As one of the most important organizations in Thai industry with strong government support, the Thai-German Industry encourages the development of capability and competitiveness. As a high manufacturing center we are also helping create a network for industrial development and knowledge management. Another of our goals is linking industry associations and academic institutions in order to further research and technology, as well as personnel development. Khun Jirasak, director of the Thai-German Institute, will give interviews about the strategy of the Thai-German Institute in 2014, and how its goal is to help raise the level of entrepreneurship, especially in supporting industries.

"Because the Thai-German Institute is part of a network of the Ministry of Industry, each year we receive a budget for developments in 2 or 3 major categories i.e. Mould Groups, improvement of machinery, development of automatic systems, or general analysis and assessments for the private sector including SMEs. We also manage other major industries directly. Currently there are several projects that are in progress including…

1. Mould Industry – focus on design solutions to lower costs, reduce production processesand raise quality enhancement. So far we have covered automotive parts. This year we will direct our attention to precision moulding for the Electronics and Medical device industry along with the Aircraft parts industry. All require optimum level molding technology.

2. Training technicians and engineers to operate automation systems and oversee the process for automotive assembly lines. This comes with the support of the private sector, especially from Japanese automotive companies. We are also
focusing on the development of individuals with standard knowledge who can use the full process of the system.

3. Driving and development of CAD / CAM / CAE programs with emphasis on CAE.

4. CNC Retrofit Training technicians for CNC machines. This is supported by the Department of Industrial Promotion and the training will give special insight to the machine; not just show how to use it, but know what to do when it malfunctions. This will include the ability to disassemble and assemble the machine.

5. Welding–develop professional standards of employees. Coordinate with academic institutions that provide vocational qualification certificates for welders who have passed their training from basic to an advanced level.

In the education sector, the Thai-Germany Institute is linking private sector and academic institutions at two levels. Level 1: Vocational education or college. This will be a dual course which enables study and work at the same time. Level 2: Undergraduate degree with Pathumwan Institute of Technology. Open a degree program at the Institute and at King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok open a Master's degree Program on Saturday & Sunday aiming at technicians and engineers who are able to study and hold a job at the same time. We also offer over 100 standard courses and more than 40 courses in English to help small entrepreneurs prepare for the AEC. There are also courses for medium and large factories that will be taught as needed and contain important methods that will help to reduce the length of the course."

On factory automation Khun Jirasak said, "Today automation is essential for the small entrepreneur, as many parts require mass production, repeat production, stable cost and quality. 24 hour production also may involve working in hazardous areas, using heat, electricity, chemicals and so on. Automation is virtually essential here. Currently, when SMEs have finished building a factory they will acquire automated systems immediately and start the production process straight away with an engineer to oversee the process."

Khun Jirasak discussed upcoming events atThai-German Institute:

"In early April, there will be several big events organised by the Unit for Industrial Linkage Development (BUILD) from Thailand Board of Investment and UBM Asia (Thailand) together with The Thai Subcontracting Promotions Association, Alliance for Supporting Industries Association and the Institute of Thailand. These events will be included with a seminar on "SUB CON THAILAND ROADSHOW # 7" which will feature activities linking industries including training dimensional metrology covering "Using and Maintenance Dimension Precision Instrument for Quality Control" and "How to manage Manufacturing overhead cost."

"There will also be a Vendors Meet Customers (VMC) that bring quality industrial part makers to visit manufacturers. The main difference from previous road shows will be the two special seminars on "Energy Conservation in the Organisation of Consciousness" by President of Smart and Practical Engineering. And another seminar on "Reducing the Energy Cost of Steam Boiler" by Prof. Dr. Surachai Sanitjai of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi. Don't miss these special presentations. Join this highly beneficial one-day event without delay."

"As we are a non-profit organization, our personnel stand ready to help and assist without compensation. We are looking for support from large industries and corporations regarding new technology that can help increase wokers' knowledge. Our goal is to transfer this expertise to industry whether it is a small, medium or large operation. We aim to help small entrepreneurs in all operations." Khun Jirasak concluded.


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