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5th February 2018, Chonburi

Cobra celebrates 40 years at JEC World 2018

This year will be a year of celebrations for Cobra International, a leading manufacturer of composite water sports products, and a supplier of composites for the automotive, architectural, transportation, marine and luxury markets. The company will celebrate its 40th year anniversary throughout 2018.

The company will mark this major milestone at JEC World 2018, in Paris, next month. It 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 its 40 Key Projects and 40 Key People that were integral to the company’s tremendous growth.

Building on 40 years of experience, Cobra is now a trusted supplier of serial carbon fibre parts to a number of premium automotive programmes in Germany, Italy, Japan and the UK. © Cobra International

At JEC World, Cobra will highlight a 40-year timeline showing its key milestones, as well as displaying exhibits that demonstrate its full 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.

Cobra story

“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,” the company reports.

“Seventeen years later, the company had grown significantly and moved their focus to supplying large OEM’s with composite sandwich water sports equipment and by 1999, Cobra had become the leading manufacturer of windsurf boards with an 80% world market share.”

Outstanding achievement

In 2006, with a growing reputation for the supply of composite components and finishing craftsmanship, Cobra successfully 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 research and development and its state of the art production facilities, provides a one-stop shop for the serial production of “strong, light and beautiful composite products”. 

“This is an outstanding achievement of which we are very proud. 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,” commented Danu Chotikapanich, CEO.

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