Indonesia: The manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) for Indonesia rose from 49.3 in December 2017 to a reading of 49.9 in January this year.
Indonesia: The country’s economic growth is projected to grow 5.3 percent year-on-year from 2018 to 2020, according to the World Bank’s January 2018 edition of its Global Economic Prospect report.
Indonesia: According to market research firm Frost & Sullivan, car sales in Indonesia are expected to grow 4.6 percent year-on-year in 2018. This is supported by growing domestic demand for commercial vehicles, stable demand for low-cost green cars (LCGCs), the availability of affordable car prices, and the launch of new car models.
Indonesia: The nation’s manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) saw a reading of 50.4 in November 2017, slightly improving from 50.1 in October, according to market intelligence company IHS Markit.
Indonesia: South Korea and Indonesia have recently signed five memorandums of understanding (MOUs) that are worth a total of US$1.9 billion.
Covering both public transportation and infrastructure, the signing was attended by South Korean Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Kim Hyun-mi, Indonesian Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi and Indonesian Minister of Public Works and Public Housing Basuki Hadimuljono.
Korea Rail Network Authority is to be in charge of the second phase of Indonesia’s light rail transit project for reducing traffic congestion in the capital of Jakarta. In addition, the two countries plan to launch a water supply project in Karian, while cooperating for similar future projects and the completion of the hydroelectric power generation project in Bongka.
Furthermore, Hanwha Engineering & Construction is slated to participate in Indonesia’s public housing projects worth US$230 million. Regarding the first phase of the new city development project in Lido, POSCO Engineering & Construction and Indonesian MNC Group will be cooperating with each other.
Indonesia: Car sales target of 1.1 million have been revised to 1.06 million, according to the Association of Indonesian Automotive Industries (Gaikindo).
According to the figures released by Gaikindo, for January to October 2017, a total of 898,218 cars were sold in Indonesia, the largest car market in Southeast Asia. This was a 2.5 percent year-on-year increase from the nation’s car sales figure in the same period in 2016. Association chairman Jongkie Sugiarto said the Indonesian economy has not shown significant acceleration in 2017 and therefore consumers’ purchasing power has not improved markedly.
Of note was that sales growth of more expensive car models was higher than sales growth of those vehicles that are more affordable. Fransiscus Soerjopranoto, executive general manager at Toyota Astra Motor, added that tighter policies surrounding car credit may have been a reason for the mild sales growth this year.
Due to rising non-performing loan ratios at financial institutions, they have become more cautious when disbursing credit to consumers, especially for cars that are priced below IDR 200 million (US$15,000). Mr Soerjopranoto added that the majority of car sales in Indonesia involve deals that are priced below IDR 200 million, which include the popular low cost green car models.
Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, and is also ASEAN’s biggest economy. By Jonathan Chou
Indonesia: Japanese automakers hold a significant market share—98.39 percent—in Indonesia’s automotive market, and their position is forecast to remain the same both in the short and long term, according to the Indonesian Automotive Industry Association (Gaikindo).
Indonesia: May’s reading for the Nikkei Indonesia Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) dropped to 50.6 in May from a reading of 51.2 in April. However, the reading remains comfortably above the line of 50.0 that separates expansion from contraction.