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Furniture makers gain $250m orders from China's loss

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 15 2008   /  10:34 am

Although many industries are suffering from a drop in orders, furniture producers are enjoying extra orders worth US$250 million until next year, with U.S. customers shifting their orders from China to Indonesia. The Indonesian Furniture Entrepreneurs Association (Asmindo) said at the weekend the United States -- one of the world's major furniture buyers -- had decided to relocate orders because of competitiveness. "The shift has already commenced this month," Asmindo chairman Ambar Tjahyono said on the sidelines of the association's annual conference in Jakarta. "The extra orders worth $250 million may create demand for up to 1 million workers." The country's furniture and handicraft industry currently provides around 7 million jobs. Many purchasing companies on the international market have lost faith in the quality of Chinese f...