ACHEMA Business Conference in Jakarta: Insights into the Chemical and Pharmaceuticals Industry


Jakarta, February 1, 2024 – ACHEMA Business Conference returned to Jakarta with the theme of “Shaping the Future of the Indonesian Downstream Industry” on February 1, 2024. This conference served as a pivotal platform for industry players to converge and explore opportunities in the chemical and pharmaceuticals industry in Indonesia. Moreover, it set the stage for ACHEMA's flagship exhibition in Frankfurt am Main from June 10 to 14, 2024, while also spotlighting the Process Innovation Asia Pacific - Powered by ACHEMA exhibition scheduled for November 19 to 21, 2024, in Singapore EXPO. The conference featured keynote speakers Syahroni Ahmad from the Indonesia Ministry of Industry, Frank Malerius from the German Trade and Invest, Dr. Christofer Arisandy President Director of BASF Indonesia, and Gabrielle Glenda Yauwira from Beckhoff Indonesia.

Indonesia’s chemical and pharmaceuticals industry has been growing over the past years. In 2023 alone, the total of bilateral trade between Indonesia and Germany amounted to USD 820 million, consisting of USD 650 million from Germany to Indonesia and USD 170 million from Indonesia to Germany. According to the German Indonesia Trade Investment, within these numbers, pharmaceuticals account for 19% of the total Germany’s export to Indonesia, while industrial chemicals came to 67% of the total Indonesia’s export to Germany. The figures showcase Indonesia's resilience amidst global uncertainties and underscore its commitment to achieve a sustainable economic development. Mr. Frank Malerius, Chief Representative Indonesia of German Trade & Invest, provided an insightful discussion on the remarkable number of Indonesia-Germany total bilateral trade amounting to an estimate USD 3.7 billion (Germany to Indonesia) and USD 4.9 billion (Indonesia to Germany) in 2023.

Mr. Syahroni Ahmad, Director of Access to Industrial Resources and International Promotion at the Ministry of Industry, presented the Indonesian government's initiatives aimed at fostering growth and innovation within Indonesia's downstream industry.

Moreover, Dr. Christofer Arisandy, President Director of BASF Indonesia, delved into the company's initiatives in optimizing Indonesia's market potential, shedding light on pivotal strategies driving growth in the downstream sector, supported by BASF's ambitious carbon management goals aiming for net-zero emissions by 2050 and a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, with investments of up to €4 billion. BASF will also attend the upcoming ACHEMA exhibition in Frankfurt.

Indonesia's rapid strides towards Industry 4.0 integration underscore its unwavering commitment to digital transformation and innovation. Initiatives like the Indonesia Industry 4.0 Roadmap epitomize the nation's embrace of cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, and IoT, positioning Indonesia as a regional vanguard in digital innovation. Beckhoff, represented by Ms. Gabrielle Glenda Yauwira as Business Development, also joins ACHEMA in Frankfurt to discuss the acceleration of Indonesia's Industry 4.0, further emphasizing the country's dedication to technological advancement.

The event was attended by Mr. Maximilian Mauer, First Secretary – Economic Affairs, German Embassy, giving welcome remarks to represent Germany’s support for Indonesian Downstream Industry growth.

"We are thrilled to be part of the ACHEMA Business Conference, where industry leaders gather to explore opportunities and challenges in Indonesia's downstream sector. Collaboration between government entities and private enterprises is essential to drive innovation and sustainable growth," expressed Mr. Syahroni Ahmad, Ministry of Industry.

"Our partnership with Indonesia exemplifies the deepening economic ties between our nations. By leveraging Germany's expertise and Indonesia's dynamic market, we can foster mutually beneficial outcomes and drive the downstream industry towards a more sustainable and prosperous future," remarked Mr. Frank Malerius, German Trade & Invest.


ACHEMA serves as the global forum for chemical engineering, process engineering, and biotechnology. The leading show for the process industries, held every three years in Frankfurt, covers a spectrum ranging from laboratory equipment to safety technology, catering to the needs of chemical, pharmaceutical, and food production industries. The next ACHEMA takes place from June 10 to 14, 2024, in Frankfurt am Main. More at

About Process Innovation Asia-Pacific – Powered by ACHEMA

Process Innovation Asia-Pacific – Powered by ACHEMA, slated for November 19 to 21, 2024, at Singapore EXPO, is set to drive innovation, industrial growth, and sustainable development within these sectors. Anchored in Singapore, the event will accelerate adaptability to market changes and support industries on their journey towards becoming higher value-added entities.


The German-Indonesian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (EKONID) is part of the worldwide network of German Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHK) and was founded more than 90 years ago. With a local network of nearly 400 companies, organizations and individual members, as well as a global network of 150 offices of reliable and trustworthy partners in 93 countries and a global membership of 42,000, EKONID is well positioned to act as platform for international knowledge transfer and to support bilateral business relationship between Indonesia and Germany. More at