Swedish manufacturing to Thailand, Vietnam

Thailand (Bangkok) and Vietnam Business Sweden will in 2016 again return with a manufacturing delegation to Vietnam (Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City), and continuing to Thailand in connection to the Metalex trade fair, during 21–24 November 2016.


Sustainable manufacturing is the theme, with the objective to promote:
+ Swedish machines, tools and automation solutions targeting manufacturing industries
+ Swedish suppliers of parts, components and raw materials to targeting manufacturing industries
These products, solutions and know-how support the vision for Asean to become a global manufacturing hub.

The delegation is a follow up to the successful manufacturing delegation in 2015 to Thailand with representatives from Sandvik, Ovako, FlexLink and NordLock.

The program in Vietnam will consist of factory visits and round table discussions with buyers/manufacturers, writes Business Sweden in its invitation to Swedish companies. Focus is on electronics, food & beverage and furniture/textile – three leading manufacturing sectors. Food & beverage is the 3rd most attractive FDI sector in the whole of Southeast Asia, and is fast-growing with considerable investments. Furniture is currently the leading export sector with increasing demand for modern equipment. Electronics is the second largest export sector with 59% annual growth during 2009-2013, and with large FDI from Japan and Korea.


Historically the Southeast Asia hub for production within automotive, Thailand produced 1.9 million 4 wheelers and about 2 million motorcycles in 2015. For Automotive, there are around 600 companies within tier 1 and 1700 companies within tier 2 and 3. Now, Thailand is about to take the next step into more advanced production in the aerospace field.

In Hanoi as well as in Ho Chi Minh City the delegation will make factory visits with the objective to introduce Swedish companies to potential customers. The projected outcome is knowledge of current and future investment needs, purchasing channels and pain points of the selected factories

In Hanoi the Ambassador of Sweden to Vietnam will host an Evening Official reception.

In Bangkok the delegation will partake in Asean Economic Forum and arrange a seminar on Metalex, ‘Trends and challenges in manufacturing in Asean’.

The objective of the seminar is to increase visibility for Swedish companies during Metalex, in order to increase brand awareness and in the long term enhance sales in Thailand

H.E. Mr Staffan Herrström, Ambassador of Sweden to Thailand will also host an evening reception.

Also in Bangkok the delegation will make factory visits.

A subsidy is offered to small businesses, based on criteria, wishing to join.

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