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Renowned Japanese clutch manufacturer opens PHP710M facility in Batangas

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MALAVAR, Batangas — PROMINENT global manufacturer, Ogura Clutch Philippines Inc., has relocated its operations from Calamba, Laguna, to LIMA Estate, an 826-hectare industrial-anchored development in Lipa and Malvar, Batangas, owned by Aboitiz InfraCapital (AIC) Economic Estates. With a significant investment of PHP 710 million, the new facility covers 16,144 square meters within the 200-hectare industrial expansion zone of LIMA Estate, serving both distribution and manufacturing functions.

Established in Japan in 1938, Ogura has solidified its standing as the world’s largest producer of electromagnetic clutches and brakes. Toshio Takahashi, President of Ogura Clutch Philippines, emphasized the rationale behind the relocation, stating, “We strategically chose to relocate our operations to LIMA Estate due to its comprehensive infrastructure development solutions. The distinctive support provided by AIC for Japanese manufacturing companies, notably demonstrated through organizations like the Japanese Locator Association, distinguishes the estate from other industrial parks. This unique environment not only aligns with but also enhances Ogura Clutch’s ability to conduct business with unwavering confidence.”

The strategic relocation to LIMA Estate is expected to yield substantial economic benefits for the region.  Ogura Clutch Philippines’ newly established facility at the estate is projected to generate approximately 1,500 job opportunities for the residents of Lipa and Malvar, Batangas. This job generation opportunity aligns with the broader economic potential resulting from the 200-hectare industrial expansion at LIMA Estate.

Ogura Clutch Philippines specializes in producing clutch parts for renowned automobile brands such as Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, and Ford. Their new facility in LIMA Estate will enable increased efficiency in distribution and manufacturing functions, further solidifying Ogura’s position as a prominent manufacturing powerhouse in the area.

During the inaugural ceremony, Clifford Academia, Vice President for Operations of LIMA Land, Inc., extended a warm welcome to Ogura Clutch Philippines. In his address, he emphasized the estate’s enduring commitment to cultivating a dynamic business environment, stating, “Here at LIMA Estate, we are eager to collaborate closely with our partners to foster an environment where both businesses and local residents can thrive, and we look forward to forging a legacy of economic prosperity and positive social impact.”

As the infrastructure arm of the Aboitiz Group, Aboitiz InfraCapital plays a pivotal role in bolstering the Philippines’ stature as a preferred investment destination for Japanese companies. By spearheading the development of smart and sustainable Economic Estates, they actively generate significant economic opportunities within the country, aligning with its commitment to fostering long-term growth and collaboration.|

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