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Thai industry goes high-tech with Alibaba and Airbus set to move in

Government tax incentives spur move away from labor-intensive production

Thailand is remaking U-Tapao Airport as the gateway to its Eastern Economic Corridor, betting state-of-the-art logistics facilities will draw advanced manufacturers from around the globe. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

BANGKOK -- One of Southeast Asia's premier industrial hubs is going high-tech as global companies like Alibaba Group Holding and Airbus are planning to move into eastern Thailand, replacing more labor-intensive operations as economic development drives up costs.

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