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PKT Logistics Group Sdn Bhd is investing around US$20 million (RM61 million) to develop a warehousing hub on an 8ha plot within the East Coast Economic Region (ECER).

The Shah Alam-based group’s core business is automotive logistics, which accounts for 80 per cent of the total revenue. Its other clients are from the fast-moving consumer goods sector.

PKT Logistics group managing director and group chief executive officer Datuk Michael Tio said the company is setting up a new hub in Gebeng, Pahang.

Known as “One Eastern Hub” (OEH), it will have a built up of 450,000 sq ft of modern warehousing space. The design is concep-tualised and inspired by the Hukawai Glacier Centre in New Zealand.

“This facility in ECER will cater to the staff’s welfare. There will be a built-in gym and lounge, similar to that of our corporate headquarters in Shah Alam.

“The security systems will be of international standards to ensure that customers have absolute peace of mind,” he told Business Times in a recent interview.

Over the weekend, PKT Logistics and Politeknik Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah (Polisas) signed a memorandum of understanding for Polisas students to do internship at the logistics warehouses. Polisas was represented by its director Datuk Abu Bakar Ahmad.

Tio said the tie-up is partly due to PKT Logistics’s active engagement on Facebook.

PKT Logistics Facebook fan page has more than 12,000 fans to date with majority being university students. Students can request for industrial visit through the fan page.

Tio said PKT Logistics’ exposure in the social media world has raised the group’s branding profile among young adults.

“Once this hub in Gebeng is complete, we hope some of the Polisas students, who are already familiar with the logistics business, would apply to work with us,” he said.

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