LogiMAT | Intelligent Warehouse Expo to come back this year during October 25-27 at Impact

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LogiMAT | Intelligent Warehouse Expo to come back this year during October 25-27 at Impact

LogiMAT | Intelligent Warehouse Expo to come back this year during October 25-27 at Impact


The easing of the epidemic situation and the continued improvement of the economy, Expolink Global Network, the exhibition organizer, will make a big comeback of LogiMAT | Intelligent Warehouse, a trade show for the best technology and intelligent warehousing system, this year.

Phusit Sasitaranondha, Managing Director of Expolink Global Network Limited, said that  after being successful of the LogiMAT | Intelligent Warehouse 2022, the company will organize ‘’ LogiMAT | Intelligent Warehouse’’ expo between October 25-27, 2023, at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani, Hall 5-6.

The fair will reinforces every success by doubling the exhibition space to accommodate both Thai and international entrepreneurs in more than 100 brands in various industries and expected to attract more than 6,000 visitors to join its expo. Its sales from this year expo will double to one billion baht, up from 500 million baht in 2022.

He adds that LogiMAT | Intelligent Warehouse 2023 will return bigger than ever this year by doubling the exhibition space to cater more than 100 brands of both Thai and foreign entrepreneurs.

LogiMAT | Intelligent Warehouse Expo to come back this year during October 25-27 at Impact

The trade show will come with activities such as the Orange Forum, which will discuss about important trends of intralogistics, and the Blue Forum, which will talk about intralogistics solutions that help and solve business problems in depth and specific to each industry.

The Product Demonstration zone will also be brought back to the show once again, giving visitors an opportunity to get an overview of warehouse management more easily. They will see steps and processes that help them understand how it works and understand the need for warehouse systems in any business, medium or large. The fair also  features a seminar forum, warehouse management system demonstration and many other activities and attractions.

He expects the exhibitors from more than 10 countries including Germany, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam to attend its expo.

‘’Southeast Asia has a potential resource of workforce that is ready to work, ready to  Thailand is also a destination as it is ASEAN’s transport and logistics hub and has enjoyed remarkable growth. Such factors made us choose Thailand to host this event which received a very good response in our first edition,’’ he said.

LogiMAT | Intelligent Warehouse Expo to come back this year during October 25-27 at Impact

Mr Bernhard Mueller, Vice President of Landesmesse Stuttgart GmbH., also said that Southeast Asia is a region with outstanding and continuous growth of the logistics industry, especially among ASEAN countries. Not only the logistics industry but the intralogistics industry is also going in the same direction.

In addition to market leaders in the intralogistics industry such as the US, Germany and China, other ASEAN countries are increasingly playing an important role as manufacturers, buyers and distributors. More importantly, ASEAN is also a group of countries with rapidly growing GDP, resulting in these countries increasing investment in both the public and private sectors. They have more purchasing power and production, participating in changes in the supply chain system and the trend of intralogistics. As a result, the ASEAN market is one of the most important markets and one to keep an eye on in the global intralogistics industry.

LogiMAT | Intelligent Warehouse Expo to come back this year during October 25-27 at Impact

Mr Amnat Prakobsook, Secretary to the President, Thai Intralogistics Association, said that with the potential of Local System Integrator (Local SI) that can drives Thai intralogistics because Thailand is full of SMEs, which is proportionately greater than large sized enterprises. It is the main target group that it will develop more knowledge and abilities. 

‘’This event will help entrepreneurs access to update current industry trends that must have a good stock of products, whether medium or large industries such as food, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, automobiles, and others,” he said.

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Thailand aiming to expand huge China market at Asean FTA meet

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Thailand aiming to expand huge China market at Asean FTA meet

Thailand aiming to expand huge China market at Asean FTA meet


Thailand will seek to boost trade with the regional superpower when it hosts the Asean-China Free Trade Agreement Joint Committee (ACFTA-JC) in April, the Department of Trade Negotiations said on Sunday.

It will be the first meeting since the two sides agreed to upgrade the ACFTA at the 25th Asean-China Summit in November last year.

