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20131025 success stories on innovation in thailand-thaweesak (all)5

  1. 1. Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. National Science and Technology Development Agency http://www.nstda.or.th/eng/ EABC Seminar on “Success Stories on Innovation in Thailand – A Key Driver of Economic Growth through Technology” 25 October 2013 Grand Ballroom, Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, Bangkok A Driving Force for National Science and Technology Capability Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 1
  2. 2. Thailand  Innovation  The Global Economy   National Innovation System of Thailand  Introducing NSTDA: S&T Solutions to Support Innovation  www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Significance of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in Economic Development Success Stories of Innovation in Thai Economy: NSTDA and the Thai Private Sector Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 2
  3. 3. Significance of STI in Economic Development www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 3
  4. 4. Thailand at a Glance (2012)      Population: 69.5 million GDP: USD 366 billion Second largest economy in ASEAN Upper middle-income nation Competitiveness 18th (from 185) in Ease of Doing Business 2013  38th (from 144) – WEF 2012-2013  30th (from 59) – IMD 2012    Source: IMD, WEF www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013  World exporter ranking: #1 naturalrubber&Chickenmeat #2sugar&hard-disk drive #3 rice GlobalAuto manufacturing hub Manufactured 2.2 million cars Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 4
  5. 5. Weaknesses: Productivity and Knowledge Economic Performance Government Efficiency 3 4 5 14 19 31 Business Efficiency 31 Infrastructure 2 Low productivity & efficiency 10 16 17 30 43 48 25 Poor knowledge-based infrastructure 44 40 47 55 51 Source: IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2013 www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 5
  6. 6. Low R&D intensity and personnel Thailand GERD/GDP = 0.22% R&D Personnel = 9.1/10,000 people Total Expenditure on R&D year by IMD 2013 : Percentage of GDP (%) 3.74 4.0 Government sector (%) 3.0 3.25 Business sector (%) 23% 2.23 1.84 2.0 1.34 24% 1.07 1.0 0.0 25% 38% 77% 36% 43% 0.22 64% 0.03 0.10 57% 57% 44% 86% 75% 76% 62% 14% 56% 43% Source: IMD World Competitiveness Online 2013 (retrieved on October 2013) www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 6
  7. 7. Thailand needs more R&D to get out of the Middle-Income Trap GNI per capita, PPP (current international $) 50,000 United States (2009) 40,000 United Kingdom (2010) High income (2009) 30,000 European Union (2010) OECD members (2009) 20,000 Upper middle income (2009) High income World (2009) 10,000 Middle income Lower middle income Thailand (2007) (2007) - 0.50 1.00 1.50 2.00 2.50 3.00 3.50 R&D Expenditure (% of GDP) Source: The World Bank (2013)* Note: *Latest data retrieved on October, 2013 www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 7
  8. 8. R&D Ecosystem in Thailand Research R&D Funding อุดหนุนวิจัย Private Enterprises ARDA สวก. NRCT สวรส. NBTC Ministries/Funds Universities TRFสกว. R&D Policy STI Techno Business Promotion and Supports GISTDA HAII SEC & SET SIPA DSS NSTDA SLRI Business Companies BOI TISTR NARIT SME RD HSRI CPMO CPMO DIP Commercial Banks Software Park Thailand Science Park Technology Management Center NIA TCELS PTEC Source: NSTDA, 2013 www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 8
  9. 9. Introducing A Driving Force for National Science and Technology Capability S&T Solutions to Support Innovation www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 9
  10. 10. Towards a Knowledge-based Society/Economy Economy Ability to compete sustainably Society A happy community with good living condition, healthy, safe, steady income and a learning environment Increased investment in STI of the private sector    TechnoBusiness Joint ventures promotion (public+ private) NSTDA as the first choice in mind for STI solutions Good use of established Science infrastructure Increased collaboration with farmers NSTDA  Increased awareness of STI Increased benefits from STI Create sustainable and tangible impact in food, agriculture and energy with STI Excellence in research with efficient management of research outputs Thailand Science Park: Phase II Customer focus culture Effective internal management www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 10
  11. 11. Introducing A key partner towards a Knowledge-based Society using science and technology  Research, Development, Design and Engineering  Human Resource Development  Technology Transfer with the private sector  Science and Technology Infrastructure Development and Services Technology Management www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 11
