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ASEAN's Largest Train Factory in Banyuwangi Begins OperationsNews from Amaluddin • 1 hour ago
Banyuwangi: The largest railway factory in Southeast Asia, PT Steadler INKA Indonesia (SII), in Banyuwangi began operations. Along with the inauguration of the factory, passenger trains and electric rail (KRL) procurement contracts were also signed between PT INKA (Persero), PT KAI (Persero) and PT KCI or KAI Commuter with a total investment of around Rp. 9 trillion (581 million USD)
To meet the needs of manpower, INKA's workshop in Banyuwangi collaborates with the Job Training Center (BLK) in Banyuwangi. The workshop was inaugurated by the Deputy Minister of BUMN II, Kartika Wiryoadmojo, accompanied by the Banyuwangi Regional Leadership Communication Forum (Forkopimda), Thursday, March 9, 2023.
Also present were the Director General of Railways of the Ministry of Transportation, Mohammad Rizal Wasal, the Director General of Metal, Machinery, Electronics of the Ministry of Industry, Taufiq Bawazier, the President Director of PT INKA (Persero) Eko Purwanto, the President Director of PT KAI (Persero) Didik Hartantyo, and the President Director of KAI Commuter Suryawan Putra.
PT INKA's workshop in Banyuwangi will make a car body from the procurement contract. Gradually, a 4-kilometer test track and other facilities will be built. The facility is used to test completed wagons or locomotives.
Deputy Minister Kartika Wiryoadmojo said the largest railway factory in Southeast Asia was built to increase the production of export-quality railways. The presence of the workshop will automatically encourage job creation.
"PT. INKA itself has exported to various countries such as Bangladesh, the Philippines, Singapore, India, New Zealand, to Australia," said the man who is familiarly called Tiko.
He said the reason for choosing Banyuwangi as a location was because it was strategic. It is not too far from the port and station, making it easier to mobilize products.
"In addition, Banyuwangi is also known to strongly support the development of the business world to create jobs," he said.
Meanwhile, the President Director of PT INKA, Eko Purwanto, added a train procurement contract with PT. KAI includes the procurement of 16 trainsets, 1 set consisting of 12 carriages, 612 SS New Generation Train Units for the 2023-2026 replacement program, and 10 luxury train cars.
"For KRL, the procurement is worth IDR 3.4 trillion, while for replacement trains and luxury trains it is IDR 5.5 trillion and IDR 150 billion, respectively," said Eko.
Banyuwangi Deputy Regent Sugirah hopes that the INKA workshop in Banyuwangi will create jobs and drive the local economy.
"I, along with the Regent of Ipuk, hope that this workshop will have an impact on driving the regional economy. Creating jobs and becoming a catalyst for public transportation is not only Banyuwangi, but also nationally related to massive and capable public transportation," said Sugirah.
If all the facility is completed in PT INKA new factory, it will look like this inshaAllah