Aspen associate developing logistics hub in Shah Alam

An associated company of Malaysian developer Aspen (Group) Holdings will invest RM600 million (S$200 million) to develop an acquired industrial site in Shah Alam, Selangor, into a "sustainable integrated logistics and warehousing hub" spanning 3.3 million square feet of built-up area.

Announcing this yesterday, Aspen said its associate Global Vision Logistics (GVL), in which it holds a 30 per cent share, has completed the acquisition of three plots of leasehold industrial land totalling 28.7ha in Shah Alam for RM190 million.

GVL envisions the industrial project to cater to a multinational tenant mix with second-, third-and fourth-party logistics options. Rooftop solar panels will also be installed.

Aspen also noted other attributes, including its "well-developed and mature centralised location" and proximity to major highways, KTM train stations and cities like Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya.

The gross development value of the proposed development will be determined once the development plan is finalised, Aspen said in its announcement yesterday.

Aspen had announced the acquisition in late November last year. It noted in yesterday's announcement that the seller of the land, Chemical Company of Malaysia Berhad, had got an extension of time to obtain its shareholders' approval by March 2, pushing back the timeline for GVL to pay the balance of the purchase price. This payment was made on June 7.

"With our experienced partner and the strategic location of the development, we are confident that this development will complement the Digital Free Trade Zone," said Mr M. Murly, Aspen's president and group chief executive officer.

"The region has now embraced the Internet economy and e-commerce in a big way, and we are positive that this development will elevate Aspen Group's corporate profile."

Aspen's shares closed unchanged at 20.5 cents yesterday.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 14, 2018, with the headline 'Aspen associate developing logistics hub in Shah Alam'. Print Edition | Subscribe