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 Survey - Bent but not Broken!

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A post earthquake survey conducted by the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) shows that most manufacturers are filling their orders. The survey, conducted between the 30th of March and the 8th of April, also found that Canterbury manufacturers were generally pleased with the response of Civil Defence and the Christchurch City Council. Further results are available here.

NZMEA Chief Executive John Walley says, “It was quickly recognised that customers would not wait, and getting going fast was the only way to get to the other side of this event with a business still intact. It really was a case of be quick or fail.”

“The extraordinary efforts to restore production capacity are evident from a superficial look around those manufacturing sites hardest hit. There are extensive building repairs, temporary structures and machines operating in significantly less space. The overwhelming message has been that the commitment and resilience of staff and owners has made for a fast recovery.”

“On the performance of the City Council and Civil Defence respondents were positive overall, but it is worth noting that anyone with a business inside the cordon was and is extremely frustrated. Procedures to gain access through the cordon could have been managed better.”

“Responses to the performance of insurance companies were not as positive with some firms reporting what they were experiencing slow decisions. That said, overall responses were positive.”

“Areas where manufacturers recognised a need for further work were communication, regulation and staff shortages. The communication problems that have hurt firms inside the cordon must not continue into the rebuilding process and regulations must allow firms to rebuild with a minimum of red tape. In some cases firms have had skilled staff move away; if replacement staff need work permits these need to be issued quickly.”

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