Industry: Gipang, The Crunchy Sweet of Banten!

Snacks that one is said to be one of the Banten savouries are sold as souvenirs. It feels crisp, sweet, slightly sticky because it is made of sticky rice mixed with sugar water. Want to taste it?

Banten and Jakarta distance is not so far away. But not many know that this small town also keep some snacks that shake up the tongue. One of the snacks are pretty popular Bantam either be enjoyed as a snack or a souvenir is gipang cake.

Arguably the ingredients for the cake gipang very simple. The main ingredient is glutinous rice to make white or red sticky rice. Once steamed, then cooled and washed glutinous water and then dried in the sun to dry too sticky. Well, then fried and then mixed with sugar water so typical slightly sticky texture when eaten.

Gipang that is so thin and cut into pieces. If the first gipang not have a flavor variation, gipang now made ​​in a variety of flavors such as pandan flavor and brown sugar. Some are smeared with peanut butter on it to impart a delicious savory-savory.

Gipang now arguably the confectionary that is quite rare, not many sellers these snacks outside the city of Serang. Even in Punjab alone gipang only made ​​in cottage industries in the villages. Though this snack has a huge potential, because it feels good addition gipang price is very affordable.

The mushrooms are Start Blooming

Jakarta – Food is considered one eye is now starting to break into the industry and start households had a light snack hearts of the fans. Kriuk taste like crunchy savory .. Kriuk this cow lung could certainly addictive. Try it!

Fungus is now not only able to pan, dipepes or additives used to make the soup course. But it can also be used as a light snack when his leisure. Cottage industry that began to spread to large cities is now very popular. It was a tasty-but similar to a savory crisp fried cow lung is indeed fitting to friends while relaxing. Not only that, mushroom chips is also good for a side dish loh!

Mushrooms used to make chips using the mushroom fungi are campignon or commonly known as button mushrooms. In making 1 kg of mushroom chips apparently it takes at least 3 to 4 kg of fresh mushrooms. Wow .. This mugkin because of severe fungal shrink after processing it?

Because of this, prices are still relatively expensive mushroom chips. In addition to the supply of fresh mushrooms made ​​this mushroom chips is still limited. Some chips mushroom producing areas sometimes have difficulty getting supplies of fresh mushrooms. Though demand is growing every year.

In Jakarta alone mushroom chips is still quite sult encountered. Several times I menjumpinya when there are small and medium enterprises exhibition ever held in Jakarta some time ago. The price is likely to be more expensive compared to its original place as Wonosobo, Lampung, Dieng, Cisarua, and several other areas. For small packet of crisps mushroom prices range from USD 12,000.00 to $ 18,000.00.

Taxi Express Raup Rp 60 Billion Profit, Grow 54%

Is ground transportation services brand Express, Express Transindo Main Tbk PT (TAXI) earned a net profit of Rp 60.5 billion. The amount of net income increased 54% when compared to net income in the same period in 2012 amounting to Rp 39 billion. This achievement exceeded the company’s target of Rp 59 billion.

The rise in net profit driven by the acquisition of the company’s total revenue per June 30, 2013 which reached Rp 331.3 billion, an increase of 40% when compared to the same period of the previous year of Rp 237 billion.

“The Company’s financial performance this semester boast, revenue growth and significant earnings thanks to the success and efficiency of the Company’s expansion strategy, in addition to our success was due to maintaining the quality of service,” said Chief Financial Officer Taxi Express David Santoso in a press release, in Jakarta, Friday (2 / 8/2013).

He said the biggest contribution is still dominated by regular taxi which reached 84%. The rest of the Business Value Added Business Transportation Limousine dominated by vehicles that are in Bali, Lombok, Bandung and Jakarta.

Express regular cab fleet itself which operates to this day more than 8,800 units, which is targeted to reach 10 035 units by year-end.

“This year we expect to be able to add to our regular fleet of 2,000 units,” added David.

For this year, he said, the company aims to add 5 new pool in the area Jadetabek.

According to him, from the target, the Company has been getting 3 new locations for the pool. The Company is currently looking for a location for a second pool. Indeed most current pool still in Jadetabek. In addition to the Jadetabek, Express Group also has a pool in the other areas, namely in Bali, Lombok, Medan, Surabaya and Semarang.

