Aluminum cable output to increase by 20%
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta - 20/09/2011
The Indonesian Cable Manufacturers Association (Apkabel) chairman Noval Jamalullail said Monday that aluminum cable production will increase by 20 percent from 150,000 metric tons to 180,000 tons in 2012.
He said the first part of the government’s ambitious 10,000 megawatt power plant program, which was started in 2006, had contributed to the increase.
“The program is a big project and it needs to be completed by the end of this year; then we aim to boost the aluminum cable production, which is used for power plant transmissions,” Noval said, after a mini seminar on the upcoming Wire and Tube Fair, which is scheduled to take place in Düsseldorf, Germany, from March 26-30, 2012.
The second part of the power plant program will begin in 2012.
He added that factory expansion was a part of the plan to increase production. At this moment, there are 38 factories that produce aluminum cable.
“However, expansion does not mean that we build new factories. It only means that we add the required equipment that the factories do not yet have,” Noval said.
Apkabel data shows that annual cable production is 500,000 tons, consisting of power cable at 310,000 tons, telecommunication cable (130,000 tons), special cable (50,000 tons) and enameled wire (10,000 tons).
The products are sold both in local and foreign markets. Local buyers include state power company PT PLN; state telecommunications company PT Telkom; state railway operator PT KAI; and to buyers in the private (malls) and retail sectors.
Meanwhile, foreign markets include Bangladesh; Brunei Darussalam; Dubai; Japan; Malaysia; Nepal; the Philippines; Qatar; Singapore; South Africa; South Korea; Sri Lanka; Vietnam; and Yemen.
“We are currently focusing on the local market, especially with the 10,000 megawatt project,” Noval said.