Two years ago Central Trading Co, a unit of the Central Marketing Group, paid its staff the daily minimum wage of 215 baht, which accounted for 20% of production costs.
Employees making jeans can complete more than one process now, meaning Central Trading actually spends less on wages despite the daily minimum wage hike. NANCHANOK WONGSAMUTH
Despite the increase to 300 baht on Jan 1, the company lowered jeans production costs by 7 million baht per year after it took advantage of projects by the Industrial Promotion Department to promote lean manufacturing and maximise material utilisation.
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