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 July 2015 Issue 13



 "It is with considerable sadness that we learned of the passing of Warwick Kneale in Sydney on 26th June. Warwick was a great friend to many of us and a passionate supporter and contributor to the Australian cause in Thailand, he never tied of promoting Thailand to Australian investors and traders. In late April he wrote an article (Read here) whilst undergoing treatment in Sydney  selling the Thailand story for publication by the ANZ. We are re-publishing his last article in this issue of e-Advance. Typical Warwick, always keen to see the positives, never a negative word about anybody, always a well-meaning gentleman.

Warwick was very proud of his achievements in Thailand with Baker Tilley and with AustCham and we will miss his presence in so many ways. Warwick served on the AustCham Board from 2001 to 2008 and then again as Treasurer from 2012 to 2014 making meaningful contributions to the Chamber’s Community activities and later in improving the Chamber’s finances. RIP my dear friend. "


Leigh Scott-Kemmis




All Chambers Sundowners



AustCham is delighted to invite members of all foreign chambers and business associations in Thailand to join Sundowners at the Eastin Grand Hotel Sathorn Bangkok, one of the premier hotels in Bangkok’s luxury hotel sector and centrally located in the Sathorn business district with its own direct access to the BTS Sky Train at Surasak Station, literally bringing the city to the hotel doorstep. It will be a great opportunity for members of all chambers to meet, network and exchange views in a social environment.



Joint event with BCCT, AMCHAM - The Digital Economy Talk with DPM



The Digital Economy may be the single most important investment for a country. For Thailand it can fundamentally improve almost everything - most of which Thailand desperately needs to improve. It can revolutionize the way services are provided to its citizens, bring transparency, reduce corruption, fuel citizen empowerment, provide education to those in all walks of life, promote healthcare and well-being, dramatically cut costs, increase productivity, attract foreign companies, remove red-tape, promote innovation, foster culture and help with serious systemic issues like an aging population.



Eastern Seaboard Networking hosted by GTCC



AustCham invites members and friends to join us for Eastern Seaboard Networking hosted by the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce (GTCC) and held in conjunction with AustCham Thailand, the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (AMCHAM), the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT) and the South African Thai Chamber of Commerce (SATCC). Come along and join us for an evening of networking and mingling at Pattaya.






AustCham is pleased to invite members, friends and family to meet and network with the guests of the Chamber in a social environment at Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park, in the heart of the City’s Business and Entertainment District from Saladang BTS or Silom MRT within easy walking distance.



Eastern Seaboard Sundowners



AustCham would like to invite members and guests to AustCham's Eastern Seaboard Sundowners. Hosted by AustCham and held in conjunction with the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (AMCHAM), the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT), German-Thai Chamber of Commerce (GTCC), South African Chamber (SATCC) and The Belgian-Luxembourg/Thai Chamber of Commerce (BeluThai). More details to be announced.



The Coffee Club 2015 AFL Grand Final Family Day



AustCham's annual AFL Grand Final Family Day, the largest event of its kind outside of Australia will be held on Saturday, 3rd October 2015. Details to be announced shortly.



Australia offers Kingdom green automotive technology


Australian technology and expertise can support Thailand to become a base for environmentally-friendly vehicles of the future

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How a Lean & Agile Thailand can fit in ASEAN


I recently read an article by Marc Singer of McKinsey & Company,[1] which grappled with how larger corporations keep pace in an increasingly dynamic business environment. This requires new ideas to be urgently conceived, tested and implemented based on consumer feedback and behaviors. While not specifically mentioning Lean and Agile methodologies, the article supported the argument that these will improve a firm’s competitiveness.

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Nothing will replace hard work


EMMA Isaacs is one woman who knows what she wants — and she’s making it everyone’s business.

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Thailand outshines Asean in solar power


Come December, Thailand will have more solar power capacity than all of Southeast Asia combined as record sums of money are poured into the sector in the hopes of nurturing a new energy source to help drive the region's second-biggest economy.

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Board of Trade seeks foreign talent


The Board of Trade will propose to the government that it alter its immigration policy to encourage more inflows of foreign talent to Thailand.

