Furniture and Wood Crafts Export Reaches USD1.4 M

04 December 2018 | Author : Manufakturindo
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The national export value of wood and furniture products for the period of January to October 2018 reached USD1.4 billion. This number increased by around 4.83 percent compared to the same period in 2017.


"The furniture industry is include those with a positive record in their trade balance. In October 2018, this sector recorded a surplus of USD99.1 million," said Director General of Small and Medium Industries (IKM) of the Ministry of Industry, Gati Wibawaningsih in Jakarta, Friday (30/11).


According to Gati, besides being export-oriented, the furniture industry is also a labor-intensive sector. Until now, there are around 160 thousand business units and absorb more than 480 thousand people.


To achieve this goal, several strategic steps that have been taken by the Ministry of Industry, are, production technical guidance programs, certification of Indonesian National Standard Work Competency Standards (SKKNI), restructuring the machinery and equipment sector, facilitation for the extension of timber legality certification, and carrying out promotional activities.


"One step taken to boost effective marketing on Wednesday (11/28) we opened another Furniture Sale exhibition at Rumah Kriya Banjarsari," said Gati.


Previously, the Ministry of Industry held a similar agenda on May 4 - 6 2018 by posting a sales transaction value of IDR 490 million.


Gati hopes that through the event, exhibitors can reap profits from sales and add customers and networks to their business partners.


Director of IKM directorate of food, goods from wood and furniture Ministry of Industry Sri Yunianti explained that other coaching was carried out to boost the competitiveness and productivity of national furniture, including a program to improve technology capabilities by providing facilities for discounting the purchase of new machines.


"At the opening of the Furniture Sale yesterday, we symbolically handed over eight IKM in the Solo Raya area that are engaged in food commodity groups, wood products and furniture," he said. Those who received the 2018 engine and equipment restructuring program were CV. Yudhistira, Timur Canephora, PT. Jati Unggul Putra, UD. Rivalve Furnitur, Roti Borobudur, PT. Indo Tropikal Group, CV. Ribka Furniture, and PT. Pindi Mulya Abadi with a total value of IDR 867,114,000.


The Ministry of Industry noted, throughout 2014 - 2017, the number of recipients of machine and equipment restructuring programs amounted to 379 SMIs with a total reimbursement value of IDR 42,306 billion. This program is considered capable in driving national furniture IKM to rejuvenate machinery and production equipment, so that it is expected to be more productive and innovative.


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