Thailand’s Incentives for US Automotive Manufacturers and Suppliers

Join Us Thursday, June 6, 2024

Registration & Breakfast: 8AM EST
Conference: 8:30AM – 10:30AM EST

Event Location:

BDO Detroit | 2600 W. Big Beaver Road, Suite 600, Troy, MI


East West Associates LLC
Foley & Lardner LLP
Thailand Board of Investment

Thailand Incentives for U.S. Manufacturers and Suppliers:


In an era where the global manufacturing landscape is rapidly evolving, automotive suppliers with operations in China face unique challenges and opportunities. As the US intensifies efforts to diversify supply chains away from China, Thailand emerges as a strategic alternative, offering compelling incentives and a skilled labor force.

We cordially invite you to a roundtable discussion (with viewpoints from a variety of SMEs) that will delve into how Thailand can serve as an integral part of your diversification strategy, potentially enhancing your company’s resilience and profitability.

This event promises to provide invaluable insights into the financial and operational benefits of relocating or expanding your manufacturing base to Thailand, amid the shifting dynamics of global trade and investment.

Many U.S. companies are relocating manufacturing and sourcing to Thailand. Senior operational executives who’ve lived in Thailand, and Thailand Board of Investment officials will explain why, including:

      • U.S. tariff exclusion
      • 8-10 year Corporate Income Tax holidays
      • Labor availability
      • Low labor costs

Manufacturing & Supply Chain Seminar Roundtable Discussion with Senior Executives

Who Should Attend?

Executive leaders from automotive-related manufacturing companies who are navigating manufacturing, sourcing, or profitability challenges in China or elsewhere, and are considering expansion or relocation to better serve global markets. This roundtable is a unique opportunity to gather critical insights and engage with seasoned professionals who have navigated the complexities of expanding into Thailand.

Topics of discussion will include:

      • Insights into the changing dynamics prompting U.S. companies to reassess their manufacturing strategies, driven by challenges such as U.S.-China trade tariffs, rising labor costs, and diminishing tax incentives in China.
      • Learn about the financial and operational incentives Thailand offers, including U.S. tariff exclusions, significant Corporate Income Tax (CIT) holidays, and access to skilled, cost-effective labor.
      • Key considerations before moving your manufacturing or supply base from China or other locations.
      • Explore the rich history and current opportunities within Thailand’s vehicles and auto parts manufacturing sector, setting the stage for future growth.
      • Learn about future infrastructure projects and investments in Thailand that promise to enhance manufacturing capacity and offer tangible benefits for companies looking to expand operations

This discussion will feature insights from senior executives and government officials, including experts from the Thailand Board of Investment (BOI), Foley & Lardner LLP, BDO USA, and East West Associates (EWA). These speakers bring a wealth of experience and will share valuable perspectives on integrating Thailand into your manufacturing strategy.

The BOI is the governmental agency responsible for direction, oversight, &approval if foreign investment incentives to locate to Thailand. EWA and the Thai BOI have worked together for years. EWA supports U.S. companies with evaluating Thailand and other attractive venues, and with establishing operations and sourcing capabilities in Southeast Asia and elsewhere. Hear how one U.S.-based company save US$27.5 million by relocating from China to Thailand.

We look forward to your participation in and important and timely discussion on leveraging Thailand’s strategic advantages for your manufacturing and supply chain strategy.

Thailand Incentives for U.S. Manufacturers and Suppliers:


Nanthapol Sudbanthad | Director, Thailand Board of Investment
    • Investment Consul of the Royal Thai Consulate-General of New York under the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the United States
    Mark Plum | Director, East West Associates
      • Former President Briggs & Stratton Asia (incl. Thailand)
      Steve Blyth | Director, East West Associates Thailand
        • Former senior executive for Volvo Cars
        Alex Bryant | President, East West Associates
          • Moderator
          Ashley Hetrick | Principal, Sourcing & Supply Chain Segment Leader, Management Consulting, BDO USA
            Ishan Shah | Partner, Tax & Legal, BDO in Thailand
              Vanessa Miller | Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP
                John Turlais | Of Counsel, Foley & Lardner LLP


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