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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Kiwi Manufacturer Tait Creates Market Partnership for North America

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The following is a press release from Christchurch manufacturer, Tait, on their recent exciting partnership to open up opportunities for them in the North American market. 


Tait inks significant market partnership for North America

Tait Communications has signed a distribution agreement which significantly
expands Tait’s market reach in North America, making Harris Corporation its
exclusive distributor in the region.

The agreement, with Harris’ Public Safety and Professional Communications (PSPC)
business, combines the companies’ product lines, dealer networks and direct sales
capabilities, making Tait and Harris equipment and communications services
available in more than 250 locations across the United States, Canada and Puerto

Tait Chief Executive Officer, Garry Diack, expects the new arrangement to deliver a
significant uplift in revenue and market share in the public safety and electricity
utilities sectors. “In partnership with Harris we double our channel size to around 270
dealers and service partners, and also significantly increase our direct-sales
capability. Our market intelligence, technical and support operations in North
America will continue and develop in support of this arrangement.

“This partnership is important for customers as the products and services Tait and
Harris offer are largely complementary, with limited overlap,” Diack says. “For
prospective customers, it means a much more complete and comprehensive

“Tait’s products and services are extremely well regarded in the critical
communications sector around the world and our challenge, like many Kiwi exporters
of quality goods and services, has been how to cost-effectively achieve greater
market presence in large, geographically widespread markets like North America.”
Chris Young, President Harris Communications Systems, says, “Together, Harris and
Tait offer our customers more choices. The Tait dealers across North America
represent a strong network dedicated to providing professional communications
solutions. We look forward to welcoming them to the Harris dealer network and
helping to build their business and solutions portfolio.”

In future, Diack says, the partnership can evolve to deliver the new radio-based
technologies and applications Tait is now bringing to market. “We are seeing a
broadening demand from users for greater mobile radio capability, particularly in the
provision of data alongside voice and the convergence of multiple networks – Wi-Fi,
cellular and land mobile radio – all seamlessly working in support of critical

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