However, Pollyanna De Lima, Economist at Markit, also had a positive message. A rebound may occur soon as she detected a moderation in the rate of contraction in output. It is also positive that Bank Indonesia cut its benchmark interest rate (BI rate) by 0.25 percent to 7.00 percent at its February policy meeting. More interest rate cuts this year would support a rebound in Indonesia's manufacturing sector.

Across most of Asia manufacturing activity shrank in February.

Indonesia Manufacturing PMI