"2012 was a good year with exports of furniture up 6.96 percent despite economic crisis in the US and Europe," its chairman, Ambar Tjahyono, said at a press conference here on Tuesday.
He said the US and Europe were the main markets of Indonesian furniture and crafts products.
"In 2012 many buyers came from the US but due to unstable economic conditions there new markets need to be developed," he said.
He said that ASEAN countries as well as China could also become potential markets for the products.
"The Indonesian position now is different. We must have courage to compete with China by marketing our products there in addition to Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan," he said.
Ambar said the Indonesian products have a very good quality and are liked by the international markets very much.
Based on Asmindo data total exports until September in 2011 reached US$1.3 billion. He hoped it would reach US$1.8 billion by the end of 2012.
The value of furniture exports until September 2012 was recorded up 19.24 percent to US$737 million from US$618 million in the same period in 2011.
Rattan furniture exports meanwhile increased 31.23 percent from US$120 million to US$157 million but bamboo furniture exports dropped 9.38 percent from US$7.8 million to US$7.1 million until September 2012.
Exports of metal and plastic products also rose respectively 37.93 percent and 55.82 percent while other products were down 23 percent.