Footwear manufacturers in Indonesia are poised to switch production of orders worth $300 million to China in a bid to make their products more competitive in the international marketplace, industry chiefs have revealed.

Bosses of Aprisindo (Indonesian Footwear Association) told Bisnis Indonesia that the switching of shoe production to China was needed to meet delivery dates.

"By shifting production to affiliated companies in China, footwear would be more competitive at US and Europe export markets compared to that of domestic production," one said.

They added if manufacturers moved their production to China then Indonesia would struggle to meet its 2002 shoe export target of $1.6 billion.