Meanwhile, with regard to the new tariff set Express Group, David explained that it does not affect the Company’s financial.

This is because the Express Group implemented a partnership scheme with the driver, so that the new tariff solely to adjust the driver’s income and maintain the welfare of each individual driver’s partner.

While the driver of the Company’s partners deposit value remained elevated and did not participate. “We will continue to focus on improving service to our customers. We are confident in the consistency of the Company’s future financial performance has continued to increase, especially taxi business in Indonesia is very potential, “he explained.

Holcim Profit Down 7 Percent

Cement plant Holcim Indonesia posted a profit of Rp 467 billion during the first half of 2013. This figure is down 7 percent compared to net income in the same period a year earlier.
In a financial statement released, the cement factory managed to collect revenue to Rp 4.482 trillion. The achievement is obtained from the optimization of product mix and distribution to meet the challenges of increased market supply of capacity and imports increase. The revenue is actually higher than last year which was only Rp 4.191 trillion.
However, because of higher distribution costs make profits become depressed. Additionally, the increased cost of sales and administrative as well as financial costs, have an impact on short-term profits.
Nevertheless, President Director, Eamon Ginley convey, the general performance of Holcim are on the rise. It can be seen from the increase in gross profit of 33 percent to 35 percent. Holcim also has distributed interim dividend of Rp 37 per share to be paid, 15% greater than the interim dividend last year.
“With this dividend, for sure Holcim continues to provide benefits to its shareholders, and to continue to implement strategies based on adding value to customers, and maximize the efficiency of capacity,” Ginley said in a release received Suara Merdeka.
Holcim Indonesia is currently working in the middle market of excess supply conditions. However, he expects this condition is temporary.
Cement demand continued to grow consistently in the medium and long term, because the Indonesian economy continues to grow. This is supported by the existence of government and private sector investment in infrastructure and housing needs is also continuing. Therefore, the development of new plant proyen Holcim in Tuban, East Java, will provide benefits to the company.
“The cost of distribution to major markets in East Java to be more efficient, and will ensure smooth supply and better service for customers,” adds Ginley.
1 Tuban cement plant will produce 1.7 million tons of cement per year and will start in accordance with the planned schedule. Cement mill will begin operations on in August this year.

Astra Print Profit of Rp 4.3 trillion, Thinning 7%

PT Astra International Tbk (ASII) recorded a profit of Rp 4.3 trillion at the end of March 2013. Thinning profit 7% of the acquisition of the same period of the previous year of Rp 4.6 trillion.

The fall in profit was in line with the Astra stagnanya Astra turnover alias net income in the first quarter of 2013 amounted to Rp 46.7 trillion, edged up 1% compared to the same period in 2012 of Rp 46.4 trillion.

“Indonesia’s economic outlook remains positive, although in the short term gains Astra will be affected by rising labor costs, weakening commodity prices, competition in the automotive industry and the impact of regulations on the minimum down payment auto financing sharia,” said President Director of Astra International Prijono Sugiarto in press release, Wednesday (24/04/2013).

Astra Group activities focus on six core business lines, namely Automotive Division, Financial Services, Heavy Equipment and Mining, Agribusiness, Infrastructure and Logistics, and Information Technology with the following details.

Automotive Division’s net profit fell by 10% to Rp 2.2 trillion, consisting of Rp 1 trillion from the Company and its subsidiaries, as well as the contribution from associates and jointly controlled entities in the automotive field of Rp 1.2 trillion.

Throughout the first quarter of 2013, demand for motor vehicles remains high, mainly supported by rising incomes and borrowing rates are affordable. However, increased competition due to increased domestic production capacity and rising labor costs have led to a reduction of the net profit contribution of automotive segments. This condition is expected to continue in the second quarter.

Regulatory minimum down payment on auto financing imposed sharia financing for companies since January 1, 2013 and applies in the bank on 1 April 2013, had little impact on the performance of the first quarter. The new regulation is expected to have an impact on the motorbike sales in the first half.

