Steel as one of the main components in infrastructure project development is currently the new prima donna. This is in line with the increasing demand from the domestic construction industry and the global market. Demand for steel in 2010 was around 8-9 million tons, 2009 was 7-8 million tons, and in 2008 around 6.5 million tons. That was the keynote lecture of the Minister of Public Works (PU) Djoko Kirmanto, represented by the Head of the Center for Research and Development of the Ministry of Public Works Anita Firmanti in a Seminar and Exhibition entitled "Future Prospects of Steel for Construction in Indonesia", in Jakarta.
National steel construction has recently increased, but national steel consumption is still far behind that of neighboring countries. As a comparison, Indonesia's steel consumption is 30 kg per capita per year and Malaysian steel consumption is 500 kg per capita per year. Meanwhile, Koera steel consumption is around 1 ton per capita per year. With this comparison, Djoko Kirmanto still believes that the demand for steel in Indonesia will increase along with the government's future program plans. Especially in infrastructure development which is expected to be the locomotive of national economic growth.
Government program plans in infrastructure development certainly require a very large supply of steel. This is a challenge that must be answered optimistically by the national steel producers, academics, and other stakeholders involved in the national steel industry. In the keynote lecture, it was emphasized that we are motivated to devote more and optimize various resources. This is an effort to catch up and stand in line with other countries in the world. According to Djoko Kirmanto, one indication of the level of progress that is closely related to quality infrastructure is characterized by its steel consumption. In this regard, PT Krakatau Steel (Persero) Tbk and Nippon Steel Corporation (NSC) as steel producers are working with related downstream industries, ready to support the development of infrastructure and steel-based earthquake-resistant buildings.