Neighboring Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand, Lamphun is home to a new Pandora crafting facility. Recently opening its doors on 1 October, the new facility is set to start commercial production early 2017.
The new Pandora plant offers some of the best working conditions in one of the most modern production facilities in Asia. When in full production, the plant will employee up to 5,000 people and will raise size and scale, green profile, and modernity standards in the jewellery industry.
The Lamphun facility is one of three projects planned to help meet the increasing demand for Pandora products.
Per Group Operations, Senior Vice-President, Thomas Touborg, “The site in Lamphun is the first of our recent initiatives to go live, but we are continuously expanding our production capacity, investing a total of DKK 1.8 billion in the period 2015 to 2019.”
Besides the new Lamphun facility, the Pandora expansion programme includes a new crafting facility in Gemopolis, Bangkok while updating and optimizing the existing facilities there.
Thomas Touborg says, “With these initiatives we will be able to potentially double our total production capacity compared to 2015 to more than 200 million pieces a year by the end of 2019, and we aim to reduce lead-time from raw material to jewellery delivered by around 50%.”
Pandora’s expansion programme includes three main projects:
- New crafting facility in Lamphun
- New Triple A crafting facility in Gemopolis, Bangkok
- Update and optimisation of existing Gemopolis, Bangkok facility
By the end of 2019, these expansions will double the Pandora capacity with an estimated production of over 200 million pieces a year. The programme plans will also introduce production flow principles, gaining the company up to 50% shorter lead-times.