SolidWorks World 2012 International Series: Talking Shop with Ba-Thong Phan

As we gear up for SolidWorks World 2012, we're be running a series of interviews that shine a spotlight on our employees from different parts of the world, and why you might consider attending. Next up on the SolidWorks World 2012 International Series is Ba-Thong Phan, senior area technical manager, for SolidWorks in Asia Pacific, India and Korea.

Ba-Thong is a SolidWorks World veteran, so we wanted to sit down with him in advance of the show to discuss the customers in his region and the unique ways they are using SolidWorks. Check out Ba-Thong’s thoughts below:

Q: What kinds of businesses/customers make up most of the market in your region?

A: The Asian market is well known for being a manufacturing hub since the 80’s. Most of our customers focus on machinery automation, mold making and consumer products. The services industry has been booming in recent years, serving customers from North America and Western Europe.


Q: Can you give an example of how customers in your region are using SolidWorks in unique ways?

A: I attended a meeting organized by the SolidWorks user group in my region and I saw one customer using SolidWorks and Flow Simulation for a toilet bowl. The customer used Flow Simulation to optimize the water usage.


Q: What do you enjoy most about SolidWorks World personally?

A: This SolidWorks World will be my 13th event and I’m excited to go to San Diego, even though it’s a 20 hour flight from Singapore! It’s the one annual event where I can meet my resellers, my colleagues, my users and partners. I’ve also learned a lot in past years from the breakout sessions.


Thanks to Ba-Thong for taking the time to talk, and don't forget, if you pay for two registrations, we'll throw in a third for free. And as always, CSWPs save $100. You can see all of our registration deals at the SolidWorks World website.

If you're coming from overseas and need help with a visa, be sure to visit the SolidWorks World website for more information.

Matthew West

SolidWorks alumnus. I like plate reverb, Rat pedals, Thai curry, New Weird fiction, my kids, Vespas, Jazzmasters, my wife & Raiders of the Lost Ark. Not necessarily in that order.