MEA inspects water drainage facilities to avoid mishaps during monsoon #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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MEA inspects water drainage facilities to avoid mishaps during monsoon

Jul 11. 2020

By THE NATION

The Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) conducted safety inspections of a drainage tunnel under Bang Sue Canal, the authorities said.

On July 9, Samrerng Chiewchukul, MEA deputy governor, together with officials from Bangkok Water Drainage Office inspected the electrical system in the drainage tunnel under Bang Sue Canal located in Dusit district to ensure that equipment is working optimally and safely during the rainy season.

“As the provider of electricity and related services in Bangkok, Nonthaburi and Samut Prakarn areas, MEA is committed to ensuring that all facilities related to public utilities are functioning at 100 per cent capacity, especially during rainy season when flash flood and heavy rains may damage electrical equipment,” he said. “MEA has dispatched staff to monitor 10 water drainage facilities and 492 drainage tunnels in Bangkok and surrounding areas to provide emergency services in case of equipment malfunctions at anytime of the day.”

If you witness damaged electrical equipment or powerlines at these facilities, contact MEA Call Centre 1130 or Facebook: @Metropolitan.Electricity.Authority, Line: @meathailand, Twitter: @mea_news or via the MEA Smart Life mobile application, which is available at http://onelink.to/measmartlife

Bangkok Land launches ‘Cosmo Walk’ in the heart of Muang Thong Thani #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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Bangkok Land launches ‘Cosmo Walk’ in the heart of Muang Thong Thani

Jul 10. 2020

By The Nation

Bangkok Land is going ahead with its Bt400-million project to develop the “Cosmo Walk” in the centre of Muang Thong Thani as it expects that the reopening of the IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Centre will help revive tourism and shopping activities in the area.

Peter Kanjanapas, vice president and managing director of Bangkok Land, said the company has invested more than Bt400 million between June last year and this month to develop the project in a bid to expand retail business in Muang Thong Thani. This project links the three shopping malls, Cosmo Bazaar, BEEHIVE Lifestyle Mall and The Portal with other long-established venues like Outlet Square and Popular Walk.

It also includes the fifth phase expansion of Outlet Square, the biggest sports outlet in Thailand covering more than 15,000 square metres and housing top sports and fashion brands, as well as a Bt140 million 320-metre skywalk connecting IMPACT exhibition halls to ibis Hotel and Cosmo Bazaar.

Meanwhile, it has spent Bt245 million to develop Cosmo Walk, a two-storey commercial building covering 6,800sqm, 4,500sqm of which is up for rent. Cosmo Walk currently houses a 1,300sqm Nike factory store, a Dohome outlet which sells construction materials and home décor products and Malaysian brand Mr DIY, which focuses on lifestyle products.

Cosmo Walk is open daily from 10am to 9pm.

“Cosmo Walk meets the demands of customers from all levels, though its main targets are residents, government employees, office workers, university students and professors as well as guests from Novotel and ibis Hotel. It is also a convenient meeting point as there is a skywalk connecting all buildings,” Peter said.

He added that since the Covid-19 outbreak is more or less under control in Thailand, it is expected that people will travel and shop more in the second half of the year.

Data from the IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Centre also shows that there is an increasing number of reservations for trade shows, seminars, parties, wedding and other events, which should help revive businesses in the area.

High kicks for a million youth #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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Jul 10. 2020

By The Nation

Apichet Srivaddhaprabha, assistant chief operating officer at King Power Group, fourth from left, presides over the launch of ‘Million Footballs, Million Power for Thai Youth’, a project in which footballs will be handed out to children in remote areas. The event was held at the Wat Nong Sala School in Nakhon Pathom province recently.

Also present were, from left, Tawatchai Kuammunkun from Fox Hunt football club, actor Jirayu La-Ongmanee, Krobkeaw Panyarachun from King Power, Min Prachubwan, deputy director of the Primary Education Service Nakhon Pathom Area Office 1, Bundit Laoaroon from the Nakhon Pathom Provincial Administrative Organisation and Chantana Phumma, director of the Wat Nong Sala School (Prachanukul).

Luxury mattress maker opens flagship store in new outlet complex #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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Luxury mattress maker opens flagship store in new outlet complex

Jul 10. 2020

By The Nation

High-end luxury bedding manufacturer Omazz has opened a new flagship store at the Siam Premium Outlets Bangkok complex in Samut Prakan.

The 174-square-metre store, designed following a dark gothic minimalist style, features a full range of mattresses and bedding accessories made from natural materials.

A 60 per cent discount on selected products is also being offered at the new Omazz Gallery Store at Siam Premium Outlets.

CPF subsidiary to offer A+ rated debentures in August #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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CPF subsidiary to offer A+ rated debentures in August

Jul 10. 2020

By THE NATION

CPF (Thailand) (CPFTH), a subsidiary of Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF), has signed up with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to offer unsubordinated and unsecured debentures to institutional investors and/or high-net-worth investors.

The offering comprises five series of debentures with tenors of four years and six months, seven years, 10 years, 12 years and 15 years, all of which have been assigned a credit rating of A+ from TRIS Rating.

