Industrial and warehousing demand up by 8% in India: Colliers

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  • Mar 01,23
Colliers International recent report shows increase in industrial and warehousing demand in top five cities in Indian in 2022. Delhi-NCR leads demand with a 36 per cent share, followed by Pune at a 23 per cent with third-party logistics players being at the top occupier of warehousing space with a vigorous demand engineering and electronics players as well.
Industrial and warehousing demand up by 8% in India: Colliers

The year 2022 saw 24.5 million sq ft of industrial and warehousing demand with an increase in eight per cent on a YoY basis across the top five cities in India, reported professional services and investment management company, Colliers International. Average quarterly leasing during 2022 remained strong at 6.1 mn sq ft from 5.7 mn sq ft in 2021. Third-party logistics players (3PLs) remained the top occupier of warehousing space, contributing to about 44 per cent of the total demand in the sector during 2022. Delhi-NCR led the demand during 2022 with a 36 per cent share, followed by Pune at a 23 per cent share in total leasing backed by robust demand from 3PL, engineering and electronics players. Tauru road and Luhari saw a majority of the demand in Delhi-NCR, while Bhamboli continued to attract industrial and warehousing occupiers in Pune.

“The fundamentals remain strong for India’s Industrial demand and Production Linked Incentive (PLI) schemes announced for key sectors by the government are expected to further boost local production fueling demand for organised industrial spaces and warehousing facilities. China plus one strategy is gaining more vigour and global companies are keen on shifting their manufacturing focus to India as part of their de-risking strategy,” said Shyam Arumugam, Managing Director, Industrial and Logistics Services, Colliers India.

“The Indian Logistics growth story continues to remain resilient and is further progressing on an accelerated growth trajectory owing to the focus on companies catering to changing consumer behavior across India. The convenience of shopping/returns, improved UPI adoption, omnichannel retailing, etc. have led to e-commerce demand growth thereby translating into demand for more warehousing capacities especially to augment last-mile connectivity in Tier I and Tier II cities this year,” added Arumugam.

During 2022, demand from engineering and electronics firms surged more than 2X (YoY), while their share in the leasing pie rose from 13 per cent in 2021 to 28 per cent. About 70 per cent of leasing in engineering and electronics were large-sized deals (>1,00,000 sq ft) as they ramped up their operations across cities. Delhi-NCR and Pune were the most preferred locations for these firms.

“Large deals contributed about 70 per cent of the demand during 2022. Amongst the larger deals, the share of 3PL, engineering and electronics companies remained the highest. Demand from engineering and electronics is picking pace with a rise in consumption and easing of supply chain bottlenecks. We expect engineering and electronics companies to continue to take up larger spaces in the next few quarters as fundamentals remain strong,” said Vimal Nadar, Senior Director, Research Colliers India.

While demand remained robust in 2022, the markets remained restricted with supply. During 2022 there was about 19 mn sq ft new supply, a 20 per cent decline YoY. Developers went slower with new supply as the cost of construction remained volatile during the year. They remained cautious and awaited pre-commitments. Consequently, this led to a drop in vacancy levels amidst robust demand. Overall vacancy levels lowered by 2.4pp during the year and stood at 9.4 per cent. With limited new supply and robust demand, rentals across the key micro markets witnessed an increase in 2022.

Supply is likely to remain under check, thus rents are likely to firm up in the next few quarters. However, this would largely depend on how the economic and business environment would pan out. Going ahead, there will be a greater focus on sustainability and adoption of technology to bring in greater operational efficiency.

Trends in Grade A Gross absorption (mn sq ft)

City

2021

2022

YoY Change

Bengaluru

3.2

3.5

11%

Chennai

3.8

2.7

-28%

Delhi NCR

6.5

8.8

34%

Mumbai

4.6

3.9

-15%

Pune

4.6

5.6

21%

TOTAL

22.7

24.5

8%

Source: Colliers | Note: Data pertains to Grade A buildings

Trends in Grade A Supply (mn sq ft)

City

2021

2022

YoY Change

Bengaluru

1.4

2.1

55%

Chennai

4.2

2.5

-42%

Delhi NCR

11.9

7.8

-34%

Mumbai

4.1

2.7

-34%

Pune

2.5

4.1

61%

TOTAL

24.1

19.2

-20%

Source: Colliers |Note: Data pertains to Grade A buildings

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