The ACFTA-JC hopes to finalise the framework of trade negotiations between Asean and China and other key details within 2024, the department said.

The framework will cover areas including the digital economy, green economy, supply chain connectivity, competition, consumer protection, and MSMEs (micro, small, and medium enterprises).

The department said China is now Asean’s largest trade partner, with trade volume in three quarters of 2022 expanding 9.68% year on year to US$530.32 billion. Asean’s exports to China amounted to $210.92 billion while its imports from China were worth $319.39 billion.

Meanwhile Thailand’s trade with China last year expanded by 1.53% year on year to US$105.40 or 3.55 trillion baht, with $34.38 billion (1.16 trillion baht) worth of exports and $71.01 billion (2.39 trillion baht) in imports.

Thailand’s key exports to China are fresh fruits, rubber, plastic beads, tapioca, computer components and chemicals. Its key imports from China are electrical machinery and components, electrical appliances, computers and components.

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BJC ranked first in DJSI with the world’s highest score in history of the food & staples retailing industry

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BJC ranked first in DJSI with the world’s highest score in history of the food & staples retailing industry

BJC ranked first in DJSI with the world’s highest score in history of the food & staples retailing industry


Berli Jucker Public Company Limited (BJC) has been listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) Emerging Markets for the third consecutive years, with the distinction of the world’s highest score in history of the food & staples retailing industry and inclusion in S&P Global Sustainability Yearbook 2023.

This achievement was announced in the Sustainability Yearbook 2023, a global report on corporate sustainability performance across different industries. The award reflects BJC’s efforts to drive a positive change across its business and the wider food and staple retailing sector, and a sustainable business partner in driving a better living experience and society development over the past 140 years, taking all three key dimensions of sustainability (Environment, Social and Governance) into consideration and business operations.

BJC ranked first in DJSI with the world’s highest score in history of the food & staples retailing industry

Over 7,500 companies in 61 industries worldwide participated in the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment, the world-renowned sustainability index. BJC’s achievement represents an important milestone in its commitment to being a leader in business sustainability, aiming to be one of the leading organizations in Thailand to contribute towards sustainable business operations.

Amata powers ahead with European smart city

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Amata powers ahead with European smart city

Amata powers ahead with European smart city


Amata Corp has signed a memorandum of understanding with B.Grimm Power that paves the way for its Amata European Smart City, which will draw hi-tech investment from Europe to Chonburi province.

The industrial estate operator is collaborating with B.Grimm Power on its plan to locate the new smart city on 200 rai (32 hectares) inside Amata City Chonburi Industrial Estate. It aims to attract investment in high technology industries from Europe, in addition to the existing zones for Japan, China, Korea, and Taiwan. Amata’s partnership with B.Grimm Power will support investment in the eastern economic corridor.

Both parties intend to extend their cooperation throughout Thailand, and to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam.

Amata powers ahead with European smart city

Vikrom Kromadit, Chairman of Amata Corporation Public Company Limited, or AMATA, revealed that on February 9, 2023, AMATA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Harald Link, President of B.Grimm Power Public Company Limited, or BGRIM, to jointly develop the project of “AMATA European Smart City” in AMATA City Chonburi Industrial Estate, in order to support investment in high-technology industries or so-called s-curve industries from European countries, which are likely to expand their production bases to Asia.

Thailand is also one of the key targets of this relocation and this project is expected to gear up the growth of investment in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).

“Asia nowadays is considered a potential emerging market with high purchasing power. We are always looking for cooperation not only in Thailand but also in CLMVT. These countries are having promising economic growth and they are attracting European investors to relocate their production base to this region,” said Vikrom.

AMATA Group, the largest private developer of industrial cities in Thailand, has more than 1,000 customers, most of whom are investors from overseas companies. The industrial estates cover an area of approx.. 80 square kilometres; furthermore, AMATA City Chonburi Industrial Estate, which is being transformed towards a ” Smart City”, designed to maximize the synergies of the key S-curve industries under Thailand 4.0, and is located at the heart of the EEC, to contribute towards accelerating Thailand and the EEC’s ongoing transformations of a leading innovation-driven economic powerhouse in Asean.

