I know of very few Austrian companies or
Austrian manufacturers who are active in Thailand. In fact in the last
twenty years or so that I have been in Thailand I can only recollect a
handful of Austrians and they were propping up bar stools in Pattaya.
Which means I was probably doing a fair amount of propping too.
One Austrian company that does come easily
to mind, and for all the wrong reasons, is Lauda Air. I was in Thailand
"26th May 1991 is the blackest day in the
history of Lauda Air. A Boeing 767-300ER crashes on its way from Bangkok
to Vienna when a construction defect triggers the reverse thrust on the
port engine during the aircraft`s ascent. 213 passengers and 10 flight
crew are on board"
The horrific crash involving Lauda was
terrible for everyone and for the families of those who died. What was
sickening about this dreadful incident was firstly the ghoulish behavior
of the first Thai people on the scene who collected morbid mementoes
from the scattered belongings of the victims.
I heard that one 'rescue'
worker was caught using a credit card of one of the victims a few weeks
later. Secondly the equally indefensible behavior of The Bangkok Post
who published gruesome pictures of body parts and a description of how
the passengers would have suffered during the plunge to earth - shame
on you Bangkok Post.
Again I don't know of any active Austrian
Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok but there is however there is an Austrian
Trade Commission attached to The Austrian Embassy.
AUSTRIAN TRADE is the official Austrian
Foreign Trade Promotion Organisation and the largest provider of
services in the area of foreign trade.
AUSTRIAN TRADE offices are the gateway to Austria for international
companies looking for world-class suppliers. We act as a central contact
partner playing a strategic role for companies wishing to move to
Austria and, therefore, are looking for top-quality partners for their
business dealings. Regardless of whether foreign businesses are looking
for Austrian buyers, a suitable location for a company branch or
import/export office or an overview of Austria’s internationally
respected products and services, all roads meet at AUSTRIAN TRADE.
The Commercial Counsellor
at the Austrian Embassy
Chartered Square Bldg, 14/F, Suite 1403
152 North Sathorn Road
Bangkok 10500 Thailand
+66 (0)2 268 2222
+66 (0)2 200 0222