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Thai developer woos MRO firms to new 'Aerospace City'

Thai industrial developer Amata Corporation is looking to commence construction of its “Aerospace City” near Bangkok by early 2020, as it awaits regulatory approval.

Amata’s business development section manager Pongsakorn Limpakarnwech adds that MRO companies have shown interest, but did not disclose which companies these were. The development will be located in Chonburi, an area south-east of Bangkok

Limparkarnwech says that Amata hopes the “Aerospace City” to be a “one-stop industrial solutions provider.”

He adds that the aerospace sector is “good fit” for Amata, given its links to the automotive and electronics sector.

Amata already has an existing industrial area in Chonburi, Amata City, but is looking to grow the area as part of a “smart city” push.

One aerospace company based in Amata City is Triumph Aviation Services Asia, an MRO station for Boeing and Airbus programmes, such as the Boeing 777, as well as the Airbus A320 family.

The 54-hectare “Aerospace City” project, located in the expanded Amata City, will tap on growing demand in the region, Amata says. The aerospace sector is among the industries the Thai government is looking to promote as future growth areas.

Among the advantages Limpakarnwech touts are the area’s proximity to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, as well as links to Amata’s existing industries — automotive and electronics — in the Amata City area.

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