Jakarta – The automotive industry in Indonesia began to be built in the 1970s, until now it continues to grow and even becomes one of the mainstay sectors that has a significant contribution to the national economy.
Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Arifin Tasrif views the development of the Indonesian automotive industry as very fast. In the past, there were only a few automotive manufacturers who wanted to establish their business in the country, now there are dozens. Interestingly, some of them built car assembly plants.
“Currently the structure of the national automotive industry has matured and grown as the number one market and number two production capability in ASEAN. This industry has now been supported by 22 world automotive manufacturers, from only car importers in the 1950s, now it has become a mature industry with a production capacity of 2.35 million units per year,” said Arifin on the sidelines of the book launch event Automotive Industry for the Country: Becoming a Player The Main Era of Electric Cars by Agus Tjahajana Wirakusumah, Tuesday (15/12/2021).
He added that the challenge for the automotive industry in Indonesia in the future is electric vehicles. Currently the most expensive cost in the development of electric cars is the battery.
“Because the price of the battery and the portion is more than 40 percent of the cost of the vehicle. However, Indonesia has the advantage of having adequate nickel reserves as material for electric vehicle batteries such as NMC 811 in addition to cobalt,” Arifin continued.
The Journey of the Indonesian Automotive Industry Through a Book
Not many people know about the ups and downs of the automotive industry in Indonesia. Therefore, Agus Tjahajana Wirakusumah tries to summarize the journey of the automotive industry since decades ago in a book entitled Automotive Industry for the Country: Becoming a Major Player in the Era of Electric Cars.
This book explores the Indonesian automotive industry in full, including the names of the figures behind the development of the country’s automotive industry. Among them, William Soeryadjaya, Hadi Budiman, and Sjarnoebi Said, and Soebronto Laras.
Not only that, there were also discussions related to the development of national brand cars (Mobnas) to the presentation of the opportunities and challenges of the Indonesian automotive industry in the era of electric cars.
“I hope that this book will become a complete and complete reference to the automotive industry, which for five decades has contributed greatly to this country. Hopefully this book will also attract the attention of young people and various groups who want to know more about the structure of our automotive industry,” said Agus.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Arifin, expressed his appreciation for the launch of the book. According to him, the presence of this book can be a reference for the next generation to move forward and continue the development of the automotive industry.
“Congratulations to Pak Agus for the launch of his book, I hope his book will be successful and useful and become a writer’s Amal Jariya, amen,” said Arifin.
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