By THE JAKARTA POST
ASIA NEWS NE
SIEMENS INDONESIA, a unit of German engineering conglomerate Siemens AG, wants to strengthen its presence in Indonesia by aiming to participate in a major share of the government's ambitious 35,000-megawatt power-plant project through 2019.
The company, which has invested over 200 million euros (Bt8 billion) in Indonesia in the past two decades, will supply cutting-edge technology for the ambitious project as well as other energy or transportation projects, a top executive said.
“We have a strategy that we constantly want to increase our local footprints [including in Indonesia]. We’ve invested in the last 20 years and we want to continue all of that,” said Siemens Indonesia chief executive officer Josef Winter.
With its established technology in power plants and energy distribution, Siemens is willing to participate with a major share in the 35,000MW project, Winter said in a press briefing during the 40th anniversary of the company’s plant in Pulomas, Jakarta, last Thursday.
Manufacturing products ranging from energy transmitters to smart-grid solutions and services, Siemens Indonesia has exported worldwide many of its products made at the Pulomas factory, particularly across Asia.
The company currently operates two factories in the country, namely the Cilegon plant that produces steam and gas turbines and the Pulomas plant that makes switchgears and control panels.
Roland Busch, a member of the managing board of Siemens AG, said his company would be committed to participating not only to provide technology for the government’s power-plant projects, but also for high-voltage energy transmission.
In Indonesia alone, Siemens has generated around 11 per cent of the country’s power with its technology.
It has also turned Indonesia into one of its production hubs for the Asian market, serving Southeast Asia and part of its Australian market.
Busch said Indonesia would remain pivotal for his company as it was not only the largest economy in the Southeast Asian region, but was forecast still to have a young, productive population by 2030, providing a huge local workforce |for Siemens’ operations in the country in the years to come.
Industry Minister Saleh Husin said the Indonesian government lauded Siemens’ active improvement of local content in its products and urged any private companies willing to take part in the power-plant mega-project to boost their local content.
He estimated that Siemens would participate in the development of power plants providing around 16,000-20,000MW of the total targeted 35,000MW.
Investment to continue
Busch added that Siemens would continuously invest in the Asian region as it was projected to contribute around 40 per cent of global domestic product growth in the next five years.
“We’re also currently regarding our market share in the region as still underrepresented.
“Our target will be to get our market share in Asia [the] same as we have in Europe,” he said, without detailing the company’s market share in Europe.
Globally, Siemens earned 71.9 billion euros in revenue last year, with 26 per cent coming from the United States, 9 per cent from China, 11 per cent from Asia and Australia and 54 per cent from Europe, Africa and the Middle East.