Kulthorn Kirby Public Company (KKC) is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. As Asean's leading independent manufacturer of compressors for refrigerators, air conditioners and condensing units, KKC is recognised as one of Thailand's outstanding companies.
Through strong commitment and hard work, the company has focused on producing a high-quality product range which has continued to develop over the years. The company is today building on its legacy and stepping into the future with confidence.
In the late 1970s, the Thai government wanted to develop a compressor manufacturing plant that would supply domestic refrigerator manufacturers.
This initiative led to the establishment of KKC as a joint venture between the Kulthorn Group (Thailand) and James N. Kirby of Australia.
The new company's strong technical backing came from United States-based Tecumseh, a leading company in the design and manufacturing of compressors.
In January 1982, KKC celebrated the grand opening of its first production plant.
Within the industry, compressors are divided into five categories, which differ by size, functionality, performance and utilisation: reciprocating, rotary, scroll, screw and centrifugal.
KKC's highly efficient manufacturing operations today include steel coil slitting, component machining, deep drawing of steel components, aluminium die-casting and electric motor manufacturing for its own compressors and other local manufacturers.
By employing a vertical integrated business model, KKC benefits from a more competitive cost structure, and air conditioning models and commercial refrigeration compressors remain key components of KKC's product portfolio.
KKC is now able to offer increasingly larger compressors following investments made in its manufacturing operations.
The continuing dedication of the company's 2,100 employees also ensures customer satisfaction is a priority for KKC.
With almost 70 per cent of the company's compressor units being exported to key markets including Asia, New Zealand, Australia, the Middle East, the US and Europe, KKC has developed into a truly global player.
After 30 years of operations, KKC remains focused on providing customers with quality products and continuous support. The company's policy of "Production with Quality and Safety" remains as true today as it did 30 years ago.