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Republic of Korea and the Philippines will launch tomorrow, November 10, the Mold Technology Support Center (MTSC) in General Trias, Cavite province.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through one of its attached agencies, Metals Industry Research and Development (DOST-MIRDC), broke ground for the MTSC in October 2019.
A statement from the MIRDC sent to SDN — SciTech and Digital News said after working on the center’s building for three years and in the time of the pandemic, Korea and the Philippines will launch the center with dignitaries from both countries, DOST and MIRC officials expected to join the ceremonies.
One way to strengthen the economy is to fortify a country’s manufacturing
capabilities. This is the objective of the MTSC, a facility established through the partnership between Korean and Philippine governments.
Housed in the MTSC are equipment, tools, and various technologies for mold and mold-related requirements of the industry. The MTSC aims to help advance the country’s local die and mold companies, increase their productivity and become globally competitive and contribute to the industrial cooperation between the two countries.
Partnership and collaboration key for MTSC’s existence
Poised to be a premier training hub for mold technologies, a total of 118 trainings, attended by 6,036 of both local and foreign participants, have been conducted by the MTSC beginning August 2020. Graduates of the trainings will make up the pool of talents that will fill the requirements of local mold companies.
The MTSC will be instrumental in beefing up the local economy. Within the province of Cavite alone, there are over 200 companies that the MTSC will be able to provide its services to, while the country’s local die and mold products are projected to have a market size of Php4 billion.
Developed in cooperation with the Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT), Korean Association of Machinery Industry (KOAMI), Machinery Industry shared Growth Promoting Foundation (MGF), Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) – Board of Investments (BOI), and the Philippine Die and Mold Association, Inc. (PDMA), the MTSC is envisioned to be the country’s leading facility to amass the human resource needed in the local die and mold industry, and to create products that will be commercially applied to mold-dependent manufacturing industries.
MIRDC’s head, Executive Director Robert Dizon, an engineer, has been leading the DOST agency and has brought it to new heights with its many technology-focused initiatives and activities under his leadership.
According to its website, MIRDC is on a mission to “provide both government and private sectors in the metals and engineering industry with professional management and technical expertise on the training of engineers and technicians; information exchange; quality control and testing of metal products; research and
development; technology transfer; and business economics advisory services.” (/)