Total national car sales increased 18% to 296,000 units. Astra’s car sales (Toyota, Daihatsu, Isuzu, UD Trucks and Peugeot) increased 7% to 155,000 units, with a market share of 52%. In the first quarter Astra launched three new models and five facelift models.

Astra Daihatsu Motor has completed construction of a new factory in Karawang with a total production capacity of 120,000 units per year, so overall production capacity to reach 460,000 units per year.

While the national motorcycle sales rose 2% to 2 million units. Honda motorcycle sales output of PT Astra Honda Motor (AHM) rose 14% to 1.2 million units, with an increase in market share from 55% to 62%.

Throughout the first quarter of 2013, PT Astra Honda Motor launched two new models and four models facelift. PT Astra Honda Motor has increased the production capacity for sport type motorcycle from 900 units to 1,300 units per day.

PT Astra Otoparts Tbk (AOP), component manufacturing company in which 95.7% owned by the Company, recorded a net profit of Rp 267 billion, an increase of 2%, where 71% is the contribution from associates and jointly controlled entities. 11% increase in revenues eroded by rising labor costs.

Division of Financial Services net profit rose 23% to Rp 1 trillion. Total financing through Astra automotive finance business consisting of Federal International Finance (FIF), Astra Credit Companies (ACC), and Toyota Astra Financial Services (TAFS) grew 6% to Rp 13.2 trillion, including joint financing through bank financing without recourse .

Total weight of equipment financing through PT Surya Artha Nusantara Finance and PT Komatsu Astra Finance fell 40% to Rp 1.3 trillion. PT Bank Permata Tbk is 44.6% owned by the Company, posted a net profit of Rp 356 billion, an increase of 7%. Net interest income increased driven by higher loan growth by 36%, despite the increase in operating costs.

PT Asuransi Astra Buana (AAB) subsidiaries engaged in insurance business had a net profit due to higher growth in gross premium income in excess payment of reinsurance and claims costs are high.

Net income and Mining Equipment division fell 26% to Rp 0.7 trillion. PT United Tractors Tbk (UT), which is 59.5% owned by the Company, reported a 26% drop in net income to Rp 1.1 trillion, while net income decreased by 17%.

Business segment net revenue of construction machinery fell 42%, due to lower sales of Komatsu heavy equipment by 42% to 1,272 units. This happens due to decreased demand from the mining sector, especially for large units. Although when compared with the final quarter of 2012, unit sales increased by 70%.

Pamapersada PT Nusantara (PAMA), a subsidiary of UT in the field of coal mining contractor posted a net income increase of 19%, in line with the increase in coal production by 12% to 24 million tons and increase soil removal work (overburden removal) by 3% to 199 million bcm. Good performance was driven by increased mining capacity and good weather conditions.

UT subsidiaries in mining reported net income decreased by 36%, which is caused by the decrease in coal sales by 23% to 1.2 million tons. Decline in coal prices and rising fuel prices have a negative impact on gross profit margin.
Agribusiness Division’s net profit decreased by 6% to Rp 0.3 trillion. PT Astra Agro Lestari Tbk (AALI), which is 79.7% owned by the Company, reported net income of Rp 356 billion.

Palm oil production increased 22% to 352,000 tonnes, which resulted in increased revenue by 6% to Rp 2.7 trillion, although compared to the first quarter of 2012 the average CPO price decreased 16% to Rp 6.464/kg. Overall net income decreased, due to the high cost of production and operational costs.

Net income Infrastructure and Logistics Division declined by 19% to Rp 124 billion. PT Marga Mandala Sakti (MMS), which operates the toll road operator pathway Tangerang – Merak along 72.5 km, which is 79.3% owned by the Company, noted an increase in the volume of vehicle traffic by 10% to 10 million vehicles.

PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya (PALYJA), a leading provider of clean water in the area west of Jakarta, reported a decline in water sales volume by 3% to 37 million m3. PT Serasi Autoraya (SERA), recorded an increase in revenue, mainly supported by the increasing number of vehicles on lease contracts TRAC vehicle rental business by 6% by the number of vehicles of more than 31,000 units. The high cost of depreciation and operating costs lead to lower net income compared to the first quarter of 2012.

