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 - Tait Radio Communications

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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.

Tait Radio Communications’ facilities are well away from quake-affected areas, so the business has remained unaffected. Following the 22nd February earthquake, Tait was in position to quickly respond to customers’ needs. What made the real difference on the day were the actions of individuals.

Tait Process Improvement Engineer Aaron Robinson got the call to help and ferried batteries, multi-way chargers and other equipment through the police cordon down to the Civil Defence HQ in the central city.

“We were quickly able to secure and set up the kit,” recounts Aaron, who had to travel into the quake-affected area to hand-deliver the equipment.”

Aaron Robinson seen here with the P25 portable radio charger, like the ones he volunteered to take past the cordon into the quake-impacted area.

Aaron continues, “It took quite a time to get into town and the officer patrolling the cordon gave me a funny look what with my rugby and cricket gear in the back of my little Citroen Saxo. But when he realised I was from Tait, with all the radio gear to help, I had no problems going on into the Civil Defence Headquarters.”

Tait Radio Communications Managing Director Frank Owen comments, “Our customers are public safety agencies, utilities and urban transport providers who plan for and get through incidents such as this. Critical communications to manage routine and emergency response is what they turn to Tait for. Our people demonstrate the same kind of resilience as our solutions and as our customers, and I am enormously proud of them.”

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