Located at JIEXpo Convention Center and Theater, Kemayoran, the Indonesia International Furniture Expo (IFEX) exhibition was successfully held on 11-14 March 2019. The largest B2B (business to business) furniture and craft exhibition in Indonesia and the regional region was opened by the Minister of Industry of the Republic of Indonesia, Airlangga Hartarto.

In his speech, Minister Airlangga stated that Indonesia has a large capital to become a major player in the furniture industry, especially through rattan. “The Ministry of Industry has opened the National Rattan Innovation Center (PIRnas) in Palu. We hope that this research center can be used to improve industrial competitiveness,” Airlangga said.

In addition, chairperson of the Indonesian Furniture and Handicraft Industry Association (HIMKI), Soenoto, stated that to advance the Indonesian furniture industry cooperation with other countries is needed. For example, with China which is currently the main exporter of furniture in the world with an export value of more than US$50 billion. The value of Indonesia’s furniture exports alone has only reached US$2.5 billion. He is optimistic that the local furniture industry can develop if local potential continues to be improved. The opening of a special furniture Polytechnic in Kendal is one of the efforts to support the growth of the furniture industry through the creation of quality human resources.

With a learning system that combines education on campus with work practices in the industry, this Polytechnic is expected to be able to create competent and work-ready human resources to support the growth of the country’s furniture and craft industries. The Polytechnic was also established with the aim of being the center of technological innovation and the development of domestic furniture and wood processing products.