Indigenous vehicles get government support

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The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Tuesday announced that two of its major projects—establishment of a finite element analysis (FEA) facility, and boosting the die and molds industry—is seen addressing the needs of the country’s transportation and automotive sectors.

The DOST signed with the Philippine Welding Society, Philippine Metal Casting Association Inc., and Original Equipment Manufacturing Association of the Philippines a memorandum of understanding for the two projects, collectively called the Makabayan Project, which will help develop the country’s transportation or automotive sectors.

FEA Project Leader Remartin Maglantay said that the establishment of FEA facility in the country will “give better design, reduce weight and access lower [fuel]consumption” in the development and manufacture of customized local road vehicles (CLRV).

CLRVs include public transportation vehicles such as tricycles, jeepneys, mini buses and shuttles.


“Finite element analysis on CLRVs is an inexpensive way of testing a vehicle through crash tests, unlike costly vehicle testing abroad . . . as well as recommendation for better design and develop local expertise [for the automotive industry],” Maglantay said.

“[Establishment of FEA facility] can contribute to the modernization and standardization of CLRVs,” he added.

On the other hand, Luis Antonio Fuster, president of Philippine Die and Molders Association, said that the second project, the boosting of die and mold industry of the country, should be developed as the Philippine die and mold industry “remain to be small as compared to our Asean neighbors.”

Asean is the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

“There is an increase in demand of our die and mold industry brought about by the improvement of the economy,” Fuster said.

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