YKK AP caters to changing urban architectural spaces
April 21, 2014 00:00
By Patcharee Luenguthai
YKK AP, a Japanese manufacturer of architectural products, is expanding into the Thai market with a plan to establish an assembly plant in the Kingdom next year.
The company aims to offer more comfortable living and urban spaces with innovative aluminium windows and doors.
Early this year, PT YKK AP Indonesia, the firm’s Asean headquarters and manufacturing centre, set up a representative office in Thailand and officially launched products to property developers and contractors.
Korakot Phasuk, product specialist at PT YKK AP Indonesia’s representative office in Thailand, revealed that YKK AP will introduce the NEXSTA series, a brand-new product exclusively developed for the Asean region, at Architect 2014. The event, regarded as Asean’s largest building technology trade show, takes place at IMPACT, Muang Thong Thani between April 29 and May 4.
This new series is a further improvement based on current market trends and also market needs. Besides basic quality assurance, the new products offer easily understandable functions with operability, safety and crime-prevention features, as well as the flexibility and environmentally-friendly qualities needed large high-rise projects.
Another new product is lightweight aluminium handles, which allow elderly and wheelchair-bound people and children to more easily open doors and windows, with 50 per cent less effort.
He pointed out that high durability, water tightness to prevent leakage, sound insulation, and door/window frames with air-infiltration performance are also strong points in response to the customers’ needs.
According to urban living trends, more and more people live in high-rise condominiums. The air-infiltration system promotes ventilation to keep rooms smelling fresh.
High ceilings and large windows are popular for home designs, accentuating open and transparent atmospheres. The folding door terrace type will offer home owners a spacious and airy feel, unifying the indoors and outdoors, while high-rise condo dwellers can enjoy breathtaking views. In order to meet market trends, the folding door is required to accommodate greater strength while having slimmer dimensions of depth and width of the top frames and handles.
Korakot said that in order to comply with installation standards, YKK AP provides consultation and technical support to assist an integration of YKK AP products for maximum comfort and convenience.
In addition, YKK AP will this year appoint a distributor in Nakhon Ratchasima before expanding further into other potential provinces.
“Since the launch of brand products in January this year, YKK AP has gained recognition from many property developers to integrate its products into their residential projects such as Private Nirvana, Pruksa Kanchanaburi and Prestige Srinakarin,” said Korakot.
In addition to window products, interior and exterior doors, as well as folding door for residential development, YKK AP has branched out its business into facade curtain walls for high-rise buildings. The YKK AP supplies curtain walls to bring more comfort and energy savings to commercial buildings. The company also offers products for coordination of living spaces from entrances to interiors and balconies.