New Trends for Industrial ParksBy Jorge Ramos Zwanziger | Fri, 02/19/2021 - 08:42
Demand for logistics space is on the rise and the sector is turning to new trends and innovations. Micro-industrial parks, for example, are have become increasingly popular in Mexico City and Guadalajara’s metropolitan areas, following customers’ new needs. Micro-industrial park spaces are designed for small users with surfaces that oscillate between 600m2 and 2,000m2, reports T21. Through innovative thinking and creativity, Guadalajara has embraced the micro trend. “In the last five years, these types of spaces have grown around 54 percent, due to the increased demand created by e-commerce and their logistics activities, explained Yadira Torres-Romero, Market Research Director of CBRE, according to T21.
Guadalajara’s versatility in terms of connectivity and location, as well as its close distance to some of the main industrial corridors, make this a very attractive location for companies, large and small, for logistics and distribution operations. Micro-industrial parks offer several advantages including one to three-year contracts, which usually correspond to A or B classes, giving investing companies more versatility. These type of storage facilities could rise as consumption habits change through the COVID-19 pandemic, stated Torres-Romero.
Another product growing in demand in the logistics sector is eco-friendly industrial parks, as logistic operators now aim to reduce their environmental impact by creating spaces that are friendlier to the environment and people’s well-being. The construction of large and efficient industrial buildings, with the latest technology, is no longer enough. Sustainability is now an essential development element that industrial spaces and companies that operate them must consider.
An example of a company that has followed this new trend is CBRE, which last week through a press release, highlighted its interest in making greener logistics spaces and distribution lines through the use of new recyclable and biodegradable materials, optimizing supply chain lines to reduce CO2 emissions and reducing the energy consumption, water use and material use of its new industrial buildings. The challenge, the company explains in its press release, is following these new trends and having a smaller environmental impact while keeping operational costs down.