A reading above 50.0 indicates that manufacturing activity is expanding, while a reading below 50.0 indicates a contraction.

Lim continued to state that the higher index was supported by Indonesian companies' increasing levels of new work, strengthening demand and successful launches of new products in Indonesia. Meanwhile, business from abroad increased for the fifth consecutive month.

The Ministry of Industry targets a six percentage growth pace (year-on-year) for Indonesia's manufacturing sector. This figure has been revised down from an initial 6.4-6.8 percent. Industry Minister MS Hidayat said that the country's slowing manufacturing growth is caused by the ban on export of unprocessed minerals as well as rupiah depreciation. Last year, manufacturing grew 6.19 percent.