Panels & Furniture Asia Sep/Oct 2018

IN PERSON 31 TAKING THAILAND'S WOOD INDUSTRY IN HIS STRIDE Having navigated through the ebbs and flows of Thailand's wood industry for close to three decades, Jirawat Tangkijngamwong has razor sharp industry insights and a candid take on the Thai way of doing things. At 11 years, Jirawat is currently the longest serving chairman of Thai Timber Association, he is also the deputymanaging director of Deesawat Industries and chairman of Deesawat. Founded in 1972, Deesawat is a pioneer and leader in today’s Thai wooden furniture industry. We recent l y have the chance to pick his brain and hear what he has to say about Thailand’s wood manufacturing industry as well as the ongoing U.S. - China tariff war. Jirawat Tangkijngamwong, Chairman of Thai Timber Association.