Wipawinee and Tharapat Chaisutthiroj left behind the security of company pay cheques to pursue a new start as entrepreneurs when they saw a business opportunity to develop an innovative product line that makes use of the husks – usually considered waste in farming. They joined up with a Malaysian friend with expertise in research and development. The friend, who lives in the United States, had suggested they go into business together. Since 2010, the company that they established has produced a range of kitchen accessories made from the husks and the business has enjoyed export success in Europe and the United States. Sales are averaging Bt20 million a month, said Tharapat, who is director of Husks Green Co Ltd, in an interview with The Nation recently. Tharapat said that, together with the Malaysian partner, they established a company in Singapore called Husks Green International in 2010. The business conducted research and development activities until the partners felt they were ready to launch their first product in 2012. Using a manufacturing facility in Malaysia, they laid the foundations for the venture’s export success. The inroads into Europe and the United States were aided by a long-established welcoming attitude among consumers in… Read full this story
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