By Rizal Raoul Reyes
Electronic manufacturing services firm Integrated Microelectronics Inc (IMI), a company under the Ayala Group, has disclosed that it is aiming to capitalize on the growing deployment of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) by engaging in the manufacture of components for the special aircraft.
Arthur Tan, president and chief executive officer of Integrated Microelectronics Inc (IMI), said they are currently conducting talks with a UAV manufacturing firm for a possible deal to develop the components for the aircraft.
“We recognize the potential of the emerging technologies behind the development of the UAV,” said Tan in a recent briefing held in Makati City.
He said IMI can be tapped to develop gyroscopes for the UAVs since it has design and engineering capabilities in various advanced engineering solutions.
UAVs are aerial vehicles that are sustained in flight by aerodynamic lift over most of their flight path and guided without an onboard crew. The aircraft can fly autonomously or piloted remotely. UAVs have been proven to be reliable tool in intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance.
Gyroscope is a device used for navigational purposes to ensure precision such as the ones used in intercontinental ballistic missiles and provide stability of flying vehicles like radio controlled helicopters and UAVs.
In terms of expansion, Tan said IMI is still looking for potential growth areas around the world to boost its market coverage. He said the BRIC group (Brazil, Russia, India and China) has a good potential after Asia.
“South America is also an area worth looking to because the numbers are good,” said Tan.