Industrial machines firm opens Davao showroom

STATE-OF-THE-ART MACHINES. Dabawenyo Noel P. Bulacito, president of Laguna-based Fiohn Engineering Technology Compan, shows the features of a state-of-the-art lathe machine during an exhibit over the weekend. The company is planning to open a showroom in Davao City through a subsidiary firm, Toolhub Corporation. Lean Daval Jr
STATE-OF-THE-ART MACHINES. Dabawenyo Noel P. Bulacito, president of Laguna-based Fiohn Engineering Technology Compan, shows the features of a state-of-the-art lathe machine during an exhibit over the weekend. The company is planning to open a showroom in Davao City through a subsidiary firm, Toolhub Corporation. Lean Daval Jr

The looming entry of manufacturing plants in Davao City has also triggered the influx of industrial machines distribution companies.

Fiohn Engineering Technology Company, which is based in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, is reportedly interested of equipping the machinists in preparation of the entry of manufacturing plants in the city by introducing state-of-the-art machines and opening a showroom in the city through their subsidiary Toolhub Corporation.

This was confirmed by Fiohn Engineering Technology Company president Noel Bulacito. 

Toolhub Corporation, which is located at Barangay Malitlit, Santa Rosa City, is the exclusive distributor of quality and cost effective machines, machine tools and accessories imported from Taiwan.  

“Based on our observation there is a big gap in terms of capability of the machinists in the machining industry in Davao. In the future, when manufacturing companies started coming in in Davao City, the gap in terms is big in terms of human requirement. As early as now dapat magsimula na silang sa transition from traditional machinery to high-tech processing,” Bulacito said in an interview.

Bulacito said most of the machinists expressed concerns of being stuck with the traditional machines and are interested in modern high precision machines.  

He said machinists should be equipped more on high quality precision machines as these are what manufacturing plants would require.

“Dapat sa high quality precision machining nan aka-focus ang mga machinists ng Davao para makasabay sila sa requirement ng mga manufacturing companies. I see the need to really introduce these machines,” said Bulacito.

A native of Davao, Bulacito’s company showcased machines that include state-of-the-art lathe and milling machines during an exhibition event recently held here.  

“These are state-of-the-art cutting tools. The traditional cutting tools kung titingnan mo until now those vintage machines were considered best machines as they are the sources of the designs now but since hindi nag-innovate at no improvements, kailangan babalik ka pa sa primitive way para magamit mo yung mga traditional machines,” Bulacito said.

Among their products is the lathe machine which is used to remove metals from a workpiece to give a desired shape and size and performs various metal removing operations such as turning, grooving, chamfering, knurling, facing, forming etc; while milling is a process performed with a machine in which the cutters rotate to remove the material from the work piece present in the direction of the angle with the tool axis. With the help of the milling machines one can perform many operations and functions starting from small objects to large ones.

Bulacito said a high precision lathe machine costs P1.1 million. He said they are offering easy payment schemes like in-house machining payment and they also tapped leasing companies to help buyers with their payment scheme.

To keep the interest of the machinists high and continue their presence as well, Bulacito said they are eyeing to open a showroom in Davao City. 

“Base ito lahat sa mga sinabi at sugegstions na binigay ng mga bumisita sa booth. Gusto nila na may ganitong machine dito na puwede nilang mahawakan. At least na-open ang kanilang mga isipan kasi dati comfortable na sila sa kanilang nakagawian. Like sa cutting tools, gusto nila isang brand lang and they did not try other brands. Ngayon dahil nakita at nahawakan nila, masaya sila. At kung gusto nilang tingnan ulit meron na silang mapupuntahang display area ditto,” he said.  

“Isa pa para hindi rin masayang ang aming investment. Kasi kung ito lang, after ng exhibit balik kami sa Manila, what’s next? Mataas din ang demand ng ganitong mga machines since Davao City is now booming,” he said.

He is also looking at opening a technical school in collaboration with the local government to educate those in the machining industry even those in the grassroots level about high precision machines.  

Fiohn Engineering Technology Company is well-known for providing quality engineering plastics in the Philippines. But due to the huge demand of metal works, the owners Bulacito and wife Mae decided to extend services on customers by providing machine tools.