Economy & Industry

Car Export from Indonesia to Grow 15%


JAKARTA — Indonesia figures out that car export in 2016 is likely to grow 15 percent from that in 2015 to reach 220,000 units. “We estimate and hope so. We are unsure how many since there are indicators of enabling factors,” said GAIKINDO (the Association of Indonesia Automotive Industry) 1st Chairman, Mr Jongkie D Sugiarto.

He elaborated some basic mechanism of exporting cars from Indonesia. He said car export is conducted by Indonesia-based manufacturers (subsidiaries) under directions of their principals abroad. Some Indonesia-based car manufacturers that conduct car export include, among others, Daihatsu, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, and Toyota— all of whose principals are from Japan.

During January-November 2015, car export from Indonesia reached 196,875 units. The volume rose by 6.2 percent from 185,372 units of car export from Indonesia during the same period in 2014.

Apart from GAIKINDO, the Indonesia Government (Ministry of Industry) is also optimistic about the increasing volume of car export from the country. The Director General for Metal, Machinery, Transportation Equipment and Electronic Industry of the Ministry of Industry of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr I Gusti Putu Suryawirawan, said that the car export growth is encouraged by some USD 200 million new investments by Japanese major car manufacturers. They are Daihatsu, Honda, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, and Toyota.

GAIKINDO data indicates a positive trend of car export performance through 2015. Since 2012 car export has been growing by 5 percent. In 2012 car export from Indonesia reached 173.371 units, sliding to 170,907 units in 2013, and soaring to 202,273 units in 2014.