the major companies involved the Thai automotive industry.

For a more comfortable reading, it is quite suggested to open the report in full screen!

Thailand Automotive Cluster 2015 – summary

Chapter 1 – Introduction – slide 4

  • Introduction – slide 5
  • The Eco-Car – slide 11

Chapter 2 – Statistics – slide 14

  • Global Ranking – slide 15
  • Production – slide 17
  • Domestic Sales & Exports – slide 18
  • OEM capacity – slide 19
  • Segmentation – slide 20

Chapter 3 – Original Equipment Manufacturers – OEMs – slide 21

  • Introduction – slide 22
  • Auto Alliance – slide 24
  • Ford – slide 28

For more information on the company, check Ford’s automotive outlook in ASEAN and Thailand.

  • BMW – slide 31
  • General Motors / Chevrolet – slide 32
  • Honda – slide 35
  • Isuzu – slide 39
  • Mitsubishi – slide 42
  • Nissan – slide 45
  • Suzuki – slide 49
  • Toyota – slide 52
  • RMA – slide 56
  • Mercedes-Benz – slide 57
  • MG (SAIC-CP) – slide 60
  • Volkswagen – slide 63

Chapter 4 – Thai Automotive Cluster – slide 65

  • Introduction – slide 66
  • AAPICO Hitech Public Company Ltd. – slide 68
  • Art Serina Piston – slide 70
  • Asia Precision – slide 72
  • Bangkok Eagle Wings – slide 74
  • Bangkok Metal – slide 76
  • BTKK – slide 78
  • CH Automotive – slide 80
  • E&H Precision – slide 82
  • Global Thaixon – slide 84
  • Korat Matsushita – slide 86
  • Kulton Kirby Foundry – slide 87
  • Lenso Wheels – slide 88
  • P Quality Machine Parts – slide 89
  • PCS Machine Group Holding – slide 90
  • Sammitr – slide 93
  • Somboon Advance Technology – slide 95
  • Summit Corporation – slide 97
  • Thai Steel Cable – slide 99
  • Thai Summit Autoparts (Thailand) Ltd. – slide 101
  • Unity Autoparts – slide 103
  • Yarnapund – slide 105
  • VEM – slide 108

Chapter 5 – Japanese Tier 1 – slide 109

Chapter 6 – North American Tier 1 – slide 111

Chapter 7 – European Tier 1 – slide 113

Chapter 8 – Asian Tier 1 – slide 117

Chapter 9 – Organizations – slide 119

Chapter 10 – Industrial Estates – slide 123

  • Introduction – slide 125
  • Hemaraj Land and Development – slide 127

Chapter 11 – World Class Manufacturing Equipment – slide 130

Chapter 12 – Supporting Industry – slide 136

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