The country’s automotive industry is increasingly competitive entering the global market. Musababnya increased investment and export opportunities abroad are increasingly open. Therefore, the automotive industry implemented industrial revolution 4.0 in the form of robotic technology and global automation so as to increase production capacity effectively and efficiently.

“Indonesia’s automotive industry is increasingly competitive because it already uses robot technology,” said Indonesian Motor Vehicle Industry Joint Secretary (Gaikindo) Kukuh Kumara as quoted fromĀ Medcom.id

Automotive factories use big data to connect all robot work. Some parts of the work in automotive factories that already use robots such as welding, painting, body, and so on. The welding part uses the most robot technology because it requires high accuracy. In this section, 90 percent of jobs already use automation robots and computers.

The automotive industry is one of the top five manufacturing sub-sectors that get priority development and application of industry 4.0 based on Making Indonesia roadmap 4.0. This subsector is expected to further optimize the level of domestic content (TKDN) thus reducing the dependence of raw material imports.

This all-automatic system makes the automotive industry able to produce in the midst of covid-19 pandemic or coronavirus. Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita said the automotive industry could still accelerate to grow 6 percent by the end of 2020.

To facilitate these targets, the government will create a business climate conducive to the industrial sector, among others by providing easy licensing and fiscal incentives. According to Minister Agus, this step is to increase investment in terms of creating innovation and strengthening the competence of industrial human resources. In fact, in order to protect the domestic automotive industry, especially commercial vehicle manufacturers, Menperin stressed that it will not grant permits for the entry of used truck imports into the domestic market.

“This protection is provided to increase the utilization of our industry. So, I make sure that the import does not happen, unless it can not be produced domestically,” said Minister Agus as quoted from the official page of the Ministry of Industry.

Quoted from Gaikindo data, Indonesia’s complete car exports during 2019 reached 332,023 units, up 25 percent compared to 2018 of 264,553 units. Meanwhile, in the form of unraveling or complete knock down reached 511,425 sets or soared from 2018 by 82,028 sets.

Before covid-19, Gaikindo targeted the sale of 1.5 million car units by 2020 with an export value of 250 thousand units. This target was later revised due to a 50 percent drop in the purchasing power of the automotive sector. However, the Ministry of Industry remains optimistic about selling 4 million units by 2035 with 1.5 million of them being export commodities.

Relying on automation and robotics in production keeps the automotive industry stable and doesn’t reduce the workforce amid the coronavirus pandemic or covid-19. According to Gaikindo’s account, the auto industry still absorbs a workforce of 1.5 million people. A total of 75 thousand workers work in 22 assembly or assembling sector companies, 220 thousand workers in 550 tier one companies (core components), 210 thousand employees working in 1000 tier two and three companies (complementary and auxiliary components), 400 thousand workers in 14 thousand authorized outlets and workshops, and 595 thousand employees in 42 thousand unofficial outlets and workshops.

Meanwhile, Minister of National Development Planning/Head of National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) Suharso Monoarfa said the importance of downstream products in the manufacturing sector, including the automotive industry. For example the manufacture of battery stones for electric cars.

“Downstream could help Indonesia develop gradually as an automotive industry-based country in Southeast Asia, as well as the world,” Minister Suharso said as quoted from the Bisnis.com.

Moving forward, Bappenas and other ministries encouraged private parties to open factories and downstream in industrial areas already available in the country. Minister Suharso stressed that downstream and guarantees for businesses will be realized with ease of effort and business transactions.

Efforts to make the country’s automotive industry number one in Southeast Asia require working with all industry players and their supporters. Various ideas and solutions can be presented to the government, one of which is through the Indonesia Development Forum (IDF). This international forum was initiated by Bappenas in an effort to produce policy recommendations based on research data and good practice.

Moving forward, Bappenas and other ministries encouraged private parties to open factories and downstream in industrial areas already available in the country. Minister Suharso stressed that downstream and guarantees for businesses will be realized with ease of effort and business transactions.

Efforts to make the country’s automotive industry number one in Southeast Asia require working with all industry players and their supporters. Various ideas and solutions can be presented to the government, one of which is through the Indonesia Development Forum (IDF). This international forum was initiated by Bappenas in an effort to produce policy recommendations based on research data and good practice.

Gallery of Robotic Technology Boosts Automotive Industry