DOST testing facility to boost auto industry

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DOST Assistant Secretary Roberto Dizon (left) briefs Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Adrian Cristobal (center) during a site tour of the Auto-Parts testing facility in Taguig.

DOST Assistant Secretary Roberto Dizon (left) briefs Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Adrian Cristobal (center) during a site tour of the Auto-Parts testing facility in Taguig.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is looking to accelerate the growth of the local automotive industry by helping it to produce high-quality auto parts.

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DOST’s Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC) recently launched its Auto-Parts Testing Facility in Bicutan, Taguig City as part of the week-long celebration of Metals and Engineering or M&E Week.

The facility will serve as a testing center for local parts manufacturers so that expenses incurred from overseas testing will be minimized.  Housed within the facility are more than 30 pieces of equipment performing different testing services for automotive and other metal-related industries, such as hardness measurement of metallic material and rubber, thickness measurement for base metal, simulated crash analysis, tire endurance testing, and accelerated corrosion tests.

“The reason why this project was conceptualized is to address the challenges faced by the automotive industry firms, both assemblers and parts manufacturers, in terms of product improvement” said Florante Catalan, an engineer chief of MIRDC’s physical laboratory section.

According to Catalan, the Philippine automotive industry is relatively small compared to its Southeast Asian neighbors in terms of number of players and production size. Thus, there is a need for government not to hit the brakes on the industry’s growth. Instead, government must accelerate the technological advancement of the domestic vehicle industry.

Catalan also pointed out the One Asean “policy that is implemented starting this year is one of the major reasons why this project was developed.”

“Local parts manufacturers shall be able to produce products with high quality at a competitive cost against imported automotive parts and components manufacturers from other Asean member countries,” he added. Asean is the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

During M&E Week, DOST also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association Inc., Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturers Association of the Philippines, and Mechatronics and Robotics Society of the Philippines as the DOST’s newest partners under its MakiBayan initiative.

Short for “Makinarya at Teknolohiya para sa Bayan,” MakiBayan aims to spur the growth of the metalwork and related industries by providing a roadmap outlining research and development thrusts for the industry to achieve more sustained growth and overall development.

For more infomation about the Auto-Parts Testing Facility of MIRDC, email mirdc.dost.gov.ph or call 838-78-78.

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