David Thompson Posted:
So very, very true. It beggars belief that we consider ourselves to be a developed nation when so much of our economy is based on selling milk powder or logs. BTW, I own a Plinius amplifier (my second) that drives a set of Theophany speakers.
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David Thompson Posted:
A robust but sobering report. It concerns me that confidence is rising, yet sales and exports are down and "manufacturers and exporters are still lagging behind other sectors". Surely we should wait until we're earning more money before we start spending more?
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siemens Posted:
Yes true! The only thing that will never die in this world is the nature and its science behind it. Great post.
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Kieran Ormandy Posted:
Thanks for the question Steven, Germany has seen increases in manufacturing employment since 2009, and Switzerland has had stable manufacturing employment between 2006 – 2011, even in the face of ongoing Euro-zone issues. Korea has seen increases in manufacturing employment since 2008 and Israel experienced large increases since 1998, while being stable over the last 4 years. Singapore has had increases in manufacturing employment over the last two years. These countries all value their manufacturing sectors and work to protect them, this is reflected in the above numbers and their performance through the GFC. Note data around the above examples was sourced from OECD labour market stats.
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John Walley Posted:
Point one: you should have no doubt what our Association says publically represent the views of our members. Point two: we don’t knee jerk responses, if you trace back our comments around NZPower you will see them link all the way back to our research in 2004 and 2005. All that material is fully linked from our comments above. Point three: you will note our comments on major users, sadly the same advantage does not accrue to smaller industrial users. The perverse incentives of the LRMC approach in all this are well known. Point four: the NZMEA is not like any other Association in New Zealand we admit only manufacturers and exporters into membership, and our public expressions are the views of that restricted membership.
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MEA Member Profile - Diecasting Solutions Ltd

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A change from building plastic mould tools to die casting has paid off for Diecasting Solutions. They have proved that word of mouth marketing and efficient manufacturing are still a recipe for success.

Co-Director of Diecasting Solutions (NZ) Ltd David Dale says that, “A lack of knowledge of the die casting industry has made it difficult to attain funding for new machines”, but despite this, and little marketing effort, they have managed to expand business.

Products vary from angle brackets, to LPG bottle screws, fence strainers.

The journey for Diecasting Solutions started in the back of an old North Shore factory. Mr Dale had identified an absence of players in the Australasian die casting industry and set about converting a plastic moulding machine into a die casting machine. From there word of mouth has lifted demand to the point where four machines are now used.

The die casting process consists of injecting 430 degree molten metal (zinc in Diecasting Solution’s case), under high pressure, into water cooled moulds made out of hardened tool steel. Once the die is filled the pressure is maintained until the casting has solidified. The die is then opened and the castings are ejected.

Diecasting Solutions have adopted Throughput Live and Lean Manufacturing processes to reduce their overheads. Their fast die casting machines also allow them to run up to five dies at a time and they can change dies in nine minutes.

The lack of die casting in New Zealand means that new staff members must be trained on site taking about six months, but Dale says “it is the ability to manage the process from design to manufacture that ensures quality. Well trained staff are key to this process.”
The low overheads combined with the speed and quality of manufacture provides the point of difference that sets Diecasting Solutions apart according to Dale. “We have secured every job we have quoted on in the past two years despite lower labour costs in China,” he says.

Now that there is a proven die casting market in Australasia and further afield, Diecasting Solutions are looking to expand their marketing and even to set up a manufacturing cell in Australia.

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