Amata powers ahead with European smart city

“This MOU will lead to the implementation of future projects, and it is also regarded as the progress of a smart city, in which 15 projects are on the advancement, e.g., smart energy, smart mobility, smart manufacturing, etc. We are conducting the study on the allocation of the zone for European countries so that we will be well prepared to support entrepreneurs from Europe who has advanced technology and innovations and tend to expand their production bases to Southeast Asia, especially Thailand,” said Vikrom.

The development of the smart city is one of the main strategies to enhance the industrial town, which is expected to become a low-carbon city in the long run and in compliance with the green economy. This is also in line with AMATA Group’s business commitment to promoting entrepreneurs who manufacture non-polluting products. 

Harald Link said, “AMATA is B.Grimm’s first business partner, and we have jointly studied and pioneered the private electric power industry in Thailand since 1993. At present, B.GRIMM is operating 10 combined cycle power plants in Amata City Chonburi Industrial Estate and Amata City Rayong Industrial Estate, with a total capacity of 1,321 megawatts. Additionally, we also encourage the use of clean energy in the industrial sector of Thailand by producing and distributing electricity generated by solar rooftops for industrial customers within these two industrial estates. This is corresponding to B.Grimm’s “GreenLeap – Global and Green” strategy, aiming to become a leader in sustainable and safe energy development with social and environmental responsibility based on B.GRIMM Power’s business commitment to ‘Empowering the World Compassionately’.”

Amata powers ahead with European smart city

“Referring to this MOU, B.GRIMM shall play an important role in the development of utilities and energy innovations. We will promote the use of renewable energy, increase clean energy storage with efficient technology and modern innovations, and strengthen business competitiveness for the customers in AMATA European Smart City. This will also bring about more confidence among foreign investors and meanwhile expand the growth in Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), leading to Thailand’s economic enhancement and achievement of greenhouse gas reduction as well as the target of Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050,” added Link.

The aforementioned MOU shall be effective for two years, ending on 9 February 2025. The two parties will join forces to develop the area of 200 rai so as to accommodate investment from European countries, including the high-potential industrial clusters. This project, thus, will have a very significant role in attracting more foreign direct investment (FDI) to Thailand.

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KBank and Lombard Odier identifies turning points as global economy likely to head for a mild recession

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KBank and Lombard Odier identifies turning points as global economy likely to head for a mild recession

KBank and Lombard Odier identifies turning points as global economy likely to head for a mild recession


They recommend increasing investments in fixed-income, global and China equities, and risk diversification through alternative assets

KBank Private Banking, in strategic alliance with Lombard Odier, a Switzerland-based global private bank, estimates the 2023 global economy to undergo a mild recession due to signs of disinflation, lowered risks around Europe’s energy crisis, and benefits from China reopening.

At the seminar “2023: A Year of Turning Points“, KBank Private Banking recommends investment strategies in response to major events in the global economy: minimizing portfolio volatility through alternative assets and increasing investments in fixed-income, global, China and Asia equities, and mixed funds as risk assets set to become more attractive.

KResearch expects Thai economic growth to accelerate from drivers in tourism while the export sector still faces pressure.

Jirawat Supornpaibul, Executive Chairman, Private Banking Group, KASIKORNBANK, said, “The investment landscape in 2022 was highly challenging due to the depreciation of almost all asset classes. However, economic conditions in early 2023 have been beneficial for investment so far, from gradual disinflation in goods despite service prices remaining high from the tight labour market, and policy interest rates of global central banks – particularly the US – close to reaching their peaks and likely stay at an elevated level throughout 2023. We expect the economies of developed countries to enter a Slow Down while emerging markets are likely to be boosted by China reopening.”

