Mark Kennedy Bantugon, inventor of an aircraft sealant derived from the resin of the Pili tree, recently participated in an interview on ANC 24/7, discussing the potential industrialization of his aircraft sealant.

The Pili Seal has already garnered significant attention, not only because it won the Philippine leg of the esteemed James Dyson Award in 2021 but also because of its competitive advantage in the market. The seal costs a mere fraction—14 times less—of its industry counterparts, and it is also non-toxic. Its composition passed toxicity tests, ensuring that it is environmentally friendly and safe to users, especially technicians and mechanics.

Determined to maintain the product’s Filipino identity, Bantugon highlighted the anticipated socio-economic impact of the Pili Seal during the interview. He said its commercialization will benefit farming communities in Bicol and Quezon provinces, introducing new income streams and job opportunities.

On the global stage, this innovation hasn’t gone unnoticed. Bantugon said angel investors from the US are set to fund his enterprise and trial the product with aircraft giant, Boeing. Earlier this year, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines expedited the patent approval for the Pili Seal.

Bantugon is currently completing his master’s in Materials Science and Engineering at Mapua University, aiming to expand his invention’s applications. Beyond the aviation sector, he sees the potential of the Pili Seal in construction, automotive, and the wood and furniture industries.

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