“The company sees that MTEC is a capable partner well equipped with personnel and tools and also maintain wide network with various organizations. That’s why we are confident in working with MTEC. Along the path of collaboration, it is common that both parties, from time to time, have to fine-tune their communication. However, the overall cooperation just came out fine.”

Weeraphon Techaphasuksanti

CEO, Sakun C Innovation Co., Ltd.

 

Sakun C Innovation Co., Ltd. was founded on August 4, 2017 with the aim to conduct research and development for innovative and commercially viable products with modern materials and technologies. Its target product is a modern vehicle. Besides the purpose of leveraging design industry, research and development, and integrated manufacturing process, the company also meant to promote quality tourism and enhance safety transportation in Thailand. Every vehicle manufactured by Sakun C, says boat or bus, has been developed based on safety concept. This includes (the manufacturing of) other types of vehicles to serve country’s demand in the future.

“Mr. Namchai Sakunchoknamchai, head of Choknamchai group, began his career after graduated the 4th year of Primary School as a common staff in the garage and moved up the ladder to be a skilled auto denter until, later, run a large spare-part factory that produced the press and die machines to replace the denter process. When he is 39 years old, he has started to build his own business by producing the small dies to the more complex ones for auto body parts and chassis for various leading automotive companies both domestically and internationally”, said Mr. Weeraphon

“In 2015, Thailand suffered automotive industry crisis, Choknamchai group has brought their expertise in modern metal forming into lightweight vehicle manufacturing under the Thai brand with international standard and competitive price e.g. boat and bus (for public transportation). With that new direction, the company has survived from the crisis and evolved to the establishment of Sakun C Innovation Co., Ltd.”

Sakun C positioned itself as an innovation creator by applying the same technology and tool for auto-parts manufacturing, use of lightweight and high durability materials, and safety design to achieve international standard. Also, an integration of other technologies like digital and electric technologies resulted to the higher value of the product and better respond to the market demand.

The key factor enabling Sakun C to produce innovative products to serve the market came from the experience of its mother company, Choknamchai group, in producing the dies and auto parts catered to those leading car makers worldwide. The company’s expertise encompassed various aspects, namely, advanced engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE), capacity to design complex parts, know-how of lightweight metal forming of all sizes, know-how of manufacturing processes, including  automation system and the entire supply chain

Mr. Weeraphon tells us about his collaboration with MTEC that began from the plan of the company to manufacture the seamless aluminum minibus. The company came to consult with MTEC and later on work with MTEC research team led by Dr. Chi-na Benyajati. The first project, the research team had assisted in the analysis of vehicle structural strength. The next project was the analysis of the vehicle structure with 7-9 meters length. In this project, the team decided to use the material with reduced thickness to achieve a lighter weight while the strength property remains the same. The result of the project came out satisfactory.

“The company sees that MTEC is a capable partner well equipped with personnel and tools and also maintain wide network with various organizations. That’s why we are confident in working with MTEC. Along the path of collaboration, it is common that both parties, from time to time, have to fine-tune their communication. However, the overall cooperation just came out fine.”

“Currently, the company aiming to build the Research and Development Center with its management system to assure the sustainability of product development. The company sees that MTEC, NSTDA has specialized in this field then MTEC, NSTDA should be a suitable consultant for the company” said Mr. Weeraphon.

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