CPFTH has appointed Krungthai Bank, Kasikornbank, Siam Commercial, Government Savings Bank, CIMBThai Bank, TMB Bank and Phatra Securities as joint lead arrangers for this batch of debentures, which should be offered by August 20.

Paisan Chirakitcharern, chief financial officer for CPF, said CPFTH’s business encompasses integrated operations in Thailand in relation to livestock, comprising swine, broiler and layer chickens as well as duck.

CPFTH’s operation covers three core livestock business lines, namely the production and sale of animal feed; breeding, commercial farming, and primary meat processing; and production of processed semi-cooked, fully-cooked and ready-to-eat meals, including outlets like CP Fresh Mart, Five Stars, Star Coffee and CP Kitchen. It also runs a Korean BBQ restaurant chain called “DakGalbi” and a seafood and international food buffet restaurant chain called “CP Hilai Harbour”.

Thai Otsuka joins hands with Nation Group in donating ‘Medical Food’ #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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Thai Otsuka joins hands with Nation Group in donating ‘Medical Food’

Jul 10. 2020

By THE NATION

The chairman of Thai Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co Ltd, Thanan Suntayodom (4th from left), along with president Shinsuke Yuasa (2nd from left), director of BIV & CN Business Division Wattanachai Itsarasenarak (1st from left), and finance manager Thanasunun Suntayodom (5th from left) recently donated medical food ‘Blendera-MF” for those at risk of malnutrition to Yuttana Nualjaras, (3rd from left), editor and representative of Nation Group, at Interlink Tower in Bang Na district.

WHA Group makes successful Bt4-billion bond offering #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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WHA Group makes successful Bt4-billion bond offering

Jul 07. 2020

WHA Group CEO Jareeporn Jarukornsakul

WHA Group CEO Jareeporn Jarukornsakul

By THE NATION

WHA Corporation Public Company Limited witnessed significant demand for its 1/2020 bond offerings worth Bt4 billion from June 30 to July 2, according to the company.

There are three tranches of the bond – a 3-year term maturity in 2020 amounting to Bt2.05 billion, a 4-year maturity in 2024 of Bt1.45 billion and a 5-year maturity in 2025 amounting to Bt500 million. Interest rates are a fixed 3.30, 3.75 and 4.20 per cent, respectively.

WHA said it would use the proceeds from the issuance of the bond on debt repayment, capital expenditure, new investment for business expansion, and/or working capital to support business operations.

Tris Rating assigned the bond an A rating as of March 24. The bonds were distributed via three underwriters – Kasikorn Bank, Siam Commercial Bank and UOB Bank.

WHA Group CEO and chairwoman Jareeporn Jarukornsakul said she is confident the business will perform very well in the second half of the year, with continuous growth of the logistics business.

In addition, the company plans to launch its 10th industrial estate in the Eastern Economic Corridor, bringing the number of WHA’s industrial estates across Thailand and Vietnam to 12.

The company forecasts higher water volume sales than the first half, with the drought situation easing. It’s power business is expected to reach 590 equity MW in operation by the end of 2020 from the current 569 MW.

WHA said its digital business is also growing well as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The firm has signed contracts with customers to provide 109 racks of data centre services.

The company has received a licence from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission to test a 5G network with leading service providers at its industrial estates.

In addition, the firm aims to monetise assets to WHA Premium Growth Freehold & Leasehold Real Estate Investment Trust (WHART), and Hemaraj Leasehold Real Estate Investment Trust (HREIT) worth approximately Bt3.23 billion and Bt1.35 billion, respectively, in the fourth quarter of 2020.

WHART and HREIT have witnessed occupancy rates of 91.9 per cent and 95.3 per cent, respectively, as of the first quarter, the company added.

KPMG offers tips on how businesses can survive Covid-19 crisis #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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KPMG offers tips on how businesses can survive Covid-19 crisis

Jul 03. 2020Sasithorn Pongadisak, left, and Auaychai SukawongSasithorn Pongadisak, left, and Auaychai Sukawong

By THE NATION

KPMG, a professional services network, has launched a series of tips to help private enterprises in Thailand navigate the current climate and grow their business.

The tips are provided by KPMG Thailand’s experts, including Sasithorn Pongadisak, chief of private enterprises, advisory partner Surayos Chuepanich and tax partner Auaychai Sukawong.

The experts also provide tips on how family businesses and entrepreneurs pursuing mergers and acquisitions (M&A) or other investment deals minimise their risks.

They say businesses considering M&A must understand the process from start to finish so they know how to manage each step, from pre-deal, deal transaction to post-deal. They also need to have a clear idea of M&A objectives as well as an understand of the other party. Due diligence should also be conducted in terms of financial metrics, tax, as well as legal and operational steps.

Determining a purchase price is also one of the most important decisions to be made. Making the right preparations for M&A will also result in effective tax planning.

Since there were many changes in tax law over the past few years, entrepreneurs need to understand the principles underlying these changes.

KPMG is also planning to provide tips on managing human resources, system and processes to improve business.

Visit https://home.kpmg/th/ for more details.

