Material innovations center opens

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Fabspirations. Guests check out the fabric-inspired exhibition at the Materials Innovation Center in the Department of Science and Technology complex in Banilad, Cebu City. (Sun.Star Foto/Arni Aclao)

TO HELP players in the creative sector in their research and development (R&D), the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) opened the Materials Innovation Center (Matic) in the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) complex in Banilad, Cebu City.

The program is in line with the chamber’s Materials R+D Program, which is envisioned to promote creativity and competitiveness in the design industries through the manipulation of new materials, reinvention of designs, innovation of indigenous materials and the use of efficient technology.

“This program that we have is for SMEs (in the creative sector) who cannot afford to do research and development for their materials,” said ECCP Cebu Business Council chair Ben Dapat, highlighting the importance of innovation to become competitive in the global market.


Creative industries in the Philippines cover subsectors like advertising, animation, architecture, broadcast arts, crafts, culinary arts, design, film, literature, new media and visual arts among others. While they generate 11 percent of the country’s labor force according to the World Intellectual Property Organization, which is the “largest” in the world, this sector only covers five percent of the country’s gross domestic product.

Matic, which is managed by the chamber, will serve not only as repository of material swatches and resources but will also become a “venue of inspiration” for the players in creative industry, a hub to link them to materials, design experts, and technology suppliers.

ECCP marketing officer Julie Ann Marie Erauda said the facility was first opened in July 2014. However, it was only this month when it first adopted a theme, dubbed as “Fabspirations,” a fabric-inspired exhibition.

Mainly fabric exporters even including the new-breed of local entrepreneurs who are into fabric-making can take advantage of the current facility.

“Those who want to increase their design capabilities can come here and make use of mixed media and other innovative materials to produce new or improved products,” Eruada said.

Matic has three main features: the app zone, dashboard and chatroom.

The app zone serves as the workshop and library area where one can find material swatches, semi-processed materials, and books on design and product development.

The dashboard, on the other hand, is the show window where products are displayed. The chatroom serves as the meeting room for creative presentations and

The products currently displayed in Matic come from local producer Anthill Fabrics Gallery, and exporters Tubigon loom weavers in Bohol, Avatar Accessories, Cebu Interlace Weavers Corp and Earthworks.

Matic is collaboration among ECCP, DOST 7, Department of Trade and Industry 7, Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation (CFIF), Cebu GTH, Fame Foundation, and AFOS.

In the next quarter, ECCP project development officer Gerarld G. Oporto said the chamber is looking to exhibit bamboo-made products.

Matic’s dashboard is open for viewing on Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 31, 2015.


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