Intertec Southeast Asia to be headquartered in Bangkok

Within the next two years, Danish systems solutions company Intertec A/S will be operational in Thailand as its Southeast Asian headquarters. The company eyes primarily at food and beverage processing line and local airport projects in the region.
     Intertec A/S specializes in technologically advanced systems solutions for installation at airports, processing lines in the food and beverage industries, power generation and distribution plants both from conventional and renewable sources as well as complex mechanical and electrical plants.
     The new Bangkok-based company is to be named Intertec SEA. The registration with related Thai authorities is currently under way.
     Mr. Dan S. Christensen, a new individual member of the Danish–Thai Chamber of Commerce since February, is the key person in this ambitious move. Before coming to Bangkok to set up this company, he was based in Hanoi for four years as the general manager of Intertec’s representative office in Vietnam.
     He said Thailand was chosen as the regional base mainly because of its geographical location, attractive investment incentives, large number of qualified engineers, and comfortable regulations for expatriates.
     “In addition to the strategic location between Europe and the US, applying for the status as a regional headquarters here will entitle us for reduced corporate income tax among other interesting privileges.”
     Under the Board of Investment’s promotion conditions for regional operating headquarters, companies establishing regional offices are eligible to receive BOI non-tax incentives, such as permission to own land and to bring in foreign experts and technicians, as well as an attractive range of tax-based measures awarded by the Revenue Department at the Ministry of Finance. Transferred foreign staff will be assisted in customs clearance of the personal effects and change of visa type for temporary stay in Thailand. Work Permits for expatriates performing work in the regional office will be granted for up to 5 persons.
     Thailand also has many qualified engineers for us to select for our specialized works, he added.
     “We already have three Thai engineers trained at our head office in Denmark. They are now on a job commissioning a diesel power plant in Maldives.”
     Intertec SEA will act as main contractors, sub-contractors and joint-venture partners for projects within the region. The company’s clients are typically local authorities and international aid organizations, as well as international producers and contractors.
     For modern processing lines of food, beverage, confectionery, grain and feed industries, the company will offer tailored SCDA (Source Computer Data Application) systems, including project management and design, equipment supply and installation, testing and commissioning, training and after-sales service. Businesses that can benefit from Intertec’s integrated solutions are for instance dairies, ice cream and chewing gum plants, breweries, fish feed and pet food industries, bottling lines, and coal and lime conveying systems.
     The company will also provide high technology systems solutions for airports at all scale, although the main focus in the initial stage is at smaller local airports. The systems supplied by Intertec for integrated control packages range from navigation, instrument landing, communication, air traffic control, airfield ground lighting, and meteorological through to power distribution systems. Its airport management and operation services cover the areas of feasibility study, project financing, design, project management, delivery and installation, tower refurbishment, commissioning, maintenance and training.
     Intertec’s works also include, through its local partners, lower-technology projects such as logistics, mechanical installations and servicing. In addition to the representative office in Vietnam, the company has a Vietnamese partner, Viet Ky Engineering Co., Ltd., which is working on mechanical and electrical installation projects for F.L. Smith and Heineken’s Hatay Brewery. Its local works there also include a drinking water project and a farming equipment project under Danida mixed credits.
     Mr. Christensen has been working in Southeast Asian countries since 1985, starting with Danida projects in Burma and Indonesia. He joined Intertec in 1994 at the representative office in Malaysia before being posted to Hanoi four years ago and now to Bangkok.

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