“No road is too rough, no load is too heavy, and no drive through Philippine roads is too tough for a Tiger.”
This is the assurance that Roberts Automotive and Industrial Parts Manufacturing Corporation (RAIPMC) makes as it continues to build on its appropriately named Tiger Leaf Springs brand. Launched by the company in 1994, under the same German brand that served Europe for over 120 years, Tiger Leaf Springs has since come to be equated with heavy-duty strength, cutting-edge technology, and rock-solid durability: the signature qualities of every leaf spring made by Tiger.
So far, the company is the only one in the Philippines to supply a full range of leaf springs—or, in Tagalog, molye. Commonly utilized in automotive suspension systems, leaf springs help spread load more widely over a vehicle’s chassis, thus ensuring steering stability, excellent handling, and passenger comfort. However, when far too heavy a strain is placed on these springs—in cases of overloading, say, or of driving under extreme conditions—they may crack, break, or sag, causing affected system parts to pop, squeak, bounce, or clunk: the sounds and symptoms of poor or faulty suspension.
It is in response to the demand for tougher, stronger leaf springs that RAIPMC introduced Tiger Leaf Springs to the market. The company’s high-quality leaf springs—which include conventional multi-leaf and parabolic (mono-leaf) types—are developed to meet the needs of every segment in every application: cars, buses, shuttles, jeeps, tricycles, cargo trucks, tankers, mixers, delivery vans, pickups, utility vehicles, and more.
In the years since its launch—and thanks to a manufacturing process that emphasizes quality production at all times— Tiger has firmly established itself as the only locally manufactured leaf spring trusted by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) like Mitsubishi Motors Philippines, Toyota Motors, Isuzu Philippines Corporation, Columbian Motors, Nissan/Universal Motors Corporation (manufacturer and distributor of Nissan light utility vehicles), and Pilipinas Hino, among others in RAIPMC’s rapidly expanding clientele. The company has also begun to export leaf springs to a growing number of customers outside of the Philippines, thus strengthening Tiger’s position as an international brand and affirming R AIPMC’s truly world-class capabilities.
These capabilities are shaped by an ISO 9001:2008-certified quality management system that follows all the standard parameters required to manufacture OEM-quality leaf springs. Every Tiger is the result of a process that begins with the use of imported raw materials—special steels cut, checked, heated, tempered, smoothened, and tested to form leaf springs—and requires constant thorough inspection and rigid quality control procedures through RAIPMC’s fatigue tester, laser gun pyrometer, hardness tester, “shot peening” machine, and load tester. Following this process, the company is able to consistently produce leaf springs at a staggering rate of 600 tons a month.
The Tiger product catalog is only poised to grow, especially now that customers both in the Philippines and abroad are recognizing the value of the only local leaf springs brand designed to deliver extreme performance. Like a Tiger, indeed: a true force built with strength and toughness for every road, under any load.
Tiger Leaf Springs are manufactured at the RAIPMC plant located at the RGC Compound, Canlubang Industrial Estate, Brgy. Pittland, Cabuyao, Laguna. RAIPMC is part of the RGC Group of Companies, makers of the popular Uratex brand of polyurethane products and one of the leading foam manufacturers in the Southeast Asian region.
For more about Tiger Leaf Springs, visit www.roberts.com.ph.