Thailand: crackdown on imports urged

ShowerKing Manufacturing, Thailand“s leader in tempered-glass shower enclosures, has urged the country“s government to enforce an industrial standard on cheap imported products to curb substandard g…

ShowerKing Manufacturing, Thailand“s leader in tempered-glass shower enclosures, has urged the country“s government to enforce an industrial standard on cheap imported products to curb substandard glass imports. An enforcement of industrial standards on imported glass should encourage fair competition and promote safety for consumers, said ShowerKing“s founder and chairwoman Ms. Sarindhorn Sarindhorn. ShowerKing said it was time for the government to support local businesses by ending double standards that allow uncertified substandard imported products to be sold in the country. Ms. Mativachranon said that ShowerKing was also increasing its efforts to promote the awareness of safety-glass use among its dealers and the public to help sustain the industry“s future and promote better consumer understanding. Tempered-glass makers in Thailand must obtain formal certification from the Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI). However, the TISI abandoned the legal requirement on imported glass products, thus resulting in increasingly cheap substandard imports, affecting local manufacturers. An enforcement of industrial standards on imported glass should encourage fair competition and promote safety for consumers, said Ms. Sarindhorn. Founded 17 years ago, ShowerKing says it is the only Thai shower enclosure manufacturer to export products, thanks to its certifications – ISO 9001, TISI“s industrial standard and ANSI Z97.1 and US BS6202. According to Ms. Sarindhorn, the company has a 40% share in the local tempered glass market.