Net income and Information Technology Division of Rp 20 billion, down 22% compared to the first quarter of 2012. PT Astra Graphia Tbk (AG), a company engaged in the field of information technology and the sole agent of Fuji Xerox in Indonesia, which is 76.9% owned by the Company, recorded a net profit of Rp 26 billion.

Adobe’s acquisition of Neolane Rp 5.8 Trillion

Adobe Systems announced the company’s acquisition of Neolane marketing company. The transaction value of U.S. $ 600 million (about USD 5.8 trillion). The marketing company itself only has annual revenues of approximately U.S. $ 60 million (approximately USD 580 billion).
“It would make a better leader on Adobe’s digital marketing services and strengthen the Adobe Marketing Cloud,” said Brad Rencher, Senior Vice President of Digital Marketing.
Established in 2001, Neolane is headquartered in Paris, France, and serves a number of large clients such as Accor Hotels, Alcatel-Lucent, IKEA, Samsung, Sony, and Dior.
Neolane is the sixth product from Adobe Marketing Cloud service, which includes Analytics, Target, Social, Experience Manager, and Media Optimizer.
Neolane This acquisition will improve the management of electronic mail services and a large amount of real-time recommendations.

Analysis of stock market investors fear

JAKARTA – Capital market analysts, Pardomuan Sihombing said that the decision of the judges of Corruption (Corruption) in a case of IM2, causing fears of capital market investors. Because the regulations are not clear can ensnare anyone who is doing business in Indonesia.

“It could happen (investors will fear) that the decision was negative, meaning that is associated with the regulation of the telecommunications industry,” said Pardomuan Sihombing, told reporters on Friday (19/7).

It is said, that investors will invest into doubt whether the investment fund to be back or not, when the company suddenly entangled case. Doubt it, he added, is very clearly threatens the entire industry.

“Investors need legal certainty, because that’s what makes the industry rules become clear, so as to ensure the development of the telecommunications industry,” he said.

Pardomuan added that the symptoms have not been perceived concerns, the article of the legal process is not over. However, if there is already a binding verdict and declared IM2 guilty, then the impact will be felt.

“We all expect the final result will be better,” said Pardomuan.

As information, on Monday (8/7) Corruption Court sentenced former Director of IM2, Indar Atmanto to 4 years imprisonment with a fine of Rp200 million with subsidiary imprisonment of 3 months. Judge fines also punish IM2 pay Rp1, 3 trillion. Judges-network cooperation Indosat IM2 there are elements of corruption.

This ruling a major impact, as almost all sectors of the telecommunications businesses registered as a public company is also running a similar business model. Including PT Indosat Tbk, PT Telkomsel, PT XL Axiata Tbk, PT Smartfren Telecom, PT Bakrie Telecom Tbk and other telecommunications operators.

In fact, the communication sector alone contributes to Rp11, 8 trillion in revenues and in 2012. This figure is the biggest revenue for Indonesia in addition to the energy and mineral resources.

Responding to the verdict, Indonesian Infocom Society (Mastel) and the Indonesian Telecommunications Regulatory Body (BRTI) have reported the presiding judge to the Judicial Commission.

Mastel judge there are allegations of violations of the code of conduct by the presiding judge in the case. “There are some points that filed a complaint to the Judicial Commission, namely that the judges in check and try not professional in understanding the case filed,” said Mastel Chairman, Setyanto P. Santosa.

Setyanto judging, the judges are not being fair in making its decision. According to him, the judges only listen to experts from the Public Prosecutor (PP). and ignore the official opinion of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology as the regulator Telekomunikasi Indonesia.

Dividend Coverage Telkom Rp 7.1 Trillion to Shareholders

PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Persero) will distribute a cash dividend of 55% of net income in 2012. The dividend equivalent to Rp 7.1 trillion, or a minimum of USD 369.1 per share.

In late 2012, the state-owned company posted a net profit of Rp 12.9 trillion or 17.2% when compared with net income in 2011 reached Rp 11 trillion.

Managing Director of Telkom, said Arief Yahya, profit growth was driven by the performance of the company’s subsidiary, Telkomsel, which performs continuous plume.