Jirawat Supornpaibul, Executive Chairman, Private Banking Group, KASIKORNBANKJirawat Supornpaibul, Executive Chairman, Private Banking Group, KASIKORNBANK

Charl Kengchon, Executive Chairman of Kasikorn Research Center, added, “With Thailand’s economy continuing to regain recovery, KResearch has upgraded its 2023 GDP growth projection to 3.7 %, owing to an upswing in the tourism sector as China reopened the country sooner than previously forecast. According to the latest estimation, international tourist arrivals are likely to reach 25.5 million. Exports, however, remain under pressure from a slow global economy and a strong baht, which is expected to persist throughout the year. Thailand’s exports, therefore, are projected to contract by 0.5%.”

Charl Kengchon, Executive Chairman of Kasikorn Research CenterCharl Kengchon, Executive Chairman of Kasikorn Research Center

As for the global economy in 2023, Lombard Odier expects continuous pressures from various negative factors before the recovery can materialize, with three key takeaways as follows:

Inflation has started its descent but central banks will remain restrictive for a while

·       Inflation has peaked and is rolling over thanks to falling energy costs.

·       Service inflation remains elevated and related to the strength of labour markets.

·       Central banks should stop hiking in Q1’2023 but refrain from cutting rates for an extended period of time.

Europe & energy-driven supply shock

·       The prospect of a full-blown energy crisis this winter has become less likely. We see little risk of shortages.

·       On top of the benefits of a warm winter so far, European governments have taken measures to mitigate the impact on households and corporates.

·       New equilibrium in natural gas and oil markets reduces the impact of military developments in Ukraine.

China & zero Covid policy

·       Spiking cases and fatalities should create volatility in economic activities as consumers adjust to the novelty of the high infection environment.

·       Activities to accelerate on a faster timeline than our initial expectation, after volatility in Q1 due to COVID waves.

·       Government leaning on dovish monetary policy and industry deregulation to address downside risks from initial turmoil related to the rapid re-opening process.

Given the recent peak in US 10-year real yield and China reopening, Lombard Odier shared their ten investment convictions for 2023 based on major turning points to watch as follows:

Peak in 10-year real yield

Inflation has started to roll over. Monetary policy tightening in the western world, amid a global downturn in economic activity, translates into an unfavourable set-up for risk assets.

Macro conditions warrant a cautious exposure to risk assets focusing on assets that can better withstand the impact of weaker growth or higher rates.

Sovereign and high-quality corporate returns look promising in 2023.

Peak in US dollar

We prefer quality and diversification across asset classes. We look for quality companies with the ability to defend their margins and be exposed to China reopening.

Earnings per share (EPS) will be revised downwards as margins squeeze due to elevated input costs and reduced customer buying power.

Emerging markets will be boosted by China’s Reopening. After a Fed pivot, we expect emerging assets to rebound. However, a shift in sentiment and growth dynamics is needed.


Given current volatility levels and upcoming geopolitical concerns, we recommend asymmetric return profiles.

Global growth and real yield models have turned for a weaker USD in 2023

High-yield credit will become increasingly attractive as investor sentiment improves, and the appetite for risk assets will increase.

Start of rate cuts

With lower rates, a weaker US dollar, and China reopening, gold prices should rise.

Jirawat concluded that “In response to key turning points of this year’s global economy, we recommend clients to expand return opportunities through alternative assets, such as hedge funds and private assets, and increase investments in fixed-income, global equities under the theme Winner of the New Economy, China and Asia equities under the theme The Rise of China and Asia, as well as sustainability funds and mixed funds, namely K-ALLROAD Series to minimize portfolio risks.”

New THAI CEO confident of early takeoff from rehabilitation plan

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New THAI CEO confident of early takeoff from rehabilitation plan

New THAI CEO confident of early takeoff from rehabilitation plan


The new chief executive of Thailand’s financially ailing national airline on Thursday expressed confidence that it would be able to exit the rehabilitation plan ahead of schedule.

Chai Eamsiri, chief executive officer of Thai Airways International PLC (THAI), said he was confident that the recovery in the travel and tourism sectors would help the national flag carrier complete its rehabilitation conditions and exit the plan earlier than late 2024.

