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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Training helps retain employees during turbulent times

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The following is a great example of the opportunities there are within the manufacturing sector, and shows the work manufacturers put in to enable their staff to gain new skills, greatly benefiting both the company and their staff.  

This was originally published by Competenz here


For Christchurch based manufacturers B&D Doors, their strong commitment to training has helped boost employee retention and engagement during trying times for the city.

“In 2012, we started ‘project commitment’ – a plan to shift our Christchurch based operation of over 70 people to a new site,” says Paul Dryden, Operations Manager at B&D Doors. “As part of this plan we also wanted members of our manufacturing team to start working towards a nationally recognised qualification in manufacturing.”

Now, B&D Doors has reached its first milestone. At a ceremony held last month 11 employees graduated with the National Certificate in Competitive Manufacturing, and 12 employees with the National Certificate in Core Manufacturing Skills.

“This is a significant achievement. For the majority of our learners this is their first and only qualification as many left school at a young age. More importantly it is a meaningful and recognised qualification for the manufacturing industry.

“While other Canterbury manufacturers have lost staff during this turbulent time we have managed to retain people and see a high level of engagement,” says Paul.

The training was managed by Hagley Adult Learning Centre and Aaron Amyes, Account Manager for Competenz, the Industry Training Organisation (ITO) for the manufacturing industry. Training was structured so that the first 12 months of the qualifications focused on improving literacy and numeracy skills to ensure everyone was on a level playing field so the initiative would be a success.

The learners attending the training were from a large cross section of the manufacturing team and included process workers, team leaders, trades people, technicians and planners.

As a result of training, B&D Doors has seen many improvements including a significant improvement in communication skills, new processes developed to improve work areas, and increased employee confidence leading to more applications for promotions – and those applicants being successful!

“I have witnessed all of our learners grow in many different ways,” says Paul, “and already we have team members pushing for further training in the New Year!”

More information:
B&D Doors
Hagley Adult Learning Centre 

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