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Klang Valley warehouse rental market is attractive when compared to neighbouring cities

Press Release by Knight Frank: Klang Valley warehouse rental market remains attractive amongst neighbouring Key Cities

24 September 2020, Malaysia – Knight Frank, the independent global property consultancy, released its Asia-Pacific Warehouse Review which tracked prime warehouse rents across 17 key cities, registering an average change of -0.02% half-on-half despite COVID-19. Going forward, Knight Frank expects average rental growth between 3% and 5% by the end of 2020.


  • Market conditions for 16 of the 17 cities tracked are expected to remain stable or improve over the next 12 months. The positive outlook for growth in the second half of 2020 is due to higher space appetite from e-commerce players and essential commodities.
  • Tokyo recorded the highest half-on half rental growth at 4.2%, due to healthy take up rates and the lack of available prime assets within the city.
  • Shanghai warehouse market recorded the healthiest rental growth compared to Beijing and Guangzhou, at 3% half-on-half, led in part by a pickup in storage demand from cold chain operators.

Tim Armstrong, head of occupier services & commercial agency, Asia Pacific at Knight Frank said: “The outlook for industrial markets remains resilient due to robust demand from the e-commerce and essential goods sectors, as well as additional requirements for inventory storage to mitigate supply chain disconnects.”

Asia-Pacific Prime Warehouse Rents:

CityUSD/sq m/month6-month % change (H2 2019 – H1 2020)Forecast next 12 months
Brisbane                    6.5-0.4%Stable
Melbourne                    5.80.0%Stable
Sydney                    7.00.0%Stable
Tokyo*                  12.84.2%Stable
Beijing                    8.3-2.5%Stable
Guangzhou                    5.4-1.8%Stable
Shanghai                    6.83.0%Increase
Hong Kong                  26.2-3.4%Decrease 
Taipei                  11.80.9%Increase
Bengaluru                    2.80.0%Increase
Mumbai                    3.40.0%Increase
NCR                    3.40.0%Increase
Jakarta                    4.50.0%Stable
Kuala Lumpur                    4.80.0%Stable
Singapore                  13.8-0.6%Stable
Bangkok                    5.10.2%Stable
Manila                    4.70.0%Stable

Source: Knight Frank Research / *Sanko Estate

Allan Sim, Executive Director of Capital Markets, Knight Frank Malaysia, commented: “In the ASEAN context, Klang Valley remains attractive in terms of warehouse rental competitiveness. Combined with our integrated ecosystem of accessible skilled labour and talent as well as investor-friendly policies with favourable tax structures and attractive government incentives, this helps to put Malaysia at a competitive advantage amongst its neighbours in attracting multinational businesses that are diversifying their global supply chain and manufacturing operations to the region.”

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COVID-19 Gives Rise to Acceleration of “China Plus One” Strategy Adoption

“Multinational corporations (MNCs) have been looking to diversify their supply chains out of China over the past few years due to growing trade tensions between the US and China as well as rising labour cost in China.

“More recently, the unprecedented disruptions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, further highlighted the risk of being over-reliant in managing and operating supply chain out of a single country – China. For many MNCs, the pandemic has become the deciding factor to adopt the “China plus One” approach to supply chain management – by diversifying portions of the supply chain to other regional countries whilst maintaining higher value manufacturing operations in China with adoption of digital transformation and automation. ASEAN countries are the immediate beneficiaries of this supply chain redesign”, Sim added.

Malaysia As Preferred Investment Destination Amongst ASEAN Countries

Sim comments, “The various incentives unveiled under the RM35 billion short-term Economic Recovery Plan (PENJANA) will help encourage more foreign direct investment (FDIs) flows. There is a generous tax holiday period of up to 15 years for foreign companies making new investments in the manufacturing sector with capital investments of RM500 million and above. This coupled with the fast track approval mechanism for manufacturing licences and tax incentives with the establishment of Project Acceleration and Coordination (PACU) in the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), will help to raise the country’s attractiveness in the eyes of foreign investors.

“With these timely incentives combined our competitive real estate and labour costs, Malaysia will be positioned as one of the main beneficiaries amongst our ASEAN counterparts, in capturing the shoring of manufacturing and supply chain operations amidst the on-going restructuring of global supply chains.

“We will also likely to witness a positive spill-over effect in other segments of the industrial property market predominantly in larger purpose-built factories / large tracts of industrial lands, with the potential entry / relocation of new global industrial players”, Sim concluded.

Here’s that report in full for download.

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