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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Rick Smith of Sutton Tools Elected President of the NZMEA

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Rick Smith, Operations Manager of Sutton Tools (NZ), has been elected as the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) President at the Association’s 137th AGM. Rick takes over the helm from Tom Thomson, who completed his two year term as President, say the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA).

The office holders of the NZMEA are now:
President: Rick Smith, Operations Manager, Sutton Tools (NZ) Ltd.
Senior Vice President: Trevor Edwards, Managing Director, Superheat Ltd.
Junior Vice President: Greg Thompson, Chief Executive, Footscience Intnl Ltd.
Immediate Past President: Tom Thomson, Managing Director, EPL.

NZMEA Chief Executive Dieter Adam says, “I would like to express gratitude to Tom Thomson for his two years of service as President of the NZMEA. Tom has shown extraordinary dedication and put a significant amount of time and effort into a range of activities within his term.

“We are pleased to have Rick Smith move into the role of President, and are excited to keep working to represent and advocate for manufacturers and exporters under his leadership." said Dieter.

President Rick Smith said, “I am looking forward to being in the role of President of the NZMEA. The Association has a long history of serving the needs of New Zealand manufacturers. These are challenging times for manufacturers and exporters and we will continue to support our members with representation, training and advice. We are committed to raising the awareness of the importance of manufacturing for New Zealand’s long term future and will continue our role as a voice for manufacturers across the country.”

Past President Tom Thomson said, “I am proud of the progress we have made in the last two years. There have been some improvements for manufacturers and exporters generally, with many reporting better sales and outcomes than in previous years. However, we still face a number of challenges and uncertainties looking forward - I am confident the NZMEA will continue its work to improve conditions for manufacturers and exporters. New Zealand has to create a more productive and high value economy, with a strong manufacturing base providing well paid jobs and export income, to truly raise living standards for Kiwi’s.” 

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