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SUCOFINDO as the appointed institution for the provision of Salt Area potential Mapping and National’s Salt demand

Rabu, 26 Januari 2011 | 15:27

Most people notice salt as one of the food-enhancement that further classified to be consumption salt, and as the food preservatives, particularly in fish and meat products.

In addition to table salt consumption and fish-salting application, large amount of industrial salt is needed by chlor chemical or alcaline chlor chemical plant (CAP) to produce raw materials for polyvynil chloride (PVC), caustic soda and chlorine derivatives as bleaching material.  Industrial salt is also needed by food as well as cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries.


Following SNI requirement, direct consumption of salt requires Sodium Chloride (NaCl) minimum content of 94,7 % .


CAP industry requires NaCl content of 97 %.  Cosmetics and pharmaceutical industry requires 99% of NaCl content.

High grade salt is imported from Australia with high shipment cost.  Indonesia’s need for industrial salt is 90% supplied by this imported salt.

Salt with 99% NaCl content is imported from Germany.

In average, Australian salt industry can produce 18 million tons of high-grade salt annually.

Today, China is the world’s largest producer of   salt with production reaching 60 milion tons a year.

One of major factors that enable Chinato produce large quantity of salt is the availability of salting lands and support from salt research center in Tianjin.

Chinahas developed land design and optomalization process of evaporation and crystallization, as well as utilized vacuum processing to produce high quality salt.

Various researches have been applied on various kind of salt product such as consumption salt, medical salt, and shampoo salt in order to add value to the products.

Production capacity of the Indonesian salt industry has been relatively lower in comparison to those of salt producing countries such as Australia and China.

In pursuing the target of becoming salt self-sufficient as well as accelerating increase of salt production and supporting distribution and consumption ioded salt that conforms to SNI requirement, as well as anticipating mid term and long term salt demand, government put priority on the program of “Mapping of Potential Salt Land and National Salt Demand”   SUCOFINDO was awarded this project by the Ministry of Industry through a transparent, accountable and objective tender mechanism

A contract worth Rp. 6.8 Billion has been signed on September 22 2010 at Gran Melia Hotel by the President Director of SUCOFINDO and Director for Downstream Chemical Industry Ministry of Industry represented the Government of the Republic of Indonesia.

The projects resulted in objective data and information on the condition of land, infrastructure, and production facility of raw and ioded salt by province.

 Recommendarion and proposal of policy, strategy, program and activity following the program has given benefits to relevant agencies at national, provincial and regency level as well as to business players and community.

Based on outputs of the above project, Directorate of Downstream Chemical Industry, Directorate General of Agro and Chemical Industry Ministry of Industry has set a number of programs that include raw material quality improvement program.

The program is aimed at fulfilling the needs for salt for food industry as well as ioded salt as much as +/- 167,141 ton and for the replacement of imported consumption salt as much as 99.000 tons, replacement for other kind of salt and industrial salt as much as ± 171.000 tons, and imported salt for pharmaceutical use as much as ± 1.000 ton.