  12. 12. NSTDA Research Programs (2011-2016) Target Industries Research Programs Cross-cutting Technologies Platform Technologies www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Argiculture and Food 1. Rice 2. Tapioca 3. Rubber 4. Seed 5. Animal Production and Animal Health 6. Plants for the Future 7. Food Innovation Energy and Environment 1. Sustainable Environment 2. Resource and Energy Efficiency 3. Renewable Energy and New Technology Research 4. EGAT joint research program Health and Medicine Bioresources and Community 1.Newly Emerging Disease, Reemerging Disease 2. Genotype Technology 3. Assistive Devices and Technologies for People with Disabilities and The Elderly 4. Healthcare Practice and Medical Devices 1.Technology for Rural Development 2. Bio-resources Manufacturing and Service Industries 1.Hard Disk Drive Industry 2. Air-conditioning and Refrigerator Industry 3. Automotive and Automotive Parts Industry 4. Rail Technology Functional Materials Digital Engineering(design, engineering, simulation, automation) Sensor and Intelligent system Service and Research Innovation 1. Functional Genomics Technology 2. Microbial Biotechnology 3. Agro-biotechnology 1. Computer-Aided Design, Engineering, and Manufacturing 2. Materials Design and Production 1. Electronic Devices and Systems 2. Service Informatics Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 1. Nano-coating 2. Nanoencapsulation 3. Functional Nanostructure 12
  13. 13. Role of NSTDA in Bridging Valley of Death Source: Osawa and MiyaZaki (2006) www.nstda.or.th Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy © NSTDA 2013 Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 13
  14. 14. Promoting S&T in the Private Sector SMEs Large Corporations Technology New Startups Technology Business Aspirers Soft Loans R&D Funding for joint research NSTDA Joint Ventures ITAP (Industrial Technical Assistant Program) Product Testing and Standards Technology Licensing Services Contract Research, Joint Research Financial Technical Resources HRD (at NSTDA Academy) Cluster and Program Management Office Incubation Center www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 200% Tax Reduction on R&D Expenses Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 14
  15. 15. Thailand Science Park –An Innovation Hub, and home of NSTDA and 60 companies +160 new companies in 2013-2016 access to Infra structures www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 access to Capital access to Knowledge access to R&D Network Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 15
  16. 16. Success Stories of NSTDA’s Innovation in Thai Economy Retrieve our booklet from http://www.nstda.or.th/pub/2013/20130701-NSTDA-research2556.pdf www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 16
  17. 17. Rubber Product and Process Innovation Higher Value Added & Environmental Friendly  Substituting ammonia with less toxic substance for preservation before processing  Substituting sulfuric to reduce toxic waste  Developing new substances (GRASS 2 and 3) for higher productivity  New rubber products  Generating more income (240 million baht/year) www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 17
  18. 18. Fresh Produce Packaging Innovation: Active/Functional Films  2-5 times shelf life extension by optimum EMA packaging with cold storage  3-7 times cost reduction as compared to imported films Retention of freshness quality after harvest, during transportation and distribution to consumers highly efficient logistics High value retail produce : Niche market of fresh cut produce “Packaging of fresh cut produce” Antifog films For household : Our licensees sell through modern trade channels such as Tesco Lotus, The Mall, TOPS etc. Outstanding Technologist Award 2005 www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Brussels Eureka 2004 Silver Medal Packaging and Storage Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 18
  19. 19. Agro-Multipurpose Five-Ton Truck • Safety • Run on biodiesel fuel • Extensive add-on applications e.g., water pump www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 19
  20. 20. SOS Water – Mobile Water Filtration System SOS Water (Solar Operating System): Mobile Water Filtration System that utilize silver nano-coated ceramic filter with portable solar cell. For providing high-quality clean drinking water during the natural disaster. www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 20
  21. 21. Success Stories of Thai Private Sector Innovation examples from NSTDA customers: SCG CP Group Betagro Group MitrPhol Group FlexoResearch Group Samart Kasetyon Ltd., Part. KEEEN Limited. www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 21
  22. 22. 100 Years of Substantial Imprints HVA products& services/revenue 34% Chemicals Cement-Building Materials Paper 2013 Distribution 17% in 2007 By 2015, SCG as ASEAN Sustainable Business Leader 1998 Chemicals 1983 Paper 1976 Building Materials 1938 Cement 1913 Announced in 2007 Source: SCG www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 22
  23. 23. Transforming commodity to High Value Added Medical-grade Automotive Basic products PE Wax Flexible packaging Source: SCG www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 23
  24. 24. Transforming commodity to High Value Added Marine Cement Basic Construction Materials Color Render Cement SCG Heim Wood Substitute Door & Window Frame Source: SCG www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 24
  25. 25. Transforming commodity to High Value Added Packaging Paper Green Carton Innovative printing & writing paper Dissolving Pulp (Rayon / Textile) Printing & writing Paper Short Fiber Pulp Machine Glazed Paper Source: SCG www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 25
