My first impressions of the German- Thai community

Although I have just started with my internship at GTCC, I already had the chance to accompany the Membership, Event and Communications team for a site visit to a factory in Pathumtani in the morning and joined a networking event later at night.

Our site visit started at 10 a.m. The team took a van to Pathumtani, a city located about 30 km north of Bangkok. The purpose of this visit was to gain new insights about Fabrinet, a Thailand- based worldwide manufacturer, which is providing precision optical, electro mechanical, and electronic manufacturing services to leading companies that produce parts or subsystems for other stakeholders’ end products (OEM). I was honored to explore one of the company’s three plants, which offered great insights into the testing and process development.

Not only services for optical communication and laser products, but also sensor technologies for the automotive industry, and manufacturing skills for the aerospace and transport markets as well as the medical sector underlined that Fabrinet has a competitive advantage by implementing sophisticated business practices.

Especially their corporate social responsibility in terms of a sustainable production, the construction of a wall to protect employees from Thailand’s floods and their recruitment & promotion of female employees, which became visible during the speech of Mr. Kevin Camelon, General Manager of Fabrinet’s Global Supply Chain, impressed me and further highlighted that the company appreciates Thailand by acting as a corporate citizen.

After the site visit, I further had the pleasure to join the GTCC Stammtisch in Bangkok, a business networking event that aims at maintaining and establishing professional but also personal relationships between members of the German- Thai community.

While enjoying traditional German food and beer at “Bei Otto”, a well-known restaurant and bar, people had the chance to exchange their business experiences and cards. The whole event took place in Sukhumvit, one of Bangkok’s vibrant nightlife districts and further made me appreciate the opportunity of being able to have started my internship with the German- Thai Chamber of Commerce.

— Marvin Woischnik-Lange

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