Printing business will go Bankrupt due to rotating blackouts
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Printing business will go Bankrupt due to rotating blackouts

Makasar : Indonesia | Oct 23, 2009 at 10:03 PM PDT
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A number of medium and small scale printing entrepreneurs in Makassar, said it would close their business if the power cut in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, are still progress to the next two

Increased production costs very high and we continue to receive complaints from our users, said the owner Almagada printing, Rizal Shamsuddin in Makassar City, South Sulawesi Province, Indonesia.

"Consumers even intentionally slowed our ordering rate with the reason the lights off," he said.

According to him, since blackout's starting in August, he immediately took the initiative to use electric generators and split work schedule of seven employees to twice a day.

But that ways is not enough effective to pressure production costs, because he had to spend additional costs to purchase fuel generators and and must pay the workers overtime.

"The work that should be three days, finally only able to finish in one week. The production cost soared one hundred percents. We use a 2500 KV generator, but all printing machines can not run normally using the generator," he said.

Rizal explained, in one the day, he was able targetting to receive print orders minimum valued at 500 thousand rupiahs. However, after the power cut occurred, to get only 200 thousand rupiahs is very difficult.

"My printing business produce any printed material, such as t-shirts and banner. But the priority printing paper," he said.

Owner of Wahana Nusantara Sakti printing business, Zulkifli Tahir said, rotating blackouts make his business production is not smooth. In the last three months, the business targets is never achieved because the increasing cost of production.

"I can not help, if extinction is still going through the next two months, I was forced to "shut down" and I had to close the business and trying to build a business that is not so dependent on electricity system," said Zulkifli that hiring of three employees.

According to him, before he could get net earnings of 2 million rupiahs per month, but after a blackout in the last three months, he was only able to reap a profit of 200-300 thousand rupiahs per month.

He said, he along with several other types of business owners such as a chair-making services and ink-refill service in Makassar, agreed if the private sector participate in electrical invest in Indonesia.

"It's okay to expensive. The most important ministry, and the situation is not like now," he said.

(Note: $1 exchange rate equal to approximately Rp9500)

Akbarmu Akbarkita is based in Makasar, Sulawesi Selatan, Indonesia, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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