Tue, 12 May 2009
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:German car producer, Volkswagen AG, will build an assembly plant in Indonesia, which will be the basis for market development in Southeast Asia. Volkswagen Passenger Car Council member, Christian Klingler, said the world market tendency showed the importance of sustainable market development in developing countries. “The only way to save global development and labor is by focusing on the market in the future,” he said at a press conference yesterday.

According to Klingler, this project is a collaboration with Indomobil Group to expand the market in Southeast Asia, particularly in Indonesia.

The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KADIN) deputy in charge of industry, Gunadi Sindhuwinata, said Volkswagen’s plan will raise the image of Indonesia as a strategic partner in developing the automotive world. “They see Indonesia as a good place. This is a very positive development,” he said.

Gunadi said European cars represent just two percent of the domestic market and five percent in all of Asia. Meanwhile, Japanese products control 96 percent of the total market. According to Gunadi, this condition opens the chance for European cars to develop their market. “They have a big and very strategic potential,” he said.

Volkswagen plans to invest around 35 million Euros to build its plant in Indonesia. Its production capacity exceeding 400.00 units per year and the plant is scheduled to operate by 2010. The total number of human resources to be absorbed is 2.000 4.000 workers.



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