Vertiv plans prefab data centre factory

Corporate April 06, 2018 01:00


VERTIV said it is aiming to open a full prefabrication data centre factory in Rayong province next year.

The US-based company, which designs, builds and services critical infrastructure that enables applications for data centres and other communications and industrial facilities, said it expects to generate revenue growth of 30 per cent by the end of this year.

Pichet Ketruam, country manager for Indochina at Vertiv, said the company was awaiting approval from the Broad of Investment (BOI) for its plan to set up the prefabrication data centre factory in the Map Ta Put industrial estate.

The factory would develop advanced modular data centres in terms of a container data centre to support the global market. The company did not disclose the proposed investment budget. 

“We have plans to set up the company’s third factory, in Thailand, which we chose among countries in Asia because of the country’s skilled workforce in engineering and Thailand’s location that serves as a regional hub for distribution of products to the market,” said Pichet.

“The firm expects to provide full manufacturing operations next year. The company has two factories, in the US and Croatia.”

He said the firm has a strategy to distribute its products and solutions - including cloud and collocation solutions, container data centres, communication networks, power management, thermal management, critical power management systems and infrastructure management - to support the target markets. These markets are enterprises, telecommunications, the government sector, the industrial sector, financial services, manufacturing and healthcare.

Pichet said the company would distribute its products and solutions through two distributors, Get On Technology and SIS Distribution, as well as three system integrators. The firm expects that it will set up two new SIs to cover the markets for the Northern and Southern regions of Thailand by the end of this year. 

Pichet said that under the company’s goal of 30 per cent revenue growth for 2018, from last year, Thailand would continue to serve as regional hub for its businesses in Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. “Myanmar is an emerging market and it also is a high-potential growth market in the region,” he said.