Ceremony Held in Thailand to Commemorate Start of Operations for High-Efficiency End-of-Life Vehicle Recycling System Using Heavy Machinery to Dismantle Vehicles
December 2, 2019
On November 22, 2019, NEDO began operations for a project in Thailand to demonstrate a high-efficiency end-of-life vehicle (ELV) recycling system using heavy machinery to dismantle vehicles. The demonstration is taking place at the Pinthong factory of the Thai company Green Metals (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (GMT).
As new car sales are growing in Thailand, the number of ELVs is expected to increase in the future. However, Thailand does not possess technology to handle the disposal of chlorofluorocarbons, liquid waste, and other hazardous materials related to dismantling ELVs, and also does not have a corresponding permitting system in place. At the moment, ELVs in Thailand are dismantled mainly through labor-intensive manual operations and useful resources are not sufficiently recovered. It is also anticipated that the current capacity for dismantling vehicles will not be sufficient to process the increasing number of ELVs in the future. In this context, NEDO, the Ministry of Industry of Thailand (MOI), and the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) have agreed to carry out a demonstration project for recycling ELVs and concluded a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on February 8, 2019.
At the lively ceremony organized by GMT to commemorate the start of project operations, attendees from the Japanese side included NEDO Executive Director Izuru Kobayashi, and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Assistant to Director Nobuyuki Matsumoto. Attendees from the Thai side included MOI Deputy Permanent Secretary Panuwat Triyangkulsri, MOI Deputy Permanent Secretary Jullapong Thaveesri, IEAT Deputy Governor Jakkarat Lertopas, as well as many representatives of the Thai government and other interested parties.
NEDO Executive Director Kobayashi delivering remarks
Japanese and Thai representatives after ribbon-cutting ceremony