Friday, January 30, 2009

Sharp Electronics Indonesia ready to export washing machine

Sharp Electronics Indonesia ready to export washing machine
Front-loading washer machine.

If there is no obstacle in the next three months, around April 2009, PT Sharp Electronics Indonesia (SEID) will export two tubes types of washing machines (twin tub) to the ASEAN region. Two ASEAN countries, Malaysia and Singapore, will be a state mediator to export to Africa and the Middle East. "Likely on April we will export," said Assistant General Manager of Home Appliance Marketing SEID Andry Adi Utomo at the launch of Super Aquamagic washing machine, on Thursday (29 / 1/2009).

In the middle of a global crisis,  said Andry, the weakening purchasing power occurs. However, he believee the washing machine market to the lower middle-class  is increasing. The reason is, the middle to lower class consumer is looking for cheaper electronic goods.

That's why, Sharp Electronics Indonesia intens to pump up their washing machines production since relocated their factory from the Philippines to Indonesia in November 2008. In Indonesia, with 343 million yen investment with production capacity in the first year around 340,000 units, the company formerly named Yasonta, will increase the production along with the expansion of the market. Their washing machines are primarily two types of tubes.

Compare to their other production washing machine type, the front loading type and fully automatic type, the two tubes types according to  Electronics Marketer Club (EMC) being a leader in the Indonesia market since 2006. On that year, 74 percent of 748,000 washing machines are two tubes types. 
Then, next year, three-quarters of a total of 967,000 washing machines in the market are two types of tubes. In 2008, a range of washing machines two tubes sit in the position 74 percent from 1225 million units of washing machines.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

SBY : We can not rely on exports alone


President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on his oration at Brawijaya University in Malang, on Tuesday (27/1/2009), said, to become a developed nation should not only depend on exports. According to him, strengthening the local economy is also very important in order to become independent nations.

"We can not rely on exports alone. But let's also strengthen the domestic market. If our domestic economy is strong and if there a non benefit situation out-there, then will not affect us," he said at Brawijaya University, Malang, East Java .

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono also hope a cooperation from all parties to jointly realize the economic construction which is sustainable, environmentally friendly, and equitable in the future. "What for we could achieve the economic growth of 7 percent, but people do not get anything," he said.

The President also suggested a number of priority development of Indonesia, such as reduction of poverty, enhance employment opportunities, insufficient economic community needs, food security and energy, and increase the role of local governments.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Starbucks will cut about 1,000 employees

Starbucks will cut about 1,000 employees
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The starbucks coffee outlets Network Corp. will dismiss 1,000 employees at the upcoming weekend, as reports by The Seattle Times, Saturday (24/ 1/2009).

This can override the employees in the office center in Seattle, district managers, and employees of the field, but will not be imposed on barista serving customers, said The Seattle Times as quoted the analysis of McAdams Wright Ragen. When the spokesperson confirmed to Starbucks, he refused respond.

Network coffee outlets that are very popular and growing in various parts of the world that are currently close 600 cafes and streamline its employees in outlets and office center.

"We as a company can not open our business detail comments precede discharge financial reports will be issued next week, and we can not  commented on the rumor and speculation," said Starbucks spokesperson Deb Trevino in a written statement.

Starbucks said, this weekend the top leadership does not receive a bonus in 2008 and Chief Executive Howard Schultz and other top managers will not get a base salary increase in fiscal year 2009.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

25 of Shoes Investors hold the expand plans.


The impact of global crisis is affect  to the shoes producer this year. About 25 shoes investors, both domestic and foreign, decided to delay their expansion plans. The total pending investment reached 700 million U.S. dollars.

Most of the investors said the expansion will continue  until economic conditions improved. "For time being most of the investors hold to expand. Even if there is still some investors to build up the new factory, the implementation is very slowly not as originally planned. In fact, there is also a possibility to cancel," said Chairman of the Indonesian Footwear Association (Aprisindo) Eddy Widjanarko, Wednesday (21/0 1/2009). 

The shoe industrialists are also concerned at the decline in export orders of second-quarter 2009. For the beginning of this year, they only get a new order for three months. Meanwhile, for the next three month, for example, buyers from America, requested a delay order until the United States President Barack Obama is giving a economy stimulus for the country. The decline in the export, is contradry with the achievement of footwear exports in January 2008 to October 2008 which increased 15 percent compared to the same period in 2007. "Appropriate the targert of shoes export in 2008  1.8 billion U.S. dollars achieved, but we still wait and see," as said by Eddy Widjanarko.

