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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Productivity in Practice Tour - Christchurch Engine Centre site visit

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The third part of the Productivity in Practice Tour was held at the Christchurch Engine Centre on the 11th of March.

Christchurch Engine Centre was formerly the long-established Air New Zealand maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centre for the Pratt & Whitney JT8D and Rolls Royce Dart engines. Now a joint venture between Pratt & Whitney and Air New Zealand, the Christchurch Engine Centre has also provided MRO services for all of International Aero Engine's V2500 engines (A1, A5, and D5) since 2005.

Christchurch Engine Centre began its 'Lean' journey with the introduction of the United Technologies Corporation's Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) operating system in 2004. Since the introduction of ACE the Engine Centre has significantly increased on time delivery, reduced cost of poor quality (COPQ) and increased Earnings Before Income and Tax.

The ACE operating system is based around twelve standard tools (such as Value Stream Mapping, 5S and Total Productive Maintenance) that are applied at team, business unit and site levels. Strong management commitment is key to its success, as is staff involvement at all levels. An extensive training program is available and all staff are encouraged to participate.

The ACE operating system is based on a continuous loop of establishing a vision, translating the vision into business metrics, continuously striving to remove waste and problems inhibiting exceptional performance, and measuring your performance to those metrics.

Chris Cornelissen, ACE Facilitator at Christchurch Engine Centre, said, “ACE has instilled in staff a high degree of customer focus for both internal and external customers. The market for jet engine MRO is a single global market place. Customers send their engines around the world to us because they know they will get exceptional service and a highly dependable engine.”

Robert Ritchie from General Cables was grateful for the opportunity to look around the facility and said that, “It has made me realise that my own company is in a similar change process to others and has also given me ideas and knowledge to take away. It’s a good standard top aspire to.”

The final leg of the tour is on the 30th of March at Patience and Nicholson.

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