B&G Park bets on bright future for premium office space despite Covid-19 setback #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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B&G Park bets on bright future for premium office space despite Covid-19 setback

Jul 02. 2020

By THE NATION

B&G Park Co Ltd (B&G), a developer of commercial real estate projects, aims to make its brand a leader within Asean in office building and hotel real estate development.

It plans to raise funds in the third quarter of the year after the Security Exchange Commission (SEC)’s approval to set up BG Real Estate Investment Trust.

The company is confident that the demand for office buildings will continue to grow despite the change in work behaviour and in choosing the size of rental spaces due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Theprit Srichawla, director of B&G, said the company specialised in commercial real estate development branching into two main groups — tourism and hotels — at home and abroad,. They include Avani Hua Hin Resort & Villas and office buildings such as Interchange 21 building in the heart of the Asoke-Sukhumvit CBD area near the BTS Asoke Station and MRT Sukhumvit Station.

Theprit said the trend of office buildings for the rent market after the Covid-19 outbreak could change as some businesses may reduce their investment. But the demand for office space rental will remain albeit in a different format. This may be in the form of reduced floor area to suit the work-from-home behavioural trend, he added.

Theprit Srichawla

Theprit Srichawla

He said the company has been well prepared and had made adjustments prior to the crisis through a strategy to manage office rental space, and to have close and regular communication with tenants. In addition, the company has concluded that to reset rental prices to compete with other operators of office buildings for rent is not a proper strategy in the present environment. “The more ideal solution would be to provide convenience and services that will support the tenants’ operations,” Theprit said.

“During this period, the company adopted active measures to help the tenants by arranging office areas. The building had a variety of businesses that were small tenants, and the company helped the tenants affected by the imposition of the emergency decree by waiving the rents… The company has reduced the rents on a case-by-case basis to provide flexibility that would allow the tenants to carry on with their businesses. These support measures are expected to end soon. Therefore, this situation will not significantly impact the tenants in their ability to rent the office spaces and we are confident that this will not affect the investment of the BGREIT that will occur in the near future,” Theprit added.

Lately, the company has set up a trust fund to raise capital for the Interchange 21 project.

The SEC has started its consideration of the initial public offering application and the filing of B&G Leasehold Real Estate Investment Trust (BGREIT). B&G REIT Management Co Ltd, a B&G subsidiary, will manage the trust fund while Siam Commercial Bank Plc will be the financial adviser. BGREIT will initially invest in the Interchange 21 project for approximately 25 years with registered capital of not more than Bt8.043 billion, consisting of Bt6.543 billion in raised funds and Bt1.5 billion in long-term loans. The company is expected to be approved for listing on the Stock Exchange of Thailand within the third quarter of 2020.

New cloud tech simplifies WiFi security for SMEs #ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย

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New cloud tech simplifies WiFi security for SMEs

Jul 01. 2020

By THE NATION

Internet security for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) has been beefed up with the release of Zyxel Networks’ latest Nebula Cloud Networking Solution update.

The update features the industry’s first DPPSK for simplified WiFi security for SMBs, said Zyxel, enabling them to deliver cloud-manageable networking services via the Nebula.

The Nebula closes the security hole left by sharing WiFi passwords with guests or employees, instead offering cloud authentication enhancement through the Dynamic Personal Pre-Shared Key (DPPSK) feature – the first time this has been made available to the SMB market.

With DPPSK, each user is given a unique WiFi password, said the firm. With the tap of a button, passwords can be customised to expire or last for a particular timeframe, making management of WiFi access for multiple users simple, convenient, and secure.

“Zyxel’s enhanced Nebula provides SMBs with the tools they need to easily and securely onboard visitors, guests or employees to their WiFi,” said Jonas Dekkers, co-founder of the Wiflex project from Complit Networks in Belgium. 

“We applaud Zyxel Networks for opening their API to MSPs, giving our customers, and a far wider range of SMBs, the opportunity to achieve more secure, easy, and cloud-manageable WiFi onboarding services for their businesses. We already created our own cloud-based onboarding solution for guests [visitor registration] and employees based on Azure and G Suite with the unique DPPSK feature of Zyxel.”

The June Nebula release also features the Zyxel GS1350 series of surveillance switches. The switch boasts extended range, with all PoE ports supporting data transmission up to 250 metres to allow for deployment at a distance. Meanwhile, businesses can reduce downtime with the Auto PD Recovery feature to easily restart a malfunctioning power device. All of which, says Zyxel, allows network admins to save resources and more easily manage their CCTV networks through the cloud without having to send field engineers to visit each site.

The firm adds that the Nebula’s new SSID NAT function enables small businesses to set up Nebula-compatible access points (APs) as a router or gateway capable of assigning IP addresses to wireless clients, such as customer or staff phones and laptops, reducing the overhead of additional network infrastructure for many small businesses.

Other products available under the updated Nebula include new WiFi 6 APs (WAX610D, NWA210AX), XS1930 multi-gigabit switches and GS2220 aggregation switches, adding up to a total of 52 devices to its product portfolio. For more info, visit http://www.zyxel.com/nebula.

Nebula Cloud Networking solution allows you to control and manage Zyxel’s native and compatible Nebula access points, switches and gateways, all from one place with ease.