25 May, 2017 by Jill Viray
Royal Cargo recently broke ground for the construction of its solar-powered Cargo City North Hub along Plaridel Bypass Road, Bulacan as part of its logistics capacity expansion in the Philippines. Similar to its Cargo City South Hub in Laguna, the Php1.2 billion multi-purpose facility will have a cold storage, a dry warehouse and a container freight station to serve the demand for efficient distribution channels in Mega Manila, Northern Luzon, Clark, Subic and the Central Plains.
“The Philippines has definitely seen significant growth in export and import activities over the years, translating to rising warehousing and distribution needs. By helping Philippine firms keep up with the increased and further increasing number of orders, our new warehouse facility will help drive operational sustainability across supply chains,” said Michael Raeuber, Group CEO, Royal Cargo Inc.
The new warehousing hub will adhere to international green building standards and will feature eco-friendly construction materials, including solar panels.
“Royal Cargo is committed to developing world-class, eco-friendly logistics facilities in the Philippines, which has the potential to become a major logistics hub by 2020. Our new Bulacan facility will not only help companies expand their business reach across the Philippines, but also allow them to reach new markets in Asia Pacific without incurring large capital expenses,” said Elmer Sarmiento, President, Royal Cargo Inc.
Aside from the Cargo City North Hub, Royal Cargo has also invested in heavy trucks for industrial projects, reefer containers and vans for their cold chains, 600t crawler and 500t mobile Liebherr cranes, a 3.6-hectare property with a 9,000sqm covered warehouse in Cordova, Cebu, and a ship for their domestic sea freight operations. It operates several dry warehouses with various position capacities across the Philippines and two cold storages with around 15,000 pallet positions.
The Cargo City North Hub is expected to be completed mid-2018.