Gravitech opens research facility for innovations

Gravitech opens research facility for innovations

Sharnon Tulabadi, founder of the Thai unit of Gravitech. (Photo supplied by the company)
Sharnon Tulabadi, founder of the Thai unit of Gravitech. (Photo supplied by the company)

Gravitech Thai (Thailand), a Nevada-based electronics experimental firm, will today open a 20-million-baht research and development (R&D) centre for innovation-based electronic products.

The facility is to capitalise on opportunities from the Internet of Things or machine-to-machine communication and the boom in amateur inventors in electronics.

"We foresee opportunities and thrive on Thailand's growing demand from hardware start-ups and entrepreneurs in the electronics sector thanks to the government's policy to promote tech start-ups," said Sharnon Tulabadi, founder of the Thai unit.

The 200-square-metre R&D centre, Gravitech's second facility in Thailand, is located on the National Science and Technology Development Agency's grounds in Pathum Thani's Rangsit area.

"We positioned the centre as an incubator for hardware start-ups," Mr Sharnon said.

The centre is equipped with an electronic assembly line and printed circuit board, allowing innovators and manufacturers to create prototypes quickly.

Mr Sharnon said there was previously no massive machine for making prototypes.

"Our facility allows manufacturers to make a prototype at actual scale in a couple of months, faster than the previous requirement of one year," he said.

Its R&D facility can make a smartphone and prepare it for mass production, Mr Sharnon said.

The centre is aimed at promoting the creation of innovations involving gadgets, electronic devices and the Internet of Things rather than making high profits.

"We can also help innovators to distribute their products in overseas markets," Mr Sharnon said.

Gravitech expects to have at least 12 customers using its facility this year.

Mr Sharnon said Thailand had a strong domestic manufacturing base in electronics and creative design. The country has the potential to become a centre for innovative product design.

Thailand's amateur electronics invention industry remains in its infancy, while the market in the US began almost 10 years ago.

With the advent of the Internet of Things, the local electronic development toolkit market is set to increase significantly.

Thailand's electronic toolkit market is estimated to be worth 300 million baht annually.

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