There are currently over 300 German companies operating in Indonesia, many with their own production facilities. They include not only global players but also many small and medium-sized companies covering a broad spectrum of German business.

The economic ties between Germany and Indonesia go as far back as the 16th century. The German-Indonesian Chamber of Industry and Commerce was founded in 1924, before establishing its current legal form in 1973. As a member organization, EKONID represents the interests of some 500 German- and Indonesian companies. Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) as an economic promotion company of the Federal Republic of Germany support Indonesian companies wanting to expand their business in the German market as well as German companies who wishes to enter the Indonesian market. In addition, the Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (DEG), which is part of the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), the KfW as well as the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit mbH (GIZ), are represented with country offices in Indonesia.