The Indonesian furniture market is constantly developing and innovating, with The Indoneisa Furniture Industry and Craft Association (HIMKI) optimistic that the industry will continue to contribute more to the country’s economy.

The Indonesian furniture market currently contributes around $1.902b to the worldwide furniture industry. There is a great potential for growth in the country, which requires support from all stakeholders including the government, particularly in the policies that are favorable to the furniture and craft industry.

The country’s access to many natural resources provide the tool to support the industry’s growth. The Indonesian furniture and craft industry employs around 2.5m workers, direct and indirectly.

One of HIMKI’s flagship programs to promote Indonesian furniture and craft products to the international market is through the Indonesia International Furniture Expo (IFEX), which is one of the biggest business-to-business exhibitions in South East Asia. IFEX is scheduled to take place from 11-14th March at the JIExpo Kemayoran.

The exhibition will gather local furniture and craft players with thousands of buyers, distributors, and agents from all over the world, including Europe, the US, the Middle East, Australia and Asia.

One of the highlighted products areas at IFEX is rattan-based furniture and craft products. Indonesian rattan products are natural and environmentally-friendly products and are unique, representing the craftsmen’s skills. This is one of the reasons that Indonesian rattan products are perceived as luxury products and highly desirable in Europe, the US, Asia and Africa.

There is a great potential to introduce rattan products to the wider global marketplace. Rattan-based products are one of the leading furniture and craft products for the Indonesian market, in addition to wood-based and bamboo-based products.

Indonesia is known as the world’s largest rattan producer, with the current production of Indonesian rattan around 622,000 tonnes per year with 350 rattan species. Regions with the highest rattan production in Indonesia are Kalimantan, Sumatera, Sulawesi and Papua. Meanwhile, regions for rattan industry products can be found in Cirebon, Surabaya, Sidoarjo, Gresik, Jepara, Kudus, Semarang, Sukoharjo, and Yogyakarta.

For this year’s event, a major extension of Jakarta International Expo exhibition halls will allow IFEX to be bigger and more vibrant than before. IFEX 2017 offers international buyers quality product, more participants, more space, and more participating countries to expand business into new horizons.

Moreover, IFEX 2017 will introduce a new entrance gate at Hall B3 to increase accessibility to the show. The new entrance is located near the west parking area and can be accessed from Gate 6 of Jakarta International Expo. This entrance will support the existing entrance gate at Hall D2 and the Trade Mart Building. More than 80% of the exhibition space has now been secured by participating companies.