SURABAYA, E Java – Indonesian state-owned train manufacturer PT INKA has shipped its first three locomotives and 15 cars to the Philippines via the Tanjung Perak port in East Java over the weekend.
“The export of locomotives produced by Indonesian sons is the first of its kind,” PT INKA president director Budi Noviantoro said while seeing off the consignment ordered by the Philippine National Railways (PNR) at the port.
The shipment followed the signing of a contract between PNR General Manager Junn Magno and PT INKA’s Noviantoro in Manila on May 28, 2018 for the purchase of locomotives and cars worth US$26 million (P1.4 billion).
In December 2019, PT INKA exported two train sets of diesel multiple unit (DMU) worth US$9.7 million to the Philippines and four DMU train sets worth US$21.4 million in February 2020.
“The export of locomotives to the Philippines forms part of the implementation of the SOE Go Global (program). It also proves the existence and viability of PT INKA and the continuation of SOEs in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Noviantoro said.
Taufiek Bawazier, director general of Indonesia’s Industry Ministry’s Metal, Transportation mode and Electronic industry, urged PT INKA to further strengthen its innovation capability through digitalization and artificial intelligence.
That would help PT INKA compete with foreign rivals, particularly in the Southeast Asian market, he said. (Antara)