Indonesia’s PT. KRAKATAU POSCO, POSCO’s first overseas integrated steel mill, turned profitable after 4 years of operations and exceeded 10 million tons of steel in cumulative sales.
PT. KRAKATAU POSCO sold 1.7 million tons of steel in 2014, its first year of operation, then increased its sales to 2.8 million tons in 2016. The company’s annual sales volume has increased continuously, and its cumulative sales reached 10 million tons as of January 15, 2018. Last year’s tentative performance showed an operating profit of about USD 12 million, enabling the company to turn a profit for the first time.
PT. KRAKATAU POSCO, which began operations in December 2013, is the first integrated steel mill in Southeast Asia with a production capacity of 3 million tons. POSCO and Indonesia’s state-operated steelmaker Krakatau Steel invested 70 percent and 30 percent respectively.
As PT. KRAKATAU POSCO is POSCO’s first overseas steel mill, POSCO concentrated all the competencies of its group affiliates including POSCO E&C, POSCO Energy and POSCO ICT into constructing and operating the facility. After 4 years of hard work, PT. KRAKATAU POSCO is now the leading steelmaker in Southeast Asia.
Instead of resorting to imports, Indonesia can now procure high-quality steel products from PT. KRAKATAU POSCO, greatly enhancing the competitiveness of Indonesia’s steel-consuming industries.
PT. Bukaka Teknik, manufacturing steel-frame structures, is planning to purchase 120,000 tons of thick plates from PT. KRAKATAU POSCO, and construct Indonesia’s first steel-framed elevated expressway, and PT. Kenertec, Korindo Heavy Industry’s wind turbine tower production subsidiary, will build wind power generators and wind turbine towers with PT. KRAKATAU POSCO steel for export to the US and Europe.
PT. KRAKATAU POSCO also plans to further reinforce partnerships with local steelmakers and increase investments in downstream industries to continue providing quality steel products to its partners in Southeast Asia.
Cover photo courtesy of Universitas Gadjah Mada.