The Philippine Metalcasting Industry envisions itself to be at par with the best in the world, engineered, molded, and shaped by the Philippine Metalcasting Association, Inc. (PMAI) as a widely recognized and highly regarded institution for dependability. It will always be entrepreneurial in spirit and truly Filipino in heart and mind.
The industry aims to supply majority of the domestic requirements for cast products, contributing to the development of downstream industries such as the equipment manufacturing sector; achieve significant export activity supplying high –value –added cast products; develop a highly productive workforce and a culture of innovation capable of integrating the latest technologies in the improvement of products and processes; and contribute to the protection of the environment through high waste recycling and high energy efficiency.
The Philippine Metalcasting Association, Inc (PMAI) is the only trade association of foundries in the Philippines, comprised of 55 member foundries. Majority of the members are located outside the economic zones. While there are many nonferrous die-casting companies operating in the various export processing zones, majority of these serve the casting requirements of automotive and electronics companies that are also located in these zones. Some of them produce directly for export.
The metalcasting industry is changing with the development, adoption, and use of new and improved materials for casting based on the changing properties and performance requirements. Some of the advances in materials technology which are expected to take on new markets are the following: aluminum and magnesium casting with corrosion (inhibiting properties for aerospace, electrical energy and automotive markets); high quality ductile iron with tighter tolerance and controlled microstructure and properties for automotive markets; high alloy steel casting with increased heat resistance for use in pump, valve, furnace and turbine applications; and copper-based alloys as substitute for lead due to environmental concerns.
The industry is also anticipating to engage in activities resulting from the increasing acceptance of new emerging materials and applications in various industries, such as: production of higher value castings from aluminum, steel and ductile iron; manufacture of aluminum and magnesium alloys, due to the general trend in weight reduction in automobiles; applications of titanium castings in aerospace and automotive industries; and the use of aluminum-lithium alloys as casting materials for aerospace to replace components previously made from wrought materials.
Facts and Figures
Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC)
The Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC), an agency of the Department of Science and Technology, is the sole government entity directly supporting the metals and engineering industry with services designed to enhance its competitive advantage.
The MIRDC seeks to provide both government and the private sector in the metals, engineering, and allied industries with professional management and technical expertise on the training of engineers & technicians; information exchange; quality control & testing; research & development; technology transfer; and business economics advisory services.
The Materials and Process Research Division a division of MIRDC specializes in metalcasting of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys. Using specialized metalcasting technologies such as investment casting and its conventional casting capabilities, MIRDC undertakes prototype production of engineered and decorative products. Likewise, casting product localization, alloy formulation can also be accommodated through contract research activity. It also offers rental of facilities to SME’s through time-sharing scheme.
Industry Development Program
The metalcasting industry Technical Working Group (TWG) conducts meetings to discuss and address industry concerns and issues. Among its recent activities are:
- Baseline Data. The Philippine Metalcasting Association Inc. (PMAI) conducted a survey to determine firm-level annual tonnage casting production to establish baseline data for the industry. The DOST-MIRDC presented to the BOI the enhancements to the draft roadmap, including both the data annexes and further recommendations that would include manpower development, such as technical training and engineering curriculum enhancement to include foundry knowledge in one subject. The narrative of the roadmap is to be finalized by February 2015.
- Feasibility Study on the Establishment of a Steel Grinding Balls Facility. A feasibility study previously conducted on casting steel grinding balls showed the activity is not viable. The said study is proposed to be updated to revive and boost production rates of local SME foundries. At present, there is an existing market for foundries such as steel grinding balls for the mining and cement industries.
- Human Resource Development. The TWG had a briefing on the functional analysis and process training regulations/curricula of foundry vocational courses available in TESDA.
Philippine Metalcasting Association Incorporated
Quezon City Polytechnic Compound, 673 Quirino Highway,
San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City
Tel. No: (632) 475-0829, 401-4134
E-mail: [email protected]
Board of Investments (BOI)
Industry and Investments Building,
385 Senator Gil Puyat Ave,
Makati City Philippines
Tel. No.: (632) 897-6682 loc. 259
Email: [email protected]