Hi Hammer, welcome and I envy you your Global location. My fondest work-life memories are of Asia. Love the people, the food, the mind-set of the average man in the street, the food, oh, did I mention the food??
OK, my first thought is how about having the pans in a circle and heat in the center. Maybe even have the pans on a turntable (lazy Susan) so the operator can swing the next set of pans closer to stir them. If the center heat is a little uneven, then turn the colder pans to the hotter section.