"The factory has been in a trial operation for several months," its president director Tato Miraza said here on Thursday night.
PT Antams plant processing bauxite ore into chemical grade alumina (CGA) in Tayan will start commercial operation in August.
Tato said 200,000 tons of its annual production of 300,000 tons of CGA would be exported to Japan and the remaining 100,000 tons would be for domestic consumption, exported to other southeast Asian countries, China, South Korea and Europe.
He said the factory was built in support of the government policy to promote processing industry in the country banning export of mineral concentrate.
The factory is operated by PT Indonesia Chemical Alumina (ICA), which is a joint venture between PT Antam and Japans Showa Denko.
Antam has a 80 percent stake in PT ICA with the Japanese partner holding the remaini9ng 20 percent.
Construction of the factory began on April 11, 2011 with an investment of Rp5 trillion .
The investment was financed with fund from Antam and Showa Denko and a loan from Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and Mizuho Bank Ltd.
Alumina is a basic material for electronic goods and other products of high technology such as LCD screen Integrated Circuit and building materials. (*)
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