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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Tom Thomson elected as NZMEA President

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Tom Thomson, Managing Director of EPL (Elastomer Products Ltd), has been elected President of the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) at the Association’s 135th AGM. Tom takes over from Brian Willoughby who completes his two year term as President.

John Walley announced that after 15 years of service, he will be stepping down as CEO in March 2015.

The office holders of the NZMEA are now:
President: Tom Thomson, Managing Director, EPL (Elastomer Products Ltd).
Senior Vice President: Richard Smith, Operations Manager, Patience & Nicholson.
Junior Vice President: Trevor Edwards, Managing Director, Superheat Ltd.
Immediate Past President: Brian Willoughby, Chief Executive, Contex Engineers.

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

“The last few years have seen manufacturing struggle to find its way in an increasingly competitive world, this is as true for New Zealand as it is for most of the developed world,” said Tom Thomson.

“The NZMEA, as the voice of manufacturing and exporting in New Zealand, is well aware of these stresses and is keen to help our members and the wider economy succeed and prosper in these difficult times. I intend to build on the legacies of the past and work with our Board and Council to develop enabling strategies that benefit our members and stakeholders.”

“I want to thank Brian Willoughby for his tremendous efforts over the last few years and hope that I can build on his work in a positive way going forward. I also want to acknowledge the passing of an era and thank John Walley as he steps down as our CEO after a decade and a half of intense involvement in all things manufacturing.”

“It is unusual for a CEO to have lasted this long in such a key position and this is testimony to his passion and commitment to manufacturing and exporting in New Zealand. I know John will continue to support the Association and manufacturers in any way he can in the time ahead and I wish him well.”

Past President Brian Willoughby stated, “During my time as President I have been fortunate to have strong support from John Walley, our Board and Council. This broad support has allowed the NZMEA to provide input and comment on many things that on their own are small and seem insignificant, but cumulatively have wide impact on the things that really matter to manufacturing and our economy.”

“As I pass over to Tom, I think the most important problem we face is that even with a developing consensus that things need to change to provide the best overall living standards for all our citizens, there are narrowly focused groups, with a vested interest in the status quo, that resist the economic policy changes that could deliver those outcomes. A nation of just over four million people should be able to fix this in a few short years, but sadly we don’t seem able to get it done.”

“The NZMEA is a well resourced organisation that will keep promoting policies that are good for manufacturing and exporting because that is ultimately good for everyone in the country. I wish Tom Thomson our incoming President good luck and offer my support during his term.”

John Walley said “It has been a privilege to be part of this Association, there is never a good time to leave, particularly when there is much that remains to be done, but time moves on and other matters do require attention.”

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