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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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14/4/11

Post earthquake - Windflow Technology 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.

Windflow has been fortunate that the September 4th and February 22nd earthquakes did not cause any major injuries to Windflow’s staff and immediate families. Windflow’s wind turbine nacelle assembly and office premises in Riccarton needed only minor repair last month, and the water and power supplies were not interrupted at all. Turbine assembly has essentially continued on schedule although some components in stock are being checked and repaired or replaced if necessary.

Geoff Henderson in the Windflow factory

The prototype turbine at Gebbies Pass survived both events without damage and was able to resume operation once power was restored and the turbine inspected each time.

Like all Cantabrians, the Windflow team has been shocked by the events of the last six months and extends sympathies to those who have lost family members, those whose houses have been destroyed and those businesses which have suffered major interruptions as a result.
 



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