Historical Perspective :
“The Centre for Leveraging Thailand’s Industrial Development in the Global Arena”
The Federation of Thai industries(F.T.I) was established on 13 November, 1967,having been formerly known as The Association of Thai Industries(A.T.I).It was founded by 27 founding industrialists who elected Mr.Thawee Bunyaket as the first President. The logo of the A.T.I. was conceived for the first time for the registration of its by-laws with the Department of Commercial Registration, Ministry of Commerce under the Trade Association Act. It was a design made up of three moving cogwheels embracing the initials A-T-I which stands for the Association of Thai Industries.(Pronounced in Thai as Sor-Or.Thor. Its first office was located on Silom Road,Bangrak,Bangkok followed by several relocations afterwards. The latest move to the present site was made on 19 December 1995 which is Zone C,4th Floor,Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre, New Ratchadaphisek Road, Bangkok.
Over twenty years of its early life, the A.T.I. was able to fill many key roles which were well recognized by both government and private sectors. It was trusted to act as the representative of the Thai industrial businesses of the whole kingdom, including acting as the voice of the private sector component in the Joint Public Private Sectors Consultative Committee for Solving Economic Problems (JPPCC) chaired by the Prime Minister. On 28 December 1987 the government legislated “The Federation of Thai Industries Act,1987” which took effect at its printing in the Royal Gazette resulting in upgrading the former A.T.I. to F.T.I. – the Federation of Thai Industries(F.T.I.) which came under the supervision of the Ministry of Industry.
F.T.I. is the private sector administrative juristic person to serve as the core organization and also as the centre for all Thai industries in the kingdom. It is a non-profit organization with the main duties of promoting and supporting the industry focusing on both developing sustainable growth for all industrial operations in the country. F.T.I. is the core centre in the following four areas:
Centre of industrial co-operation among and with private sector and government sector in Thailand and abroad
Service centre for all industrial developments
Activities centre for all industrial operators.
Problem-solving centre for all industrial enterprises in the kingdom, both member and non-members regardless of sizes and types. Under F.T.I. Act, 1987 it is empowered to perform the duty of representing private sector in the industrial sector of Thailand.
The Federation of Thai Industries is a juristic person which is empowered to perform in accordance with the objectives as set forth in the Federation of Thai Industries Act B.E. 2530 (1987 A.D.) as follows :
To act as a representative of industrial operators in the private sector and perform the task of coordinating all the matters related to policy and implementation of the private sector and the government;
To promote and develop industry;
To conduct study and seek to find the solution to the problems arising from the operation of industrial of industrial businesses and their related businesses;
To promote and render support to the study and researches, trainings and dissemination of technical data and technological matters;
To conduct the product testing for the issuance of certificate of origin or certificate of product’s quality;
To offer advices and recommendations to the government on the matters ralated to industrial sector for the national economic development;
To promote industrial operators and act as a centre for various types of industry to share views and opinions which are beneficial to the country’s industrial circle;
To ensure that members conduct their business in compliance with all the laws related to industry ;and
To carry out other duties as may be prescribed by laws.
Roles of the federation of Thai Industries:
In fulfilling the mission and objectives as stated , the Board of Directors of the Federation of Thai industries has specified the roles of the Federation of Thai industries as follow:
- To participate in the formulation of policy and in the government’s plan for the national economic development and on the matters related to the country’s industries;
- To serve as a delegate of the Thai private sector in addressing the government on data, information and industrial issues through the voice of the Federation of Thai Industries in the Joint Standing Committee of Commerce, Industry and Banking(JSCCIB);
- To participate in various activities contributing to the country’s industrial economic development;
- To create, promote and develop various activities based on the initiatives of F.T.I. members, Board of Directors, Industry Clubs and provincial Chapters;
- To offer to the government agencies the F.T.I.’s recommendations on the development and solution for industrial problems and issues related to the economy;
- To protect the right and due regard of members’ justice and other general industrialists in the country;
- To foster a linkage with countries of ASEAN, Europe, America and Australia in the channels of government sector, private sector and international organizations;
- To participate in the formulation of the country’s industrial standards to ensure that compliances to the said standard can be compiled by industrialists;
- To act as a central forum where exchanging of ideas among members of F.T.I. can take place ; and
- To provide services for members on various aspects including dissemination of news, the offer of data, business advices and consultancy.
Two Categories of Membership in the Federation of Thai Industries:
1. Ordinary Members : These are industrial operators who are juristic persons and operate their industries in accordance with the Factory Act. This category includes also those trade associations in the Kingdom;
2. Associate Members: These are natural persons or juristic persons which are not industrial factory or trade associations.
Members are subdivided into two member groups, namely “industry clubs” which have the Federation of Thai Industries as the Centre for their integrated linkages among them.
Another sub – category is the Provincial Chapters which spread out in all directions throughout the Kingdom.
Policies of the Federation of Thai Industries for the term of office 2012-2014:
“To enhance the potential for the integrated development of the Kingdom’s industrial sector and small and medium sized enterprises in both the central region and up – country so that the overall improved industrial competitiveness in the global arena can be attained with preparedness of the country to cope with the change and the drive for sustainable development by paying attention to the ongoing supporting factor overall competitiveness, environment and the corporate social… (CSR). ”
- To improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the country’s production sector through maintaining linkages with agriculture, industry, service and academics, aiming at greater value added of industrial products which is made possible through proper linkages within the supply chain and clustering of related industries
To build up potentials of all industry clubs, provincial chapters and the SMIs to ensure proper address to changers and improved competitive advantage at the regional and international level;
To conduct campaigns and provide support in ensuring that the country’s industrial sector operate with corporate social responsibility with due regard to the co-existence with the community bearing in mind of people’s health, safety and environment leading to the implementation of the eco-industrial town;
To act as the voice of the Thai private sector in freely echoing to the government sector the issues and recommendations pertinent to the opinions related to the country’s industrial development and to collaborate with the government and various organizations without political intervention;
To enhance the systematic teamwork among members of the F.T.I., the Board of Directors and work team of F.T.I. as a step towards organizational solidarity in its move towards driving the Thai economy and society forward.
F.T.I. Proactive Strategies :
Strategy 1: To strive for the use of science, technology and as innovations means to create value added to both the product and the production process;
Strategy2: To promote the co-existence of industry and community in leading the life in a sustainable society;
Strategy3: To develop the business practice with reliance on the principle of clustering related industries together in the form of clusters and supply chains;
Strategy4: To implement both defensive and proactive measures as a strategic move towards the emergence of the Asian Economic Community and the Free Trade Area Arrangements;
Strategy5: To ensure that there exist the supporting factors for business operations and the integration of both government agencies and private sector organizations; and
Strategy6: To ensure that human resources be well developed to enable industrial business to progress with sustainability.