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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Climate deal presents opportunities for manufacturers

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The New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association welcome the Paris Climate Agreement as a critical step forward in addressing climate change. This will help the push to develop policies and technologies that will ensure emissions reductions and sustainable clean development, including sustainable economic growth in the future, say the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA).

NZMEA Chief Executive Dieter Adam says, “The signing of this Agreement may well reflect a real change in the attitude toward climate change by political and economic forces not seen before, and will affect important markets for New Zealand manufacturers. These attitude and behaviour adjustments will create an environment of change that can pose a threat, as well as provide vast opportunities for our manufacturers who can take a lead.” said Dieter.

“There are still questions about the real impacts and implementation of the Agreement that cannot yet be answered, particularly until it is ratified by individual countries. However, despite being a legal text, its real importance is political, economic and social – pushing needed behaviour and priority change.

“New Zealand manufactures and exporters are highly connected and involved in the global economy – much more than many realise. Manufacturers often operate business to business and provide components and solutions to companies in key OECD markets and beyond, in a range of industries – our manufacturers are highly exposed to global economic and technological trends. This Paris Agreement will set the tone for some long term trends, both in economic activity and technology – meaning our manufacturers will have to adapt in a number of ways, something that may well play in their favour. Many of our manufacturers already maintain and build their globally competitive position by being faster than others in delivering new technical solutions to their customers.

“New Zealand manufacturers could be helped by the Government taking a more aggressive approach towards reducing actual greenhouse gas emissions here at home, rather than relying on international carbon trading to meet obligations. Local stimulation of and support for development of new technologies in areas such as transport or power generation in, for example, marine renewable energy, would go a long way towards hitting our reduction targets and helping New Zealand manufacturers attain globally competitive positions in this kind of technology development.

"Promotion of research and development and innovation in businesses to develop clean technology, as well as supporting the development of more efficient manufacturing processes can help reduce our emissions and stimulate economic growth.” said Dieter. 

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