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Why EECi?

In order to meet this goal, EECi positions itself as a hub linking innovation and investment across the country for Thailand’s target industries. Research outputs at the laboratory level can scale up to commercial scale using infrastructure and supporting innovation ecosystem at EECi and the investment that follows thereafter can settle in the EEC or anywhere else. Likewise, investors bringing advanced technology for the target industries into the region can use infrastructure and innovation ecosystem at EECi to adapt the technology to the local conditions before settle the investment in the EEC or elsewhere in Thailand and ASEAN.

The development of EECi is responsible by the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), a semi-autonomous government agency attached to the Thailand’s Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation. NSTDA partners with PTT Public Company Limited, Thailand’s national energy company, in the development of Wanchan Valley to become the first major site for EECi. In the partnership, PTT plays an important role in the basic infrastructure and smart township development, while NSTDA focuses on the development of the EECi innovation ecosystem.

The main objectives of EECi

(1) Technology and innovation research and development that can be “translated” into practical industrial applications, so called the Translational Research.

(2) Transferring technologies to the industrial sector in order to develop the country’s 10 targeted industries, by upgrading and strengthening existing industries and creating new industries with high levels of technology. The EECi will also promote startups with high levels of technology and innovation a move that is seen as fundamental to the growth of new industries, both within the Eastern Economic Corridor and in other parts of the country.

(3) Creating links to networks of research and development both within Thailand and overseas, to help generate an innovative "society with high levels of technology and to achieve a working integration between the private sector, educational and research institutes, and government organizations, or “triple helix” "relationship. And extend concept by involving people in local communities, thus creating a “quadruple helix” working "integration.

EECi will filled with a complete elements of innovation ecosystem. It will have new economic areas focused on research, development and "innovation, including government and private-sector laboratories, living laboratory, leading testing and analysis centers, pilot plants and demonstration plants. All of this will improve the quality of life of local people. This innovation ecosystem and its operational model are comprised of

Concentrated research and innovation that aims to address the needs of industries, both within the EECi and throughout the country, through a working integration of private-sector organizations, educational and research institutes, and the government.
Concentration of public and private laboratory to promote co-working, and exchanges of knowledge as well as equipment and tools.
Pilot scale production testing and development facilities (Scale-up, Testbeds & Living Lab, Green House, Field Demo) to scale-up innovations to serve the growth of industries.
Pilot scale production testing and development facilities (Scale-up, Testbeds & Living Lab, Green House, Field Demo) to scale-up innovations to serve the growth of industries.
The EECi will establish a regulatory framework for research, development and innovation, effectively becoming a “sandbox” for regulatory adjustment, in order to serve as a testing ground for products, devices, platforms, and associated applications.
Act as solution for the community by providing technology and innovative solutions to support better lifestyles and working conditions, while also caring for the local environment and helping to manage community resources.
Existing industry upgrade by transferring high levels of technology and innovation. This will apply to both industries within the EEC and other parts of the country which will enhance manufacturing processes, increase productivity and reduce both time and labor consumption.
Support startups and SMEs through incubating new entrepreneurs, developing new technology businesses and promoting ecosystems in which new businesses may grow, especially within the convenient setting of an innovation community. It will become a hub for both local and international venture capitalists and angel funding for technology and innovation.
Create large innovators community through linkage network of innovators, technology inventors, innovation investors. Support collaboration in technology transfer and innovation development between local and international networks of innovators and will promote investment and technology development in the EEC from world-class companies and research institutes.
Develop new industries that use high levels of technology and innovation. As well as support small- and medium-sized enterprises that are focused on technology and innovation, both within the EEC and elsewhere. It will help to develop an industrial workforce, along with specialists in technology and innovation, to support the new industries in the future.
Act as solution for the industry by offering technology and innovative solutions. Enhancing the performance of industries with innovations and improved manufacturing processes will lead towards “industry 4.0”, which focuses on production efficiency with reduced time and labor consumption.
EECi
Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation
111 Thailand Science Park (TSP), Phahonyothin Road, Khlong Nueng, Khlong Luang, Pathum Thani 12120, Thailand
Telephone +66 2564 8000, E-mail: info@eeci.or.th