Brushing aside the political protests, the Japanese office-furniture maker Itoki Corporation plans to use Thailand as a production base to tap Southeast Asian markets in a partnership with Modernform Group, one of this country's top furniture firms.
Masamichi Yamada, chairman of Itoki Corporation, said the joint effort will begin next year.
"Thailand is situated in the centre of the region," he said yesterday. "It has economic power, growth potential and a large population. The office furniture market is still young here, while it is mature in Japan."
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