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  • Indonesia's Manufacturing Sector Continued to Contract

    Indonesia's Manufacturing Sector Continued to Contract

    Indonesia's manufacturing sector continued to contract in November 2016 (the second straight month of contraction), albeit at a slower pace. Indonesia's Nikkei Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) climbed to a reading of 49.7 points last month from 48.7 points in October 2016 (a reading above 50.0 signals expansion of the manufacturing sector, while a reading below 50.0 indicates contraction). Contraction in November was largely blamed on subdued demand and floods in parts of Indonesia.

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  • Business Environment in Indonesia Needs Political Stability

    Business Environment in Indonesia Needs Political Stability

    The business environment in Indonesia needs political stability as well as a conducive investment climate to grow. However, if there exists a high degree of social unrest then the central government can offer as many incentives as it wants but entrepreneurs will be hesitant to engage in investment and business expansion. Currently, there is quite some unrest in the capital city of Jakarta. Ever since a manipulated video of Jakarta Governor Basuki Cahaya Purnama (Ahok) surfaced in which he allegedly insulted Islam, there has been outrage among Islamic hardliners. This brings economic costs.

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  • Manufacturing Activity Indonesia Contracts in October 2016

    Manufacturing Activity Indonesia Contracts in October 2016

    Again concerns about Indonesia's manufacturing sector flared up after it was reported this morning that the Nikkei Indonesia manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) declined to a reading of 48.7 in October 2016 (dropping significantly from 50.9 in September). It was the first time since July 2016 that Indonesia's manufacturing PMI contracted (a reading below 50.0 signals contraction). Employment, new orders as well as output all contracted in October, while pre-production stocks rose (slightly).

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  • Indonesia's Manufacturing Activity Improves for 2nd Straight Month

    Indonesia's Manufacturing Activity Improves for 2nd Straight Month

    Good news for Indonesia's manufacturing industry. According to the Nikkei Indonesia Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI), compiled by IHS Markit, Indonesia's manufacturing expanded both in terms of new orders and production (albeit at softer rates) in September 2016. Growth of new export orders in fact touched a 46-month high. Indonesia's manufacturing PMI rose to a reading of 50.9 in September, up from 50.4 in the preceding month (a reading above 50.0 indicates expansion).

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  • Manufacturing Industry Indonesia in Need of Development

    Manufacturing Industry Indonesia in Need of Development

    The manufacturing industry of Indonesia is in need of a boost as its contribution toward Indonesia's gross domestic product (GDP) has declined from 28.0 percent to 20.8 percent of GDP over the past decade. An underdeveloped manufacturing industry gives rise to a fragile economy as Indonesia remains highly dependent on raw commodity exports and on the services industry. This causes problems in times of low commodity prices and Indonesians' weak purchasing power. Preferably, the manufacturing sector accounts for at least 35 percent of GDP.

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  • Indonesia Investments' Newsletter of 3 July 2016 Released

    Indonesia Investments' Newsletter of 3 July 2016 Released

    On 3 July 2016, Indonesia Investments released the latest edition of its newsletter. This free newsletter, which is sent to our subscribers once per week, contains the most important news stories from Indonesia that have been reported on our website over the last seven days. Most of the topics involve economic matters such as the performance of Indonesian stocks and the rupiah in the post-Brexit era, the impact of Idul Fitri on the economy, the tax amnesty program, revised state budget, inflation, manufacturing, and much more.

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  • Nikkei Indonesia Manufacturing PMI Improves to 51.9 in June

    Nikkei Indonesia Manufacturing PMI improves to 51.9 in June

    Good news from Indonesia's manufacturing sector. Indonesia's Nikkei manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) rose to a reading of 51.9 in June 2016, up from a reading of 50.6 points in the preceding month (a reading above 50.0 indicates expansion in manufacturing activity, while a reading below 50.0 signals contraction). The June reading of 51.9 was the highest reading since July 2014. Furthermore, the strongest expansion in Indonesia's payroll numbers in the survey's history occurred, while buying levels also rose markedly.

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  • ICAEW: Productivity Indonesia's Human Resources Grows Strongly

    ICAEW: Productivity Indonesia's Human Resources Grows Strongly

    The productivity of Indonesia's human resources has improved markedly over the past 15 years. This is one of the conclusions mentioned in the latest Economic Insight: South East Asia, released by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). This quarterly report focuses on the economic trends in the largest economies of the ASEAN countries. Vietnam and Indonesia are the top performers in terms of productivity growth (growth of the average output per worker) supported by the ongoing shift from agriculture to more capital-intensive sectors (manufacturing and the service industries).

