Hyundai Motor to invest $1.55B in first Indonesian manufacturing plant
Hyundai Motor Company announced it has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Indonesian government to build its first manufacturing plant in the country. The company's decision to invest in Indonesia will, in particular, support its growth into new ASEAN markets, securing future growth engines to help the business combat slowing demand in the global automotive market. The state-of-the-art manufacturing plant will be located on an 8.35 million-square-foot site in Kota Deltamas, an integrated industrial, commercial and residential district in the eastern outskirts of Jakarta, capital of the fourth-most-populous-nation in the world. The Indonesian plant will represent an investment of approximately $1.55B until 2030, including product development and operation costs. The new facility will break ground in December this year and is expected to begin commercial production in the second half of 2021 with an annual capacity of 150,000 units. The plant will eventually be able to build approximately 250,000 vehicles annually when it reaches full capacity. Hyundai plans to produce compact SUV, compact MPV, and sedan models specifically designed for customers in the Southeast Asian market at the new Indonesian plant, which will incorporate facilities for stamping, welding, painting and assembly. The company is also currently exploring the production of ASEAN-specific electric vehicles in its Indonesian plant. Hyundai is committed to helping nurture Indonesia's EV ecosystem, contributing to its people's quality of life through its leadership in clean mobility technologies. Hyundai, together with sister company Kia Motors Corporation, aims to make Hyundai Motor Group the world's third-biggest EV manufacturer in the world by 2025. Hyundai, with its local partner suppliers, expects to create more than 23,000 new direct and indirect jobs at the Indonesian plant, becoming one of the biggest automotive employers in the Kota Deltamas district. The plant is anticipated to make an economic contribution worth more than $20B to the Indonesian economy over its first decade.