Sony Invests 2.57 Billion Baht in Thai Factory for Autopilot Sensors


On March 30th, 2024, Thai national media reported that a large private international company, Sony Semiconductor Solutions, announced an investment of more than 2.57 billion baht to establish a manufacturing factory in Thailand.

The manufacturing factory was reported to be complete and open for operation by March 2025. The new Sony factory was to produce sensors used in autopilot vehicles that detect pedestrians and obstacles.
Sony anticipated that the new factory would increase its production rate by up to 70% and create job opportunities for more than 2,000 positions.

However, the primary manufacturing processing required a high level of expertise in Japan. In Thailand, it required a massive number of laborers to produce and modify wafers, a thin slice of a semiconductor, into microchips using manual machines.

Although the demand for wafers used in computers and smartphones supply was low, in the latest vehicle technology, wafers were in increasingly high demand as they could also be used as autopilot and driving assistants.

Sony would potentially increase competitive capability as labor costs in Thailand were considerably lower compared to other countries and would greatly benefit the company.

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Pattaya News, owned by our parent company TPN media.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.