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 - Ravenscroft 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.

Despite considerable damage to stock in the earthquake Chief Executive Stuart Ravenscroft rates the perception from overseas that Christchurch companies will not be able to fill orders as their greatest concern.

Ravenscroft were fortunate that everyone got out unharmed with stock and equipment coming close to crushing some staff members. There was an estimated $30,000 to $40,000 worth of stock damage with liquefaction as well as the damage seen below. They were unable to work in the building for three weeks as staff sorted out their own family issues and the building was assessed.

The Ravenscroft storeroom after the earthquake

Ravenscroft have recently moved from importing heating and ventilation products to manufacturing in NZ both their own products and under license, so the disruption, and the perception that Christchurch may be out of action, has come at a bad time as they extend into markets overseas. Manufacturing facilities in Palmeston North and Wellington prevented too much disruption to production, but they have only just caught up with missed orders.

Phil Maxwell (left) and Stuart Ravenscroft in their Phillipstown storeroom

Ravenscroft strongy wish to do their part in the rebuilding of Christchurch as they provide NZ made, energy efficient heating and cooling solutions, and also Christchurch made fire dampers that could be used in the rebuilt city.

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