The Mold Technology Support Center (MTSC) in General Trias, Cavite, a premier training hub for mold technologies, managed by the Department of Science and Technology-Metals Industry Research and Development (DOST-MIRDC), is now officially open.
Funded by the South Korean government to the tune of US$8 million, the MTSC houses equipment, tools, and various technologies for mold and mold-related requirements of the industry. Its establishment aims to help advance local mold companies, increase their productivity, and help them become globally competitive.
During the MTSC launch, MIRDC executive director Robert Dizon said the facility will also help strengthen the industrial cooperation between the Philippines and the Republic of Korea.
“Korean partners who supplied all the equipment are here to demonstrate and encourage more local companies to avail of MTSC’s services. Not only did they provide the equipment, but our Korean partners made sure to boost the skills and technical know-how of our MTSC engineers and staff,” he said.
The MSTC training staff includes seven engineers and technicians from the MIRDC and the Philippine Die and Mold Association (PDMA) who trained on technical drawing, mold design, programming and operations, and mold assembly in South Korea from September to December 2019.
MIRDC assured the MTSC will be instrumental in beefing up the local economy. In Cavite alone, the MTSC will be able to provide its services to over 200 companies in the molding industry which those that manufacture household products such as bottles, gadget casings, food containers, and toilet seats, among others.
The MTSC facility is located on a Philippine Economic Zone Authority-owned land near the Cavite Economic Zone. Aside from providing training on mold making, it will also accept mold-making job orders. Those interested may reach out to the MIRDC or the PDMA, especially if they are members of the association.
Dizon earlier said trainings at the MTSC may last for two months because of the various modules the trainees would need study.