Economy & Industry

Daihatsu-Toyota Project Creating Investment Rp 2.4 Trillion



JAKARTA– A joint project of Toyota-Daihatsu is reported to spur investment of Rp 2.4 trillion. It was disclosed by the President Director of PT Astra Daihatsu Motor Mr Sudirman Maman Rusdi. The project allows the two car makers to produce “siblings” of Daihatsu Sigra and Toyota Calya. The model was launched at PT Astra Daihatsu Motor Karawang Plant, Karawang (West Java), Tuesday, 2 August 2016.

The plant to manufacture both models has a production capacity of 200,000 units per year. Product development involves 178 first terrier local component suppliers and 890 second terrier local component suppliers. “It contains 94 per cent local contents, creating up to 600,000 work forces,” said Mr Sudirman.

Daihatsu Sigra and Toyota Calya are latest mode developed through a collaboration, under the government industrial policy that encourages car makers in Indonesia to produce low cost green car (LCGC) or so-called Vehicle Energy Efficient and Affordable Prices (KBH2). This programme has embarked into second generation of such 7-seater model.

Mr Sudirman added that the collaboration is an important milestone in the development of the national automotive industry. Calya and Sigra are specially designed to suit the characteristics of Indonesian people’s needs as well as exports to ASEAN.

Meanwhile, Director of the Basic Metal Industry for the Directorate General of Manufacturer- Based Industry, Ministry of Industry (ILMATE) Mr I Gusti Putu Suryawirawan conveyed, KBH2 programme at the first stage has brought commitment to invest USD 3 billion from the automotive industry and of USD 3.5 billion from approximately 100 industry of automotive components.

The project created 30,000 direct employments to work in the manufacturing sector. “When distribution, component, dealers and marketing, and aftersales service workshop combined, it estimatedly gives opportunity to 40,000 people to get a job,” he said. (*)