Representatives from leading rubber manufacturers and government agencies in China have recently visited and surveyed a potential rubber processing site in Thailand. The group discussed future investments that await Thai companies and consumers.
Thailand has been a primary rubber producer and exporter in China and other third-world countries. However, the country faces declining prices of rubber, directly affecting the livelihood of several rubber farmers. As a proactive effort, the China Cereals, Oils, and Foodstuffs Corporation (COFCO) facilitated a discussion with the Thai government regarding possible rice purchases.
The impending agreement provides a great opportunity in solving the issue on rubber pricing and in promoting the growth of the rubber industry. “Thailand was prompted to facilitate investment from Chinese rubber firms, as they will transfer technology and should help encourage a rubber price hike as demand spurts for domestic manufacturing,” said Commerce Minister, Chatchai Sarikulya.
At present, China has already established two large-scale rubber tire production plants in Rayong. The first Thai tire factory started its operations in February 2014 while the second is scheduled to start full operations in May 2015. A number of Chinese entrepreneurs in the field of information and communications technology (ICT), agricultural processing, medical equipment, and locomotives also expressed great interest in expanding their businesses in Thailand.
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