The Thai Federation of Industries expects vehicle production to jump 43 per cent in the first quarter of 2013, and a government official recently stated that Thailand could build 2.8 million vehicles this year, up from 2.4 million last year.

“This would enable car and truck production in Thailand to leapfrog past assemblies in Canada,” Gomes wrote. He suggests the country could be making 3 million cars a year by 2015. Gomes’s assessment jibes with official data from the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers, which shows Canada barely held on to its No. 10 overall ranking last year, with 2,463,732 Canadian-built vehicles. Thailand built 2,483,043 vehicles in 2012, good enough for ninth overall.

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In 2011, 1.46 million vehicles were manufactured in Thailand, ranking Thailand 14th among the world’s automotive manufacturing countries. According to the Thai Automotive Instituteproduction is predicted to reach 2.2 million units in 2012, 50% produced for domestic sale and 50% for export.

“Thailand is expected to produce 2 million cars in 2012 and is expected to achieve 3 million units by 2015 – placing it among the world’s top 10 auto producing countries. The economic opening of Myanmar could propel Thailand’s ascension into the world’s top 10 auto producing countries even faster by increasing regional demand as it looks to upgrade its older cars.”

 -Dr. Patima Jeerapaet, President of Thailand Automotive Institute

 

Top 10 Vehicle Export Destinations in 2011

Country

Value (US$)

%

Australia

        2,264,385,667

21.5%

Indonesia

        1,251,496,333

11.9%

Malaysia

           572,750,667

5.4%

Saudi Arabia

           558,118,667

5.3%

Philippines

           527,428,000

5.0%

Japan

           458,259,000

4.3%

Russia

           378,630,667

3.6%

Oman

           224,666,000

2.1%

Chile

           217,057,667

2.1%

UK

           193,111,667

1.8%

Total top 10 countries

        6,645,904,333

63%

Source: Thai Automotive Institute

 

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