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Thai Red Cross Society (TRCS) will join with a Korean firm to set up the first international blood plasma centre in Southeast Asia, in Chon Buri. 

TRCS secretary-general Phan Wannamethee said the Red Cross had been separating blood plasma for Thai patients since 1979. However, only about 10,000 litres could be produced domestically per year while hospitals have to shoulder the enormous cost of importing supplies to keep up with demand.

TRCS has signed an agreement with Green Cross Corporation, a  South Korean firm, to design and construct a blood plasma separating facility in tambon Bang Phra, Si Racha district of Chon Buri province. The project cost is estimated at two billion baht and it is due for completion in 2015.

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