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TAPA 2010 to showcase Thailand's auto sector.

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Thailand is one of Asia's biggest success stories. Despite the past year's global slowdown, Thailand is the second largest economy in the Association of South East Asian Countries or ASEAN region. The ASEAN umbrella covers Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand.

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The more than 400 member-strong Thai Auto-Parts Manufacturers Association (TAPMA) was set up in the late 70's to help promote the auto parts manufacturing industry in the country.

The automotive industry is Thailand's third largest industry, employing over 300,000 people. It contributes 12% of Thailand's overall GDR According to a Frost & Sullivan report, the Thai automotive industry was worth over US$15.6 billion in 2008 and is growing by 6% a year. Ford, General Motors, BMW and Daimler Chrysler, in addition to all the major Japanese manufacturers Mitsubishi, Mazda, Toyota, Isuzu, Honda and Nissan--all have presence in Thailand.

According to the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, the quality of automotive parts in Thailand is the highest among ASEAN countries. It produces engines, suspension control and springs, axles, hubs, propeller shafts, brakes, clutches, steering systems, body parts, electronic parts, air conditioning systems, tires, wheels, internal and external trim components and glass.

The Thai government is supporting the industry's goal to be a global supply hub by developing automotive expertise in areas such as electronic systems for mold and die technology, design, research & development, product testing, instrument clusters, ECUs, sonar and central locking systems and environmentally friendly vehicles. The Thai industry will be on show at the 4th Thailand Auto Parts & Accessories (TAPA) 2010 from April 28 to May 2, 2010 in Bangkok. TAPA 2010 is expected to attract 300 companies from across the globe, and 16,000 visitors from the ASEAN countries, South Asian countries, Japan, Australia, Africa and Europe.

DEP has also lined up many exciting new features at TAPA 2010, including the ASEAN Pavilion and Buyer's Pavilion. The Buyers' Pavilion will serve as a valuable platform for automotive buyers to share their needs with the exhibitors, explore business opportunities and discuss strategic partnerships.

TAPA 2010 is organized by the Department of Export Promotion and co-organized by Thai Auto-Parts Manufacturers Association. Supporters of the exhibition include The Federation of Thai Industries (Automotive Industry Club, Auto Parts Industry Club, Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Industry Club), Thailand Automotive Institute, The Thai Automotive Industry Association (TAIA), Society of Automotive Engineers Thailand, The Tool and Die Industry Association, Thai Subcontracting Promotion Association, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), Thailand Board of Investment and Department of Industrial Promotion.

Go to www.thailandautopartsfair.com, or www.thaitradefair.com for more information.

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Title Annotation:innovation
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Date:Dec 22, 2009
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