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WORLD REPORTS
From Site Selection magazine, September 2016
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by Patty Rasmussen
“We want a distinctive office building that clearly conveys the LEGO values, and which truly expresses the creative, innovative culture of our company.”
— Claus Flyger Pejstrup, Senior Vice President at LEGO Group, discussing multiple potential investments at LEGO Group Headquarters in Billund, Denmark

Photo courtesy of LEGO Group

Expanded Canal Cuts Time and Costs

An added benefit of the expanded Panama Canal is the quicker shipping time for liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the US to Asian markets. The first shipment to reach China from the Sabine Pass export facility in the US arrived in late August. The newly expanded locks cut the transit time by a third and reduced transportation costs. The Panama Canal Authority has introduced new toll structures for LNG vessels designed to encourage additional LNG traffic through the Canal, especially for round-trips.

The Maran Gas Apollonia was the first LNG ship to pass  through the newly expanded Panama Canal.
Photo courtesy of Maran Gas

I See Right Through You

2016 Global Real Estate Transparency Index Top 10

1 United Kingdom
2 Australia
3 Canada
4 United States
5 France
6 New Zealand
7 Netherlands
8 Ireland
9 Germany
10 Finland

“Real estate transparency has continued to improve steadily at a sub-national, national and international level,” read the findings of JLL’s 2016 Global Real Estate Transparency report. “Globally, transparency scores have advanced by an average of 2.4 percent (2014-2016), matching broadly the improvements made between 2010-2012 (at 2.9 percent) and 2012-2014 (at 3.4 percent). Two-thirds of markets have shown progress over the past two years.”


Siemens Opens New Headquarters in Munich

A six-year development and construction project culminated in a celebratory grand opening of the Siemens AG headquarters building in Munich, Germany. The 484,376-sq.-ft. (45,000-sq.-m.) facility is home to 1,200 employees. Sustainable design features include the reuse of rainwater for plumbing and exterior grounds-keeping, daylight sensors and presence detectors to reduce power consumption, close to 7,000 LED lights and 800-plus solar panels covering more than 13,993 sq. ft. (1,300 sq. m.) of the roof.

The spectacular Wings sculpture by American artist Daniel  Libeskind decorates the entrance to the new Siemens headquarters. With  thousands of animated LEDs, the 32.5-ft (10-m.) sculpture symbolizes the  central theme of digitalization.
Photo courtesy of Siemens AG, Munich/Berlin

UK Food Producer Announces Major Expansion

The 2 Sisters Food Group announced a $59.3-million expansion to its poultry processing plant in Scunthorpe, UK, which includes new robotic cells that will automate processes and increase output to 2.4 million birds, weekly. The investment also retains more than 1,600 jobs and improves animal welfare, as well as quality and presentation of the end product.


Patty Rasmussen

Patty Rasmussen

Patty Rasmussen has written about economic and business development for more than a decade with Site Selection and other business publications. As a freelance journalist she covered the Atlanta Braves from 1998 until 2010, and wrote for media outlets including Major League Baseball, Womenetics.com and WebMD.

 



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