Fiber cement maker James Hardie Philippines Inc. is expanding its manufacturing plant in Cabuyao, Laguna amid the construction boom in the country.
Demand supposedly remains robust for local housing and infrastructure.
In a statement, James Hardie said it recently sealed an Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contract with engineering firm JGC Philippines Inc. for the James Hardie Line 2 Project—an expansion plan for the Cabuyao plant.
The plant expansion is in line with the firm’s target to meet local demand and provide durable and livable homes.
Mark Sergio, country manager of James Hardie, and Antonio Cabrera, president of JGC Philippines, said the construction industry is booming with the 5-percent infrastructure spending coming from country’s gross domestic product, the rise in housing and infrastructure demand, and the 5.5 million housing backlog as of 2015.
They noted “the need to catch up is evident,” given the Filipinos’ shift to owning a house from just renting one.
“One of the things that I am excited about in terms of how we’re doing our expansion in the Philippines is that not only are we adding jobs, we are also enhancing jobs. Building that line will enable us to triple our current business. As we go into that space, there will be a lot of opportunities not just to add jobs but also to improve the quality of work,” Sergio said.
“At James Hardie, our core values are smart, driven, and real. We want to make sure that we work with partners that reflect the same values. JGC Philippines not only reflect the same values that we have but also have worked with a lot of reputable companies whose priorities are the same as ours. These priorities include safety, quality of work and on time and on budget delivery. We are confident and pleased that we have found the right partner in JGC to do the job for us,” he added.
James Hardie has doubled its growth from four years ago, and has been delivering quality building products in the Philippine market in 20 years. The company manufactures construction materials for ceilings, walls, wet area walls, flooring, accessories and other housing needs.