Goodman Group (Goodman or Group), the global integrated property group which owns, develops and manages industrial space, is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement to develop a 33,300 sqm built-to-suit facility for BMW Brilliance Automotive Limited (BMW Brilliance Automotive) in Hebei Province, China.
The new built-to-suit facility, will be BMW Brilliance Automotive’s regional distribution centre for car auto parts in Northern China.
Philip Pearce, Managing Director Greater China for Goodman, said, “We are delighted to be developing this prime facility for BMW Brilliance Automotive, which is a testament to our reputation as a global provider of high quality warehousing solutions. Automotive industries have unique specifications and our built-to-suit approach demonstrates our capability to deliver the individual operational needs for customers in the automotive sector, which in turn enables them to effectively and efficiently service their customers.”
“We continue to see significant demand for high-quality warehousing space in Northern China and are well positioned with the extensive resources, access to capital and a significant land bank, as we focus on the continued expansion of our footprint in this region.”
The new distribution centre for BMW Brilliance Automotive forms part of the Goodman Citylink development, which is located in the Yanjiao Economic and Technological Development Zone in Hebei Province. Goodman Citylink comprises an existing 26,500 sqm warehouse, with a long-term lease to a multinational retailer and a further five single-storey prime warehouses currently under construction. On completion in July 2014, Goodman Citylink will provide a gross floor area of 130,000 sqm, with an end value of approximately US$90 million.
Mr. Christian Mueck, Vice President Aftersales of BMW Brilliance Automotive said, “As we continue to expand in mainland China, which is the world’s largest automotive market, it is critical that we work with a strong and reliable partner like Goodman. Goodman Citylink is in an excellent location for our regional distribution centre and its quality and layout will allow us to further enhance our operational efficiencies and customer satisfaction.”
Goodman is expanding in China at a rapid pace, with development work in progress of 530,000 sqm in key cities including Shanghai, Tianjin, Chengdu, Langfang, Changzhou, Hefei and Nanjing. The Group has a land bank of 4.3 million sqm, comprising secured and controlled land, and has the capability to increase its development book to approximately 800,000 sqm over the next 12 months.
BMW Brilliance Automotive Limited is a joint venture between BMW and Brilliance Auto. Its principal activity is the production, distribution and sale of BMW passenger cars in mainland China.
Goodman Group is an integrated property group with operations throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe, the United Kingdom, North America and Brazil. Goodman Group, comprised of the stapled entities Goodman Limited, Goodman Industrial Trust and Goodman Logistics (HK) Limited, is the largest industrial property group listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and one of the largest listed specialist fund managers of industrial property and business space globally.
Goodman’s global property expertise, integrated own+develop+manage customer service offering and significant fund management platform ensures it creates innovative property solutions that meet the individual requirements of its customers, while seeking to deliver long-term returns for investors.
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About BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd.
Founded in May 2003, BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd. is a joint venture of BMW Group and Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd. Its operations include the production, sales and after-sales services of BMW automotives. The plants are situated in Shenyang city, Liaoning Province, which has a strong industrial base. BMW Brilliance has also set up a branch company in Beijing, with a nationwide sales and service network. By the end of June, 2013, BMW Brilliance has more than 13,000 associates.
Since the entry into China’s market, BMW, as a corporate citizen, has long been committed to localizing progress, fulfilling its social responsibility, growing with Chinese society and making contributions in fields of Resources, Intercultural Innovation and Social Inclusion, Educational Support and Road Safety Education through a series of leading projects in the industry.