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PT Pindad to Manufacture 1,000 Excavators

DEFENSE AND TECHNOLOGY -- PT Pindad will produce 1,100 excavators dubbed Excava 200 within two years. The manufacturing aims to support national capacity growth.

PT Pindad CEO Silmy Karim said the manufacturing of these excavators is a proof of Pindad’s ability to develop non-defense and security business as instructed by Presiden Joko Widodo (Jokowi).

Reported by Tempo, Pindad is currently known as a state-owned enterprise (SOE) that manufactures main weaponry system, including pistols, rifles, war vehicles, ammunitions, and explosives.

The company received many orders after Excava officially made its roll out to the public on September 2015. Its mass production has began in January 2016 with 50 units production per month.

The Public Works Ministry made the largest purchase of 500 Excavas. Meanwhile, 600 Excavas were ordered by SOE Karya, including PT Waskita Tbk, PT Adhi Karya, PT Wijaya Karya, and PT Pembangunan Perumahan. Pindad must complete 500 Excava orders this year.

“About 95 percent of its components is local production, eccluding the machine,” Silmy said at a press gathering at PT Pindad Munisi Division in Malang, East Java, on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. The company would need approximately Rp50 billion beforehand to manufacture 100 Excavas.

Silmy is confident that the Excava 200 is capable to compete with excavators produced by foreign company such as Caterpillar, Volvo, and Komatsu.

Apart of relying on quality, to meet the goal of dominating excavator market by 10 percent, Pindad sets a competitive price of the Excava 200 at between $90,000 – 110,000 per unit or equivalent to Rp1.17 – 1.43 billion.

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