July 10-12, 2019 at Grand Mercure Bangkok Fortune Hotel
The 5th Thai Rail Industry Symposium and Exhibition: RISE 2019 was organized by The National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC), National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) under the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation together with Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI) of Japan during July 10-12, 2019 at Grand Mercure Bangkok Fortune Hotel. The main concept of this event is “Bringing the Thai Railway Industry into the International Mainstream.”
Assoc.Prof. Dr. Werasak Udomkichdecha, a Senior Advisor of NSTDA, was honored to preside over the opening ceremony. There were also guest speakers from both Thai and International agencies such as Mr. Pichet Kunadhamraks, the Director of the Bureau of Rail Project Development Office, Mrs. Penwipa Trsiripanich from the Office of Industrial Economics, Mr. Hiroshi Tanaka from the Railway Technical Research Institute and Mr. P. Papazoff from the UIC ASEAN Representative.
The aim of this event is to provide a forum for exchanging knowledge between academics and industrialists within the country in regard to various aspects of the rail transportation systems such as materials science, production, maintenance and related standards. In addition, there were exhibitions presented by the private sector with a common goal to create a network of cooperation in the development of engineering research related to the rail industry, including standards and a network of the rail transportation systems to support the Thai production industries and the rail transportation development in the next two decades.
The development of the rail transportation systems in Thailand will entail a huge infrastructure investment as it has a very high budget of 2 trillion Baht, which will lead to more employment and increased investment from both domestic and international stakeholders. Currently, Thailand is focusing on promoting its industries to participate in learning railway technology and become a part of the production to develop the country’s rail transportation system. The benefits of this plan are that Thailand could save foreign currencies, create more job opportunities and induce multiplier effect.
Moreover, there was the discussion under the topic of “Together Possible: Bringing the Railway Industry into the International Mainstream” which had participants from the science technology and innovation agencies of Thailand, including the government, the research institutes and the entrepreneurs. This discussion aims to create the collaboration on the research development to achieve state-of-the-art rail technologies, and develop the rail transportation systems to meet the international standards.