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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Today’s reports of low quality imports of plumbing products into New Zealand highlight a wider issue of lacking or insufficient standards, testing and enforcement of the quality of imported goods, say the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA).

NZMEA Chief Executive Dieter Adam says, “Free trade agreements are negotiated to create a level playing field between parties in the agreement, and the focus has been largely on access of our goods and services into export markets. This is a noble aim, but we can often ignore the impact of FTAs on our domestic market – with few import duties in place, FTAs increase trade and imports. If imports and domestically produced goods were treated the same way, this would be fine – however, there is increasing evidence that not only can imports undercut locally produced goods in price, they can also be at lower quality and not be compliant with standards or quality and safety expectations.

“Low quality or non-compliant goods are of particular concern in the building industry, with recent examples of plumbing goods as well as steel mesh for reinforced concrete structures.

“Allowing such goods into our domestic market undercuts New Zealand manufacturers who follow correct quality standards but lose out to sub-standard, non-compliant but low cost imports – we need a level playing field.

“Australia has faced similar issues, but has been far more proactive in addressing the issue and ensuring imports meet quality standards. Sub-standard goods are often visibly indistinguishable from their higher-quality alternatives - New Zealand consumers need to be protected by testing and enforcement regimes that ensure quality and safety of goods.

“We are pleased to see MBIE investigate the specific plumbing supplies case, but a wider view is needed. Central government is best placed to set and enforce standards, undertake testing and ensure the compliance of imported products. This needs to happen at the point of entry and considered during FTA negotiations – once goods enter supply and distribution chains enforcement becomes impractical and prohibitively expensive.” said Dieter. 

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