SUPPORT CENTER. This facility located in General Trias, Cavite will provide training on mold-making and accept mold-making jobs. The MTSC was funded by the Korean government and will be managed by the Department of Science and Technology. (Photo courtesy of Metals Industry Research and Development)

MANILA – The Mold Technology Support Center (MTSC) funded by the Korean government for USD8 million officially opened in General Trias, Cavite on Thursday.

The MTSC, which is poised to be a premier training hub for mold technologies, will be managed by the Department of Science and Technology-Metals Industry Research and Development (DOST-MIRDC).

It houses equipment, tools, and various technologies for mold and mold-related requirements of the industry. The establishment of the MTSC aims to help advance local mold companies, increase their productivity, and help them become globally competitive.

At 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," Dizon said.

Seven engineers and technicians from the MIRDC and the Philippine Die and Mold Association (PDMA) trained on technical drawing, mold design, programming and operations, and mold assembly in South Korea from September to December 2019.

According to the MIRDC, 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.

Companies in the molding industry are those which manufacture household products such as bottles, gadget casings, food containers, and toilet seats, among others.

The facility is located on a Philippine Economic Zone Authority-owned land near the Cavite Economic Zone.

Aside from providing training on mold making, the MTSC will accept mold-making jobs. Those interested may reach out to the MIRDC or the PDMA, especially if they are members of this association.

Dizon earlier said trainees may learn the basics like technical drawing, wherein they would only need a computer and software. The training may last for two months because of the various modules that participants would need to take up. (PNA)