EXPORT BARBADOS BREAKING NEW GROUND

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Monday, May 31, 2021

On Friday, May 21 at 10am, Export Barbados, a campaign of the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation, hosted a ground-breaking ceremony for a Mechanics and Automotive Hub held at the Corporation’s Grazettes Industrial Estate. The project is expected to offer alternative work areas for the operatives of the automotive industry through the provision of a Mechanics Bay at the Grazettes Industrial Estate and a complementary Spray Booth at the Spring Garden Industrial Estate.

The purpose of the Mechanics Bay and Spray Booth project is to offer alternative work areas for the operatives of the automotive industry through the provision of a Mechanics Bay at the Grazettes Industrial Estate and a complementary Spray Booth at the Spring Garden Industrial Estate.

The Automotive Repair Center will add a total of 9,479.00 sq.ft of space to the Grazettes space portfolio to replace the space lost over the years as a result of fires. The facility has been designed to provide space which can be leased to nine (9) independent automotive operatives and there is also the option for larger operators to lease more than one bay.

Minister of International Business and Industry, the Honorable Ronald Toppin indicated that the ground breaking ceremony for a Mechanics and Automotive Hub, signals a transition to improved industrial facilities and office amenities for automotive industry operatives and a pathway for the local automotive industry to be fully apace with the fourth wave of industrial revolution. The progressive development of estate lands reflects industrial development efforts to support the expansion and diversification of the international business sector.

Further details about the project were offered at the ceremony: All of the bays will be self-contained and will provide sanitary and office amenities to complement the successful running of a business operation and meet the requirements of regulatory standards. The designs are modular and vary from a mini bay design, to single bay, to a double bay design and are separately metered for electricity. The units have been designed with adequate floor to ceiling heights to allow large and tall vehicles to be accommodated at the facility.

According to Chairman of the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation, Mr. John Rocheford, the Hub would be “…outfitted with eco-innovation systems to help tenants in incurring lower energy and water costs.” He added that, “By wisely utilizing our natural and abundant resource of sunshine and by conserving water, these systems and our approach to the development of our industrial estates can be seen as an investment in our future.” The buildings will be designed to incorporate solar technology, adequate parking, water tanks for washing down work spaces and perimeter fencing for security of the facility.

In addition to the ground-breaking ceremony for the Mechanics and Automation Hub, new and transformative changes were also introduced. Chairman Rocheford noted that, “The Corporation, through its Export Barbados focus, is gaining new ground while breaking barriers and traditions as we focus on increasing exports, first on a short-term basis, followed by measures designed to see an increase in exports on a medium to long-term basis.” He indicated that the Automotive and Mechanics Hub is part of a broader strategic plan that includes the transformation of the industrial infrastructure of the Corporation’s estates. He expounded on the wider strategic plan for the Corporation, sharing the vision of new CEO, Mark Hill.

The vision for the Corporation, under CEO Hill, realigns it to an export focus. It will see the Corporation build upon three recommended pillars of Bio-economy, Ocean Economy and Design Economy. This is supported by a “Design it, Make it, Ship it” ethos where, at the “Design It” phase, the focus is on fostering the design of feasible, viable and desirable Barbadian products and services that, at the “Make It” phase are well-produced, sustainable, and globally competitive and, lastly at the “Ship It” phase, can be physically shipped or virtually exported across the globe. The Corporation’s sustainable, responsible and impactful investment (SRI) design-led approach to export development is a ground-breaking model for the Corporation and for Barbados.

The Automotive and Mechanics Bay project is internally led by Director of Finance and Properties, Dwaine Stuart, Manager of Estates and Properties, Neville Rice, Business Development Officers Jason Cadogan and Marc Ifill with external contracts in place to facilitate execution.