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Lampang Province to Be Developed as a Ceramics Center in ASEAN

July 31, 2013 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

The Department of Industrial Promotion, under the Ministry of Industry, is striving to develop Lampang province in the North as a ceramics center in the ASEAN region.

Thailand is rich in raw materials for making ceramics and pottery. Ceramics and pottery of high quality are produced in several areas in the country, but Lampang has become the largest ceramics-producing area for the country’s ceramics industry. 1320981945p

The Deputy Director-General of the Department of Industrial Promotion, Mr. Kobchai Sungsitthisawad, said that there are currently 739 ceramics entrepreneurs in Lampang, Ratchaburi, Saraburi, Chiang Mai, Samut Sakhon, and Sukhothai. More than 70 percent of them are in Lampang, which is the location of over 200 ceramics factories, with about 9,000 workers.

In 2012, Thailand exported about 18 billion baht’s worth of ceramics products. The export value in Lampang came to two billion baht in the same year. Major markets include Japan, the United States, European countries, and ASEAN nations.

During the move toward the ASEAN Community, the Department of Industrial Promotion is promoting business matching for investment in this industry between Thai entrepreneurs and their counterparts in Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Myanmar. These countries have also ordered a great volume of ceramics from Thailand, especially sanitary ware and floor-wall and mosaic tiles. Ceramic products are found most in the form of souvenirs and tableware.

The Department of Industrial Promotion has an ambitious plan to develop its Ceramic Development Center in Lampang as the center for full-cycle ceramics development in the ASEAN Economic Community. The center provides counseling services for manufacturers concerning the production process, quality control, and innovation.

In order to enhance Thailand’s role as a leading ceramics producer in the region, the Department will join hands with both the public and private sectors in organizing “ASEAN Ceramic 2013,” which is a fair to help promote ceramics markets for Thai entrepreneurs. The fair will feature a display of innovations and new raw materials for ceramics production, as well.

It will also serve as a forum for business negotiations between manufacturers in ASEAN and for their cooperation in expanding their markets to the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.

ASEAN Ceramic 2013 will take place at the Bngkok International Trade and Exhibition Center (BITEC) on Bang Na – Trat Road in Bangkok, between 11 and 13 September 2013. The Department of Industrial Promotion expects to see more than 120 million baht in circulation during the three-day fair.

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