Agro processing hub attracts MNCs

    Anflo Industrial Estate is now home to 14 locators.
    Anflo Industrial Estate is now home to 14 locators.

    Anflo Industrial Estate, Damosa Land Inc.’s (DLI) premier agro-industrial hub eyes more investments as large international contingents flock to Davao City.

    Well-known foreign manufacturers have chosen to expand their Philippine operations in Anflo Industrial Estate Corp.’s (AIEC) 63-hectare Philippine Economic Zone Authority-approved ecozone.

    “After seeing what industrial parks in the country comprises of, we saw an opportunity to leverage our mother company Anflocor’s strength in agriculture and endeavor take on the role as the industry’s innovator,” said DLI head Ricardo

    Floirendo Lagdameo.

    Among the lineup of companies located in Anflo Industrial Estate’s are global brand Del Monte, one of the world’s largest agricultural companies and Packwell, a Japan-based global leader in the design, manufacture and sale of quality paper packaging containers to famous brands such as Godiva Chocolates.

    Homegrown companies such as First Panabo Tropical Foods of Sagrex, have also decided to locate in Anflo Industrial Estate.

    Founded by a former PLDT Bossing awardee and Ernst & Young finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year, First Panabo is famous for its export-quality banana-based products such as saba and turon, aimed at addressing the demands of the OFW market.

    AIEC recently forged a partnership with plastic manufacturer Manly Plastics Inc. (Manly) to occupy a 1.1-hectare land. Manly will produce plastic products for food and beverages, expediting the production of packaging products in Mindanao, instead of sourcing them from distant Luzon facilities.

    Manly is the largest integrated plastics company in the country whose clients include Datu Puti, Gatorade, Boysen, Toyota, and Nissan to name a few.

    The partnership with Manly adds up to AIEC’s 14 locators involved in the agricultural value chain. The estate also anticipates international investors like their current partners from Japan, China, US, and the Netherlands.

    Lagdameo said the company investors are considering putting in their capital in Davao, seeing that the region captured a total of P17.2-billion investments in 2018. The presence of these investors in the ecozone provides an opportunity to promote Anflo Industrial Estate and a possibility to bring in fellow investors to the estate and the region.

    Now on its second phase, Anflo Industrial Estate has produced a total of 14 partnerships and eyes several more new investors that will locate at the hub once its last phase is completed.

    These investors are estimated to generate roughly 6,000 job opportunities to the labor force of Davao once fully occupied, contributing to the region’s strong manpower.