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Lampang ceramic plants close doors

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Three ceramics plants in Lampang province, renowned for its pottery, have closed and others are for sale because the owners can't afford expensive fuel and higher wages, says the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI). 

More plants will close or be sold, says the FTI, as the operators struggle with liquefied petroleum gas prices about 60% higher than they were a year aago, and the new 300-baht daily minimum wage.

At this ceramics factory in Lampang, the workforce was cut from 100 to 45 after the 300-baht daily minimum wage took effect on Jan 1. (Photo by Aswin Wongnorkaew)

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