Availability of industrial stock is quickly decreasing in Central Europe
The first six months of this year confirmed the interest of companies present in Central Europe for modern industrial properties. Strong demand and few new developments have resulted in fairly limited alternatives faced by parties interested in leasing them. The industrial stock vacancy rate in Central Europe (CR, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) today stands at 11.8 percent on average. In some places, however, it has dropped under 5 percent. At the same time, vacancy rates between 10-12 percent are considered as healthy.
“On a well operating market, such undersupply would motivate developers to quickly launch new development projects. The Central European market, however, still suffers from the restrictive financial policies applied by banks and their cautious positions in respect of financing new development projects. This has resulted in the distortion of the market – for example, Slovakia and its 2.5 percent vacancy rate represents an absolutely unique situation within Europe”, according to Ferdinand Hlobil, Head of the CE Industrial Team, Cushman & Wakefield.