The country’s US$8-million Mold Technology Support Center (MTSC) is expected to be operational by middle of this year.
Funded by the South Korean government, the MTSC will be managed by the Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
DOST-MIRDC executive director Robert Dizon said the MTSC project was started in 2019 after DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña and then South Korean envoy to Manila, Ambassador Han Dong-man led the project’s groundbreaking rites in October that year.
Dizon said seven engineers and technicians from the MIRDC and the Philippine Die and Mold Association (PDMA) trained in South Korea from September to December 2019.
“Part of their training was on technical drawing, mold design, programming and operations, mold assembly. They were supposed to have another training for three months, from April to June 2020, but it did not push through because of the pandemic,” he added.
Dizon said the postponed training will take place via online after the Korea Association of Machinery Industry finalizes the online modules it is now working on.
Dela Pena said chief confirmed the MTSC will be open to all molding and technology firms. The facility has two main purposes — to provide trainings on mold making, and to accept mold making jobs. Interested parties may reach out to MIRDC or the PDMA, especially if they are members of the association.
Trainings on mold design, fabrication and assembly would follow once equipment are already delivered to the facility, Dizon said, adding that MIRDC had conducted webinars on technical drawing from August to November 2020, and will continue the webinars while construction of the project is not yet finished.