Based on data obtained from the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), the companies that invest in the footwear sector are derived from China, South Korea, and Taiwan. The PMA (Foreign Investor) who obtain principles permission, PT Bu Kyung Indonesia (South Korea PMA) with a value of investment 10 million U.S. dollars of which had realization the new factory with a capacity of 3.5 million pairs of shoes per year. PT Shoe Link Shoes Indonesia is planning to build a new factory worth 3.5 million U.S. dollars with a capacity of 3 million pairs per year. PT Ka Yuen Indonesia planning to build a new factory 2.9 million U.S. dollars with production capacity 12.2 million pairs per year.

While the company's shoes PMDN (Domestic Investor) who plan to build a new factory in this year is PT Simko Prima Mandiri with a value of Rp 22 billion investment. The new factory with a planned production of 3 million pairs per year.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Air Passengers targetted up 10 per cent in 2009

The Air Passengers targetted up 10 per cent in 2009
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The 2008 gloomy flight period is expected ended in 2009. The flight condition is optimistic will rise again this year after a decline of number passengers in 2008.

Chairman of the Indonesian National Air Carrier Association (Inaca) Emirsyah Satar said the number of passengers targetted in 2009 will increase by 10 percent. In 2007, total of domestic passenger is reaching 39 million while in 2008 down to be 37 million. This is caused by the high fuel price and also global crisis.

However, Emirsyah assure in 2009 there will increased due to there is no problem about the fuel price anymore. While the global crisis is estimated to affect the international flight only.

"We expect the domestic flight will increase 10 percent. For regional and international flight. if condition could stable pretty fair enough," said Emirsyah on socializing agenda of Law No. 1 / 2009 about flights in Jakarta, Monday (19/1/2009). The reason of the increasing of domestic flights is because Indonesia is considered to be the most stable countries in the flight business. Although there is a decline, not too large, as happened in other countries in Asia.

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Monday, January 19, 2009

EU promise revoke the flight ban

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In the near time Indonesian airlines will able to across Europe sky. The European Union Commission will ensure revoked the restrictions fly - flight ban - latest by mid of 2009.

The certainty of deprivation was informed by Julian Wilson - the Head of the European Union Representative in Indonesia, while met President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Friday (16/1/2009). "The EU Commission is optimistic the flight ban can be revoke," said the Spokesperson for President of Foreign Relations Dino Pati Djalal in the President's office.

According to Dino, in the meeting, the EU representative mentioned there two  option of the cancellation time, one is by earlist of March, or latest of June 2009. "We see it later, depending on the technical and consultations discussions between both parties," said Dino.

In addition, the Representative of the EU emphasize that flight ban is not the politics matter but purely as a flight technical problems that must be obeyed by Indonesia before obtain the permission for flying in the area of the European Union.

According to Dino, who quoted the President, since the EU issued a flight ban, Indonesia has conducted the system, regulatory, safety, security and civil aviation. The EU team also has conducted an assessment and clarification to the airline company in Indonesia. These repairs are also to ensure that all airlines in Indonesia have the highest security standards ensuring passenger safety.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Airlines began to reduce the fuel surcharge

Airlines began to reduce the fuel surcharge
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Ascertained number of Indonesia airlines company began to reduce the fuel surcharge as the positive 'reaction' to the oil prices which continuing to decrease.

Sriwijaya Airlines says has been down the fuel surcharges since January 12. The decreasing is apply to the flight distance of under 1.5 hours. Hanna Simatupang - Sriwijaya spokesman - said, the fuel surcharge had reduced IDR 20.000,- for flight distance below 1.5 hours. The previous fuel surcharge is IDR 190,000, and with effective of January 12, 2009 the new fuel surcharge is only Rp 170,000. For flight distance more than 1.5 hours, Sriwijaya Air is still evaluating a decrease of fuel surcharge.

