Issue: Feb 2018


TAPA 2018: Presenting Clean Innovation for the Future



by Alan Tran

The Heart of the Automotive Industry

Thailand is the largest automotive producer among Southeast Asian countries and is currently the world’s 12th largest automotive production base. The Kingdom’s automotive industry has been continuously developing for over 50 years with strong support from both the public and private sectors, and major multinational automotive industry leaders are all presented in Thailand.

With the automotive production capacity of around 2 million vehicles a year, Thailand has now approximately 709 Tier 1 auto-parts suppliers and 1,700 Tier 2 and 3 suppliers. More than half of the Tier 1 suppliers are automotive component companies. Of the top 100 auto parts manufacturers in the world, 50% have factories in the country. Thailand’s production base is diverse enough to supply all necessary components, from tires to structural components.

The Future is Here

Thailand Auto Parts & Accessories (TAPA) is a major event that shines a spotlight on Thailand as a significant sourcing hub of auto parts and accessories in ASEAN and is an international trade arena to present new products and innovations in the auto parts and accessories industry. Held under the concept of “Innovation Clean for the Future”, TAPA 2018 will also focus on the future development of automobile industry that gears towards high energy with low emission vehicles, especially electric vehicles driven by electric motor such as battery-powered cars and hybrid cars.

World Auto Parts Sourcing Hubs

TAPA 2018 will feature 500 exhibitors who are leading manufacturers, exporters, distributors, sub - contractors, manufacturer's OEMs/REMs from Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Italy, Germany, China, the Middle East, South America, Russia, etc. in 1,000 booths. The products and services on display include auto parts and components (OEM/REM), auto accessories, petroleum/lubricants/maintenance products, tools/dies and machines, vehicles, repair, maintenance and services, IT and management.

Excitement Awaits at TAPA 2018

An arena for international trade negotiations, TAPA 2018 is expected to attract more than 10,000 visitors from ASEAN, South Asia, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, Africa, Europe, China, the Middle East, South America, Russia, etc. Visitors can get updated with the latest trends in the industry with activities and seminars featuring renowned speakers in hot topics. Exciting activities at TAPA 2018 include exhibitions and Product Showcase from leading automobile and parts manufacturers which present cutting-edge technologies in automobile and parts. There will be a seminar on “Eastern Economic Corridor: EEC”, presenting an insight on this newly promoted area with high potential for investment in the automotive industry.

TAPA 2018: Your Destination for Business Collaboration

If you are looking for an international marketplace to seek and expand business collaboration and networking among manufacturers and buyers, TAPA 2018 is definitely your place to visit. TAPA 2018 is organized by the Department of International Trade Promotion in collaboration with Thai Auto-Parts Manufacturers Association and supported by Thai Auto Parts Aftermarket Association, Thailand Automotive Institute, Worajak Automotive Synergy Association, the Thai Automotive Industry Association and related associations and organizations in Thailand’s auto parts industry during 5-8 April 2018 at Hall 101-104 BITEC, Bangkok – 5-7 April 2018 are trade days and 8 April 2018 is a public day.



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