ERJ staff report (DS)
Jakarta, Indonesia -- Michelin has opened a sales office in Indonesia PT Indonesia Michelin, and projected sales in the country. The company did not rule out building a factory there at some unspecified date.
A Michelin spokesman confirmed the move. Following a press conference in Jakarta on Wednesday, local press quoted Jean-Dominique Senard, Managing Partner of Michelin Group, saying the company expects to sell 700,000 units in Indonesia in 2016. THis would be split between about 500 000 consumer tyres and 200 000 truck/bus tyres.
Michelin supplies these tyres from its local base in Thailand. Senard did not rule out building a factory in Indonesia at some future date, but in response to questions, replied, â€œToo early to tell. We need time to understand the needs of market and economic growth in Indonesia. If it's comfortable and stable, we'll start thinking about it. But for the future, why not?,â€
Michelin Country Director for Indonesia Jean Pierre Kopp said Indonesia is currently 95 percent cross-ply tyres in the truck/bus segment.
Hankook has recently announced plans to build a factory in Indonesia and local press speculated that this will accelerate radialisation in the country.
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