Manufacturing in Indonesia assumes great importance in attracting foreign investments as it contributes to almost a quarter of the national GDP and employs over a fifth of the working population.
Prompt Manufacturing Index – Bank Indonesia (PMI-BI) which is a composite indicator of manufacturing sector performance in Indonesia, indicated that manufacturing activities have increased in the first quarter of 2021 to 50% as compared to 47.29% in the fourth quarter of 2020. It is further expected to reach 55.25% in the second quarter of 2021.
The government has mandated* industrial businesses to operate their activities in industrial estates in order to promote equal economic growth in the country. There are now 87 industrial estates in Indonesia, covering an area of about 86,000 acres.
These industrial parks, such as Kendal Industrial Park (KIP), help industrialists to focus on their core manufacturing processes rather than worrying about infrastructure and other ancillary services.
Kendal Industrial Park (KIP) is a government-to-government project between Indonesia and Singapore and has attracted many international investors to set up their manufacturing units in KIP.
Here are some advantages offered by KIP and similar industrial estates:
Kendal Industry Park (KIP) happens to be the largest industrial township development in Central Java covering over 2,200 hectares of area. It has already attracted over 61 tenants from different industries such as food, furniture, stationery, building materials, warehousing, and so on.
Owing to government support, KIP presents itself to be a lucrative target for investors looking to invest in Indonesia. Some factors contributing to its optimistic outlook include:
Sembcorp Development is a renowned Asian developer with over 30 years of industrial park development expertise. The engagement of a reputable company like Sembcorp instills trust in both local and international investors.
As part of the Indonesia Special Economic Zone (SEZ), KIP offers an additional benefit to those who wish to set up their business. Following is the comparison between regular Industrial Estates and KIP incentives:
Industrial Estates Incentives
KIP (SEZ Incentives)
|Developing Industrial Estates (Located in Java Island)||
|Potential Industrial Estates Category I (Located in South Sulawesi, East Kalimantan, North Sumatera)|
|Potential Industrial Estates Category II (Located in Papua and West Papua)||
KIP is connected to all major cities of the island via The Trans Java toll road. Moreover, The Ahmad Yani International Airport is 21kms from KIP with direct international flights available round the clock. Seaports, train access, and easily accessible ring roads contribute to KIP’s well-integrated infrastructure.
Kendal has a lower minimum wage as compared to other industrial cities in Indonesia. KIP’s minimum monthly wage in 2020 and 2021 recorded as US$ 156 and US$ 164 respectively. In comparison, the minimum monthly wages of other industrial parks in Bekasi, Surabaya, Bogor, and Semarang recorded a much higher figure of US$ 337, US$ 303, US$ 297, and US$ 198 respectively.
With approximately 14,232 students graduating from colleges, universities, and vocational schools every year, the availability of qualified and skilled human resources is abundant in Central Java. Moreover, new investments in KIP have lowered Central Java’s unemployment rate.All these aspects combine to make KIP an ideal location for investors to set up their business and leverage untapped opportunities available in the manufacturing sector.
Setting up a business in a foreign country comes with its own share of challenges. With services like market research, company registration, legal advisory, business licensing, and business process outsourcing, Cekindo can assist you in establishing your manufacturing unit at Kendal Industrial Park while you focus on your core business.
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