In spite of last year's departure of several associate members (Hyundai, Chevrolet and Volvo) as well as long-time president Elizabeth Lee, the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. remains intact and solid, the industry organization said in a statement. In fact, the 12-company group has just elected its new set of officers.
Replacing Lee as CAMPI president is Toyota Motor Philippines' Atty. Rommel Gutierrez. Jose "Pepito" Alvarez, who owns Columbian Autocar Corporation (Kia) and Asian Carmakers Corporation (BMW), has been elected chairman emeritus. Mitsubishi Motors Philippines' Dante Santos is now vice president, while Nissan Motor Philippines' Val de Leon is treasurer.
The group also said it is now looking for someone to replace former secretary general Homer Maranan, who has apparently resigned.
"CAMPI will continue to work closely with the government, particularly the Board of Investments under the Department of Trade and Industry, and other industry associations in re-crafting the new Motor Vehicle Development Program," declared Atty. Gutierrez.
According to its press statement, "the immediate concern of the local automotive sector is to capture a sizable share of the ASEAN when it is consolidated in a single market in 2015, and to become an alternative ASEAN production hub of motor vehicles and auto parts."
CAMPI projects the Philippine auto industry to grow by 6-9 percent in 2012 (175,000 to 180,000 units).
Current CAMPI members are Asian Carmakers Corporation (BMW); Columbian Autocar Corporation (Kia); Columbian Manufacturing Corporation (Daewoo buses); Honda Cars Philippines Inc.; Isuzu Philippines Corporation; Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation; Nissan Motor Philippines Inc.; Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation; and Universal Motors Corporation (Nissan light commercial vehicles). Associate members are CATS Motors (Mercedes-Benz and Chrysler); PGA Cars Inc. (Audi, Porsche and Lamborghini); and Suzuki Motor Philippines.