Thailand’s auto parts industry still going strong despite COVID

Thailand’s auto parts industry still going strong despite COVID

BANGKOK, March 13, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Behind each and every powerful community marketplace is a strong local supply chain. This is certainly the scenario for Thailand’s automotive sector, which has around the past six a long time set up the kingdom as the top car creation base in Southeast Asia and the 11th largest around the world. Automobiles and motor vehicle elements rank amid the country’s top rated exports things, with the sector earning in 2022 a whole of US$37.6 billion of which automobile parts and components accounted for US$15.6 billion, in accordance to Commerce Ministry studies. Big export markets for Thai-built vehicle pieces involve United states of america, Japan, Southeast Asia and Australia.    

Successive Thai governments have via nicely-outlined policy directives attracted all the big Japanese automotive brand names to established up area production and export bases in Thailand along with foremost European and US brands these as Mercedes Benz, BMW and Ford, and with them a cluster of elements suppliers. Just lately, in holding with the government’s local weather and environmental goals, Thailand has persuaded Chinese EV makers to set up their regional output bases in the kingdom, including effectively-regarded brands BYD, MG and Great Wall Motor. By now, at the very least 50 Chinese EV automobile pieces suppliers have also established up offices in Thailand.

There are about 2,200 vehicle areas and extras makers by now centered in Thailand, assuring that regional creation is of higher-top quality, on-time and ultimately, profitable. Thailand’s car elements suppliers have more than the decades turn out to be an sector unto on their own, exporting their products to in excess of 100 counties around the globe. Numerous suppliers cater to the “Following Sector,” or substitution marketplace, a large and reliable current market supplied the world’s approximated 1.8 billion utilized-auto on the roadways.

 Among these pieces producers, there are near to 500 mainly international owned firms, that supply the first devices brands (OEM) current market phase, which in Thailand is dominated by Japanese manufacturers. Many of these international OEM suppliers shifted their generation bases to Thailand in the late 1980s, early 1990s, next the relocation of the most important Japanese car models to Thailand, prompted by the appreciation of the Japanese Yen that built Japan based mostly export a lot less aggressive.

Thailand managed to capture the lion’s share of Japan’s automotive manufacturing relocation in part because of its substantial domestic market for just one-ton pickup vans, which nevertheless account for about 50{49e09b23eae7466ccc7574c19ebb3019301c9a11d2999feff81a3526451546a5} of domestic income. The multipurpose pickup is nicely suited to Thailand’s agricultural-centered rural regions and for public transportation. The Thai authorities minimize excise taxes on the one particular-ton pickup designs, which has served to make Thailand the world’s second biggest pickup producer. Right after the achievement of the pickup coverage, in the mid-2000s, the authorities launched a new tax plan to encourage little, petrol successful eco-autos, which have appear to dominate the domestic market for passenger cars and trucks and are a major export merchandise.

These two strategies have produced a massive domestic and abroad marketplace not just for OEM elements, but also for Following Marketplace pieces, which did well even all through the COVID-19 interval, when a scarcity of semi-conductors hampered creation of new motor vehicle styles.

“Usually, when the OEM marketplace is not fantastic the Following Marketplace is always excellent,” explained Sompol Tanadumrongsak, President of The Thai Vehicle Pieces Production Association (TAPMA). TAPMA has 660 members, all greater part Thai owned. 

Whilst the EV revolution guarantees to limit the vehicle elements field around the globe, considering the fact that EVs use only 1,200 areas compares with the 30,000 components applied in interior combustion engine (ICE) motor vehicles, Sompol thinks there is nonetheless lots of time to endure and modify. “EVs are having off but I don’t believe they will achieve 30{49e09b23eae7466ccc7574c19ebb3019301c9a11d2999feff81a3526451546a5} of the industry for one more ten several years, so the After Market is still 70{49e09b23eae7466ccc7574c19ebb3019301c9a11d2999feff81a3526451546a5}.”

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