Investors from Japan, North America, Brazil seen to boost PHL aerospace industry

Philippines is setting the stage for investors from Japan, North America, and Brazil to play a role in making the country as aircraft components and parts manufacturing and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) hub in the region.

“Our target next year is to try to visit at least two to three countries and to show to them what the capabilities the Philippines have,” Aerospace Industries Association of the Philippines (AIAP) President John T. Lee said.

AIAP President added that both public and private sectors are making sure that the supply chain is ready for investors from Japan, North America and Brazil. These players in the aerospace industry are globally competent.

Philippines and the French Aerospace Industries Association (GIFAS) have recently discussed to have training programs to enhance competitiveness of local key players in the aerospace industry. “GIFAS is one of the better associations to connect because of their members like Airbus, and a lot of European manufacturers. There’s lot of things that they can do which the Philippines can take advantage of,” Lee added.

He added that currently the country lacks aeronautical engineer. “We don’t have so much aeronautical engineer graduates in the Philippines. So we’re also asking schools how to address the issue of increasing their enrollment or graduates for this field.”