Client: ISO 9001 Council
Sector: Business services
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
The ISO 9001 Council in Switzerland is a non-profit organization offering information about the international standard, ISO 9001. The Council has a global membership and has assisted companies in more than 20 countries to achieve full ISO 9001 certification. The website features long, detailed sections describing ISO 9001, its revisions and the documentation required to achieve certification; membership areas allow registered users access to case studies and a moderated forum.
Client: Pinnacle Marine Thailand
Sector: Marine / Leisure
Location: Bangkok & Pattaya
Pinnacle Marine Thailand is a division of Pinnacle Marine New Zealand, a yacht brokerage specializing in new and used boats, and maintains offices in Bangkok and at Ocean Marina, Pattaya. Photographs for the home page slideshow were provided by Pinnacle Marine's dealers and the quality is superb. Photo of stock or pre-owned boats used elsewhere on the site were sourced and uploaded by company staff.
Client: SKJ Ancient Beadart
Sector: Ancient beads / Gemstones
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
SKJ Ancient Beadart is part of a network of Bangkok-based family businesses specializing in old, ancient and antique beads. The company's e-commerce website is one of the largest of its kind on the internet. Beads and other items are generally sourced from established trading partners throughout Asia, Africa and the Middle East; rare or one-off pieces are bought at private collection sales and from bead traders passing through Bangkok.
Client: V.D. & Family
Sector: Home decoration
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
VD & Family are Thailand's première designer, manufacturer and exporter of artificial flowers. The company wholesales to agents worldwide, many of whom place orders worth tens of thousands of dollars.
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