He said that an early exit would allow THAI shares to resume trading on the Stock Exchange of Thailand in 2025.

“The crisis is now over for Thai Airways. We are now in the phase of making money continuously for sustainable development of the organisation,” said Chai, who took charge only on February 1.

THAI has resumed flights on 65% of its pre-Covid routes and its cabin factor was a healthy 85% last year, the CEO said, adding that the airline has made profits since May last year, with a “very good” cash flow of 30 billion baht at present.

The airline earned about 90 billion baht in revenue last year and the figure was estimated to rise by 40% this year, according to the CEO.

He said Thai Airways’ earnings would grow strongly for another year, thanks to the return of Chinese tourists and increased demand for air travel.

According to the CEO, THAI has met most conditions in the business rehabilitation plan quicker than expected.

The airline also has begun its long-term growth programme that includes procurement of new planes and fleet modernisation. With 49 planes at present, THAI aims to expand its fleet to meet rising demand for air transport, taking delivery of six rented Airbus A350 jets in April and planning to lease three more wide-body planes within this year or early next year, according to the CEO.

In September 2020, the Central Bankruptcy Court approved THAI’s recovery plan after the Covid-19 pandemic paralysed global air travel. The airline’s debts stood at 338.9 billion baht against total assets of 298.9 billion baht as of September 30 that year.

Siemens expects high growth in Thailand, Asean CEO says

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Siemens expects high growth in Thailand, Asean CEO says

Siemens expects high growth in Thailand, Asean CEO says


The largest industrial manufacturer in Europe, Siemens, expects substantial growth in Thailand, especially in green energy and sustainability, the company’s Asean CEO, Thai Lai Pham, said in a recent interview with Krungthep Turakij.

“Siemens eyes substantial growth in Thailand with investments in existing businesses, personnel development, and finding partners to expand into new businesses related to green energy and sustainability,” Pham said.

He said that Siemens’ current business plan in Thailand focuses on digital industries and smart infrastructure. The company aims to sell more of its technology products in the Thai market, he said, adding that Siemens invested 5.6 billion euros (201.5 billion baht) in research and development during its last fiscal year.

The key to Thailand’s success will be upgrading its digital infrastructure, Pham said.

Siemens expects high growth in Thailand, Asean CEO says

Thailand’s location is attractive, he added, explaining that the country is in the heart of the Asean where investments in technology and manufacturing are growing rapidly.

“Global investors are interested in every country in the Asean region thanks to high investment in infrastructure and supply chains,” he said. “The Thai government must focus on upgrading the country’s infrastructure, especially its digital [infrastructure] to attract investors, boost competitiveness, and improve people’s quality of life.”

Siemens expects high growth in Thailand, Asean CEO says

Pham added that investments in education and staff training are as important as investing in high-value industries.

“All investment projects must contribute to the development toward sustainability by finding the path that is most suitable for Thailand to achieve the goals,” he said.

“I’m not saying Thailand is currently doing it wrong. But the country needs to improve upon what it has achieved in several aspects, to be even more efficient and ensure the fullest use of FDI,” he said, referring to foreign direct investment.

Siemens expects high growth in Thailand, Asean CEO says

Sustainability will be the biggest challenge for all businesses, he said, noting that Thailand has pledged to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050 and zero greenhouse gas emissions in 2065.

The effective adaptation of technology to suit business objectives and real-world applications will always be the answer for businesses aiming to increase their productivity and prevent losses amid the shift towards greater sustainability, he said.

Siemens expects high growth in Thailand, Asean CEO says

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Travel tech company profiles emerging travel ‘tribes’

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Travel tech company profiles emerging travel ‘tribes’

Travel tech company profiles emerging travel ‘tribes’


Nongluck Ajanapanya

Global travellers will prioritise unique experiences, sustainability, and more technological innovation over the next 10 years, according to a study released by travel technology company Amadeus.

The study examined forces transforming travel, as well as emerging traveller traits, behaviours, and preferences, to pinpoint what travellers will want a decade from now, Karun Budhraja, Amadeus senior vice president for marketing in the Asia Pacific region, told a media briefing at the company’s Singapore office.