  26. 26. Innovations of chicken industry in Thailand By CP Group Source: CP Group www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 26
  27. 27. Evaporative cooling system chicken house Source: CP Group www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 27
  28. 28. Innovations of integrated shrimp industry Source: CP Group www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 28
  29. 29. Bio-secure, closed-system shrimp farm Source: CP Group www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 29
  30. 30. Environmentally-friendly and sustainable shrimp farm Source: CP Group www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 30
  31. 31. Innovations from Betagro: A Novel Probes Array-based Method to Simultaneously Identify 6 species of Listeria Application: Probes array is a DNA based system designed for speciation of L. monocytogenes, L. innocua, L. welshimeri, L. seeligeri, L. ivanovii and L. grayiin pure colony and pre-enrichment medium Process : The entire operation processes about 24 hours Specificity : 100% Sensitivity : The detection limit is 0.1 ng of DNA and 0.1% w/w of DNA Source: Research & Development Center, Betagro Group www.nstda.or.th Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy © NSTDA 2013 Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 31
  32. 32. Benefits  Probes array takes shorter time of processing and is a multiple targets or high throughput detection  Probes array is easy to implement which can help controlling, monitoring and tracking sources of Listeria contamination in the farm operation as well as in the food production facility more effectively Source: Research & Development Center, Betagro Group www.nstda.or.th Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy © NSTDA 2013 Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 32
  33. 33. Innovations from Betagro: Healthy Processed Meat Products: “Low Fat Sausages” Source: Research & Development Center, Betagro Group www.nstda.or.th Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy © NSTDA 2013 Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 33
  34. 34. Research Problem Statement Fat in Sausages : Top 10 foods highest in saturated fat and cholesterol High in unhealthy saturated fat Increase in a risk of cardiovascular diseases The cause of several types of cancers Functionality of Fat in Foods : Source of flavour Flavour release Flavour profile Precursor FAT Reservoir Flavour masking Mouth feel/Richness Source: Pearson and Gillett , 1999 www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 34
  35. 35. Scope of Research Conventional Sausage Low Fat Sausage* Target product Total fat content  20-30% Total fat must not be more than 3 grams per serving size. (serving size of sausage = 55 g) Fat content < 5.45% Note: * Definition of low fat sausages; Ministry of Public Health, No.182, 1998, Nutrition Labeling Source: Research & Development Center, Betagro Group www.nstda.or.th Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy © NSTDA 2013 Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 35
  36. 36. Results from Research Product prototype can be claimed as: Low fat Lite (Calories) Low cholesterol Source: Research & Development Center, Betagro Group www.nstda.or.th Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy © NSTDA 2013 Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 36
  37. 37. MitrPhol Group Source: MitrPhol Group www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 37
  38. 38. Mitr Phol Group ranks 5th in the global sugar production in 2010/11 Source: MitrPhol Group www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 38
  39. 39. Thailand is the only sugar exporter in Asia S. Korea (1.6 MT) China (2 MT) Middle East (5.4 MT) S.Asia (3 MT) Japan (1.5 MT) Thai Export +5.3 MT Malaysia (1.5 MT) Asia importssugar about 8-10 million tons/year In 2009/2010 Total production = 52 MT Total consumption = 76 MT www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Indonesia (1.6 MT) Source: MitrPhol Group Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 39
  40. 40. MitrPhol Value Chain Source: MitrPhol Group www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 40
  41. 41. IT Innovation to Business Use SIMS Cane Smile Data Online Smart Application Source: MitrPhol Group www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 41
  42. 42. Management for Drought Risk Areas มม. Drought Tolerant Innovation by Mutation Breeding Scale 1:1,500,000 นครสวรรค์ สะพาน ชัหิน ยนาท Source: MitrPhol Group www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 ดงดินSB แดง ชอนสมบูรณ์ ชอนเดื่อ เขากา ห้ วยใหญ่ หนองม่ วง ดงเทพ ลพบุรี เนินจันทร์ วังคอไห รั ตน์ สิงห์ บุรี หัวเขา โรงงาน หนองกระทุ่ม สวนสาราญ แก้ วกระจ่ าSource: MitrPhol Group ง Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 42
  43. 43. Test kit leads to the largest disease-free seed cane production unit in Asia-Pacific Pathogen-free seed cane production 30,000 tons/year for Mitr Lao Source: MitrPhol Group www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 43
  44. 44. MP11 Super Yeast improves ethanol production efficiency Ethanol production efficiency Production process of MP11 Super Yeast • MP11 Super Yeast • Dry Yeast O2 Source: MitrPhol Group www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 44
