AMB Property Corporation(R)
Atena Co., Ltd., a fulfillment and logistics company, has leased approximately 306,000 square feet of the facility to serve as its main Kanto region distribution center. Kintetsu World Express, a global logistics company, has leased approximately 83,000 square feet to serve the greater Tokyo Metropolitan area, complementing its owned facilities nearby. KoKubu & Co., Ltd., a food products and consumer goods manufacturer, wholesaler and distributor, occupies approximately 80,000 square feet of the building.
"In Japan, we see strong leasing momentum on newer, larger floor-plate development projects," said Guy Jaquier, AMB's president, Europe & Asia. "The brisk leasing activity with Atena, Kintetsu World Express and KoKubu has stabilized AMB Funabashi Distribution Center 5 a full year ahead of projections, and is indicative of customer demand for state-of-the-art distribution facilities in superior Tokyo submarkets."
AMB Funabashi Distribution Center 5 is located in a prime infill distribution submarket of Tokyo, with access to Narita and Haneda airports, and to the Tokyo and Chiba ports in Japan's largest harbor. The Funabashi submarket benefits from the area's highway infrastructure, and is well suited to facilitate the efficient distribution and transportation of goods.
Customers cite the development's state-of-the art design and strategic location. "AMB's facility is ideally located for our needs. It's walking distance to the commuter rail station and near one of our existing warehouses that will consolidate into our new space soon," said Kazuhiko Watanabe, executive director of Atena. "We are also very impressed with the building's security and other specifications, which meet our high standards and requirements."
Takashi Sakai, deputy general manager of the Logistics Department of Kintetsu World Express, commented, "AMB has delivered a superb warehouse and distribution facility, enabling us to expand operations. Additionally, we can easily access Haneda Airport from this location, which is important, particularly with the increase in the airport's international traffic." Kintetsu World Express also leases from AMB in the Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle and Vancouver markets.
AMB's Japan portfolio totals more than 8 million square feet, and is comprised of operating and development real estate in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka.
AMB Property Corporation.(R) Local partner to global trade.(TM)
AMB Property Corporation(R) is a leading global developer and owner of industrial real estate, focused on major hub and gateway distribution markets throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As of March 31, 2007, AMB owned, or had investments in, on a consolidated basis or through unconsolidated joint ventures, properties and development projects expected to total approximately 128.2 million square feet (11.9 million square meters) in 40 markets within 13 countries. AMB invests in properties located predominantly in the infill submarkets of its targeted markets. The company's portfolio is comprised of High Throughput Distribution(R) facilities-industrial properties built for speed and located near airports, seaports and ground transportation systems.
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