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FTAs made simple - a tool to help Australian exporters


This website is designed to help Australian exporters navigate Free Trade Agreement quickly and easily. You can search by product, country or industry.

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Thai Chamber of Commerce focuses on supporting Travel and Tourism industry and business wellness in Thailand to lead to more income to the country


Chanin Donavanik, chairman of the TCC's tourism and service business, said the government should not be concerned about the number of tourist arrivals. Thailand can expect to welcome 40-50 million foreign tourists annually by 2020 if it has a good tourism master plan, says the Thai Chamber of Commerce (TCC).

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How to speak Australian : Abbreviate Everything

University of Canberra Internship: Thailand 2015

Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) 2015



Promotions for AustCham members

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New Member - Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel (Former Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok)

Amara Bangkok, The 250-room hotel is equipped with a host of facilities and services to meet the needs of time-strapped business travelers striving to look and feel their best for business meets, or individual leisure travelers planning to unravel the mystic of Bangkok, taste the myriad flavors of Thai cuisine or simply have fun shopping in a city thronged with malls and traditional markets.

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New Member - CoreMelt Co., Ltd.

CoreMelt's mission is to bring powerful and flexible tools to video editors with simple workflow and at affordable prices. We take the tools from high end visual effects and bring them to you inside desktop software. Using our years of experience in feature films and high end tv commercials we redesign complex user interfaces to make our software simple and intuitive to use. We also pride ourselves on our customer service and responsiveness to our users.

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New Member - Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road

Located in the heart of the city along Wireless Road, the hotel is the ideal spot to discover the neighbourhood. An area rich with history, Wireless Road was home to the embassy and consular quarter but in recent years has grown to become one of Bangkok’s cosmopolitan hot spots. Modern malls are located right next to local markets; international restaurants found right next to well-loved street food stalls. And the hotel’s friendly neighbourhood hosts will be more than happy to share their local tips so that you can fully explore the Wireless Road neighbourhood.

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New Member - Juanita J. Alcantara, General Motors Thailand Ltd. (Individual Member)

Juanita is currently an Assistant Plant Manager for General Motors Thailand - Vehicle Operations. In this position she is responsible for leading the manufacturing leadership team to execute business goals and achieve excellence for people, process and products.

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New Member - Lancaster Bangkok

The Lancaster Bangkok will effortlessly blend contempory design and modern style with traditional Thai elegance. This independent luxury hotel will offer the highest levels of professional, warm and friendly service in an iconic setting. Opening in late 2015, this five star property will include luxurious guest bedrooms, an opulent grand ballroom, state of the art meeting rooms for between 8 and 500 delegates, a deluxe club floor, a scenic rooftop pool and cocktail bar, extensive leisure facilities, and a tranquil Spa. Perfectly located for the city and the expressway, the Lancaster Bangkok will be a perfect addition to the city’s vibrant hotel scene.

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New Member - Mackay Rubber (Thailand)Ltd.

Mackay Rubber (Thailand) is an Australian owned private company. Commencing in 2014, Mackay is producing hoses for the Australian automotive aftermarket and exporting drum seals to the US and Singapore. In the near future Mackay will look to establish itself in the auto aftermarket and drum seal market in the South East Asian region.

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New Member - Tinfish (Thailand) Ltd.

Tinfish Pty Ltd was originally established in 2000 as a private company in Bayswater, Victoria, Australia to manufacture engineered high-value sheet metal products for local and international markets.

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AFG Presentations and Joint Eastern Seaboard Sundowners,

19 June 2015, Pattaya Marriott Hotel & Spa

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Australia - Thailand Business Forum - Perspectives on Investment,

25 June 2015, Shangri-la Hotel Bangkok

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AustralianAlumni Gala Dinner 2015, 26 June 2015,

The Westin Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok

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Stars & Stripes Sundowner, 1 July 2015,

The Westin Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok

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Australian Interns in Thailand - Presentation and Networking Event,

9 July 2015, Mode Sathorn Hotel Bangkok

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Special Business Luncheon: “Thai tourism and ASEAN open skies with the President of Thai Airways”, 10 July 2015,

The Westin Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok

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