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An Awnings Master Chayuth Kaewklin

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Chayuth Kaewklin, also known as Aroon, is the Managing Director of Window Design and Awnings, one of Thailand’s leading tension membrane products (awnings) providers. The company takes care of customers in Phuket, throughout Thailand and overseas. Chayuth is originally from Phuket, born and raised here. He started his career many years ago right after graduating and just like many young people he began his working life as an employee.

WDA 01How did it all begin?
After I graduated (in electrical power engineering) I began my career with some of the big name companies such Tesco Lotus and Central Festival, to name a couple, until I felt that I was ready to start my own business.
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Why the awnings business?
I researched the market for opportunities. Back then in 2009, my last job as an employee was as the regional manager for Mr. Curtain. I saw a future in the curtain business but at the same time I could see interesting prospects in the tension membrane industry. Then I decided to venture in awnings and curtains. I looked for a shortcut, a model that could help pave my way to success so I became a dealer for Thailand’s leading company in tension membrane products. Now I’m not their dealer anymore – I’m delivering my own products.
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Why tension membrane products?
Tension membrane products feature a design without utilising a metal frame but rather stretched canvas. It’s innovative and trendy. Tension membrane products are beautiful, light, and stylish. They might come at a higher cost, but tension membrane products deliver solutions that metal sheet frame can’t. We often see tension membrane products used in important places as they’re simply outstanding.

Why Phuket?
First, I’m originally from here. Second, most of my connections are here but now that my business has managed to grow I have dealers in other provinces. I have partners who help me with the designs and marketing, and that helps me sell my products throughout Thailand and overseas.
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What’s your tip for success?
In doing business, fi rst you need to get yourself ready, get your spirit right. Second, be diligent. Third are the connections. Last is your source of capital. I started this business with only 200,000 baht and a shop-house but after five years I have my own showroom. How come I got this far? The answers are above; you just have to be brave enough to start out.
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Can you let us know about a bit about your products and services?
Our market is very broad, covering all areas in Thailand and overseas. Our professional team is able to travel abroad for meetings and installation in every corner of the world. Window Design and Awnings Co., Ltd. has a strong relationship with a leading manufacturer in Germany that has extensive experience in awnings. We use their products and use top-quality stainless steel for components and galvanized steel for every project in Thailand which guarantees no rust for 10-20 years. Last, but not least, is the designer who works for us; he’s been involved in a lot of large-scale developments such as the Huamark Sports Complex, walkways in Suvarnabhumi Airport, and a lot more. You can see his portfolio on our website. Besides tension membrane products, Chayuth ‘s company also provides over 10 more products such as retractable awnings, vertical awnings, canopies, tents and warehouse tents, drop arm awnings, pergolas, insect screens, and sunscreen roller blinds.

What makes you different?
As mentioned, we opt for premium-grade products and offer long-term guarantees. Our products are stylish and tailored to customers’ requirements, plus we’re known among our customers for prompt service.

Which projects are you most proud of?
It‘s diffi cult to say as we always put everything we have into every job we’re responsible for. But to name a few, I’d say Artville opposite Central Pinklao, Beehive Lifestyle Mall at Muang Thong Thani, and General Prem Park in Songkhla. We have a new project in Pakistan which will cover an area of about 4000sqm. If we’re talking about four- or five-star hotels in Phuket, we could reach the expectations of a six-star resort but I think we’ve already done that at Iniala Beach House (In Phang Nga province). Anyway, I don’t think we’ve reached the limit of our potentials yet. We’re still passionate about design.
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What about your goals?
We’ll continue with in the awnings business but you’ll see new solutions on the market from us, I promise.

What are your working principles?
Be sincere to both your customers and your staff and the rest will follow

How do you manage your time?
I spend almost all of my time involved in my business but do enjoy going on big-bike trips with friends. However, I certainly don’t forget my family and try to spend as much time as possible with them – they’re my life, my motivation and my inspiration.

Your message to the new generation?
Have your spirit ready. All obstacles are just steps to bypass.
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Window Design & Awnings Co., Ltd.
70/89 M.4 Chowfatawantok Rd., T.Vichit A.Muang Phuket 83000 Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 76 216 447, +66 (0) 89 724 6914
Fax: +66 (0) 76 216 448
E-mail: chayuth.awning@gmail.com, arunsawadde@hotmail.com
Website: www.tentphuket.co.th, www.windecor.co.th

 

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