Indonesian garment firm PT Pan Brothers Tbk is eyeing an opportunity to export its personal protective equipment (PPE) to regions like the Americas, Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa as the trade ministry in June lifted an export ban on PPE amid over-production and allowed manufacturers to export surgical masks and gowns, N-95 masks, coveralls and raw materials for face masks.

Vice president and director Anne Patricia Sutanto said the company, which currently produces about 3 to 5 million items of PPE per annum, expects to start the exports in September. It can raise the production to its maximum capacity of 10 million PPE items.

Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto expected the decision could spur national economic growth, particularly for manufacturing, and improve Indonesia’s export performance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other than expanding PPE sales overseas, Sutanto said the company was also planning to expand its partnerships with existing clients.

“Currently, we only supply performance wear for our client, Adidas. Going forward, we aim to also supply garments for lifestyle wear so that we can provide a complete supply chain solution for them,” she said.

The company plans to expand its production capacity to 130 million garment pieces annually by 2021 from the current 117 million through automation and digitalisation in all of its factories spread across the country. It expects that these efforts will increase output and maintain consistent quality for its products.

The company has allocated $10-15 million of funding this year to support the expansion plan.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (DS)

Indonesia’s PT Pan Brothers is eyeing an opportunity to export its personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Americas, Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa as the trade ministry in June lifted an export ban on PPE amid over-production and allowed manufacturers to export surgical masks and gowns, N-95 masks, coveralls and raw materials for face masks.