Personnel, tech, management need fast fix
THAILAND will need to rush in resolving issues pertaining to human resources, technology and smart management if it wants to pursue Thailand 4.0, the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) said, citing the example |of the Thai automobile industry needing 13 years to cope with the global shift towards electric vehicles.
Speaking at a recent seminar on “Human Resources: Upgrade for Thailand 4.0”, Thavorn Chalassathien, FTI vice chairman and chairman for Human Capacity Building Institute, said: “In the future, workforce must adjust to being replaced by efficient machines. However, if a firm uses technology for all functions, it could be shut down.
So, product and production planning must be well laid out to solve this problem.”
Thailand is also facing the risk of a shortage of migrant workers, or a reduction by half the current 3 million workers, as they are likely to move back to their countries particularly Cambodia, which is witnessing fast expansion, he said.
Technologies including automation system and robots, thus, will be needed to replace the workforce |and plans will be needed to upgrade product quality |and boost production efficiency by 8-10 per cent, he |said.
Poompat Sinacharoen, executive vice president at PTG Energy Plc, said that 75 per cent of each business organisation’s workforce is expected to be people aged 20-35 years old who will likely work no more than nine years, given their impatience and preference for a variety of jobs.
Soontorn Dentham, the managing director of Humanica Plc, said the current global trend is all about people who are the centre of businesses rather than the digital economy.
Each organisation must pay attention to the right people in each department and make them strategic partners to increase work efficiency and commit them to long-term work.
Chataya Supanpong, chief engagement officer at Food Passion Co Ltd, said that small and medium enterprises would enjoy advantages due to their size from low costs and ability to shift quickly to new business operations.
Regarding the disruptive technology trend, based on global carmakers’ assessment electric vehicles are expected to fully replace gasoline and diesel cars by 2040-2045, Thavorn said.
From 2030, electric vehicles are expected to |comprise 10 per cent of total cars. Operators in the auto industry will have 13 years to adjust themselves, Thavorn said.
Within three to five years, more operators across the world are expected to make auto parts rather than export completely built units, he said.