Shown in photo:
- Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak (2nd from left), Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister
- Mr. Hideki Makihara (2nd from right), Japan’s State Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry
- Mr. Shiro Sadoshima (far right), Ambassador of Japan in Thailand
- Dr. Nattapol Rungsitpol (far left), Thailand’s Director – General, Department of Industrial Promotion
- Ms. Jareeporn Jarukornsakul (center left), Chairman and Group CEO, WHA Corporation PCL.
- Mr. Hiratomo Miyata (center right), Co-Founder and CEO, Ground Inc.
Bangkok, November 2, 2019 – WHA Group, Thailand’s leader in fully-integrated logistics and industrial facilities solutions, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GROUND Inc., the leading LogiTech® business in Japan. The signing event was held at Japanese Ambassador’s Residence, in the presence of Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak, Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Hideki Makihara, Japan’s State Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI), Mr. Shiro Sadoshima, Ambassador of Japan in Thailand and Dr. Nattapol Rungsitpol, Thailand’s Director – General, Department of Industrial Promotion.
This joint effort to develop next-generation logistics solutions aims to enhance the competitiveness of logistics operations in Thailand, in response to the rapid growth of the logistics market and industry. GROUND Inc. will provide warehouse-operation-optimization software and applications, warehouse-operation-automation systems with robots, and knowledge and expertise in logistics operations. WHA Group will make available its logistics facilities in Thailand for testing GROUND Inc.’s logistics solutions to be used as a showcase and developed for WHA customers. WHA Digital Platform, one of WHA Group’s business units, will also provide data center storage space.
“We are truly delighted to sign this MoU with Ground Inc.,” said Ms. Jareeporn Jarukornsakul, WHA Group Chairman and Group CEO. “We are looking forward to introducing high-tech logistics solutions to our customers in Thailand, in order to constantly increase the efficiency and productivity of their complex operations,” she explained.
“This MoU with WHA Group is based on synergies between our two companies,” commented Mr. Hiratomo Miyata, Co-Founder and CEO of Ground Inc. “We are confident that our vision for intelligent Logistics® using advanced technologies such as AI and robotics, combined with WHA Group’s expertise in the field, will be mutually beneficial,” he declared.
This MoU is part of a Thai and Japanese partnership called “Open Innovation Columbus” initiated in May 2018 to bring innovation and new technologies to companies of both countries.