The Indonesian Textile Association (API) believes that the national textile and textile product (TPT) industry still has a bright future after the pandemic. The holding of the TPT Indo Intertex-Inatex 2022 exhibition on 10-13 August 2022 makes this industry more promising. API General Chair Jemmy Kartiwa Sastraatmaja said the holding of this year's Indo Intertex-Inatex exhibition would trigger optimism and investment interest among national textile business players in the post-Covid-19 pandemic. "We also hope that holding this event will further echo the spirit that the textile industry is not a sunset industry and still has a long and bright future," he said in a written statement, (7/8/2022).

The Indo Intertex-Inatex 2022 exhibition will again be held offline at the Jakarta International Expo after being delayed by two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The 18th edition of the exhibition will present more than 130 participants from 16 Asian and European countries displaying products and technological innovations from textile and garment machinery, raw materials, digital printing machines, textile chemicals, accessories and other textile products.

Meanwhile, PeragaExpo Project Director Paul Kingsen, as the organizer of Indo Intertex-Inatex 2022, said that the textile and apparel industry was the manufacturing sector that recorded the highest growth and played an important role in the national economy.

Based on the Making Indonesia 4.0 roadmap, the textile and clothing industry is one of five manufacturing sectors that are being prioritized.

"With the holding of Indo Intertex-Inatex 2022, the Expo exhibitor is optimistic that the national textile industry will develop sustainably and play a role in the progress of the Indonesian economy," he said.

According to him, the Indo Intertex exhibition plays an important role as a credible platform to pioneer and lead the transformation of the local textile and garment sector by introducing new technologies from the world.

The industrial machinery and accessories on display allow companies to make a faster transition to Industry 4.0 without much hassle. Despite being one of the world's leading apparel manufacturers, until 2021 Indonesia still has not been able to enter the ranking of the top 10 world textile producers.

Previously, in 2017-2020 Indonesia was one of the largest apparel exporters in the world. Based on TexfilesBD, currently, the leading countries in textile exports (including exports of machinery products) are dominated by Asian countries, namely China, Germany, Bangladesh, Vietnam, India.

In the context of Asia and the world, Indonesia is considered to still have to struggle to encourage increased competitiveness to be able to compete better with these competing countries. The increase in competitiveness is carried out through the encouragement of regulatory improvements and industrial reforms.