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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Member Profile - Schneider Electric

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Energy efficiency continues to become ever more important, both for consumers trying to reduce their environmental footprint and save money, and for businesses seeking more efficient use of resources, along with the benefits of being environmentally responsible.

Schneider Electric is a global company, whose New Zealand operations focus on providing a vast range of energy solutions, targeted at residential, business and industrial customers. Their solutions range from energy generation, to the light switches in a home or business, with a portfolio that features around 28,000 products.

Schneider Electric employs up to 150 staff in their Christchurch premises, equating to a total of over 300 employees across the country, including a Head Office in Auckland and offices in Hamilton, Napier, and Dunedin. The Christchurch factory produces around 3000 different finished products, 75% of which are sold domestically, with the remainder primarily going into the Australian market.

“Schneider Electric has a drive to offer solutions to use energy better, make life easier and ultimately save money” says Dave Chapman, Channel Manager – Residential at Schneider Electric. This goal is taken to heart, choosing to walk the talk, evident in the improvements to their Christchurch plant and premises – retrofitting their existing plant with a mix of their own sensors, energy efficient lighting control and energy management hardware and software to automate the building – a change that is saving them almost 30% off their lighting bill alone. This was part of a $1m investment to transform the plant to be modern and energy efficient, while improving H&S outcomes and productivity.

Many solutions such as these lighting improvements can be retrofitted into other manufacturing businesses to help reduce energy consumption, and their Christchurch plant serves as a live demonstration. Across the site they have created an interactive visitor experience with a journey that encompasses residential, commercial, and industrial solutions. They have installed interactive screens that illustrate in real time energy usage and savings. They have expanded their show-room facilities to include a complete residential studio unit providing a realistic view of your electrical options in a fully interactive environment.

They have implemented a global first for Schneider Electric with specialist short-lead time production systems for their make-to-order products. Continuous improvements using lean and 6-sigma processes have resulted in reduced lead times for certain products from approximately one month to only three days. These systems are now being rolled out to other Schneider Electric factories around the world.

Supporting these changes Schneider Electric have adopted the use of their own solutions in production, for example, their Andon Signalling Lights, which have been incorporated into their own plant provides a signalling system on top of different work cubicles, for efficient timing and signalling of production progress for improved plant productivity.

Such improvements in their products and services offerings has been facilitated by a history of successfully incorporating other businesses into their own, one well known local example being PDL Industries (founded 1937), which was purchased by Schneider Electric in 2001. Another is APC which provides specialist offers and solutions for data centres, from small residential home solutions, to large data centres for businesses.
Research and Development continues to be a key part of their success and ability to keep up with evolving technology, leveraging connections within a global company, which spends 5% of turnover on R&D globally, they frequently hold customer focus groups evaluating new designs and concepts.

Along with providing products that can improve energy efficiency, Schneider Electric also provide free online education, called “Energy University”. This features numerous free courses tailored to teach people how to implement energy efficiency measures in their organization or business, helping users best utilise energy saving technology. Some topics include Industrial Insulation, energy audits, lighting basics and measuring energy performance. You can check these courses out at:

Contact Schneider Electric to discuss how improving your electrical and energy management set-up can be of benefit for your organisation. Customer Care: 0800 652 999

For more information on Schneider Electric and their full catalogue of products and solutions, visit: 



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