  45. 45. Retail Products in Domestic Market ourRetailProducts Carbon Labelled Products Carbon Label Carbon Foot print (Ongoing) Source: MitrPhol Group www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 45
  46. 46. FlexoResearch Group     An entrepreneurial start-up, former incubated company in Thailand Science Park, 2008 Inventor of non-recyclable laminated paper waste recovery enzyme, featured in TIME magazine 2010 Technology Pioneer 2011, World Economic Forum Thai biochemist tackles waste, featured in CNN 2012 Source: FlexoResearch Group www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 46
  47. 47. FlexoResearch Group Innovations Source: FlexoResearch Group www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 47
  48. 48. FlexoResearch Group – FRG - STEPPING STONES Stepping Stones START UP Enzyme for Refining & Deinking Paper Waste 2008 Enzyme for Wet Strength Paper Waste 2009 Enzyme for Laminated Paper Waste Recovery Set Up Thai pulp mill 2010 Licensing (Africa), Ja nuary Joint Venture Mill (Malaysia) October 2011 Licensing (Thailand), June Joint Venture Mill (Germany and UK), Dece mber PPP MOU (US and middle east), Augu st 2013 2012 1 self operating mill in Thailand 1 technology transfer licensing in Thailand 2 joint-ventured operating mills in Malaysia 2 joint-ventured mills are under construction in Germany and UK 1 technology transfer licensing in South Africa 2 MOUs to seek public-private-partnership in US and middle east Source: FlexoResearch Group www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 48
  49. 49. FlexoResearch: Homes Convert Waste into Wealth Convert Pollutions into Profits For Sustainability of our environment and our next generations Source: FlexoResearch Group www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 49
  50. 50. Success Case of SamartKasetyon Ltd., Part.: Export of Sugar-Cane Harvesters to Brazil Mr. Samart and Mr.WitoonLeethirananon received the Outstanding Technologist Award of 2013 from HRH Princess MahaChakriSirindhorn on October 21, 2013. www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 50
  51. 51. International Success of Start-up KEEEN Limited. Innovation: Bioremediation Agent to resolve the industrial waste treatment problem prior to discharge to natural Awards:  Awards from International Technology Expo 2012, Malaysia, May 2012 • • • Gold Medal Excellentฟ Biotechnology Innovation from Japan Excellent Environment Innovation from China  Gold Medal from 8th Taipei International Invention Show &Technomart, Taiwan, Sept. 2012.  Grand Prize 2012 from Asian Science Parks Association, October 2012 Source: KEEEN Limited www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 51
  52. 52. Top 10 Thai Innovative Business 2012 ranked by NIA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Source: NIA www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 52
  53. 53. Thank you for your attention. A Driving Force for National Science and Technology Capability Retrieve our booklet from http://www.nstda.or.th/pub/2013/20130701-NSTDA-research2556.pdf National Science and Technology Development Agency 111 Thailand Science Park PhahonyothinRoad, KlongLuang, Pathumthani 12120 Thailand Tel. +662-564-7000 Email: president@nstda.or.th www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 53
  54. 54. A Science City Pool of Human Resources • 6,000+ Research and Academic Personnel • 4,000+ Graduate Students • 25,000+ Undergraduates. Total Area = 25 km2 AIT TSP 1.3 km2 Thammasat University 2.8 km2 Leading Research Institutes NSTDA, TISTR, PTT, SCG, CP, Betagro, Fishery Department, etc. Phahonyothin Road Bangkok University www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Industrial Estates Navanakorn, Bang Kadee, Bang Pa-in, Rojana, Hi-Tech. Over 10 Universities Asian Institute of Technology Thammasat University Sirindhorn Inter. Institute of Tech. Bangkok University Rangsit University Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University Rajamangala U. of Tech. Thanyaburi Shinawatra University Eastern Asia University North Bangkok University Patumthani University Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 54
  55. 55. Voices of our Customers... “…the establishment of Green Nanomaterials Research Center at TSP reflects our research and development mission and offers chances to SCG Cement’s researchers to work in high-quality environment surrounded by the country’s leading researchers. This environment allows our researchers to catch up with the latest and advance technologies rapidly and work closely with research institutions that we have cooperation including SIIT, AIT, NSTDA’s research centers such as NANOTEC and MTEC.” -- Pramote Techasupatkul, President, SCG Cement Co., Ltd. “…establishing Betagro Science Center in Thailand Science Park (TSP) is another big step of Betagro Group investing in R&D. We chose TSP because of a potential on R&D collaboration with the four National Research Centers who have a large pool of human resources and state-ofthe-art equipments. We strongly believe that the “science” atmosphere and “learning” environment in TSP will motivate our R&D staff to be able to deliver innovative outcomes within a timely manner.” --Vanus Taepaisitphongse, Chief Executive Officer, Betagro Group www.nstda.or.th © NSTDA 2013 Success Stories of Thai Innovations in the Global Economy Hugh ThaweesakKoanantakool, Ph.D. 55

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