Press Release | 2017.03.14


Three winners from Team Thailand; Khun Panadda Ariyasajjakul (2nd left), Khun Krisnan Viravan (center), and Khun Kriangkrai Klomrit (4th left) defeat teams from 40 other nations, at the largest amateur golf tournament, the BMW Golf Cup International World Final 2016


Dubai. Competing against other teams from 40 countries, with 114 amateur golfers, Team Thailand has conquered the largest amateur golf tournament, the BMW Golf Cup International World Final 2016, with the total score of 317 points in National Team Category, earning them their first-ever victory. The tournament was held at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, during March 5th – 10th, 2017.


Mr. Stefan Teuchert, President BMW Group Thailand said, “This is a victory that shows the world what it means to be proud to be Thai and a major global milestone for Thai golfers. As a part of Thai athletes’ winning tradition, Team Thailand proudly brought an image of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej to the stage in order to pay tribute to the memory of His Majesty in this occasion of once in a lifetime experience. On behalf of BMW Group Thailand, I would like to congratulate Team Thailand for their impressive performances to win the world's largest amateur tournament for the first time. Through disciplined training and their athletic brilliance, their dominance over BMW Golf Cup International World Final 2016 was well-deserved.”


Team Thailand took the win, scoring the total of 317 points (106-105-106) in National Team Category. For the individual competitions, two Thai golfers also took the trophies as follows;


1. Category Men 1 (handicap 8) - Khun Kriangkrai Klomrit, winning 3rd place in Men 1 category (41-33-34), Total: 108
2. Category Men 1 (handicap 8) - Khun Krisnan Viravan, 4th place (32-36-38), Total: 106
3. Category Ladies (handicap 11) - Khun Panadda Ariyasajjakul, winning 2nd place in Ladies category (33-36-34), Total: 103


BMW Golf Cup International is the world’s largest amateur golf tournament series, including over 100,000 participants from more than 50 countries, playing in more than 800 tournaments around the world.

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The BMW Group


With its three brands BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 31 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2016, the BMW Group sold approximately 2.367 million cars and 145,000 motorcycles worldwide. As of 31 December 2015, the BMW Group had a workforce of 122,244 employees.


The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.


BMW Group Thailand

BMW Group Thailand, a subsidiary of BMW AG, Germany, was established on the 3rd October 1998. The three entities of BMW Group Thailand include BMW (Thailand) Co., Ltd. with responsibility for wholesales & marketing of BMW Group products, BMW Manufacturing (Thailand) Co., Ltd. with responsibility for BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad local production, and BMW Leasing (Thailand) Co., Ltd. with responsibility for financial services offerings to both wholesale and retail customers.


In 2016, BMW Group Thailand delivered 7,923 BMW and MINI vehicles to the customers. For BMW Motorrad Thailand, new record has been set in 2016 with 1,819 motorcycle deliveries.


In 2017, BMW Group Thailand has begun the new year with the best-ever start to the year with 745 BMW and MINI car deliveries, achieving an impressive +22% growth year-on-year. For BMW Motorrad Thailand, the growth of +22% in January 2017 compared to the same month last year set a new record high after its achievement as the third fastest growing market for BMW Motorrad worldwide in 2016.


On the production side, the BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand plant was founded on BMW Group’s strong belief in the growth potential of Asian markets and Thailand in particular, with its unique location, strong manufacturing base, and ready supply of skilled automotive labor, being an automotive hub for ASEAN. An investment of over 4.6 billion Baht year-to-date 2016 has been invested into expansion of plant Rayong in terms of assembling processes, aiming to meet growing customer demand. In addition, with approximately 4 billion Thai Baht representing the amount of annual purchasing in Thailand, the BMW Global Purchasing office has been established in Thailand. This is to source various components from local suppliers in Thailand and the broader ASEAN region, in order to supply the entire BMW production network of 31 production and assembly facilities, located in 14 countries worldwide.


As of 2016, BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand produces the following 19 models: BMW 1 Series, BMW 3 Series, BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, BMW 5 Series, BMW 7 Series, BMW X1, BMW X3, BMW X4, BMW X5, and MINI Countryman. For BMW Motorrad the BMW F 800 R, BMW F 800 GS, BMW F 700 GS, BMW R 1200 GS, BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, BMW F 800 GT, BMW S 1000 R, BMW S 1000 RR and BMW S 1000 XR are also locally assembled at the plant. In addition, BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand now assembles two BMW plug-in hybrid models; BMW 330e and BMW X5 xDrive40e.


Starting from May 2016, BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand’s assembly line capability has been expanded for the purpose of exporting the BMW X3 and BMW X5 to China as well.


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BMW Group Thailand


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