Big boost for Thai innovation

Published on Dec 14, 2001

Taking a big step towards ending Thailand’s reputation as a “copycat” country lagging behind other nations in terms of innovation, Woothiwong Toatong – president of the Thai Industrialist Development Forum (TIDF) – will receive a Gold Award at the Far Eastern Economic Review Asian Innovation Awards in Bangkok today.

Woothiwong, 53, the first Thai to receive an award from the magazine, is being honoured for his development, nearly four years ago, of prosthetics made primarily from lightweight polyurethane, replacing the traditional resinbased plastics.