Looking for furniture and upholstery textile manufacturer

Hi,

I am travelling to Indonesia Bali/Jepara at the end of August to find a furniture manufacturer to make some custom pieces for a furniture business I am starting in Australia.I have been in contact with a company called Aindo furniture who are located in Jepara.I have been trying to go through and use a sourcing company but they are being very slow to respond to any emails etc. I am wondering if any body knows anything about them or has any further recommendations of any reputable classic furniture makers in Indonesia? I am also wondering if anyone can point me in the direction of  upholstery manufacturers either in Jepara or Bali.

Kind regards

Jillian Breen

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As a general rule of thumb, you are much better off dealing directly with furniture and upholstery factories that are located on Java, and not Bali.

The overwhelming majority of so called "furniture factories" on Bali are in reality nothing more than satellite offices or workshops of the large full scale operations in Java.  The Java operations have far less overhead than here on Bali, and also they are much closer to the outgoing shipping port of Surabaya.  In placing an order here in Bali with one of those shops you should be paying the Java factory price, but if you purchase an already made and on Bali product, you will be paying a premium price. 

There are exceptions to this general rule of thumb...viz, Naga Mas in the village of Mas, and Yan Antiques near Sukawati.  Both of those are Balinese owned and they do not have "mother factories" in Java.

One very important tip for you, and this is especially important if you are going to be buying any teak wood furniture.  That is to be sure to buy and always have with you a moisture meter.  You want to avoid your customers being very unhappy that their teak wood table split down the middle 6 months after they bought it. 

As a final word...there have been, and still remain, a great many businesses like the one you are going to start.  The competition is fierce to say the least.  With that in mind, please be very careful and diligent because a great many have tried this at one time or another, and with disastrous results.

Good luck!

I agree with what Ubudian mentioned.
Initially I was surprised you limit your search in Bali.

My family business are importers for decades.
However, I have family contacts that are running factories that export all over the world. In your specified line of field, furniture maker located in Central Java. And upholstery factory in Surabaya, East Java. They are run and owned by Indonesians who studied and lived in Australia before, so will likely understand your needs.

If you are still interested, drop me a pm.

I agree with both the above posters. Better to buy directly from Java and no Bali because most of the furniture is trucked from Java to Bali to sell. You can see big trucks packed solid with furniture on the roads anywhere between Kerobokan and Ubud coming from Java.

Yan's Antique is alright and Yan is a very nice man. He belongs to the Tabanan family which also includes Mario Antiques and Mario's wife Etsy is a charming Javanese woman who handles the sales and orders. They are both located just north of Sukawati before reaching the village of Mas. Mario's have a furniture workshop nearby with all the machines for making teak garden furniture and for updating and repairing old carved teak benches that they bring in from Malang in Java. However, even though they make much of the teak garden furniture, their prices and slightly higher than most of those companies who import from Java. If you are not really interested in garden furniture then you would be much better off looking in Jepara.

Ubudian is right about the humidity of the teak, but other things to look for are new furniture that have had little damaged pieces repaired. This is where they cut out a piece of rotten wood and replace it with a new piece, so a so-called new piece of furniture might have little squares of different coloured wood, so you need to be clear with the manufacturer that you will not accept this. Also, because furniture is a big business, a lot of young teak is being used. This is a lighter whiter coloured teak and the manufacturers stain it darker to look like the nice mature teak that we all like. Mahogany is the other popular wood and they stain it dark red-brown so these problems are less obvious. Some dishonest suppliers might try to pass mahogany off as teak, so look for the tiny holes that insects make because teak is an oily wood and repels insects. Basically, quality control will be one of your biggest problems.

I also agree that buying directly from Java is better. But you can easily go to Jepara and ask around for the bigger factories. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of furniture makers. Go and check the quality and ask around for the best places. Be aware that if you hire a driver he might ask the factory for a commission for bringing you there.

As with production of most products, quality control is essential, whether you choose to do this yourself or use an agent. Agents tend to know all the factories, but they sometimes take commissions from the factory so they will be taking it from both ends which essentially means they are also on the side of the factory to a certain extent. But a good honest agent, which might well be a foreigner, will be strict with the factory. QC needs to be done during production as well as on completion of the order. If you use an Agent pay them their commission at the end, usually anywhere between 10% up to 20%. Foreigners will ask more but they probably do a better job. If the factory asks for a deposit then try to pay about 20% max. When you are a regular customer and win their trust they will probably not ask for a deposit but it is fair to give them something at the beginning. Personally I would not use a sourcing/buying agent.

Choose a large and reputable cargo company such as Ritra Cargo/Logistics. They will do a good job packing the furniture and fumigating the container. Using a cheap low price cargo company that promises this and that may result in your furniture being packed into a container carelessly and arriving damaged. If you are shipping a full container of goods, it is a good idea to buy smaller items too so that you can fill in all the empty spaces in the container and therefore maximise the usage of the container and thereby reducing your shipping costs per item.

Good luck and have fun.

Great post!

Yan is actually family.  His family in Tabanan is linked to my family in Bunutan.  So, I get to occasionally poke fun at his nose.  Of course I always follow that chiding up with a comment that it proves he is descended from Majapahit royalty. 

As you probably know, his father was one of the very fist bona fide antique dealers on Bali…and I mean antiques asli, not “made to order.”  He has one of the finest inventories of authentic antiques on Bali, (albeit much of it tucked away).  His whole family are wonderful folks, so too his family in Tabanan.  One of the middle aged men in that family is an albino Balinese…pretty rare to find, but it happens from time to time.  They call him “Touris.”  Hilarious!   Gotta love Balinese humor! 

If you haven’t check out Tony at Naga Mas, you might do so when you’re next in Mas.  He did all of Sir Richard Branson’s custom work for his Necker Island.  His operation is small scale but they do great work and he also has a super inventory of antiques asli.

Cheers!

Im interested in purchasing wholesale home decor items ( macrame pillows etc ) to Toronto canada. You say you have a factory ?

Hi
No I do furnitures not pillows
Rgds corinne

Dear sir,

I have a furniture factory in Vietnam.  I would like to be a good supplier for you

Regards,

Johnmr :

Dear sir,

I have a furniture factory in Vietnam.  I would like to be a good supplier for you

Regards,

The OP wanted Indonesia, but that was some while ago so he probably won't see the message anyway.

Hi we run a professionally managed sourcing company based out of Bali.  Contact us if you are still on the lookout for an agent here

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