The China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) is looking to expand its presence in Thailand to support the Royal Thai Navy’s (RTN’s) acquisition of S26T diesel-electric submarines.
Officials from the China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Company (CSOC) – the international trading arm of CSIC – told Jane’s on 7 November at the Defence & Security 2017 show in Bangkok that CSIC is expected to open a facility within the country in 2018.
This facility would be focused on providing engineering support to the RTN and also to pursue in-country sales, CSOC officials said. State-owned CSIC currently has no office in the country.
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