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In 2019, Indonesian textile producers lose battle on home turf

  • Eisya A. Eloksari

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, December 19, 2019   /  12:30 pm
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Factory fashions: Workers operate sewing machines at a garment factory in Bogor, West Java, in September 2018. The government wants Indonesia to be a top-five world textile producer by 2030, but several businesses in the industry have had to close amid tight competition.(Antara/Yulius Satria Wijaya)

It is hard to imagine a year being any worse for the textile industry than 2019, a year in which the country’s garment and textile producers lost the battle for their home turf to an influx of cheap imports. Unable to compete in the domestic market, many textile companies were forced to close their factories. On the international market, meanwhile, while exports have trended upwards, Indonesian textile producers failed to tap into the market potential of the United States. Local textile producers have been unable to compete with producers in other Asian countries such as Bangladesh and Vietnam as the US market looks for alternatives to Chinese products amid the ongoing trade war between the two countries. Imports of textile products have increased sharply in recent years due to a lack of government protection. Indonesian Filament and Fiber Producers Association (APSyFI)...