The value of export products originating from Indonesia's furniture and handicraft industry fell 16 percent year-on-year (y/y) to USD $1.6 billion in 2016 from USD $1.9 billion in the preceding year. The decline is attributed to the departure of several big furniture factories from Indonesia to Vietnam due to Indonesia's high logistics costs, higher minimum wages and Indonesian workers' low productivity. One example is America-based furniture manufacturer Maitland Smith.
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According to Franky Sibarani, Head of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), around 200 Chinese furniture companies have expressed their interest to relocate their factories to Indonesia because operational costs in China have been rising sharply in recent years, particularly wages. Moreover, rattan (an important material for furniture) is readily available in Indonesia. Sibarani said the changing structure of the Chinese economy (shifting from investment and export-driven to consumption) is why many Chinese manufacturing companies want to relocate their companies abroad.
From 12 to 15 March, the Indonesia International Furniture Expo 2015 (IFEX 2015) will be held in the Jakarta International Expo, Jakarta’s largest exhibition venue. This year’s furniture expo is set to become the largest furniture expo ever organized in Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest economy. Around 470 companies, furniture manufacturers from all over Indonesia, will display their products (export-quality), including collections of furniture, furnishings and interior design items. The event is organized by Dyandra UBM Internasional.
Chitose Internasional, an Indonesian furniture manufacturer intends to release 30 percent of its enlarged capital through an initial public offering (IPO) on the Indonesia Stock Exchange in June 2014. Currently, the company is trying to obtain approval from the Financial Services Authority (OJK) in order to conduct the IPO. President Director of Chitose Internasional Dedie Suherlan said that the proceeds will be used for the construction of a new factory, which will produce wood-based furniture products. This factory should become operational in 2015.
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Furniture exports from Indonesia grew 10.53 percent year-on-year (y/y) to USD $930 million in the second quarter of 2018. Stakeholders aim to see a growth pace of around 9 percent (y/y) in the second half of 2018.
Integra Indocabinet, one of Indonesia's biggest vertically integrated wooden product manufacturers, is eagerly planning to engage in business expansion after collecting IDR 325 billion (approx. USD $24 million) in new funds through its initial public offering (IPO) on the Indonesia Stock Exchange in mid-2017.
Investment in Indonesia's furniture and handicraft industries is expected to slow in 2016 due to subdued global demand and the lower competitiveness of these industries in Indonesia. Local furniture companies are moving away to Vietnam due to issues related to logistics costs, minimum wages and workers' productivity. For example, Taiwan-based Woodworth Wooden Industries Indonesia, the first Taiwanese furniture company that entered Indonesia (with a USD $40 million investment), decided to exit Indonesia, leaving 200 workers unemployed.