The Philippine Star

Davao eco­zone at­tract­ing more high-value lo­ca­tors

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Damosa Land Inc.’s (DLI) pre­mier agro-in­dus­trial hub An­flo In­dus­trial Es­tate Corp. (AIEC) eyes more in­vest­ments as large in­ter­na­tional con­tin­gents flock to Davao City.

Well-known for­eign man­u­fac­tur­ers have cho­sen to ex­pand their Philip­pine op­er­a­tions in AIEC’s 63-hectare Philip­pine Eco­nomic Zone Au­thor­ity-ap­proved eco­zone.

“Af­ter see­ing what in­dus­trial parks in the coun­try com­prises of, we saw an op­por­tu­nity to lever­age our mother com­pany An­flo­cor’s strength in agri­cul­ture and en­deavor take on the role as the in­dus­try’s in­no­va­tor,” DLI head Ri­cardo Floirendo Lag­dameo said.

In the cur­rent line-up of com­pa­nies lo­cated in AIEC is global brand Del Monte, which is con­sid­ered as one of the world’s largest agri­cul­tural com­pa­nies. Pack­well, a Ja­pan-based global leader in the de­sign, man­u­fac­ture and sale of qual­ity pa­per pack­ag­ing con­tain­ers to fa­mous brands such as Go­diva Choco­lates and elec­tronic-to­bacco maker IQOS is also putting up its man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in the eco­zone.

On the lo­cal level, home­grown com­pa­nies such as First Pan­abo Tropical Foods of Sa­grex, have also de­cided to lo­cate in AIEC. Founded by a former PLDT Boss­ing awardee and Ernst & Young fi­nal­ist for En­tre­pre­neur of the Year, First Pan­abo is fa­mous for its ex­port-qual­ity ba­nana-based prod­ucts such as saba and turon, aimed at ad­dress­ing the de­mands of the OFW mar­ket.

Re­cently, AIEC forged a part­ner­ship with plas­tic man­u­fac­turer Manly Plas­tics Inc. to oc­cupy a 1.1-hectare land. Manly will pro­duce plas­tic prod­ucts for food and bev­er­ages, ex­pe­dit­ing the pro­duc­tion of pack­ag­ing prod­ucts in Min­danao, in­stead of sourcing them from dis­tant Lu­zon fa­cil­i­ties. Manly is the largest in­te­grated plas­tics com­pany in the coun­try whose clients in­clude Datu Puti, Ga­torade, Boy­sen, Toy­ota, and Nis­san to name a few.

The part­ner­ship with Manly adds up to AIEC’s 14 lo­ca­tors in­volved in the agri­cul­tural value chain. The es­tate also an­tic­i­pates in­ter­na­tional in­vestors like their cur­rent part­ners from Ja­pan, China, US and the Nether­lands.

 ??  ?? The 63-hectare An­flo In­dus­trial Es­tate in Pan­abo City, Davao Del Norte is a strate­gic lo­ca­tion for in­vestors look­ing to ex­pand their busi­ness in Min­danao.
The 63-hectare An­flo In­dus­trial Es­tate in Pan­abo City, Davao Del Norte is a strate­gic lo­ca­tion for in­vestors look­ing to ex­pand their busi­ness in Min­danao.

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