Indonesia’s manufacturing industry is showing aggressive performance in February 2018, with its efforts to increase expansion and employment. Based on the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) released by Nikkei and Markit, Indonesia’s manufacturing PMI rose from 49.9 in January to 51.4 in February 2018, after below neutral point during December 2017.

Polls of some purchasing managers at Indonesian manufacturing firms by the Nikkei showed the industry is gaining new jobs as it is generally associated with rising domestic demand. With the increase in production, the company was able to raise the payroll for the first time in 17 months. In the survey, the company is still confident that output will increase in the coming period, although this sentiment is relatively weak compared to long-term trend.