Thailand

CAPITAL

Bangkok

DISTANCE FROM SINGAPORE

1635KM

POPULATION

68620000

Top Exports

Machinery including computers

US$ 42.9 billion

17.2% 

of total exports

Electrical machinery, equipment

US$ 14 billion

8% 

of total exports

Vehicles

US$ 14.6 billion

12.2% 

of total exports

Top Social Media Sites

Facebook

72.73%

Pinterest

14.69%

Google+

4.94% 

*Information correct as at February 2019

Source: http://gs.statcounter.com/social-media-stats/all/thailand

ASEAN member since 1967

CONSUMER PRODUCTS

WEL-B Snack

Wel-B Snack is a range of vacuum freeze-dried fruit snacks, an innovation that allows fruits to be preserved whilst remaining crispy and dry. It is the same method of food preservation employed by NASA when preparing food for astronauts.

Wel B offers a wide range of fruits from tropical fruits like mangoes or durians, as well as other fruits like strawberries, peaches, and apricots. The snacks are exported to Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Myanmar, Australia, Russia, France and Peru.

https://welbsnack.com/about/

CHAROEN POKPHAND FOOD (CP Food)

This Thai company is one of the biggest food companies in Asia. CP is committed to achieve 100% sustainable plastic packaging in all its local units by 2025. It is the first company in Thailand to use Poly Lactic Acid (PLA), a natural plastic substitute, to pack its fresh meats.

CP has operations in Asia, Europe and Africa and the company vision is to be the “Kitchen of the World”.

https://www.cpfworldwide.com/en/product

INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS

TOUCHABLE INK

Samsung and Thailand Association of the Blind worked with a Chemistry Professor at Thammasat University to develop Touchable Ink. This new ink, used in laser printers, has the ability to rise when heated, turning what would normally be a flat row of printed Braille letters to an embossed version readable by fingers.

Touchable Ink promises to lower the cost of printing Braille text for blind users from the current cost of US$1.10 per embossed A4-sized page to just a mere US$0.03 per page using a standard printer. Furthermore, there won’t be a need to pay around US$2,850 for a Braille embosser.

BOPE

The signature products of Bope are tiles and coasters recycled from HDPE (high-density polyethylene) & LDPE (low-density polyethylene) plastic bags. This overlooked raw material allows them to make unpredictable & surprising creations with incredible patterns and colours.

They mostly work with Precious Plastic injection machine to make tiles and coasters. However, lately they have been developing their own sheet press machine to make bigger objects like tables or shelves.

https://preciousplastic.com/en/community-profiles/bope.html

EDEN AGRITECH

Eden Agritech has developed an organic solution food preservative that is sprayed onto fresh-cut fruits like durians, pomelos, jackfruits and mangoes to extend their shelf life by up to 15 days. This would help to keep the fruits fresh and Thai fruit farmers and exporters to reduce waste and earn more money.

About 15 to 20 percent of fruits are spoilt and discarded during transportation annually.

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DIGITAL COMPANIES

Ricult

Ricult is a digital platform which provides farmers with tools that employ machine learning to analyse satellite imagery and microclimate weather data. The data allows farmers to better predict crop yields, pest prevention, proper fertilization, key harvesting times and optimal crop rotations.

Founded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) alumni, Ricult is already launched in Thailand and Pakistan. In Thailand, it has access to 250,000 farmers. 

http://www.ricult.com/

SMART CITIES

Phuket

The key goals of The Phuket Smart City Vision are enhancing the civic and social aspects of tourism to enhance residents’ and tourists’ experiences, promoting trade and commercial activities, and enhancing security to reduce crime rates.

One of its key projects is the City Data Platform. The platform aims to understand tourist behaviour collected from Wi-Fi, the Internet-of-Things (IoT) sensors, wristbands, GPS, and social media. For example, data collected on demography and popular locations of tourists as they connect to the free public Wi-Fi is used to ensure their safety.

https://www.clc.gov.sg/docs/default-source/books/book-asean-smart-cities-network.pdf

 Smart Health Project – Khon Kaen City

Khon Kaen City, the 9th largest municipality in Thailand, has come up with a smart health project whose main components are a smart ambulance, preventive healthcare service and blockchain and data analytics, with the aim of creating a seamless emergency medical system. Alerts will be triggered from smart devices that the patient owns, and the smart ambulance service will be dispatched.

In the aspect of preventive health, smart wristbands and smart home solutions will be used to monitor and collect health data from citizens, while also telling them of what medical options they have.

The last component – which uses blockchain and data analytics – is still in development.

Thai City, Khon Kaen Launches Innovative Smart Health Solutions

All information is correct as of March 2019

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