At A Glance

Corporate February 10, 2018 01:00

By The Nation

Press briefing held on ‘One Crown Place’

Malaysian real estate conglomerate, AlloyMtd Group, led by Henry Robinson, right, development director, One Crown Place; together with Julien Mills, centre, executive director and head of international property marketing, CBRE UK; and Pornpimol Phuengkhuankhan, left, director of residential sales services, CBRE Thailand, recently hosted a press conference for the launch of “One Crown Place”, a development in the city of London by AlloyMtd Group, with CBRE acting as development manager and sales broker for the residential and commercial units. 

Thai buyers will be among of the first in Asia to take advantage of the launch of residential sales of the South Tower. Located in the heart of London, One Crown Place is a major mixed-use scheme in the city’s historic Sun Street conservation area. 

The first residents will move in to One Crown Place upon completion in the latter part of 2020. 

Bombardier, Mahidol sign five-year MoU 

Bombardier Transportation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mahidol University in Thailand to strengthen cooperation for graduate education and research in the field of rail transportation over the next five years.

Gregory Enjalbert, vice president Rail Control Solutions Asia Pacific and managing director Thailand, Bombardier Transportation, commented, “Bombardier remains fully committed to developing local talent in Thailand, as reflected in this prestigious agreement with Mahidol University." He said with Bombardier's 20-year presence in Bangkok, the firm have grown its team to over 500 employees working on some of the most advanced rail projects across the world.

"We place a high emphasis on deepening our academic partnerships to ensure the development of technical expertise and innovation in the industry,” he added.

The MoU with the University’s Faculty of Engineering supports a newly-established set of rail and logistics engineering post-graduate programmes and is Bombardier’s first academic partnership in Thailand to focus on this advanced level of research and education. 

The agreement covers areas such as academic programmes and teaching, joint research in the areas of rail control and signalling, as well as the opportunity for internships and practical training. In Thailand, Bombardier is also developing undergraduate rail engineering education with Kasetsart University and Navamindradhiraj University’s Urban Community College of Bangkok. 

Shell, Banma testing gas station of the future 

Imagine a gas station that can automatically detect when a driver arrives, and the entire process—from selecting fuel types to payment—can be done with just a few taps on the car’s touchscreen display. No cash, credit cards or smartphones necessary.

A Shell station in Beijing is testing out that technology, through a joint venture between Alibaba Group and SAIC Motor Corp, called Banma Network Technology.

Banma said it will launch the first “smart gas station” in China’s capital within the first half of this year, before expanding the model to other Chinese cities.

Leveraging its cloud computing technology, Alibaba’s operating system for IoT devices AliOS uses geo-fencing algorithms to sense when a car pulls into a designated spot alongside the pumps, and automatically triggers the system.

The monitor then lets consumers pick fuel types, select the amount of gas they need, letting them choose to pay via Alipay or their Shell membership accounts.

 Consumers can even buy snacks and other items from the station’s grocery store, and have the staff bring purchased items to the car.

The new model can cut the average 10-15 minutes spent at gas stations by up to 50 per cent, according to Shell.

Nissan hones employees’ skills 

Nissan’s annual “Nissan Skills Contest” saw winners from across the country representing sales, services and technicians.

“This is the eighth consecutive year Nissan has held its Skills Contest, which started with just a few categories, but over the years has grown to today’s 11 categories,” said Nissan Motor (Thailand) president Antoine Barthes.

Some 1,400 staff from dealerships countrywide participated at the Nissan Education and Training Centre in Bangkok.

The contest is designed to help sales consultants, service advisers, CROs and technicians reach their utmost capabilities and polish their skills. 

“This contest is just one of the many ways Nissan Motor Thailand continues to invest in customer care,” Barthes said.

Citibank, THAI promote ‘travel together’ 

Citibank Credit Card and Thai Airways International Pcl(THAI) jointly presented a special promotion for Valentine’s Day. Kitima Luengsitong, Vice President, head of co-brand partnership credit cards and loans, Citibank Thailand, Korakot Chatasingha, Director for Thailand Regional Department, THAI, Palawee Bunnag and her daughter “Wayla” ThawsaengIssarahave joined announced the promotion titled "Happy in Love”, inviting travelers to fly together as a couple with special-priced tickets from THAI during the month of love. 

This special promotion covers popular routes such as Hong Kong, Japan, Moscow, London and Paris, starting from Bt4,900 per person. Citibank cardmembers will enjoy double privileges: up to Bt5,500 baht cash back, a free iFree SIM Card for three- days global data usage, valued at Bt350 when purchasing tickets via Citibank credit card on from Bt20,000.

Citi Royal Orchid Plus cardmembers will enjoy a 25 per cent discount when using Citi Reward points in the same amount as the purchase, or redeem 4,000 points for Bt1,000 cash back. 

The promotion is valid from now until February 28 with June as the last month of travel period. For more information, visit


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