The decline in fuel surcharge will also be conducted by Mandala Air. This airlines which starting this year will only use one brand aircraft Airbus aircraft, confirm to  lower the fuel surcharge nex week. "Hopefully by next week we already apply the new the new surcharge. Currently Mandala Airlines are now evaluating cause the Avtur price is adjust continuously revealed a decrease in world oil prices," said spokesman Mandala Airlines, Trisia Megawati.

Head of Communication Batavia Air, Edi Haryono also said the same thing. Edi says Batavia Air currently evaluating the decline in fuel surcharge. "In the near future there will be a notice," said Edi.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

East Timor gets new national carrier

East Timor gets new national carrier
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Dili-based Timor Air and Brisbane-based Australian airline SkyAirWorld are to create Timor Air - a new national carrier for the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste (East Timor).

Under the agreement, Timor Air will utilise a 94-seat Embraer E-190 aircraft provided by SkyAirWorld. SkyAirWorld will also support Timor Air through the provision of management support on an ongoing basis.

Also as part of the agreement, SkyAirWorld will undertake the training of East Timorese cabin crew as well as provide training in a range of other areas. The first cabin crew training will begin in January 2009.

Subject to regulatory approvals, Timor Air will commence operations in February with daily flights linking Dili in East Timor with Darwin (Australia) and Denpasar (Bali). Additional routes are expected to be added during 2009.

"We look forward to making a substantial contribution to creating a viable and successful carrier for the people of Timor-Leste and are very excited about our role in bringing Timor-Leste closer to its neighbours and the rest of the world," said David Charlton, CEO of SkyAirWorld.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Israel import pineapple products from Lampung


According to Mr. Agus Salim - Head Office of Trade and Industry Lampung province -  Israel had import at least 2,082 tons of pineapple juice and canned pineapple commodities with worth 1.75 million dollars from January to November 2008.

In November, said Agus Salim, Israel imported 518,250 kilograms pineapples in can through PT Great Giant Pineapple with a value of 468,830 U.S. dollars. Israel also imported 18,285 kilograms of pineapple juice from PT Kencana Perkasa Acidindo worth 14,628 U.S. dollars.

Canned pineapple and other pineapple product from Lampung regularly export to  Bahrain, Cyprus, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, Yemen, Yurdania, and Turkmenistan.

Friday, January 9, 2009

APL Moves its Americas HQ to Phoenix

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Neptune Orient Lines - the parent company of carrier APL Ltd., - announced in mid-November last year that it would be shifting the headquarters for the Americas region of liner unit to APL, out of Oakland to a yet undecided “more cost effective” location, as the company shed 1,000 jobs worldwide.

The company announced today will move its Americas headquarters to Phoenix from Oakland during the second half of 2009. The liner operator, which has been based in the San Francisco Bay area for more than 100 years, is taking a number of steps to reduce costs during the global shipping industry recession. This move also as part of a "global strategy to place its cost structure on a more sustainable footing in the face of the current economic downturn..."

“The greater Phoenix area will be a cost-effective base of operations for us and we’re going to a state that is well-known for its support and encouragement of business,” said NOL regional president for the Americas John Bowe.

APL has been headquartered in Oakland since the 1970s and around 350 staff are expected to loose their jobs as a result of the move. The carrier is also reducing capacity in its major ocean trade lanes, idling some vessels and restructuring its logistics business.

The vessels of APL will continue to call at the same ports on the West and East coasts.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Indonesia Export Value of 2009 is decline


The growth of Indonesia export value is projected decline from 18 percent in 2008 to around 4.3 percent to 8 percent in 2009. This projection is issued as a responses to the global recession. Without the accuracy of the response, the export value will decline more sharply.

Minister of Trade Mari Elka Pangestu in Jakarta explains, export growth in 2009 was made based on the growth projections of world trade, the depreciation of Indonesia Rupiah, and the decline of commodity prices.  Without the right policy response, nonmigas export value will grow only 0.9 percent.

"Various efforts have been made and will do by goverment to keep pushing to export, such as, financing the trade, investment stimulation, market diversification, improvement of production, and strengthening the trade cooperation," said Mari. With the various efforts, the government had set up three scenarios of the growth export value in 2009.

Based on the most optimistic scenario, nonmigas export value is estimated to grow 8 percent. In the moderate scenario, projected growth of 6 percent. At the low scenario, growth of nonmigas export value around 4.3 percent. The government will still continue to review the projection that by considering the development of international markets.

