RP infrastructure boom boosts demand for construction equipment

By: Irene Sino-Cruz August 31,2019 - 03:30 PM

(L to R) May Tio, senior vice president of Conequip Philippines Inc.; Alexei Punko, export director of RM Terex; and Seth Oliver Tio, Conequip president and chief executive officer, express optimism over demand for construction equipment. | Irene R. Sino Cruz

CEBU CITY, Philippines—The infrastructure boom brought about by President Rodrigo Duterte’s Build, Build, Build program has resulted in increased demand for construction equipment.

Seth Oliver Tio, chairman, president and chief executive officer of ConEquip Philippines Inc., said the construction industry has continued to grow because of the President’s Build, Build, Build program.

The program seeks to implement 75 big ticket infrastructure projects, including roads, bridges and flood control projects, among others, estimated to cost trillions of pesos.

Tio said he expected the growth to continue since the infrastructure projects were massive and more investments would be coming in.

He disclosed that the government accounts for 60 percent to 70 percent of their sales, with the balance coming from the private sector.

According to Tio, the growth in demand for construction equipment for the past three years reached 30 to 40 percent. He added that the company projects its growth to continue with the implementation more infrastructure projects.

ConEquip Senior Vice President May Tio said the company has expansion plans, including the setting up of an integrated showroom in Cebu.

Tio said they also have expansion plans in Manila and Davao. “We have an existing showroom, service area in Davao, so probably we are looking at augmenting our clientele nationwide,” she said.

Alexei Punko, export director of Russian company RM Terex, also expressed optimism over the Philippine market. Punko represents several companies under the United Machinery group.

“The total market for us is really good because the (sales) result doubled,” said Punko. “We expect to double this year with the help of our partner.”

Because of the growing potential in the Philippine market, he said, their company would be looking at the possibility of setting up a facility in the country.

“That’s why we should grow steadily by 100 percent each year minimum,” Punko said. “We’d go forward with more ideas of localization.”

He explained that they would continue to look at the possibility of setting up an assembly line, first for semi-knockdown products and possibly a completely knockdown facility.

“It’s the future. We need to think about it because if we need to grow, we need to grow in all directions,” Punko added.

ConEquip, which celebrated its 10th year Friday, is a Cebu-based distributor of brand new trucks and heavy equipment sourced from Russia, China, Germany, Switzerland, Finland and Sweden. Their products include earth moving equipment, transport, heavy trucks and special equipment such as dredgers, landfill compactors and shredders, among others. | dcb

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