The 15th Indonesian International Textile and Garment Machinery and Accessories Exhibition (Indo Intertex) aims to attract 9,000 visitors to its free event in JI Expo Kemayoran in Jakarta on April 19 to 21.
The event, themed “Productivity for Sustainability”, will display the textile and garment machinery with the latest technology, vendors of raw materials, chemical laboratory equipment, digital textile printing machines and waste processing technology of 450 participants from 24 countries.
“To sustain businesses, the textile industry need to be oriented toward export and ready-made garments with cost-efficiency by using the latest technology,” said Paul Kingsen, project director of PeragaExpo, the event organizer, during a press briefing on Wednesday.
Indonesia Textile Association (API) chairman Ade Sudrajat said nowadays clients requested faster delivery of up to three weeks, less than the previous demand for three months, so technology was needed to meet it.
The textile industry in the country has seen a declining trend in exports for the past few years. Export values reached a record high of US$13.2 billion in 2011 before gradually declining to $11.8 billion last year.
The industry has called the government to lower the stubbornly high electricity and logistics costs in the country and to curb the illegal importation of garments and raw materials that have reduced local industry’s competitiveness, which was in its heyday in the 1990s. (ags/Stefani Ribka, The Jakarta Post)