The study identifies four “Traveller Tribes” that will develop over the next decade and likely be dominant in 2033.

They are “pioneering pathfinders” (43%), “excited experientialists” (25%), “memory makers” (17%), and “travel tech-fluencers” (15%).

“Pathfinders” live fast-paced lives and are always looking for their next adventure, Budhraja said. Most (82%) are between the ages of 23 and 41.

This group is more willing than others to let sustainability influence their travel decisions and is very comfortable using alternative payment methods, Budhraja said.

“Experientialists” are more likely than other travellers to act on instinct and prefer less predictable and more exciting lodging experiences, he said. Almost half of them are single and they have high-paying jobs with a flexible schedule, he added.

“Tech-fluencers” are the most familiar with using technologies to make their lives easier, but they are the group most concerned about data security, Budhraja said.

“Memory makers” take a more straightforward approach to travel, focusing on making memories and visiting places, Budhraja said. They are older – 44% are over the age of 42 – but travel regularly.

Karun BudhrajaKarun Budhraja

“For them, the future can be a frightening prospect,” Budhraja said.

“They prioritise people over technology and sustainability [and are] reassured by existing methods [of travel],” he added.

Thai tourists fall into the same four categories: half are pathfinders, 23% are experientialists, 15% are tech-fluencers, and 12% are memory makers.

The study indicates that many travellers will be open to new and emerging technologies, and will want to travel in more sustainable ways.

Travel tech company profiles emerging travel ‘tribes’

However, with some travellers concerned about the proliferation of technology and the growing need for cyber-security and data privacy, the industry must ensure that all travellers benefit from technological advances.

“The travel landscape in Asia Pacific markets is incredibly diverse. As the travel industry evolves, the Traveller Tribes report identifies what matters most to Asian Pacific travellers, such as sustainable travel or emerging technologies. Their behaviours and the values they seek in travel will shape the industry in 2033 and beyond,” Budhraja said.

Fred Barou, Amadeus’ senior vice president for customer success management in the Asia Pacific region said travellers are excited by the ability to reach destinations more quickly. They also want sustainable travel, fewer problems with technology, and more diverse payment methods, Barou said.

The survey helps travel agencies and related businesses become aware of what technologies they should look for, he said.

Fred BarouFred Barou

Biofuel could be the next game changer in the travel industry, he said, adding that cashless payment, cryptocurrency, data security, and biometrics are playing a bigger role in travel.

While technology may make travel easier in many ways, travel agencies and other tourism businesses still have a role to play, he said. They need to be more focused and personalised in their service, he explained.

The study is based, in part, on a survey of 10,000 travellers in 15 countries.

Northstar Research Partners was partnered to conduct the study.

Thai trans tycoon welcomes revenue surge from universal beauty

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Thai trans tycoon welcomes revenue surge from universal beauty

Thai trans tycoon welcomes revenue surge from universal beauty


Stephanie Adair

The purchase of the Miss Universe Organisation by JKN Global Group has already seen 800 million baht flow into the Thai company so far, and the amount will rise to 1.2 billion baht this year, its CEO and managing director Jakkaphong “Anne” Jakrajutatip told a press conference.

El Salvador is paying 400 million baht to host the pageant this year and JKN is in the process of signing contracts for hosting the pageant for the following two years, she said. 

JKN bought the Miss Universe Organisation from Endeavor Group in October last year.

JKN plans to use the Miss Universe brand to promote its own consumer products, starting with beverages that will be launched in the first quarter of this year, Jakkaphong said.

JKN is planning to expand into the beverage, wellness and cosmetic segments with direct sales to consumers through JKN18 channel, JKN Hi shopping and Omni Channel and Social Commerce, she said.

Revenues will total 4 billion baht this year, Jakkaphong said.

JKN aims to become a global content creator and to take the lead in Asean by purchasing the rights to sell global brands.

