Kulthorn collaborates with partners to face challenge of region's rapid cooling demand
- Kulthorn Kirby has become a major supplier and assembly factory of magnet wire and steel for stamping
A leading specialist in air conditioning and refrigeration compressor manufacturing in Thailand, Kulthorn Kirby has been in the business since 1981 under the Thai government’s promotional policies. Kulthorn Kirby is a joint-venture between Kulthorn and Kirby-Australia. Kulthorn was originally founded in 1965 under Kulthorn Engineering. Later on, several other companies were founded under the Kulthorn name, including Kulthorn Kirby, which manufactures compressors and casts at its own foundry. The company has become a major supplier and assembly factory of magnet wire and steel for stamping. Kulthorn Electric was also founded to manufacture electric motors for the air-conditioning and refrigeration industries.
Staying ahead of the competition by maintaining the highest degree of specialisation and state-of-the-art facilities that are compliant with international standards, Kulthorn fulfils government requirements and works closely with customers to find the most suitable and affordable solutions.
“Our policy is to produce the best product at the most economical cost, to work closely with customers and to meet and satisfy their requirements,” says chairman Sumeth Simakulthorn. “We listen to our customers and try to comply with their inputs.”
Through constant innovation, strong quality control processes and investment in research and development and test facilities, Kulthorn has kept itself abreast of the latest trends. With its capacity to diversify its offerings, the company aims to attract more customers among leading manufacturers of air-conditioning units and refrigerators.
Kulthorn has gained clients from highly competitive industries in more than 100 countries. The company has three modern factories and seven subsidiaries, and is listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. It is strongest in Asia, with a presence in the Middle East, Australia and North America.
Kulthorn is taking advantage of its proximity to the Southeast Asian market, and is relying on collaborations with similar companies. “Thailand is in the most suitable area – it is easy for us to go to the East or the West,” Sumeth says. “The Asean market is ready for growth.”