DELEGATES and officials of the Royal Thai Embassy this week visited the General Motors South Africa (GMSA) Struandale plant in Port Elizabeth. The delegation was led by Dr Chakarin Komolsiri , Trade Commissioner of the Thai Embassy. According to Komolsiri Thailand is one of the biggest suppliers of automotive components to South Africa. He said Thailand was constantly looking at ways to boost their exports to South Africa and to strengthen relationships with South African businesses. Thai investors are currently looking at investment opportunities in South Africa, including Port Elizabeth according to Komolsiri.
GMSA General Manager of Manufacturing Operations, Clayton Whitaker accompanied the Thai visitors on a plant tour. Whitaker said a number of components on the locally built Isuzu KB are sourced from Thailand. Both Komolsiri and Minister Counsellor of the Thai Embassy, Chavanol Phivnil expressed great interest in the Isuzu KB production line.
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