It’s 1:40am local time here in Bangkok and it’s been another fully packed day, just back from playing pool for more than four hours at Soi Cowboy but the highlight today has definitely been something different:
Today I got the chance to visit Thailand’s largest rice Processing Factury: CPF Ayutthaya.
It’s quite rare to get the chance to get insights in this business. My boss (American) told me yesterday that he couldn’t join the trip organized by the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) and he wanted me to represent him. I was quite happy about that as I’ve never visited a Thai factory.
After all the Charoen Pokphand Group (CP) is Thailand’s biggest company with more than 280,000 employees worldwide and an annual revenue of 30 billion USD (2012). The group is divided into three subsidiaries: Charoen Pokphand Foods, True Corporation (Telecommunications) and CP ALL (Marketing and Distribution Business).
The trip was basically divided into two parts: First Mr Thammavit Srikrerkkrit (Assistant Vice President of CPF Ayutthaya) gave a presentation about the most important company facts in the meeting room and then took us around the factory and all other departments.
Here the most important facts about CPF Ayutthaya that I noted:
- biggest project of CP in the world
- largest rice processing factory in Thailand
- 233 staff in factory, 100 staff in all other departments (average age: 27 years)
- Rice Production per hour: 30 tons
- 39 silos to storage a maximum of 40,000 tons each
- Rice Miller Carrier (Raw Material)
- RM Warehouse
Rice Improvement Process (CPF only takes rice from the Mills that fulfill their high quality requirements):
Intake → Pre-Cleaner → Silo → Cleaner → Destoner → Polisher → Rotary Sifter → Length Grader → Color Sorter
- World’s Best Rice Award 2009
- Quality Award Ministry of Commerce
- The Best Exporter
After that we walked all around the company – not just the processing halls but all other departments as well:
Control Room (Observation of processes via CCTV, Trucks via GPS)
Raw Material Sample Storage Room
Packaging Development (“good rice needs good packaging!”)
Quality Control: Checking the quality of raw material (laboratory), i.e. moisture tester, texture analyzer, seed counter
Processing Hall (6 Floors)