PETALING JAYA: The Industrial Production Index (IPI) increased by 4.6% in April 2018 as compared with the same month of the previous year, supported by the increase in all indices manufacturing (5.3%), mining (1.8%) and electricity (5.8%), according to the Statistics Department.
The manufacturing sector output rose by 5.3% in April 2018 after recording a growth of 4.1% in March 2018. The major sub-sectors which registered increases in April 2018 were: electrical and electronic equipment products (6.6%), petroleum, chemical, rubber and plastic products (3.0%), and non-metallic mineral products, basic metals and fabricated metal products (4.7%).
The mining sector output recorded an increase of 1.8% in April 2018 compared to the same period of the previous year, due to an increase in the crude oil index ( 4.4%). Meanwhile, natural gas index decreased by 0.4%.
The electricity output increased by 5.8% in April 2018 after recording an increase of 4.4% in March 2018.