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Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto was accompanied by the Director of the Ministry of Industry's Textile, Leather and Footwear Industry, Muhdori, paying attention to textile products., Jakarta – The growth of the textile and apparel industry was the highest recorded at 18.98 percent in the first quarter of 2019, where the number rose significantly compared to the same period last year which was recorded at 7.46 percent and also increased from the acquisition in 2018 of 8.73 percent .

“The textile and textile products (TPT) industry is one of the mainstay sectors because it contributes greatly to the national economy. Moreover, the textile industry is a sector that is classified as labor-intensive and export-oriented,” said the Ministry of Industry’s Director of the Textile, Leather and Footwear Industry Muhdori in his statement in Jakarta on Sunday (12/5/2019).

Data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) also show that the production of large and medium manufacturing industries (IBS) in the first quarter of 2019 rose 4.45 percent compared to the same period last year.

The increase in IBS production was sustained by the production of the apparel industry sector which skyrocketed to 29.19 percent due to the abundance of orders, especially from the export market.

According to Muhdori, the high growth that occurred in the textile industry, mainly due to the existence of substantial investment in the upstream sector, especially rayon producers.

This can be seen from the operation of PT Asia Pacific Rayon (APR) in Riau at the end of 2018, with an investment of Rp11 trillion. The plant adds a production capacity of 240 thousand tons per year, half of which is oriented to the needs of the export market.

“That led to an increase in exports. In addition, the increasing supply from upstream also encourages performance to the downstream and intermediate industries, so that cumulatively the industry gets more excited. This is indicated by TPT’s exports which rose 1.1 percent in the first quarter of this year, “he said.

Then, with the existence of a control policy on imports carried out by the government since February 2017, it also had a positive impact on the decline in imports which reached 2.1 percent in the first quarter of 2019.

“The decline in imports also had an impact on the trade balance surplus which also rose,” he said.

Furthermore, increasing the productivity of the textile industry is also supported through various vocational education and training activities conducted by the Ministry of Industry. This program creates competent and productive industrial human resources.

In fact, there was also the momentum of general elections some time ago, which some textile industry players produced attributes for the campaign.

“The consumption of textile and textile products is also believed to continue to increase along with population growth and lifestyle changes. In taking advantage of this opportunity, the national textile industry players must work hard to improve productivity, quality and efficiency through the application of more modern technologies in accordance with the digital era, “Muhdori said. (els)

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The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry's acting Director General for Oil and Natural Gas, Djoko Suswanto. [21:35, 8/16/2019] Ka Resna:, Jakarta – State oil and gas company PT Pertamina is operating normally despite a fire at its Refinery Unit V (RU V) in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan Province, on Thursday morning.

“It was a minor fire, so it did not affect Pertamina’s production,” Djoko Suswanto, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s acting Director General for Oil and Natural Gas, said here on Thursday.

He said Pertamina had managed to control the fire that had engulfed one of the pipes at RU V, and that he had asked the company to investigate its cause.

Earlier, Pertamina spokesperson Heppy Wulansari had said the fire was localized and its main line was extinguished, but the cause of the accident would be known after the internal investigators finish their work.

Sparks were first detected around 9.30 a.m. local time, and Pertamina firefighters managed to handle the accident, she added.

There were no fatalities in the accident, Pertamina’s Vice President of Corporate Communications, Fajriyah Usman, told journalists here on Thursday (15/8/2019). (asn)

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The result showed that the combustion with CPO was not as good as compared to the use of 20 percent biodiesel blend or B20., Jakarta – The State electricity company, PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) has conducted tests using 100 percent crude palm oil (CPO) blend on several generators.

“We have conducted the tryout of the use of CPO blend on generators MAK#1 and MAK#2,” PT PLN Business Director for Kalimantan Region Machnizon Masri said at the Jakarta Convention Center Wednesday (14/8/2019).

The result showed that the combustion with CPO was not as good as compared to the use of 20 percent biodiesel blend or B20. In addition, the CPO-fueled generators also ran short of CPO supplies.

The tryout was conducted on diesel oil-fueled generators (PLTD) Kanan in Bontang, East Kalimantan province. PLN is currently preparing 167 tons of CPO for the running test of the CPO-fueled generators.

The use of vegetable fuel (BBN) and processed palm oil could save oil import budgets of up to US$500 million per year, Budi Santoso Syari, Processing Director of state oil and gas company PT Pertamina, said.

“Palm can produce 8.7 million tons of oil per year. The production from palm oil will be able to reduce the use of (fossil) fuel oil by up to 160 thousand barrels per day,” he said.

The 160 thousand barrels of oil per day is equal to $500 million, he added.

The area of oil palm plantations in the country has currently reached 14.3 million hectares. (asn)

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With the expansion of terminal 1, the airport can increase its capacity to 13.6 million passengers from 6 million passengers per year., Sidoarjo, E Java – State airport operator, PT Angkasa Pura I, plans to invest Rp685 billion to finance the expansion of terminal 1 of the Juanda Surabaya Airport in East Java.

The expansion of the eastern side of terminal 1 is necessary to ensure the convenience of passengers, General Manager of Juanda Surabaya Airport, Heru Prasetyo, said in Sidoarjo, East Java, on Wednesday (14/8/2019).

“We apologize to passengers using the transportation services at Juanda Airport for the inconvenience caused while the construction work is underway,” he said.

With the expansion of terminal 1, the airport can increase its capacity to 13.6 million passengers from 6 million passengers per year.

“The expansion of terminal 1 and (the improvement of) the interior design and supporting facilities have started and will be completed in 14 months,” he said.

He said he would also ensure the orderly movement of passengers descending and boarding the plane.

“At this moment, passengers who are going to board the plane, do so from terminal 1 A and 1 B. In the future, they will be at terminal 1 A, and terminal 1 B will be only for passengers descending the plane,” he said.

Angkasa Pura 1 has named state-owned construction company, PT Waskita, as the winner of the project.

“We will work round the clock so the expansion project is completed soon,” he said.

The project also includes the expansion of the airport’s parking areas. (dra)

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