Sunday, January 5, 2014

Thailand sees car manufacturing boom


At a high-tech factory in the world's fastest growing vehicle production hub, industrial robots and white-suited workers put the finishing touches to hundreds of cars rolling off the assembly line each day.

It could be a scene from Toyota City or Detroit, but this is Thailand, a country better known around the world for its beaches and rice paddies.

With major car makers hit by a global economic downturn, the Southeast Asian nation has emerged as a rare bright spot in recent years.

Thailand's auto production surged 70 per cent in 2012 from the previous year, to 2.48 million vehicles, according to the Paris-based International Organisation of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers.

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