Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) aims to produce 50% of their car’s assembly weight locally to comply with the Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (CARS) program. To do this, they will bring in the country’s 1st ever 2,000-ton stamping machine to their plant in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
The apparatus, which is the largest in the local automotive industry, will be producing parts such as the roof, floor, and door panels among others. Meanwhile, the carmaker has ordered metal stamps from Thailand to produce the body assembly of the Mirage hatchback and Mirage G4. MMPC expects that the operation of the huge stamping machine will generate hundreds of jobs and cut down delivery lead time of parts.
Speaking of its operation, MMPC has already sent some of its engineers to undergo training at their headquarters in Japan. These engineers will be taught about the principle of stamping, the different types of stamping processes, machine operation and maintenance, and repair procedures.
Given our knowledge now of this stamping technology, we will aim to have high productivity, high material yield ratio and scrap recovery and most importantly having to operate it safely. Above all, MMPC’s goal is to provide high quality automobiles.
Earlier this year, MMPC joined the CARS program to give their productivity a boost, manufacture vehicles locally, and provide more jobs. As of this writing, the carmaker has already produced several of its models at their Sta. Rosa plant such as the L300, Adventure, Mirage G4, and most recently the Mirage hatchback.