JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesia’ conglomeration company, PT Astra International Tbk (IDX: ASII) start to look at other businesses replacing the businesses that are starting to fade, said the official today (11/25). Through its subsidiary PT Astra Digital Internasional, the issuer is ready to develop four digital platforms as innovative products to meet the community’s demand.

Kemas Henry Kurniawan, Director of Astra Digital, told reporters in Jakarta, that the group’ investment in the digital sector did not only flow to multi-platform provider GoJek, which is currently invested Rp3.5 trillion (US$250 million). The company, he said, also looking another startups.

Going forward, the company will continue to increase its investment portion, especially for the four Astra Digital platforms, namely Seva.id, CariPark, Sejalan, and Movic. He explained Seva.id is a web-based digital platform to accommodate the needs of people who want to buy a new vehicle.

Then CariPark, the application to make it easier for users to find a parking space. While Sejalan, it is an application that can bring together drivers and passengers who have a one-way trip. Finally, Movic is an application for vehicle rental.

“In addition to the right solution, customer engagement is very important to reach out and strengthen our relationship with customers, especially with the millennial generation,” he said by adding, Astra has budgeted capital expenditure funds of around Rp27 trillion this year to support the business expansion by its unit.

Astra Infra Eyeing Port Projects in Kalimantan

While, PT Astra Tol Nusantara (Astra Infra), arms of Astra in infrastructure business line, is ready to expand the port business in line with the planned move of the country’s capital to East Kalimantan.

Astra Infra Ceo Group Djap Tet Fa said that the port business was one of the company’s focuses alongside the toll road. Currently, the Astra Infra port business line is run by PT Pelabuhan Penajam Banua Taka (PPBT). The port is also known as Astra Infra Port Eastkal.

“We have a public port license. When there is a construction of a new capital city, we need tools and materials. The hope is that (loading of tools and materials) can pass through our port,” he said.

He added that currently, the port managed by Astra Infra in Penajam has a land area of ​​95 hectares. PPBT also manages a 200-meter warehouse, workshop, and jetty that can accommodate 10,000 deadweight tonnage vessels.

For expansion, Tet Fa said that the company is aiming for an additional 100 hectares of land. Next year, Astra Infra intends to expand the open yard or open yard and extend the pier to 350 meters to 400 meters.

So far, Astra Infra Port Eastkal serves as a shore base for the oil and gas industry, the mining industry, and the Astra business group. Until last year, PPBT had contracts running with six oil and gas contractor companies, namely Saka Energy – South Sesulu, Eni East Sepinggan, MI – Swaco (Schlumberger Group), Halliburton, COSL, and Dowell.

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Written by Lexy Nantu, Email: lexy@theinsiderstories.com