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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The latest New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) Survey of Business Conditions completed during October 2011, shows total sales in September 2011 decreased 1.56% (export sales increased by 23.7% with domestic sales decreasing 15.4%) on September 2010.

The NZMEA survey sample this month covered NZ$635m in annualised sales, with an export content of 44%.

Net confidence dropped to -36, down from the -30 result reported last month.

The current performance index (a combination of profitability and cash flow) is at 100, up from 97.5 in August, the change index (capacity utilisation, staff levels, orders and inventories) went down to 98 from 99 in the last survey, and the forecast index (investment, sales, profitability and staff) is at 101.5, up on August’s result of 100.25. Anything less than 100 indicates a contraction.

Constraints reported were 64% markets, 27% production capacity and 9% skilled staff.

Staff numbers for September decreased year on year by 0.9%.

“Sales volatility has continued as this month export sales expanded and domestic sales contracted. It is difficult to get a clear picture on where things are headed; some markets are doing alright at the moment but weakness in the northern economies and ever increasing debt in New Zealand is keeping firms nervous,” says NZMEA Chief Executive John Walley.

“The export sales increase can partly be attributed to a slight fall in the New Zealand Dollar since August, but the currency is still a major problem at today’s levels.”

“Production and skilled staff are still a problem in Christchurch in particular with temporary or smaller sites and the movement of staff away from the area causing problems. Elsewhere markets were the main constraint reported.”

“Confidence has now been negative for five months in a row reflecting a feeling that there is no end in sight with both trading partner performance and a less than motivated Government persisting with failing policies.”

“We have started to see some useful election policy announcements with Labour’s savings and superannuation package offering considerable benefit to the economy. We look forward to further announcements from all parties that demonstrate the recognition that the world has changed.”

“The tradable sector should be the primary political concern leading into the election as only significantly improved export earnings can dig New Zealand out of our debt hole.”

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