(PARTNERS. Company officials show their company icons after signing a partnership agreement (left to right): AA Japan event coordinator J.G. Estela Ishihara; AA Japan COO Kogana Teruyuki; AA Japan president and CEO Hameed Ramzan; Sto. Tomas, Pampanga Vice Mayor Gloria Ronquillo; and Filanka Subic Corp. GM Abdul Aseez. Photo by Malou Dungog)
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – One of the world’s biggest suppliers of used heavy machinery has partnered with a company inside this premier free port to provide necessary equipment for development projects in the countryside.
Japanese used machinery supplier AA Japan joined formally forces with Filanka Subic Corp. here on Friday, aiming to help address the country’s development requirements in the fields of infrastructure, agriculture, and energy by providing heavy-duty trucks and machinery.
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) director Julius Escalona, who welcomed the two companies during the office inauguration, said the partnership will also provide local entrepreneurs with much-needed heavy equipment units and related services.
AA Japan president and CEO Hameed Ramzan said the Japanese supplier teamed up with Filanka because they “believe in Filanka’s proven track record in this industry.”
He said the partnership “will allow us to adapt our services and products to a broad customer base and develop multiple service offerings.”
“We aim to boost our network here, which may, in turn, strengthen the industry in this part of the country, as well as provide livelihood opportunities to nearby communities,” Ramzan added.
With a $15-million investment, the partnership is gunning for an expansion and provision of full service in the country, officials said. This would mean hiring 200 employees skilled in conversion, painting, engine maintenance, and bodyworks, as well as leasing additional spaces for their stock and service yards.
“Every year, we deal with more than 10,000 customers throughout the world and our reputation of quality has never faltered. We strive, and we will always strive, to off er our customers quality vehicles at a low price, and to provide them with the best customer service,” Ramzan said.
He said that since 1996, AA Japan has provided quality vehicles, equipment, and machineries to contractors and procurers worldwide and has developed a global network of branches and exclusive partners that allow car sales throughout the world.