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Release: March 6, 1997

NGK AGREED TO ESTABLISH A PRODUCTION COMPANY OF PROCESSING APPARATUS FOR ELECTRO-CERAMICS IN THAILAND

NGK Insulators, Ltd. ("NGK", President: Masaharu Shibata, Head Office: Nagoya) and SIAM REFRACTORY INDUSTRY CO., LTD. ("SRIC", President:Marut Mangklabruks, Head Office: Bangkok, Thailand) reached an agreement to jointly establish a production company of processing apparatus for electro-ceramics in Thailand in March, 1997. SRIC is a subsidiary of SIAM CEMENT PUBLICCO., LTD. , which is the largest material manufacturer in ASEAN. The operation of the new company is scheduled to start in August, 1997. The new company's outline is as follows:

Name : SIAM NGK TECHNOCERA CO., LTD.
Establishment : March, 1997 (under schedule)
Location : THE SIAM CEMENT INDUSTRIAL LAND CO., LTD.
111 Moo 7 Nong Pla Kradi Road, Tambon Nong Pla Moh,
Amphur Nong Khae, Saraburi Province 18140, Thailand
Capital : 44 million baht (equivalent to 210 million yen)
Capital Ratio : SRIC 66% NGK 34%
President : Marut Mangklabruks
President
SIAM REFRACTORY INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
Directors : Hiroshi Shirakawa
General Manager
Industrial Heating Systems Dept.
Ceramics Products Business Group
NGK Insulators, Ltd.
Katsuji Ishida
Industrial Heating Systems Dept.
Ceramics Products Business Group
NGK Insulators, Ltd.
Two(2) directors from SRIC
Products : Mulite/Alumina made processing apparatus for electro-ceramics
Sales goal : approx. 1 billion yen/year (as of 2004)
Investment in plant: approx. 700 million yen
(Plottage: 12,000 square mater Building Site: 5,300 square mater)
Employees : approx. 70 (as of 2004)

Background

The market of the processing apparatus for electro-ceramics in South East Asia is expected to grow in the future according to the overseas expansion of the Japanese electronic component manufacturers and their demands for domestic production and supply.

NGK has investigated to engage in the early domestic production, in order to establish an unshakable position as a domestic manufacturer and maintain the market share in South East Asia.

On the other hand, SRIC, which is the largest refractory manufacturer in Thailand, has pursued to extend their business into the field of processing apparatus for electro-ceramics because many electronic component companies have already existed in Thailand.

NGK and SRIC made an technical license agreement on the SiC processing apparatus in May 1995 and they have agreed to establish the new joint venture to meet the market demands for the processing apparatus for the electro-ceramics.

The new company, which will manufacture not only the processing apparatus but also the other ceramics, will take an important role as the production center in ASEAN and other Asian markets.

References

1. SIAM REFRACTORY INDUSTRY CO., LTD.

  • 100% subsidiary of SIAM CEMENT PUBLIC CO., LTD.
    Capital : 720 million yen
    Employees : 450
    Net Sales : 4,800 million yen
    Net Income : 600 million yen (as of 1994)

2. SIAM CEMENT PUBLIC CO., LTD.

  • the largest material manufacturer in ASEAN established by Bureau of the Crown Property
  • holds joint ventures established with TOYOTA, NEC, or TOTO
    Capital : 5,800 million yen
    Employees : 6,000
    Net Sales : 216 billion yen
    Net Income : 17 billion yen (as of 1994)

3. The processing apparatus for electro-ceramics

  • used in the process of firing ferrites for electronic components and ceramic condensers
  • holds or supports the products to be fired in the kiln
  • mainly made of mulite and alumina

4. SiC processing apparatus

  • mainly used in the process of firing tableware or tiles
  • mainly made from SiC

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