The Philippine metals and manufacturing industry will now get a much-needed push toward global competitiveness as the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) launches the Die and Mold Solution Center (DMSC) – a one-stop solution for die and mold design and fabrication - during the opening of the 4th Metals and Engineering Week last June 16, 2014.

Housed within DOST’s Metals Industry Research and Development Center in Bicutan, Taguig City, the DMSC is a project under the Department’s Makinarya at Teknolohiya Para sa Bayan or MakiBayan, a program for empowering the local manufacturing industry by providing locally designed and developed manufacturing equipment and tools.

"State-of-the-art equipment, we have that. Competent personnel, we have that as well," emphasized DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo as he described the newly launched facility and its relevance to local manufacturing.

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Gregory Domingo stressed that the launching of DMSC will translate to shorter turnaround times, greater savings and a more cost-efficient production process.

Die and mold fabrication is a key element of the manufacturing industry. Locally, it also presents a major capability gap. Previous industry practice involved local players sending their die and mold designs abroad for fabrication. Such service was not available in the Philippines, making it more costly for manufacturers and translating to lengthier production timelines. This gap has marred the growth of the metals and allied industries in the country.

Sec. Domingo suggested the replication of the DMSC in various other parts of the country such as Northern Luzon, Cebu, and Mindanao to allow industry players in these parts to gain access to quality fabrication services and further promote the growth and competitiveness of the local metals and allied sectors. (S&T Media Service)

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DIE AND MOLD SOLUTION CENTER LAUNCHED. DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo (middle) checks out the brand new, state-of-the-art machine for die making during the launching of the Die and Mold Solution Center held at the Metals Industry Research and Development Center in Bicutan, Taguig City. The DMSC is a one-stop center for die and mold fabrication, allowing for a shorter production turnaround time at a relatively lower cost, thus avoiding the previous costly practice of sending die and mold designs overseas for fabrication. The center hopes to create a significant impact on the local metals and allied industries as well as in the manufacturing sector. Also in photo are DOST Assistant Secretary Robert Dizon (left) and DMSC Project Leader Engr. Fred Liza. (S&T Media Service)

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