TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The West Java Manpower and Transmigration Agency revealed that from January 2018 until September 2019, a total of 188 textile and textile products industries have declared bankruptcy. The bankrupt industries later relocated their business to Central Java.
"As a result of the bankruptcy of 188 garment factories, as many as 68,000 laborers were dismissed," said Hemasari Dharmabuni, a member of the West Java Acceleration Team for Manpower Division of the West Java Manpower and Transmigration Agency on Friday, October 4, 2019.
Hema said that the majority of the textile industry in West Java declared bankruptcy and relocated to other regions because of imported textile products from China. "And the majority of garment companies in West Java who were bankrupt originated from Majalaya, Bandung Regency," Hema said.
In addition to the influx of imported textile goods from China, Hema said that another factor causing bankruptcy among textile factories in West Java, especially in Majalaya, was the inability to adapt with technological advancement.
"So, in Majalaya, the industry is old and even in 2019, there are still weaving tools used by the factories that are not machines," Hema explained.
Hema asserted that the West Java Manpower and Transmigration Agency has carried out various efforts to prevent the remaining textile industries from going bankrupt.