A French company, taking advantage of the construction boom in the Philippines, wants to equip Filipino workers with the appropriate gear to protect them from physical risks.
“There’s a big market for protective garments. Almost all industries in the Philippines are booming and Filipinos now are more aware and have, in fact, started being particular when it comes to safety. As we see it, government and international standards are being met. The market for safety products is growing,”says Delta Plus managing director for the Philippines Nico Namoco.
Delta Plus, a leading innovator of personal protective equipment, now sees the Philippines as an important market for expansion and as a potential hub in Southeast Asia.
Delta Plus is confident about the growth of the Philippine market, where it expects sales to reach 9 million euros in three years.
Delta Plus enters the Philippine market, as the local construction industry is forecast to grow to $47 billion by 2020, up by almost 10 percent annually from 2015, according to London-based Timetric’s Construction Intelligence Center.
Delta Plus, which opened an office in the Philippines in June, now has a network of 130 distributors.
The company sees the Philippines as an emerging Southeast Asian tiger and one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
Expansion into other Asean markets is seen to emanate from Philippine operations.
It plans to build the Asean manufacturing hub in the Philippines to serve the requirements of the entire region. Delta Plus is considered the only company with the capability to produce all kinds of personal protective equipment from head to foot.
Namoco says Filipinos have been trained well to produce the best products available in the protective gear market.
“But what sets up apart from the rest is that we are producing the entire line of PPE under one company. We don’t have a competitor at this end, although product by product, we compete with the best in the world,” he says.
Delta Plus produces safety garments such as raincoats, cover-all, jackets and trousers, safety shoes, masks, goggles, gloves and helmets.
Delta Plus eyes a production site near a port in Subic, Zambales or Batangas.
Currently, the global supply chain of Delta Plus includes Wujiang in China, Calcutta in India, Apt in France, Sosnowiec in Poland and Manchester in the United Kingdom. It also has presence in South America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. The company has 10,000 distributors and 23 subsidiaries worldwide.