December 16, 2016
Recently, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. recognized 25 local automotive parts manufacturers as the country’s leading companies to participate in manufacturing one of its models enrolled in the government’s Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (CARS) program.
One of the participating companies is Roberts Automotive and Industrial Parts Manufacturing Corporation (Roberts AIPMC), an RGC/Uratex Group company.
RGC/Uratex Group of Companies has always been one of the leading providers of automotive parts in the country. The group has a long partnership of more than 40 years with MMPC, to which the RGC Group has provided body parts, mufflers, radiators, leaf springs, car seats and foam pads, to name a few.
Eddie Gallor, executive vice president of the RGC/Uratex Group, received the Certificate of Participation from MMPC on behalf of Roberts Automotive, which also markets Evercool Radiators and Tiger Leafsprings to the aftermarket.
The Philippines was once a leading industry in manufacturing automotive parts, but the industry took some blows to its production because of several economic crises in the past.
The parts manufacturing industry has been trying since to recover.
With the implementation of the CARS program signed by former President Benigno Aquino, Jr. last year, the automotive industry has been given a better fighting chance to revitalize and elevate the country as a regional automotive manufacturing hub, much like its other Asean neighbors like Thailand and Indonesia.
The CARS program also aims to improve the industry’s partsmaking capabilities to ensure that parts makers will meet quality standards as demanded by automotive manufacturers.
MMPC has enrolled the Mit- subishi Mirage and Mitsubishi Mirage G4 models under the CARS program.
“We have decided to produce the Mitsubishi Mirage in the Philippines because we believe that this product is perfect for the country’s present demand for small car segment,” MMPC president and CEO Yoshiaki Kato said.
“It is loaded with new and exciting features appealing for today’s generation, and it will soon be a proudly Philippinemade, or proudly Pinoy product. MMPC shall help source local parts manufacturing, and help the country to become an automotive manufacturing hub that exports quality vehicles and automotive parts.”
The CARS program is expected to attract investors, and consequently create more jobs for Filipinos.
As local production increases, this program is expected to contribute to the country’s economic growth in the coming years.