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 Fabric exports (Harmonized System Code/HS Code 56 – 60) which are part of the Textile and Textile Products (TPT) industry cumulatively in January – March 2022 reached USD146.55 million or an increase of 14.63% compared to the period in the previous year /year on year (yoy). Meanwhile, the export volume of cloth was recorded at 30.93 thousand tons, or an increase of 7.57% yoy. The increase in cloth exports reached 83.93% during the first quarter of 2022, supported by total exports of Indonesian fabrics such as layered woven fabrics (HS Code 59) which increased by 43.19% yoy, followed by an increase in sales of cotton wadding and rope (HS Code 56) by 6 ,25% yoy, and knitted fabrics (HS Code 60) by 12.44% yoy.

 

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has just appointed Zulkifli Hasan as the new Minister of Trade (Mendag). Replacing Muhammad Lutfi, who was sacked by Jokowi in the midst of fluctuations in commodity and food prices. "Congratulations on your assignment to the new Minister of Trade. The President must have considered carefully. Hopefully the Indonesian economy can be even better and can overcome and deal with inflationary shocks in various countries," said Chairman of the Indonesian Textile Association (API) Jemmy Kartiwa Sastraatmaja , Wednesday (15/6/2022).

The adjustment of electricity rates is quite unfortunate by textile and textile product (TPT) industry players. Moreover, the condition of the national textile industry is said to have not fully recovered after being affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. General Chairperson of the Indonesian Filament Yarn and Producers Association (APSyFI) Redma Gita Wirawasta noted several points that are currently considered unfair regarding the cost of electricity in the textile industry. First, the high rate of peak load time (WBP). Second, there are no tariff cuts or discounts for use at night.

 

The Indonesian Textile Association (API) predicts that the growth rate of the textile and textile products (TPT) industry will slow down in the second quarter. This is because oil prices and the United States (US) dollar fluctuate. Secretary General of API Rizal Tanzil Rakhman estimates that the growth of the textile and textile products industry in the second quarter is lower than the realization in January - March of 14.2%. Even so, its growth is forecast to remain above 10%. However, the projection could change due to global economic sentiment. "We predict that it will still grow by a dozen percent," Rizal said, Wednesday (15/6).

Electronically conductive fibers are already used in smart textiles, but in recent research articles ionic conductive fibers have been shown to be increasingly important. The so-called ionic fibers achieve greater flexibility and durability and correspond to the type of conduction our body uses. They could be used in the future for items such as textile batteries, textile displays, and textile muscles. An emerging research project in Advanced Materials Technology Implemented by doctoral student Claude Huniad at Borås University in Sweden, it is a track in a larger project, Weafing, whose goal is to develop an unprecedented new tactile stimulation garment that incorporates wearable flexibility. Actuator and sensor textiles.