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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Brian Willoughby elected as NZMEA President

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Brian Willoughby, Managing Director of Contex Engineers, has been elected as the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) President at the Association’s 133rd AGM. Brian takes over from Allen Voss who had held the position for the last two years.

The office holders of the NZMEA are now:
President: Brian Willoughby, Managing Director, Contex Engineers.
Senior Vice President: Frank Owen, Managing Director, Tait Limited.
Vice President: Tom Thomson, Managing Director, EPL.
Immediate Past President: Allen Voss, Managing Director, Davin Industries.

A full list of the Members of the NZMEA Council is available here.

“It is an honour to become the President of the NZMEA,” says Brian Willoughby. “The Association really leads the way in promoting better economic policy for the real economy in New Zealand and delivers an excellent service range; I will be striving to promote further gains in these areas over the next couple of years.”

“Manufacturing and exporting has and is going through some hard times in New Zealand, and in large part these problems have been inflicted by a poor economic policy framework creating a prohibitively high exchange rate. Turning this around will be the focus.”

“I would like to commend Allen on his Presidency and look forward to working with the support of him and other members of the NZMEA’s governance to improve conditions for manufacturers and exporters.”

Past President Allen Voss stated, “I would like to thank the governance and staff of the Association for their support over the past two years. The sector has been hit hard by the high exchange rate and weak markets over past years and I look forward to continuing to work to improve conditions for manufacturers and exporters. I wish Brian well for his term as President.”

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