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 - Elastomer Products Ltd

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 The frontage of the Elastomer building

Efforts to stabilise the factory, temporary office buildings outside and storage containers have allowed Elastomer to get production back up and running. There were options to relocate to the unaffected Western side of Christchurch but after consulting with staff it was evident that everyone was determined to do whatever was necessary to keep the existing plant open.

Elastomer’s plant suffered significant damage in the earthquake with movement in the outside walls leaving the offices uninhabitable, cracks through the factory roof and floor, and machines tipped over on the ground. Luckily all staff were able to get out safely.

Andy McNicholl, Mark Field and Tom Thomson in the damaged office area

The temporary office block

Staff were quickly back into the factory cleaning up the mess and with the power back on the Monday after the quake they were able to work on restoring production. There has been considerable work done to strengthen the building with reinforcing beams strengthening some areas. Managing Director Tom Thomson pointed out the help and cooperation of other firms had helped to get the site back up and running with RX Plastics supplying them with water tanks, and Fisher and Paykel and Electrolux providing washing machines and dryers for the staff without power or water to use.

The Elastomer factory restored to working condition

With repairs to the building estimated at about $4.5 million and still much of the operation stored in containers there is still some way to go. Tom Thomson commented that, “There is a long hard road ahead. We can still fill our orders, it’s just a lot harder than before.”

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