Indonesia aims to be world’s No 4 ceramics producer

Indonesia strives to become the world’s fourth largest producer of ceramics, said Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto said in a statement on Thursday.

Last year, Indonesia’s ceramics production reached 350 million square metres or only 60.3 percent of its estimated total capacity of 580 million square metres a year, according to Jakarta Post Online on Friday.

Of the total production figure in 2016, about 87 percent were allocated to domestic market, while the rest was exported to various countries in Asia, Europe and America.

At that time, Indonesia produced 190 millioin tableware items, 120 million roof tiles and 5.4 million sanitary wares.

Industry Minister Airlangga said Indonesia had competitive advantage in the ceramics industry, especially considering its abundant natural resources that could be used for raw materials of ceramics. Moreover, Indonesia’s ceramics consumption is still relatively low compared to its Southeast Asian neighbours.

The Industry Ministry has proposed to make ceramics industry one of the priorities to get lower industrial gas price as it needs long-term supply of gas so it can boost production in the long run.