Mitsubishi Motors Philippines (MMPC) has held a ceremony with local suppliers who will take major role in the local production of the Mirage and the Mirage G4 models, beginning on January 2017 as part of its Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy (CARS) Programme.

Twenty-five suppliers were awarded the Certificate of Participation, with the component makers forming the first batch of suppliers which have firmed their involvement in the guise of MMPC’s Local Parts Manufacturing Programme.

“This significant event marks another milestone as MMPC partakes in this government programme,” noted a statement from the automaker. “It can be recalled last June, 2016, the Department of Trade and Industry’s Board of Investments approved MMPC’s application to participate in the CARS Programme.

“Following this approval, a ground breaking of the stamping shop was held at MMPC plant facilities at Sta Rosa, Laguna. Last October, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation Chairman and CEO, Osamu Masuko signed a Letter of Intent with the Philippine government and witnessed by President Rodrigo Duterte during his Japan visit.”

MMPC recently started its second shift operation in preparation for local production of the Mirage and Mirage G4.  A total of 500 assembly workers were hired to support second shift operations.

Additional manpower will be required when the stamping plant is in operaration by early 2018.