Intensive studies are now being focused on the utilization of abaca fiber as fiberglass substitute in the production of interior and exterior parts of Mercedes Benz cars.
This is the object of the new collaborative project on abaca of the Leyte State University and the Daimler-Chrysler, German Investment and Development Company (KfW Group), European Nature Heritage Fund, and the University of Hohenbein in Germany.
LSU President Paciencia Milan revealed that the new collaborative venture between the Philippine and German Institutions, dubbed as “Public-Private Partnership Abaca Project: Application of Abaca Fiber in Industry,” is an offshoot of a mutual concern for the advancement of the industry, improvement of the abaca farmers’ economic condition and environmental protection.
Funded by the Daimler-Chrysler and DEG (KfW Group), LSU is tasked among others to coordinate and oversee the continued production of the required quality of abaca fibers.
During the formal presentation of the project, about seventeen journalists from various media outfits in Germany, Singapore and Philippines trooped to LSU to gather first hand information about the new project.
Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla of the province of Leyte remarked that the project is an example of the kind of agricultural venture that the government has been advocating and is always committed to support.
After the formal program, the official opening of the Abaca Processing Center was held. This vital facility of the project consists of abaca fiber warehouse for fiber classification and storage, stripping machines for primary and secondary fiber, and a greenhouse type solar abaca dryer.