Filling Spaces (12/12/17)

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MHE-Demag’s new partner

The Philippine unit of crane hoist manufacturer MHE-Demag said it has partnered with Wacker Neuson in its bid to venture into “smaller-scale” construction equipment business.

MHE-Demag has manufacturing facilities in the Philippines and has been operating commercially in the country for over 27 years now. A joint venture between Jebsen & Jessen (SEA) and Demag Cranes and Components GmbH, MHE-Demag makes industrial cranes and hoists, warehousing equipment such as lift trucks and dock levelers, aerial work platforms, as well as automated car parking systems.

It tapped Wacker Neuson to offer a range of equipment that “is mobile, easy to maneuver and compact, fitting narrow alleys perfectly and avoiding road blockage because of its size,” the company said in a statement sent over the weekend.

The partnership agreement was signed this month, it said.

Wacker Neuson has nine plants around the world and has corporate sales and service organizations in at least 35 countries, according to the statement.

“Infrastructure investments remain to be a top priority of the local government,” the statement quoted Marc Von Grabowski, president of MHE-Demag Philippines, Inc., as saying.

“The Philippines is also known to be a leader in adapting innovations, with the usage of compact construction equipment getting more common here and around the world.”

The range of equipment includes tracked excavators, mobile or wheeled excavators, tele handlers, wheel loaders and wheel dumpers.

“These compact excavators and dumpers are catered to smaller-scale contractors, including civil engineering and general contractors, property developers, contractors for housing, roadworks, gardening and landscape, farmers, plantation owners, miners, rental parks, recycling yards, logistics, and communal works, among many others.”

Botanika turns over first tower

Botanika Nature Residences, an upscale, low-density vertical community in the Metro South, said it has completed its first tower and begun turning over units to buyers.

The mid-rise condominium tower is a project of Filigree, which commissioned the following to build the brand: Leandro V. Locsin Partners, Architecture International, AECOM Singapore, and Miaja Design Group.

“To assure utmost privacy and exclusivity, Botanika has a low floor area ratio (FAR) — the ratio of the total net floor area of a building to the total lot area. This means generously sized condominium units that are tailor fit[ted] to your needs and your lifestyle,” Botanika’s Dec. 11 statement read.

The tower has two-bedroom suites, three-bedroom flats, and three-bedroom with garden bi-level units with sizes ranging from 123 to 343 square meters. It also has grand penthouse units all offering “breathtaking views, exceptional finishes, and the finest craftsmanship,” the builder said.

Botanika is a green development with a registration in the Philippine Green Building Council’s BERDE (Building for Ecologically Responsible Design Excellence) certification system.