“Entities subsidiary, Telkomsel is still a major contributor to the company’s business,” Arief said the AGM in 2013, at the Ritz Carlton Pacific Place, Sudirman CBD, Jakarta, Friday (04/19/2013).

“In addition, a special cash dividend of 10% of net income of Rp 1.3 trillion, or at least Rp 67.1 per share,” he said.

The company also set aside retained earnings amounting to Rp 4.5 trillion, which would be used to finance the company’s business development.

In this meeting also approved the addition of members of the Board of Commissioners, by lifting the Commissioner Gatot Trihargo TLKM coded it.

Legit crisp and the Phia and Fia from Yogyakarta

Create bakpia fans or pia, bakpia from Yogyakarta was already familiar for souvenirs. Not only sweet but savory taste affordable price makes this snack a lot of fans. Currently there are pia new model offered by the Yogyakarta as souvenirs. Hmmm … like what ya pia recently?

As souvenirs bakpia known as bakpia Pathuk been known since long. It does not seem to Yogyakarta afdol if not stopped carrying bakpia Pathuk as souvenirs. Due to high demand in the region do not be surprised if Pathuk road turned into a cottage industry bakpia region. There is a branded 75, 45, 95 and other numbers ending in 5!

This traditional form of bakpia round flat dough with wet skin a little clay. The dough is made from mung bean contents are not peeled so lightly browned and a variety of other variants such as pandan content, chocolate, cheese, and others. Bakpia making this recipe and still wear the traditional way. Because little damp, bakpia is not durable.

Now if stopped by the city, there is a new kind of pia that can be bought for a souvenir. Pia are branded Phia ‘Deva’ and ‘Fia’ This is a more modern type of pia. Batter crispy skin, savory and dry. The shape is not round but rectangular flat minor. For wearing a crisp batter and spread with egg yolk plus a sprinkling of sesame attractive it looks more yellow.

Not just a different shape, but clean and beautiful packaging in cardboard boxes to make it more attractive pia. The contents are very varied. In addition to green beans, no cheese, chocolate, pineapple, strawberry, durian and others. Pia is also durable with reasonable price Rp. 9,000.00 per box.

To get this new kind pia you can drop in to the shops for souvenirs in Yogyakarta and specifically to bakpia ‘Deva’ can come to Jl. No. 18 Minomartani cork, Yogaykarta.

Industry: Buying & Choosing Chocolate Cooking

Widths of not less than two weeks away. Maybe you’ve planned to make cakes using chocolate ingredients to be given or sold at the feast. What kind of chocolate is suitable for making these cakes? Yuk, peep the info here!

In the market found a lot of different types of chocolate. But if your goal is to make buying chocolate cakes of chocolate, types of chocolate are selected should receive special attention. Obviously because it affects the display of pastries to make it more beautiful and the resulting flavor.

There are two types of chocolate are usually used in making cakes of chocolate, ie chocolate couverture and compound types. Type is the original chocolate couverture which usually contain fat chocolate, chocolate mass and tend bitter taste and the price is more expensive.

Before using these types of chocolates usually have to go through the process of making chocolate tempering temperature reaches around 25oC – 30oC. The tempering process is used to make the color look more shiny brown and tastes better. Couverture chocolate is usually sold in the form of blocks or now also in smaller pieces so easy dilumerkan.

While this type of compound chocolate is a type of chocolate that is made of brown fat that is mixed with other vegetable and sugar or sweetener. This type of chocolate so the price tends to be cheaper than the couverture. Use compound chocolate is also easier because enough in the team aka melted away.

Chocolate compound widely used by bakery cottage industry compared to the types of couverture which is widely used in bakery or pastry shop a large scale such as large industrial and hotel. The second type of chocolate is sold in a variety of brands such as Tulip, Collata, Thyes, Lindt, until Valhorna. All are offered at varying prices in 1kg or 2kg packs.

In a grocery store cake (ICC) is also sold without a brand cooking chocolate. Usually these chocolates wrapped in transparent plastic with a steeper price around Rp 13,000.00 – 15,000.00 USD (depending on size). There is a dark chocolate, milk chocolate, until chocolate with colors like pink, yellow, green, etc.