Goodman further expands into China, securing build-to-suit facility for online retailer, Moonbasa and new land acquisition
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
Goodman Group (Goodman or Group), the integrated property group which owns, develops and manages industrial space, is pleased to announce that it is expanding into Tianjin with the signing of a build-to-suit facility at Wuqing for major online retailer, Moonbasa. The Group has separately acquired a plot of land in the Tianjin Beichen District.
In an official signing ceremony held in Tianjin Wuqing today, Goodman has committed to develop two warehouses comprising a total of 42,410 sqm for Moonbasa, which will be the online retailer’s first build-to-suit facility and its northern China headquarters.
Founded in 2006, Moonbasa is an online ladies fashion and accessory retailer based in China. Having experienced rapid growth over the past few years, it is now ranked among the top e-commerce retailers in the country. Moonbasa is owned by Mola Internet Technology Co. Ltd., one of the biggest B2C e-commerce corporations in China.
Philip Pearce, Managing Director Greater China for Goodman, said, “We are very pleased to be expanding our footprint into northern China and are confident that we will deliver a prime facility for Moonbasa in Wuqing.”
Mr Pearce added, “Tianjin is a key area of focus for us because of its strategic location as the major port city and the gateway to the Bohai Bay region. Its efficient infrastructure is able to support a booming logistics industry, which has resulted in a well-established manufacturing base, robust domestic demand and trade activity from Beijing. This obviously generates significant demand for high-quality warehousing space, which Goodman can supply.”
Wei Pingbo, Deputy General Manager from Moonbasa said, “As a leading corporation in the e-tailing market in China, e-fulfilment is a very important part of our business. Like many of our peers, we face a number of challenges in finding high-quality warehousing space, which makes it crucial for us to have a reliable partner like Goodman to provide the perfect solution that helps improve our operational efficiency, reduce cost and enhance our customer service.”
In a separate transaction, Goodman has secured 27 hectares of land in Beichen Tianjin. Situated in Landport Logistics Park, north east of Beichen District, the site is ideally located between Beijing and Tianjin.
Goodman plans to build eight single-storey warehouses in several phases on this land. The first phase of the development, comprising three warehouses with a combined 59,000 sqm of lettable space, is expected to commence in July 2012 and is scheduled for completion in May 2013.
Mr Pearce said, “We see huge growth potential in this port city, and it is our strategy to build a significant presence here. Currently, we are in the final stages of acquiring several plots of land in Tianjin as the city will become a major investment focus for the Group.”
Mr Greg Goodman, Goodman’s Group Chief Executive Officer said, “We are very pleased to welcome Moonbasa to our customer portfolio. Our footprint in China is expanding rapidly and we now have in excess of 4 million sqm of land available, including land secured and under negotiation. With over 400,000 sqm of developments in progress and a 600,000 sqm development target for the next 12 months, we have land in the key strategic locations and the customer demand to facilitate development of over 1 million sqm of space.”
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Goodman Group is an integrated property group with operations throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and the United Kingdom. Goodman Group, comprised of the stapled entities Goodman Limited and Goodman Industrial Trust, 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.
Moonbasa is an online ladies fashion and accessory retailer based in China. Having experienced rapid growth over the past few years, it is now ranked among the top e-commerce retailers in the country.
Moonbasa is owned by Mola Internet Technology Co. Ltd. (Mola), one of the biggest B2C e- commerce corporations in China. Founded in 2006, Mola is one of the biggest B2C e-commerce corporations in China, with more than 2,000 employees. It has a product development centre in Guangzhou and merchandising and designing teams in Hong Kong, France and Korea.