“We are currently using JKN Global to sell the Miss Universe organisation [for] broadcast fees, franchise fees, production fees, everything. So, as we go into the content market, we go as JKN Universe or Miss Universe organisation. That’s part of the blending,” Anne explained.

“The second part will be consumer products. A lot of them will be branded as Miss Universe skin care, Miss Universe cosmetics, and beverages, too … [Miss Universe] beverages will include collagen, multivitamin beauty drinks, and also mineral water. Everything will be under the same ecosystem, led by the logo or brand of Miss Universe,” she added.

The success of the Miss Universe Organisation has improved JKN’s cash flow. As a result, its board of directors agreed at a January 30 meeting to cancel a decision made on January 5 to sell an additional 1,019,917,296 shares to increase its capital.

Instead, it will sell 510,043,387 shares to existing shareholders, and reduce the number existing shareholders can buy to two new shares for every share they hold, instead of three. The shares

JKN will also issue new ordinary shares – 66,666,666 million at 4.50 baht apiece – in a private placement to Unistretch Co Ltd, which is part of the GP Group under the management of Nishita Shah.

The group is JKN’s strategic partner in expanding the Miss Universe Organisation. 

JKN decided to postpone the rights offering and reduce its size because it forecasts higher than expected revenue this year from the Miss Universe Organisation. 

The reduced rights offering will have no effect on JKN’s expansion plans, Jakkaphong said.

Thailand’s four major international airports being expanded to cope with return of foreign tourists

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Thailand’s four major international airports being expanded to cope with return of foreign tourists

Thailand’s four major international airports being expanded to cope with return of foreign tourists


The government is expanding at least four international airports to cope with the return of foreign tourists after the Covid pandemic, a senior government official said on Thursday.

Deputy government spokeswoman Traisulee Taisaranakul said efforts are being speeded up to expand major international airports after the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand predicted that the number of foreign arrivals would reach the pre-Covid level in 2024.

The expansion of the airports are also aimed at coping with the prediction of the International Air Transport Association, the spokeswoman added. She quoted the IATA as predicting around 200 million foreign arrivals in 2031.Thailand’s four major international airports being expanded to cope with return of foreign tourists

Traisulee said the four major airport expansion projects are:

● Suvarnabhumi International Airport Phase 2

Under the project, the construction of the Satellite Airport Terminal – 1 (SAT-1) has been completed and the Transport Ministry will start using the new terminal this year. The SAT-1 terminal will boost the airport’s capacity from 45 million passengers a year to 60 million a year.

Traisulee said the airport was also building its third runway, and the construction would be completed in 2024. After the third runway is completed, the airport will be able to receive 94 flights per hour from the current 68 flights per hour.

● Don Mueang International Airport Phase 3

The Cabinet on November 29 last year approved the Phase-3 development. Construction will start this year, and is due to be completed in 2029.

The Phase 3 project involves multiple constructions, including the third terminal, a runway, a new aircraft hangar and a warehouse building.

The airport will also build other basic facilities, including a new carpark building, a new office building, new roads, a new maintenance building, a garbage management zone, a new drainage system, and a fire station.

Traisulee said when the project is completed, the Don Mueang airport would be able to accommodate 40 million passengers a year, from the current 30 million.

● Expansion of the U-Tapao International Airport in Rayong

The expansion will be carried out in four phases and once completed in 2055, the airport will be able to receive 60 million passengers a year.

Traisulee said the first phase would be completed in 2024, after which the airport would be able to accommodate 15.9 million passengers a year.

● Phuket International Airport Phase 2

The project aims to expand passenger capacity from 12.5 million a year to 18 million. The project includes the expansion of the international terminal, and the expansion of aircraft hangars as well as expansion of basic infrastructure.

Traisulee said Airports of Thailand Plc, which runs the airports, is now selecting an advisory firm to set the details of the project.

Thailand’s four major international airports being expanded to cope with return of foreign touristsAs part of the preparations for increased international flights, the government has also drafted a new civil aviation master plan, which will be in use until 2037. Traisulee said the Cabinet approved the plan on Tuesday.