JEC World 2018: Cobra Celebrates 40 Year Anniversary
Cobra International will celebrate its 40th year anniversary at JEC World.
The company will also host a series of internal and external initiatives throughout the year, including the Composites Asia 2018 Conference in June, and the publishing of an in-depth report covering 40 Key Projects and 40 Key People that were integral to the company’s growth.
At JEC World, Cobra will highlight a 40-year timeline showing its key milestones, as well as displaying exhibits that demonstrate its range of technologies and capabilities. These include an example of the latest technology in hydro foiling electric surfboards, a range of premium automotive components and architectural composite panels with decorative finishes.
The Cobra story began in the garage of a house in central Bangkok in March 1978 when Vorapant Chotikapanich, one of the founders and current company chairman, began building windsurf boards for the Windglider brand. The Cobra brand appeared a few years later, with the legendary King Cobra board putting Cobra on the world map as a manufacturer of lightweight advanced composite windsurfing boards. 17 years later the company had grown significantly and moved its focus to supplying large OEMs with composite sandwich water sports equipment, and by 1999 Cobra had become the leading manufacturer of windsurf boards with an 80% world market share. In 2006, Cobra launched its automotive business, with Cobra Advanced Composites (CAC) beginning to supply lightweight serial carbon fibre parts to premium automotive and motorcycle brands. Today, Cobra, with its ongoing investment in R&D and its 100,000 m2 production facilities, provides a one-stop shop for the serial production of composite products.
“This is an outstanding achievement of which we are very proud,” says Danu Chotikapanich, CEO. “From a small supplier of our own brand windsurf boards, we have grown to be the leading manufacturer of boards for all water sports markets and a globally respected supplier of strong, light and beautiful composites. We are very much looking forward to the next 40 years and beyond!”
Visit Cobra International in Hall 6, Stand E28 at JEC World 2018.
Published: 7th March 2018