At the World Economic Outlook, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) projects the growth of world trade volume will decline from 4.6 percent in 2008 to be 2.1 percent in 2009.

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Monday, January 5, 2009

China's First Private airlines Flying Soon

China's First Private airlines Flying Soon
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In the near future, Okey Airways (Okair), will become the first private airline in China, be able to operate.
"The shareholders and employees have completed all the problems seriously and look forward to starting," said the head of the company as quoted Liu Weining Xinhua, in Beijing.

As reported on the previous news on the local newspaper that the company can start operations on 15 January 2009, after stopping the service on December 6 because of disputes among the shareholders. Due to the delay of the operational the airline is estimated to lose around 100 million yuan from 6 December 2008 - 15 January 2009.
As inform by Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), Okair has not apply to the operational to CAAC.

Wan Junjin, Okair legal representative and chairman of Juneyao Group, the largest shareholder, said the had delay to submit the application to the CAAC North China Regional. The CAAC office has approved the application and ordered the company to delay the service from 15 December 2008 to 15 January 2009. But the company has delayed passenger transportation service on December 6, or 10 days before the schedule as a result of financial and management problems, said the spokeman groups of Juneyao.

Business partners, including airports, fuel suppliers and Fedex Express, have end the contracts with Okair. Okair start cooperation with Fedex services as transportation of goods in 2006 and signed a contract for five years. However, cooperation is only held for one year and nine months.

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Indonesia exports was plunged 26.4 percent in 2008


According to Hambar Wiyadi - Assistant Customer Service Manager and Public Relations Branch PT Pelindo II, Tanjung Priok - export activities in 2008 through Tanjung Priok Port, North Jakarta, is decline around 26.4 percent. It is influenced by the decline in the volume export of some products such as Crude Palm Oil (CPO), cement, garment, and some wood products. The decline is compared to the same period in 2007.

Total export in 2008 reached 5,059,830 tons. The amount is decreasing by approximately 1,820,803 tons, or 26.4 percent in the same period in 2007 which reached 6,880,632 tons.

CPO from Indonesia was exported to Central Asia such as India, Bangladesh, and China and the export volume of CPO declined from 20,000 tons per month to 10,000 tons per month.

Cement products exported to Malaysia, Central Asia, and Europe declined from 100,000 tons per month to 80,000 ton per month.

However, the decline of garment exports is the largest declining contributor to export year 2008. Garment which export to main countries such as Europe and the United States, were down more than 35 percent, while the flow of import increased by 341,903 tons or 3.09 percent.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Garuda Indonesia exceed the target from Beijing-Jakarta

Garuda Indonesia exceed the target from Beijing-Jakarta
Garuda Indonesia

During the year 2008 Garuda Indonesia in Beijing had carried more than 23,000 passengers from Beijing to Jakarta, which means successful exceeded the target of 22,000 passengers.

Most  of the passengers which being transported by Garuda Indonesia are Chinese citizen who want to travel or doing other purposes to Indonesia. This is also shows that the interests of China citizens to visit Indonesia still remains high, and made Indonesia as one of tourist destination in Southeast Asia. Most of the Chinese citizens are intended to visit Bali even though there are also other tourist objects to visit such as Yogyakarta and Lombok.

General Manager of Garuda Indonesia Beijing office - Mr. Pikri Ilham - was worried he could not achieve the target of 22,000 passengers during 2008, because on August there were Summer Olympics in Beijing. He said the interests of China citizens who want to travel abroad decrease because they more focus to watch the Olympic in Beijing. "Indeed, in August, the interest of China citizens to travel abroad, including to Indonesia is reduced so that in the month that the load factor of Garuda Indonesia passengers was weak," he added.  However, in September to December 2008 the China citizens who want to travel abroad to begin to recover again, so the level of field Garuda passengers also return to normal. In the Christmas holiday and New Year 2009, the number of passengers which using Garuda Indonesia from Beijing to Jakarta is increasing, so the loss in the period from August can be compensated.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Thanks to Top 10 Entrecard Droppers for December 2008


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Thank you to my top 10 entrecard droppers for December 2008. I really appreciate you all dropping on my blog for the month. They are :

Trade Forex Online # of drops : 30

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Arohan's investing life # of drops : 28