More Thai builders turning to foam houses

Lower costs plus export opportunities Knocked-down houses made from expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam have been a small and struggling niche market for three decades but builders today are seeing brighter opportunities to expand their reach to overseas customers. The Cement Foam Design Association, a group of small and medium-sized companies, says 20 of its members […]

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New terminal at Phuket International Airport starts in November

  Anybody know any of the consultants or contractors involved in the construction of the new International terminal at Phuket International Airport? – ED New terminal at Phuket International Airport starts in November Following a series of delays over the last two years, construction of the new International terminal at Phuket International Airport is now […]

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Centara Opens the First Boutique Collection Resort in Vietnam

Centara Opens the First Boutique Collection Resort in Vietnam Located in a beachside setting on the island of Phu Quoc, the property is built to an intimate scale with only 36 villas. Operated under a management contract and previously known as Chen La Resort & Spa, Chen Sea Resort & Spa is Centara’s fourth property […]

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Bill Barnett, Managing Director, C9 Hotelworks

by Martin Kelly With experience spanning over three decades, Bill Barnett, managing director, acquired his expertise working in the hospitality industry within both key and emerging markets. Always taking a hands on approach, he has developed an invaluable “grass roots” knowledge of the property and hospitality industry that is passed on to his clients. Bill […]

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Kunming-Singapore High-Speed Railway begins construction

The Kunming-Singapore High-Speed Railway began construction on April 25. The railway will shorten the travel time between Kunming and Singapore to only a little more than 10 hours in the future. The Chinese government expects the railway to be put into operation by 2020. The line, starting from Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province; passes Mohan, […]

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Thailand’s Hitachi lifts elevator, walkway production

Ten-year plan to recapture leadership Japan’s Hitachi Group will boost its local production capacity for elevators, escalators and moving sidewalks in a bid to meet growing demand both in Thailand and internationally. The long-term plan extending to 2020 is aimed at reclaiming Hitachi’s leadership position within the industry. Phornthep Phornprapha, chairman of the local joint […]

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Thai Ministry backs call to defer nuclear plants

IAEA warns Thai public not yet ready for them The Energy Ministry has proposed Thailand delay plans to have its first two nuclear power plants in 2020 by three years after the International Atomic Energy Agency said the country was not ready for the projects. Energy Policy and Planning Office (EPPO) secretary-general Boonsong Kerdklang said […]

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Residents stand in opposition of Laos’ Xayaburi hydropower project

Some 400 people from provinces along the Mekong River in the North and Northeast gathered yesterday in Nong Khai’s Si Chiang Mai district to voice their opposition against Laos’ proposed Xayaburi hydropower project, which they believe will have a negative impact on their lives. The protesters also signed a letter to Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, […]

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