Relationships with other suppliers, and what they offer to Budi Makmur in terms of service, are greatly affected by what is happening elsewhere in the world, the chairman says. For instance, developments in other markets have impacted on the machinery sector, with some suppliers cutting back on their visits to Indonesia in recent years. “There have been times when we might have felt left out of the equation. However, nothing is static and we have noticed a resurgence if interest.”With certain sectors, such as the chemical suppliers, attention has never been diverted away from Indonesia. Most of the big European companies have local agents. There are very few locally produced chemical products, except some basic ones like sodium sulphate, so most are imported from Europe.