Industrial production in Thailand declined by 2.54 percent year-on-year in March 2019, after a 1.6 percent drop in the previous month while market had expected a 2.7 percent fall. This was the second straight month of decrease in industrial output and the steepest since a 2.7 percent decline in September last year, with production mainly falling for computers, steel and rubber products. For 2019, the government expects manufacturing production to increase between 2 to 3 percent, after growing 2.8 percent in 2018. Meantime, capacity utilization was at 74.38 percent in March, up from 69 percent in February. Industrial Production in Thailand averaged 6.80 percent from 1988 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 59.60 percent in November of 2012 and a record low of -32.50 percent in November of 2011.
Industrial Production in Thailand is expected to be 3.50 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Industrial Production in Thailand to stand at 2.80 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Thailand Industrial Production is projected to trend around 3.10 percent in 2020, according to our econometric models.