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Latest Reports Gas Price

  • Uncertainty about Gas Price Undermines Investment in Indonesia

    The high gas price in Indonesia is unattractive and therefore discourages investment realization in Southeast Asia's largest economy, especially investment in the Chemical, Textile and Miscellaneous Industries (CTMI) segment. The main contributors to investment in this segment are the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

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  • Glass Manufacturers in Indonesia Urge Government to Cut Gas Price

    Indonesian glass manufacturers are still waiting for the Indonesian government to cut the gas price. Yustinus Gunawan, Chairman of the Float and Safety Glasses Association (in Indonesian: Asosiasi Kaca Lembaran dan Pengamanan, or AKLP), says the high gas price undermines Indonesian glass producers' competitiveness as foreign counterparts can produce their glass output with lower production costs, hence being able to offer more competitive prices on the international market.

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  • Natural Gas Price Indonesia Remains High Despite Gov't Promise

    It has been many months since Indonesian President Joko Widodo signed Presidential Regulation No. 40/2016 on the Determination of the Natural Gas Price in the second half of 2016. However, most businesses in Indonesia still need to pay a high price for gas. Therefore, businesses are again urging the government to be committed to its gas price policy.

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  • Rubber Glove Industry of Indonesia Needs a Cheaper Gas Price

    Rubber gloves manufacturers in Indonesia are pessimistic about their business in 2017. This pessimism is caused by the lack of clarity whether - or when - the Indonesian government will lower the gas price for the rubber glove sector. Indonesia's high gas price gives rise to high operational costs for Indonesia's rubber glove producers. Reportedly, a number of local rubber glove factories have ceased production since late-2015.

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  • Ceramic Industry of Indonesia Remains Under Pressure in 2017

    The ceramic industry of Indonesia remains under pressure in 2017 due to low demand from the property sector and the high gas price. Therefore, there are reports that various ceramic producers have (temporarily) closed their factories and are now active as traders only. Elisa Sinaga, Chairman of the Indonesian Ceramic Industry Association (ASAKI), urges the government to lower gas prices immediately in order to support the nation's ceramic industry. Gas prices account for between 30 - 40 percent of Indonesian ceramic producers' total production costs.

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  • Trans-Pacific Partnership Makes Indonesia Attractive for Investment

    The Indonesian government under the leadership of President Joko Widodo is eager to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the trade deal (signed in October 2015) that involves twelve countries, including the USA and Japan. However, opinions vary about whether it would be a wise decision for Indonesia to join the TPP. Airlangga Hartarto, Indonesian Minister of Industry, is a supporter, claiming that Indonesia can become a more attractive export hub for Japanese manufacturers due to zero export tariffs.

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  • Is the Ceramic Industry of Indonesia in Danger?

    Indonesia's ceramic industry has cut utilization of its total installed production capacity to the range of 30 - 50 percent, implying that ceramic manufacturers in Southeast Asia's largest economy are producing less than half of what they could produce. Low utilization of production capacity is the result of weakening ceramic sales over the past couple of years (mainly due to the sluggishly performing property sector of Indonesia). Some ceramic producers have slashed prices by up to 20 percent in a bid to boost sales and reduce stockpiles of ceramics at their warehouses.

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  • Gas Price Behind Weak Competitiveness Indonesia's Steel Industry

    The competitiveness of Indonesia's steel industry remains weak. One of the main issues being the high gas price in Indonesia. High input costs make it difficult for the domestic steel industry to expand as investors prefer to import steel from abroad (mainly from China) for their infrastructure projects in Indonesia. Southeast Asia's largest economy needs about 12.5 million tons of steel per year. However, Indonesia's steel industry can only supply about 30 percent of this demand, the remainder being imported.

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  • Production Costs in Indonesia's Ceramic Industry Could Fall 35%

    The Indonesian Ceramic Industry Association (Asaki) estimates that production costs in Indonesia's ceramic industry could decline up to 35 percent now the government plans to lower the gas price for industrial usage. Elisa Sinaga, Chairman of the Asaki, said Indonesian ceramic producers currently pay an average USD $9.1 per mmbtu (million metric British thermal units) for the ceramic production process, considerably higher than the gas prices that manufacturers pay in Singapore, Thailand, and India. This difference makes Indonesian ceramic products less competitive.

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  • Ceramic Sales Indonesia Bleak in Q1-2016 on Sluggish Property Sector

    Ceramic sales in Indonesia in the first quarter of 2016 are estimated to stand at 85 million square meters (m2) only, far below the 100 million m2 target that was set by the Indonesian Ceramic Industry Association (Asaki). Weak demand for ceramics in Indonesia is primarily caused by the country's sluggish property sector that is yet to rebound after several years of slowdown. Elisa Sinaga, Chairman of Asaki, stated that despite ceramic sales having improved slightly in late-2015, demand fell again in the first quarter of 2016 and remained weak up to the start of April 2016.

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