Aboitiz’s LIMA Land recognizes long-time partners, welcomes new locators
LIMA Land, Inc. – operator of LIMA Technology Center in Lipa-Malvar, Batangas, one of the largest and best-selling industrial parks in the Philippines – recently held its annual Locators’ Appreciation event virtually amid the ongoing pandemic.
Attended by 127 locators, affiliates, and Aboitiz team leaders and members, the event celebrated 20 years of partnership with long-time locators, as well as locators who have demonstrated exceptional operations and compliance to the park’s policies and environmental standards for 2019 and 2020.
“LIMA Land is very much committed to the success of all its locators in LIMA Technology Center. This is how we’ve built and nurtured our partnerships through the years, and how we have been able to grow our Estate from just over 200 hectares to a sprawling 700 hectares since 2013,” LIMA Land AVP for Operations Clifford Academia shared.
“Through this commendation program, we hope to continue inspiring our partner locators to maximize their operations at LIMA and become stewards of the environment and sustainability,” he added.
In his opening remarks, First Vice President for Aboitiz Integrated Economic Centers Rafael Fernandez de Mesa affirmed the management’s commitment to its partner locators.
“It’s because of your support and cooperation that we have been able to overcome so many challenges in 2020. In the same manner that you have remained committed to LIMA, I assure you that we remain fully committed to supporting you, and to providing you with the highest level of service possible, no matter what challenges may lie ahead,” Fernandez de Mesa said.
New locators, new opportunities
Despite the challenging environment in 2020, LIMA continued to thrive and grow. FVP Fernandez De Mesa also welcomed 17 new international and local locators engaged in standard factory building businesses and manufacturing industries.
“It’s a good time to join the LIMA family as we recently integrated with Aboitiz InfraCapital. Under Aboitiz InfraCapital, we will continue with our vision to transform our Integrated Economic Centers into smart cities. Our objectives will be to further improve operational efficiencies within our properties, as well as to provide you with better service and new and relevant offerings,” Fernandez de Mesa shared.
LIMA Land announced in December that it will develop over 100 hectares of its existing 700-hectare property in the next two years to accommodate more industrial locators. The expansion area is currently under construction and ready to take reservations from new locators. It is expected to generate up to 20,000 new jobs in Batangas and neighboring areas.
In addition, it will transform its 30-hectare commercial zone into a full-fledged Central Business District. The next phase of development will be at the heart of the CBD and will house BPO companies, office buildings, housing facilities, schools, hospitals, hotels, and civic centers. This will complement existing components such as ‘The Outlets’ at Lipa, LIMA Exchange, and LIMA Park Hotel. Commercial lots will also be available for sale to the public this March.
With these plans in place, LIMA is well on its way to becoming the next leading Integrated Economic Center in Calabarzon.
Among the long-standing partner locators that were acknowledged during the event were NEP Logistics, Inc., Nippon Express Philippines Corporation, Philinak Industries, Inc., Philippines TRC Inc., Sohbi Kohgei (Phils.), Inc., Daiho (Phils.), Inc., Evergreen Park Development Corporation, Ilo Land, Inc., and Littelfuse Phils., Inc.
Also honored for operations excellence were APO Production Unit, Inc., Daiho (Phils.), Inc., Epson Precision (Philippines), Inc., Furukawa Automotive Systems Lima Phil. Inc., JTEKT Philippines Corporation (2019 and 2020), OB Kogyo (Philippines) Inc., Yamaha Motor Philippines, Inc., Sohbi Kohgei (Phils.), Inc., Taisei Electronics Philippines, Inc., Funai Electric Philippines Inc., and Chiyoda Philippines Corporation.
Likewise, LIMA recognized APO Production Unit, Inc., Ensyu Takeru Rubber Industries, Inc., Epson Precision (Philippines), Inc., JTEKT Philippines Corporation, OB Kogyo (Philippines) Inc., and Sansyu Precision Lipa, Inc. (2019 and 2020) for being environmental champions within the park.
LIMA presented the Resilience Award to Littelfuse Philippines, Inc. for its notable compliance programs and response to crisis, bringing government guidelines to the next level. True to its commitment of ensuring the safety and welfare of its people, Littlefuse also consistently implemented COVID-19 testing for not only their employees but applicants as well.
Moreover, Littlefuse took part in LIMA’s various donation drives with fellow locators for partner LGUs, and happily shared their best practices.