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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Mayoral Debate Lacks Focus on Industry and Jobs

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Today’s Auckland mayoralty debate covered a range of issues, but completely missed any discussion on Auckland’s productive industry, jobs and wealth creation, say the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA).

NZMEA Chief Executive Dieter Adam says, “The lack of discussion on wealth creation and building an environment for productive businesses to succeed is a concern for manufacturers - this is an issue that needs to be part of the debate both at local and central government levels.

“We need real discussion and vision for how to create an environment that supports sustainable growth in productive businesses, both in Auckland and across the country, to provide the growth, exports and well-paid employment we need.

“Auckland is home to about a third of our population, makes up about 36% of national GDP and manufacturing makes up over 11% of Auckland’s GDP. What happens there has ramifications for New Zealand as a whole.

“However, the economic performance of Auckland, in terms of GDP-per-capita growth, has not been spectacular, particularly when compared to other cities are around the world. We need to see a real focus at both the local and national government level on how to create more growth in productive businesses, particularly those in manufacturing and exporting.

“There was some quality discussion on the issue of housing, which effects all people in the city as well as the businesses who employ them. We are continuing to hear comments from manufacturers who are finding it increasingly hard to find and retain good skilled staff with the cost of housing in suitable areas rising at current rates. The same is true for transport infrastructure, where it is increasingly hard for workers to get to their place of work every day. Both these issues are adding to the existing problem of our education system not providing the flow of skilled people manufacturers need to grow and expand.

“As we have heard from Auckland company F&P Healthcare’s Managing Director Lewis Gardon recently, for example, currently a combination of the above factors and the high New Zealand dollar creates a disincentive for investment in manufacturing in Auckland. Without a plan for how to address these issues, this does not bode well for the city’s future.” says Dieter. 

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