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  • Indonesia Investments' Newsletter of 5 June 2016 Released

    Indonesia Investments' Newsletter of 5 June 2016 Released

    On 5 June 2016, Indonesia Investments released the latest edition of its newsletter. This free newsletter, which is sent to our subscribers once per week, contains the most important news stories from Indonesia that have been reported on our website over the last seven days. Most of the topics involve economic matters such as Indonesia's fiscal credibility, inflation, manufacturing activity, the impact of a possible US interest rate hike, credit ratings, slavery, crude oil, and more.

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  • BPS: Manufacturing Activity Indonesia Falls 1.34% in Q1-2016

    BPS: Manufacturing Activity Indonesia Falls 1.34% in Q1-2016

    In the first quarter of 2016 Indonesia's manufacturing activity declined 1.34 percent from the fourth quarter of 2015 according to data from Statistics Indonesia (BPS). This decline is primarily caused by weaker growth of the processed tobacco industry (-9.99 percent q/q), rubber & plastic industry (-7.66 percent q/q), paper & paper products industry (-5.73 percent q/q), the motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers industry (-4.54 percent q/q), and electrical equipment (-4.13 percent q/q). BPS Head Suryamin said the decline of the tobacco industry was caused by a weak harvest, not because of a rise in the tobacco tax rate.

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  • Manufacturing Activity in Indonesia Falls at Record Rate as COVID-19 Hits

    Manufacturing Activity in Indonesia Falls at Record Rate as COVID-19 Hits

    After the surprise in February 2020 (when – contrary to expectations and in stark contrast to the global trend – manufacturing activity in Indonesia soared), matters turned normal in March 2020. In line with expectations, Indonesia’s manufacturing production and new orders contracted at record rates in March, making companies decide to cut back sharply on their purchasing activity and input inventories. Business conditions in fact deteriorated at a rate not seen before in the history of the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) survey.

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  • Manufacturing Activity in Indonesia at Highest Level since August 2018

    Manufacturing Activity in Indonesia at Highest Level since August 2018

    Manufacturing activity in Indonesia improved in May 2019 due to an increase in output and new orders. The Nikkei Indonesia Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) rose from 50.4 in April 2019 to 51.6 in the following month, its highest position in nine months (a reading below 50.0 indicates contraction, while a reading above 50.0 indicates expansion in manufacturing activity).

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  • Indonesia's Manufacturing Activity Lost Further Momentum in October

    Manufacturing Sector: Manufacturing Activity Lost Further Momentum in October

    Based on the latest data from IHS Markit, the headline seasonally adjusted Nikkei Indonesia Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell modestly to a reading of 50.5 in October 2018 (from 50.7 in the preceding month). The reading represents a marginal improvement in the health of Indonesia’s manufacturing sector.

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  • Manufacturing Growth Indonesia Slowed in September 2018

    Manufacturing Growth Indonesia Slowed in September 2018

    Manufacturing activity in Indonesia expanded in September 2018. However, the pace of growth slowed compared to the preceding month. The Nikkei Indonesia Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) declined from August's 26-month high of 51.9 to 50.7 in September (a reading of 50.0 separates contraction from expansion in the manufacturing sector).

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  • Growth in Indonesia's Manufacturing Sector Picks up in August 2018

    Growth in Indonesia's Manufacturing Sector Picks up in August 2018

    Rising domestic demand caused Indonesia's August manufacturing activity to grow at the fastest pace in more than two years. As a result local manufacturing companies added new people to their staff. The headline seasonally adjusted Nikkei Indonesia Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) grew to 51.9 in August 2018 (up from 50.5 in the preceding month), further above the 50.0 level that separates expansion from contraction in terms of manufacturing activity.

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  • Indonesia's Manufacturing Activity Up, But Conditions Remain Weak

    Indonesia's Manufacturing Activity Up, But Conditions Remain Weak

    Although manufacturing activity in Indonesia rose slightly in July 2018, there are a number of reasons to be concerned. The headline seasonally adjusted Nikkei Indonesia Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) indeed grew modestly from a reading of 50.3 in June to 50.5 in July (a reading of 50.0 separates contraction from expansion in the nation's manufacturing activity). However, overall conditions remain lacklustre in Southeast Asia's largest economy.

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