Left, front to back) BOI Undersecretary Ceferino Rodolfo, Dr. Gunther Kegel, CEO Pepperl+Fuchs AG & ZVEI, Dr. Dan Lachica, SEIPI President, Mrs. Silke Sichter, ZVEI Senior Manager | (Right, front to back) Commercial Counsellor Nicanor Bautista, Secretary Fred Pascual, Ambassador Irene Susan Natividad, DTI Undersecretary Kim Bernardo-Lokin

BERLIN, GERMANY–On 03 July 2023, DTI Secretary Fred Pascual, together with Board of Investments (BOI) Managing Head Ceferino Rodolfo, and Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation, Inc. (SEIPI) President Dr. Dan Lachica, met with Dr. Gunther Kegel, President of the German Electronics and Digital Industry Association (German: Verband der Elektro- und Digitalindustrie or ZVEI), and CEO of Pepperl+Fuchs.

During the meeting, they discussed the possible outsourcing collaboration in the field of electronics manufacturing between ZVEI, SEIPI, and the Philippine government in creating Original Design Manufacturer (ODM), Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), and electronics manufacturing outsourcing opportunities in the Philippines. This is in light of the continuing challenges of the lack of skilled labor, the rising cost of production, and the diversification and de-risking aspirations in Germany.

ZVEI is one of the most important industrial associations in Germany representing the interests of a high-tech sector covering over 1,100-member companies. They employ around 90 percent of the employees and staff of the electrical industry in Germany. Its members include global players and medium-sized and family-owned companies. The sector also has 879,000 employees in Germany with a combined turnover in 2021 of approximately EUR 200 billion.

Meanwhile, Pepperl+Fuchs, a member of ZVEI, is a Tier I automotive supplier involved in electrical explosion protection and sensor technologies. The company’s Factory Automation Division is a manufacturer of industrial sensors.  It makes a range of inductive, capacitive, photoelectric, and ultrasonic sensors, identification systems, barcode and camera systems, rotary encoders, position measurement systems, cord sets, and other accessories. Pepperl+Fuchs employed over 6,000 in 2022 with revenues amounting to EUR 1 billion.  

In the meeting, Secretary Pascual emphasized the huge potential of the Philippines to create an enabling business environment for a manufacturing industry given its strategic location that covers the ASEAN market and nearby countries. *

Date of release: 06 July 2023