Interested in Central Java Furniture Industry, Johor Malaysia Furniture Association Visits Furniture Polytechnic in Kendal Industrial Park

June 06, 2022

Kendal --- The Johor Malaysia Furniture Association accompanied by the Indonesian Consulate General in Johor Bahru made a special working visit to Central Java on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Central Java is considered to have its own charm for members of the Furniture Association as a center for the furniture industry in Indonesia. Natural resources of furniture raw materials such as wood, bamboo, and rattan are one of the most widespread commodities in Central Java. As for wood commodities, such as logs, timber, plywood, and vinyl, these are the five largest wood commodity products produced in Central Java.

On the other hand, as a haven for natural resources for furniture raw materials, Central Java is also supported by human resources who are experts in the furniture sector. On the agenda of the visit, the Johor Malaysia Furniture Association specifically visited the only furniture polytechnic in Central Java, Wich is the Kendal Furniture and Wood Processing Industry Polytechnic that located within Kendal Industrial Park (KEK Kendal) area.

Alfani Risman Nugroho, Association Director of the Kendal Wood Processing and Furniture Industry Polytechnic, also welcomed the members of the Johor Furniture Association and the Indonesian Consulate General in Johor Bahru. “We welcome and thank you for your interest in Kendal Furniture Polytechnic. We hope that by visiting our Polytechnic showroom, we can give you an idea of the furniture industry in Central Java.”

According to Alfani, since it was inaugurated in 2017, the Kendal Furniture Polytechnic has successfully held its first graduation with a total of 87 students. Of all the graduates, it is known that they have been absorbed 100% by the furniture industry in Java and Bali.

Ecomony Consulate of Consulate General of The Republic of Indonesia , Sandy A Katuul in his speech conveyed the intent and purpose of his visit to Kendal, “The relationship between the Malaysian and Indonesian furniture businesses has existed for a long time. And this is our first visit after yesterday's pandemic. The first purpose of our visit was to see and know more about this furniture polytechnic in Kendal. Our second goal is to find out the business potential of the furniture industry in Kendal, Central Java.”

Juliani Kusumaningrum as Head of Sales and Marketing of the Kendal KEK revealed that in this Kendal Special Economic Zone (SEZ), there are many investment benefits that the furniture industry can enjoy. One of them is in terms of exemption from import duties, free of VAT, and reduction of corporate income tax. “We guarantee that in this Kendal SEZ, the furniture industry will get many conveniences and benefits in set up its business in Indonesia. Because only in Kendal SEZ, the furniture industry can enjoy fiscal facilities such as Tax Holiday and Tax Allowance,” said Juliani.

“In the Kendal Industrial Park, we have a furniture cluster including furniture industry companies from various countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong, and also Malaysia. It is also equipped with a Furniture Polytechnic inside the park. I think it will be a comfortable place, especially for the furniture industry which will be building its business in Indonesia for the first time.” Said Stanley Ang as President Director of Kendal Industrial Park in his speech.