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Jakarta Post

Toyota sources plastic resin from Chandra Asri

  • Stefani Ribka

    The Jakarta Post

Cibitung   /   Thu, February 9, 2017   /  12:23 pm
Toyota sources plastic resin from Chandra Asri Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto (second right) poses with director general for metal, machinery, transportation and electronics equipment I Gusti Putu Suryawirawan (right) and Chandra Asri Petrochemical president director Erwin Ciputra (second left) at the signing of a commitment ceremony for the automotive industry to use locally made resin for plastic components at the PT Sugity Creatives premises in Cibitung, West Java, on Feb. 9. (JP/Stefani Ribka)

PT Toyota Motor Manufacturing (TMMIN), the local arm of the Japanese carmaker, is sourcing polypropylene impact (PP) copolymer from the local market to produce plastic components for Vios and Yaris cars.

The resin is produced by PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical (TPIA), the largest petrochemical maker in the country.

"This is a breakthrough for the petrochemical industry in Indonesia to further penetrate the automotive component sector, products for which it previously sourced from other countries," said Chandra Asri director Suryandi during the launch of the resin partnership at the PT Sugity Creatives premises on Thursday.

(Read also: Toyota’s trade heat from trump toughens test of U.S. demand)

The deal between Toyota and Chandra Asri will also benefit the local compounding and molding industry, said Suryandi

PT Hexa Indonesia will benefit as it supplies powder additives and color for the resin as well as PT Sugity Creatives, which molds resin into auto components, ranging from dashboards, door handles, rear-view mirror casings and other car interior parts made from plastic.

Chandra Asri plans to supply resin for other Toyota brands, namely Fortuner and Inova. Previously, it supplied Daihatsu for its low-cost green cars and Honda cars and motorcycles. 

The petrochemical giant plans to produce PP impact copolymer resin for 500,000 cars per year or 25,000 tons of resin, which equals 50 kg for each car.

Chandra Asri currently produces 480,000 tons of PP impact copolymer resin for various industries. It plans to increase it to 580,000 tons in the near future. (bbn)

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