Wednesday, 22 May 2019 | 05:32 WIB

Textile and Textile Product Industry’s Export Reaches $7 Bln in First Semester of 2017

Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto (kemenperin)

BANDUNG, NETRALNEWS.COM - The national textile and textile industry (TPT) continues to show positive performance, both in domestic and export markets. In the first half of 2017, the growth rate of the export-oriented labor-intensive sector has increased by 1.92 percent to US $7 billion year on year.

In the same period of the previous year, TPT industry’s exports was at minus 0.13 percent.

"In addition, textile exports also rose 2.71 percent to US $ 7.12 billion until July 2017," said Minister of Industry of Airlangga Hartarto during a working visit toDelami Garment Industries, Bandung, West Java, Tuesday (26 / 9/2017).

The Ministry of Industry projected that by the end of 2017 textile exports will reach USD12.09 billion and by 2019 targeted to touch $15 billion.

"Increased exports and domestic markets are starting to stretch this, marked by the increased utilization of production from the domestic industry," he said in a written statement announced Kemenperin.

To improve competitiveness and productivity in this strategic sector, Airlangga said, the government is working to facilitate logistical access and strengthen local branding. "Currently, our textile industry is already integrated, 90 percent already produced domestically. Therefore, the increase of added value in Indonesia is also important to meet the domestic market, in addition to exports, "he said.

In addition, the national textile industry needs to make product innovation as advances in manufacturing technology today. According to him, now no longer just meet the needs of clothing and fashion, but has entered for the interests of technical textiles such as geotextile, medical textile, automotive industry, and nonwoven.

Therefore, Airlangga expects Delami Garment Industries and other local textile industry to diversify its products by continuing to follow the development of trenglobal. This is important as future demand leads to higher quality and more specific products.

"With the development effort, we can get two advantages at the same time, namely the savings of foreign exchange and reduce import dependence," he concluded.