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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Post earthquake - Plastech Industries Ltd

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In the wake of the February 22 earthquake some Christchurch manufacturers have sustained severe damage while others have come through largely unscathed. Many that have sustained the damage have got through with due to the determination and dedication from staff involved, and the help and cooperation from others in the sector. We have collected the stories firms have shared.

Immediately after the earthquake Graeme Rickard, General Manager of Plastech Industries wasn’t sure if their business could be saved. Structural engineers declared their 2300 square metre Bromley building condemned on the Friday after the earthquake and it was not until the next week that they decided that two bays of the building could be saved. In the meantime staff and customers were kept up to date on developments via an earthquake update page.

Graeme Rickard with one of his machines

Rickard said that the Government Earthquake Support Subsidy helped to keep staff and tide the company over while they worked to restore production.

As a plastics company specialising in injection moulding Plastech Industries needs a lot of power which limits potential sites for relocation. However, they did manage to hire out enough space from Pacific Plastic’s plant in Addington to get three of their machines running. From there they secured two bays (or 300 square metres) of their own building on the 21st of March, building a wall to separate this part from the rest of the building. They are currently running seven days a week to catch up with demand.

The safe area of the Plastech plant with the newly constructed wall in the background

                             The front of the Plastech building with supports

Graeme Rickard commented that, “We have had incredible support from all of our customers, suppliers and staff, and also other plastic manufacturers and staff; in fact one of our customers paid for our subscription to the NZMEA and we have now employed two more staff as we have a large contract on the go.”

Plastech Industries are still looking for a new building, but with some quick thinking and hard work they are now operational.

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