“The company started to use MTEC’s testing and analytical services. Subsequently, it received the technology transfer for Active Packaging. Since then, the company had started developing new products from OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) to ODM (Original Design Manufacturer).”
Mr. Thadpong Thitihiranmethi
Vice president, Product design & innovation
Thantawan Industry Public Company Limited is a leading manufacturer in three main types of plastic products, namely, drinking straws, general bags and biodegradable plastic. Most of the production is based upon the demands of customers from various places around the world, including Asia, Europe, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. The company’s exports accounts for approximately 85 percent of the total sales.
Mr. Thadpong mentioned that about ten years ago the company started to use MTEC’s testing and analytical services. Subsequently, it received the technology transfer for Active Packaging. Since then, the company had started developing new products from OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) to ODM (Original Design Manufacturer). An R&D and design team has been established to further existing innovations, such as anti-bacterial bags. Service innovation has started to help customers design their products.
During the early stage of cooperation, there were some obstacles between MTEC researchers and the company’s production team. But once the company started to set up a research and development team and deploy a policy that research staffs and factory engineers must work closely with MTEC’s specialists, the process of technology transfer have been more smooth and effective. One crucial point is that some technical issues which might be neglected has been pointed out, so that the company’s staff can take appropriate actions.
Mr. Thadpong also said that the company is able to produce and distribute innovative products in the form of plastic bags, which extend the life of fresh fruits and vegetables under the brand of Fresh & Fresh that have been sold in supermarkets and also distribute to packaging manufacturers. In addition, it has received valuable comments and suggestions from the customers for continuous improvement of new products. These issues will be discussed with MTEC researchers for future collaboration.
Mr. Thadpong suggested that the company is not yet ready to innovate certain products, therefore, it would like to work with MTEC because MTEC is recognized as a well-known research organization. He also advised that MTEC should act as a Business Solution Provider by recognizing the needs of private sector and then bring these needs into research projects with an ultimate aim for practical use. Furthermore, MTEC should demonstrate it technological capability and communicate how the private sector can be involved to establish R&D collaboration.