CONSTRUCTION of the P2.5 billion, 60,000-square meter facility of German firm Zama Precision Industry Manufacturing Inc. in Santo Tomas, Batangas is in full swing and the plant should be fully operational by January 2016.
The facility touted is one of the local biggest investments of a German company.
“We are well within our target and we expect that our plant will be up and running in the first quarter of 2016,” Zama managing director Dr. Karsten Wagner said.
Wagner said the establishment of their factory at the First Philippine Industrial Park (FPIP) is under way and the company is within its projected schedule to start commercial operations.
Zama is a subsidiary of Stihl, the German manufacturer of chainsaws and other handheld power equipment like trimmers and blowers.
Zama Holdings is recognized as a technology leader and said to be the world’s largest manufacturer of diaphragm carburetors. It has plants in Japan, Hong Kong, China, and the United States. It has 2,400 employees worldwide and produces more than 14 million carburetors in about 350 different models.
Zama’s facility broke ground in September last year, with Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) Director General Lilia de Lima, Christof Wegner, representative of German Ambassador to the Philippines Thomas Ossowski, and ranking officials of the Stihl Group attending the formal launch.
Zama’s manufacturing plant will utilize state-of-the-art technology to ensure that top-quality products, for which it is known for, are provided to its customers.
As of September, five buildings comprising the Zama complex were close to completion.
The constructed area of 22,500 square meters will house the administration offices, main production area, die-casting area, warehouse and utility areas, among others.
Zama has committed to operate in the Philippines for the long term, stressing that the decision to locate in the Philippines will prove beneficial.
“The Philippines is an attractive industrial location. It is one of the fastest growing economies in the Asia-Pacific region; it is politically stable compared to other countries in the region and has a well-structured educational system with English as an official language,” said Dr. Bertram Kandziora, Stihl Executive Board chairman, who was in the country last year for the ground breaking ceremonies.