By THE NATION
The Department of Industrial Works said as many as 1,702 licences for new factories or for expansion were issued between January and June, showing a 10.22 per cent increase from the same period last year.
Prakob Vivitjinda, director general of the agency, said these factories created 123,794 new jobs, marking a 79.23 per cent increase compared to the same period last year, though the total investment was only Bt174.85 billion, which was 14.09 per cent less than the same period last year.
However, he said these numbers do not show the impact Covid-19 has had on each industry.
“We need to monitor the numbers in the next two quarters to see how the virus has affected industry in our country,” he added.
According to the department, the industries that created the highest number of new jobs were electrical appliances and equipment (39,873), followed by the food industry (20,112), machine manufacturing (11,910), metal (6,002), and plastic products (5,814).
Of the 1,702 applications, 1,267 were to open new factories, which was 3.36 per cent less compared to the first half of 2019. However, these new factories created 52,692 new jobs marking a 25.58 per cent rise, though total investment for these factories stood at Bt71.121 billion, or 30.16 per cent lower than last year.
Meanwhile, the department issued 435 permits for expansion, which marked a 13.58 per cent increase. The expansion of these factories created 71,102 new jobs and involved a total investment of 103.728 billion, marking an increase of 53.65 per cent and 16.07 per cent respectively.
Prakob said 97 new licences, the highest, were issued for businesses in the food industry marking a 44.78 per cent increase, and these new factories created 15,631 new jobs or 44.21 per cent higher than the same period last year. Total investment in these factories was Bt14.39 billion, up by 50.19 per cent from last year.
Prakob said people always need food and this industry continues growing compared to others.