Indonesia's Ministry of Industry says investors have returned to the Indonesian shoe industry after abandoning it in late 2008 due to the global economic crisis. In the first half of this year, 13 companies sank about $76 million into the segment, including $4 million by PT Shayang Ju Fung, a maker of athletic shoes, $21 million by PT Adis Dimension Footwear and $25 million from PT Chang Shin Indonesia. These new investments are expected to lead to the hiring of 41,000 employees and raise the market's footwear production ceiling to 77.2 million pairs annually. The Indonesian government estimates that investments in footwear manufacturing will grow by 20 percent this year.