Besuch bei Dhanabadee (Mai 2016)

Visiting Dhanabadee (May 2016)


Profile of CONTIGO´s partner Dhanabadee


Vases, housewares and decoration articles made of ceramic


Source: Google Earth

Lampang, Thailand – distance to Europe: 8.400 km

Founded in 2003


  • 1954: The former founder of the company Chin Simyu found a big source of kaolin in the region around Lampang and built the first ceramic factory
  • The „chicken bowl“ becomes a bestseller in the whole kingdom of Thailand in the next decades, produced in the factory of Chin Simyu
  • 1965: Renaming of the factory into „Dhanabadesakul Crockery“, one of the factories of the Dhanabadee Ceramic Group is still producing the famous „chicken bowl“ according to the traditional production method: all steps are handmade
    • Shaping the raw material
    • Painting the ceramic
    • Burning of the ceramic in the oldest kiln in the region around Lampang, called „Dragon Kiln“
  • 1990: Establishment of the „Dhanabadee Art Ceramic Company Thailand“ in the second generation of the founder Chin Simyu
  • 2003: Renaming of the manufactory, production capacity is increased and improved in order to remain competitive

Cooperation with CONTIGO since 2017

Structure of the business

Number of employees:

  • 162 employees (119 women and 43 men)
    • Therefrom in the production: 114 women and 38 men

Organisation of workforce:


To guarantee a better quality all production steps are hold in one company.


  • Home market (40%)
  • Exports (60%) to 70 countries worldwide

Special features

  • Sales of the ceramic souvenir range „White Elephant“ support different projects

Why does CONTIGO work with Dhanabadee: Long-established company that preserves the cultural heritage of ceramics production, today with a modern management. Excellent quality, innovative designs, accurate deliveries, excellent social standards.


Fairtrade classification

FTP = Fairtrade in Progress, young business partnership, a visit in envisaged in 2019


Fairtrade aspects

Dhanabadee complies with the following Fairtrade principles:

No child labour

No discrimination

No discrimination due to gender, disability, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political orientation, or infection with HIV.


Fair wages

  • Minimum wage in the region: THB 310/day (THB= Baht)
  • Average wage at Dhanabadee:
    • Un-skilled worker: THB 310/ Day
    • Skilled worker: 310-500/ Day
  • All employees receive a fixed salary
  • Weekly or monthly salary is transferred to employees own bank account
  • Holiday bonus

Humane working conditions

Working hours:

  • 8 hours/day
  • 1 hour of lunch break
  • 6 days/week

Social benefits:

  • Contributions to governmental health and social insurance are paid
  • Continued payment of wage in case of sickness (30 days/ year)
  • Paid holidays (13 national/ traditional holidays, paid leave for recreation depend on the seniority, at least 6 days/year)
  • Maternity leave: 1.5 salaries before due date paid by Dhanabadee

Occupational safety:

  • All safety standards are met



  • Work contracts are available
  • Payroll is available
  • SAR (Self Assessment Report) was duly submitted to CONTIGO



  • First short visit im Lampang (2016)


Country information

Information about Thailand



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Author: Janina Lange on 22. January 2019

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