The EABC Automotive WG provides a business-driven platform for discussion and formulation of consolidated positions of the WG members on key automotive issues in Thailand. By leveraging European expertise, the WG identifies critical topics and makes both strategic and operational recommendations for improvement and clarification of Government policies. Since 2018, the Automotive WG is a joint working group by the EABC and the Thai-European Business Association (TEBA). It aims to continuously promote the sustainable long-term competitiveness of the automotive industry in Thailand in close collaboration with all relevant governmental agencies and the wide network of industry associations.
Thailand has developed significantly over the last 50 years to become the largest automotive producer in ASEAN and the 12th largest in the world. As an “Automotive Hub of Asia”, Thailand continuously accelerates its next-generation automotive industry to follow the Government’s S-Curve and industry 4.0 Strategy. The automotive industry is contributing nearly 12% of Thailand’s national GDP. In 2018, Thailand produced more than 2 million vehicles; whereof 48% were sold locally and 52% were exported. The industry includes the supply chains of OEMs, parts makers, service providers, dealers and other related industries both from the EU into Thailand and vice versa from Thailand through export into the EU and worldwide production network and markets.
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The Automotive WG’s Chairperson is Mr.Christian Wiedmann. Christian is the President and CEO of BMW Group Thailand. He transferred to Thailand from Australia where he was CEO and Managing Director of BMW Financial Service Australia Ltd. During his career at BMW Group, he has held different management positions in a number of markets, including Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, South Korea, Australia and Thailand. Christian was born in Thailand and earned his Master of Business Administration in Fribourg, Switzerland where he started his career in banking and consulting before entering the automotive industry. His extensive automotive industry experience in different business environments and deep understanding of the Thai Market makes him valuable asset to the European Automotive WG in Thailand.