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IFEX 2019, The biggest B2B Furniture and Craft Exhibition

The Indonesia International Furniture Expo (IFEX) 2019 exhibition was officially opened at the JIEXpo Convention Center and Theater, Kemayoran, Monday (11/3/2019).
The biggest B2B (business to business) furniture and craft exhibition in Indonesia and the regional region was officially opened by the Minister of Industry of the Republic of Indonesia, Airlangga Hartarto, Deputy of Production and Marketing of the Republic of Indonesia Ministry of Cooperatives, Small and Medium Enterprises, Victoria Simanungkalit, accompanied by the Chair General of the Indonesian Furniture and Handicraft Industry Association (HIMKI), Soenoto, Dyandra Promosindo Management Representative, Daswar Marpaung, and Kompas Gramedia Management Representative, Rikard Bagun.

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In his speech, Airlangga Hartarto stated that Indonesia has a large capital to become a major player in the furniture industry, especially through rattan.

"The Ministry of Industry has opened the National Rattan Innovation Center (PIRnas) in Palu. We hope this research center can be used by industry to improve industrial competitiveness, "said Airlangga Hartarto.

He encouraged HIMKI to expand the furniture industry centers outside Java.

In addition, the Ministry of Industry also encourages the improvement of human resources through the opening of a special furniture polytechnic in Kendal, Semarang, Central Java, which is part of the Central Java industrial area.

Within two years, this industrial area has managed to attract 50 investors with an investment of US $ 500 million.

Meanwhile, the Chairperson of HIMKI stated that in order to advance the Indonesian furniture industry cooperation with other countries was needed, for example with China which is currently the main exporter of furniture in the world with an export value of more than US $ 50 billion. The value of Indonesia's furniture exports alone has only reached US $ 2.5 billion.

He is optimistic that the local furniture industry can develop if local potential can continue to be improved. The opening of a special furniture polytechnic in Kendal is one of the efforts to support the growth of the furniture industry through the creation of quality human resources.

With a learning system that combines education on campus with work practices in the industry, this polytechnic is expected to be able to create competent and work-ready human resources to support the growth of the country's furniture and craft industries. In addition, the polytechnic was also established with the aim of being the center of technological innovation and the development of domestic furniture and wood processing products.

In addition to human resources, the availability of raw materials is also an important part of supporting the growth of the country's furniture industry. The Ministry of Industry is expected to be able to facilitate the formation of raw materials to meet the material needs of the domestic furniture and handicraft industry.

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For this reason, the Ministry of Industry also coordinates with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to find solutions regarding the availability of raw materials. Cross-ministerial coordination is needed to spur the development of the furniture and craft industry in Indonesia.

Real government support through cross ministries is expected to be able to encourage Indonesia to become a major player in the world furniture industry.

"We have many advantages in terms of cultural wealth, environmentally friendly raw materials, craftsman expertise, unique designs and others. Therefore we at HIMKI are optimistic that Indonesia can become an important player in the world furniture industry and even become a barometer of the development of the furniture industry in Asia and even the world, "explained Soenoto.

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