JAKARTA, NNC - The food and beverage (F&B) industry is set to become one of the national pilot manufacturing sectors in the application of Industry 4.0 technology. The performance of the national F&B industry which consistently strengthens also supported competitiveness in global markets.
"The potential of F&B industry in Indonesia can be a champion, because of lot of supplies and users. Therefore, the key in the F&B industry is food innovation and security," said Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto at a seminar on Strategy and Innovation of the Food Sector: Answering the Challenges of Industrial Era 4.0, in Jakarta, Wednesday (3/21/2018).
Industry Ministry noted the export value of national food and beverage products in 2017 increased in the midst of global competition, which amounted to USD11.5 billion, up compared 2016's USD10.43 billion. Meanwhile, the growth rate of food and beverage industry in 2017 reached 9.23 percent, well above the national GDP growth of 5.07 percent.
In fact, the role of the F&B industry against GDP is 6.14 percent and against non-oil and gas industry GDP reaches 34.3 percent, giving the highest contribution compared to other sectors in 2017. For investment, Domestic Investments in the F&B industry reached IDR38.5 trillion, while FDI USD1.97 billion. The industrial sector of food and beverage is also able to absorb a lot of manpower, i.e., more than 3.3 million people.
According to him, the ministry focuses on five national industrial sectors that will be superior to strengthen the fundamental structure of the country's manufacturing in implementing the fourth industrial revolution system. "There are five sectors that we have prepared, namely industries of F&B, textile and apparel, automotive, electronics, and chemistry," Airlangga said.
He said those sectors will be promoted to master the technology that characterizes the era of Industry 4.0, such as artificial intelligence, internet of things, big data analytics, robotics and 3D printing.
"As they apply the latest technology, the F&B industry or other sectors can become leverage in spurring the growth of the national manufacturing industry, including creating jobs," he added.