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Are industrial real estate developers ready to seize opportunities of Vietnam’s economic rebound in 2024?

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Amidst the slowdown of the general real estate market, the industrial logistics real estate segment remains a bright spot driven by the steady flow of foreign direct investment (FDI) capital. The country had attracted over US$20 billion in FDI as of September 20, 2023, up 7.7% year-on-year, according to the Foreign Investment Agency under the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

In addition to industry titans such as Samsung and LG, other international manufacturers continue to flock into Vietnam. In September, Apple finalized the relocation of 11 of its audio device production facilities to Vietnam, marking a significant shift in the company’s global supply chain strategy.

Experts from Ho Chi Minh City-based private equity investment firm VinaCapital have forecasted Vietnam’s GDP growth to rebound to 6.5% next year, driven by a recovery in exports, which will in turn be closely followed by a rebound in the local manufacturing sector output. In addition, the comprehensive strategic partnership recently set up between Vietnam and the U.S. signifies an important turning point, which will usher in a new period of development for Vietnam.

As Vietnam’s leading for-rent logistics and industrial real estate platform, BW Industrial Development JSC (BW) is well-poised for further growth next year with the launch of 10 new nationwide projects in 2023. These projects aim to meet the growing demand for ready-built factories and warehouses among the domestic and foreign investors that are eyeing Vietnam’s logistics and industrial sectors.

The 10 projects, covering a total gross floor area of one million sqm and strategically located in regions with excellent connectivity and infrastructure, including Hai Phong, Quang Ninh, Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, and Dong Nai, is a testament to the firm’s unwavering commitment to foster Vietnam in becoming a vital link of the global supply chain.

With a deep understanding of the needs of modern tenants, BW focuses on ready-built warehouses (RBW) and factories that offer investors flexibility, speed to market, and lower Capex and time commitments. As a result, BW’s projects have garnered numerous inquiries from potential tenants and recorded high occupancy rates.

While industrial parks nationwide have reported an occupancy rate of over 80%, with the key northern provinces reaching 83% and key southern provinces reaching 91% according to Savills’s latest report, BW has achieved and maintained a remarkable occupancy rate averaging 93% among its stabilized projects as of September 2023.

The 10 major projects, which form part of BW’s growth plan for 2023 and beyond, demonstrate BW’s long-term goal of “staying atop market developments and getting ahead of trends”. The plan is strongly backed by international investors, with BW having secured an impressive US$300 million from international investors in the first quarter of 2023 alone.

The combination of a sizable land bank and an extensive footprint ideally positions BW as a leader in the industry. It currently has over 8.5 million square meters of industrial land in prime locations under control across 40 projects in 11 key provinces in Vietnam, with over three million square meters of gross floor area (GFA) of completed or under-construction properties. With US$2 billion of gross assets under management, BW is currently pioneering and operating Vietnam’s first and largest e-commerce and last-mile delivery logistics cluster, Tan Phu Trung in Ho Chi Minh City, with several in the development pipeline across Vietnam’s two key gateway cities.

BW’s CEO Lance Li is bullish on Vietnam’s economic outlook and the potential of the industrial real estate sector. He commented, “With the foresight to capture Vietnam’s economic rebound by Q2 2024, BW has launched multiple projects this year which will meet the increasing demand of international manufacturers here. Vietnam has been experiencing steady and stable growth, and the strong fundamentals related to workforce, location, FTAs, and economic orientation will continue to be its most significant assets for long-term growth.”

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