In the primary quarter of 2007 institutional buyers continued to point out robust interest within the acquisition of logistics facilities, with excessive ranges of funding exercise in Japan and China. Demand for industrial property or land remained buoyant in most Asian cities on the again of sturdy economies and sustained growth in the manufacturing sector.
In Japan, investor curiosity in distribution facilities continued to grow throughout the primary quarter of 2007, with home and international buyers both active within the sector. Mitsui Soko and latest entrant Mapletree Logistics Trust were among those making purchases. At the same time, ProLogis and AMB remained among essentially the most prolific builders of large, excessive-specification logistics services. The quarter saw home logistics leasing and asset administration firm J-REP announce plans to assemble 5 distribution facilities over the subsequent 12 months.
Singapore noticed increases in each rents and capital values of industrial property throughout the primary quarter, with additional appreciation anticipated. Developers displayed robust curiosity within the sector, buying four industrial improvement sites during the quarter at unit prices above these recorded in 2006. Although high-tech house continued to steer the sector, common manufacturing facility rents rose after remaining unchanged all through 2006 and the common rent for warehouse house increased for the first time since 2003.
In Hong Kong, demand for industrial house remained robust due to sturdy re-export activities and investorsoptimism concerning the local financial system. Landlords saw room for upward price and rental changes in all industrial sectors. However, completion of quite a few upcoming workplace developments in East Kowloon will exert downward strain on rents and prices within the industrial/workplace (I/O) sector. Investment activity was extraordinarily brisk, with HK$2.5 billion in en bloc and site transactions recorded in the course of the quarter.
Industrial land prices in China appreciated additional following the Central Government’s introduction of minimal land costs and open market mechanisms for primary gross sales of industrial land in late 2006. The typical worth of Shanghai industrial land rose 3.2% q-o-q to RMB 879.Four psm (RMB 81.7 psf), while the common rent of industrial facilities increased 2.5% q-o-q to RMB 38.5 psm (RMB 3.6 psf) per month. Barauni Three industrial land parcels in Shanghai had been transferred via public itemizing for the first time beneath the brand new regime.
The worth of industrial land in Guangzhou similarly surged after the implementation of the new policies. The rise in land prices has not dampened industrialistsenthusiasm concerning the Pearl River Delta, and the industrial market noticed brisk funding and leasing activity.
In Beijing, logistics has emerged as the new spot in industrial property funding, with a variety of international logistics property builders and investors including AMB, ProLogis and Mapletree actively looking for suitable funding opportunities. Traders have focused on mature industrial areas, together with Shunyi Tianzhu in northwestern Beijing and Tongzhou Majuqiao in the southeastern city.
Chengdu’s industrial sector continued its speedy growth in the first quarter of 2007. The primary two months of the year noticed 168 enterprises decide to entering Concentrated Manufacturing Industries Planned Areas. In March, PetroChina introduced that it will make investments RMB 38 billion in an oil refinery and ethylene plant in Pengzhou, Chengdu. The mega-mission is predicted to stimulate industrial property improvement all through the Pengzhou area.
Various MNCs are increasing their operations within the Philippines, with companies in the manufacturing and IT services sectors being the chief demand drivers. Occupiers in a lot of industrial zones are anticipated to be awarded a lot of tax perks following new legislation.
In Vietnam, the value of Ho Chi Minh City’s industrial output continued to develop rapidly, registering a 12% q-o-q improve in the first quarter of 2007, although the speed of development was decrease than that recorded in 2006. The quarter saw the announcement of additional massive-scale industrial projects, many involving investments by MNCs. On the again of Hanoi’s strong export and buoyant financial growth, the vast majority of the city’s major industrial parks remained totally occupied, as demand has persisted in tandem with the expansion in international investment.
In Thailand, current occasions including the implementation of capital management measures and more stringent guidelines limiting foreign possession of Thai companies continued to affect on sentiment in the industrial property market, leading to a drop in sales of serviced industrial land plots. However, the signing of a Thai-Japan free trade settlement in April 2007 supplied some constructive news to the market.
Wantanee Khamkongkaew is an unbiased author evaluating and commenting on leading International Property Consultants in Asia and Larger China, particularly CB Richard Ellis.