Indonesia’s Manufacturing Sector Starts Off the Year on a Weak Note
Manufacturing activity in Indonesia contracted in January 2019. It was the first time since exactly a year ago that Indonesia’s manufacturing activity contracted. The headline seasonally adjusted Nikkei Indonesia Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (or PMI) fell from 51.2 in December 2018 to 49.9 in the first month of 2019, representing largely unchanged conditions in the sector.
The level of 50.0 separates contraction from expansion in manufacturing activity. The headline PMI provides a snapshot of the manufacturing performance in the country and derives its data from questions on output, new orders, employment, inventories and delivery times. The survey is compiled by IHS Markit which has its global headquarters in London (United Kingdom).
The latest data indicate that demand conditions weakened at the start of 2019. While overseas demand remained weak (with export orders falling for the 14th consecutive month), it was in fact significantly declining domestic orders that pushed manufacturing activity into contraction. As a consequence, output volumes remained largely unchanged and backlogs continued to fall, underlining the surplus of operating capacity in the manufacturing sector of Southeast Asia’s largest economy.
Indonesia's Manufacturing PMI over the Past 12 Months:
This articles discusses:
• developments in Indonesia's manufacturing sector in January 2019
• challenges in Indonesia's manufacturing sector
• the contribution of the manufacturing sector to the Indonesian economy
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