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 - Vynco Industries (NZ) 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.

Vynco Industries (NZ) Ltd was looking forward to celebrating 20 years in business in its Tuam Street offices this year. The February 22 earthquake, however, destroyed three of the four buildings inhabited by the business, including the original founding site as well as two further buildings containing Vynco’s manufacturing operations and the Power Distribution and Control division.

One of the damaged Vynco buildings after the earthquake

First and foremost, all personnel at Vynco were safely evacuated from the buildings, despite collapsed walls, major liquefaction breaking through both office and warehouse flooring, falling stock, racking and computer equipment.

With a united effort from its dedicated team, Vynco’s Christchurch branch is almost fully operational less than three weeks following the destructive earthquake. Vynco has secured two premises in Addington from which all aspects of the business, manufacturing included, are now up and running.

John Vale in one of the new Vynco sites in Addington

This quick recovery has been assisted by flexible landlords offering short-term leases for temporary relocation. Vynco is grateful for the understanding of its customers and friends – both globally and locally - who have been so generous with offers of warehousing space, accommodation and other support. Invaluable support has been offered from suppliers such as Dave Boreham from Get It Up Hiab Services and IT companies, Computer Concepts Ltd & SNAP.

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