AMCHAM Thai­land 2016 Com­mit­tee Roundup Re­port

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AERO­SPACE COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Jim Grunewald, Red­bird; John Brasch, Tri­umph Avi­a­tion Board Li­ai­son: David Car­den, Fedex

2016 Ac­com­plish­ments:

This was the first full year for the aero­space com­mit­tee with 10 monthly meet­ings held through­out the year. Com­mit­tee mem­ber­ship has in­creased to over 40 mem­bers, up from the orig­i­nal 8, who signed on as plankowner mem­bers in late 2015. Much of their fo­cus this year has been to un­der­stand the var­i­ous Thai gov­ern­ment pro­grams re­cently put in place to pro­mote Main­te­nance, Re­pair and Over­haul ( MRO) aero­space busi­ness. Some of the no­table speak­ers in­clude Deputy Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ajarin Pat­tana­pan­chai from the Thai­land Board of In­vest­ment, Rear Ad­mi­ral Wo­rapol Tong­pricha, the Air­port Di­rec­tor of the U- tapao In­ter­na­tional Air­port and Ja­cob Siefers, the Re­gional Di­rec­tor for Siko­rsky In­ter­na­tional prod­ucts.

Much of the com­mit­tee dis­cus­sion in­volved aero­space sup­ply chain and qual­i­fy­ing sup­pli­ers to be NADCAP- cer­ti­fied. Sev­eral of the com­mit­tee mem­bers pro­vided com­pany over­views at the start of each monthly meet­ing and top­ics, such as com­par­isons of re­gional tax in­cen­tives and sum­maries of the ap­pli­ca­ble Thai Cus­toms Depart­ment busi­ness con­fer­ences were pre­pared and posted to AMCHAM’S com­mit­tee web page.

Through­out the year the com­mit­tee iden­ti­fied ar­eas that need em­pha­sis in pro­mot­ing the aero­space in­dus­try in Thai­land and the com­mit­tee has worked to get those is­sues into the proper gov­ern­ment chan­nels in both Thai­land and the United States. The com­mit­tee would like to thank the mem­ber­ship for their en­thu­si­as­tic par­tic­i­pa­tion and to the numer­ous other AMCHAM com- mit­tees which have pro­vided guid­ance on is­sues of mu­tual in­ter­est. The com­mit­tee looks for­ward to 2017 with spe­cial sig­nif­i­cance to pro­vide the mem­ber­ship with timely in­for­ma­tion and su­pe­rior un­der­stand­ing of the re­gional aero­space sec­tor to con­tinue to com­pete for global busi­ness.

AUTO COUN­CIL COM­MIT­TEE

Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship: Thomas Cham­bers, Con­ti­nen­tal Au­to­mo­tive; Mike Di­a­mente, Amer­i­can Axle Man­u­fac­tur­ing; David Nar­done, He­maraj Land And De­vel­op­ment; Wail Farghaly, GM/ Chevro­let Board Li­ai­son and Chair: Mark Kauf­man, Ford Mo­tor Com­pany

2016 Ac­com­plish­ments: I. Sus­tain­ing ad­vo­cacy on the three pri­or­ity is­sues of the Coun­cil The Coun­cil, led by its lead­ers and the

AMCHAM’S Com­mit­tee Lead­er­ship on De­cem­ber 6 at the Anan­tara Siam Ho­tel Bangkok

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