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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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21/9/16

Financial Risks and Currency Need Continued Focus


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Looking towards the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s (RBNZ) OCR decision tomorrow, the exchange rate remains at a level that is putting a lot of pressure on manufacturers and exporters. Building financial stability issues, here and abroad also present a significant future risk, say the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA).

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7/9/16

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...

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tags: auckland, debate, industry, exports, skills, education, transport



6/9/16

Signs of Challenges for Exporters


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The latest New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) Survey of Business Conditions completed during August 2016, shows total sales in July 2016 decreased 15.27% (year on year export sales decreased by 20.48% with domestic sales decreasing by 6.03%) on July 2015.

In the 3 months to July, export sales decreased an average of 6.5%, and domestic sales increased...

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tags: survey, exports, manufacturing, exchange rate, currency



24/8/16

Overvalued Exchange Rate Matters for Manufacturers and Exporters


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The New Zealand dollar remains overvalued and has risen close to the TWI 15 month high experienced last month, following comments from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand yesterday lowering expectations of significant OCR cuts. The effect of our high and overvalued currency on exporter’s ability to compete and invest in the future cannot be ignored, say the New Zealand Manufacturers and...

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24/8/16

Got A Trade Week Highlights Opportunities in Trades and Manufacturing


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12/8/16

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.

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9/8/16

Sales Flat for Manufacturers, but Positive Future Expectations


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The latest New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) Survey of Business Conditions completed during July 2016, shows total sales in June 2016 decreased 0.43% (year on year export sales decreased by 0.53% with domestic sales decreasing by 0.17%) on June 2015.

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21/7/16

Minister for Manufacturing a vital step for New Zealand Manufacturers


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Manufacturers are pleased with today’s announcement by James Shaw and the Green Party to include a Minster for Manufacturing in any future cabinet. This is a vital step for ensuring government understands manufacturing and can effectively help unleash the potential of the sector. This is a solid idea that we hope can be embraced by any and all political parties, say the New Zealand...

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19/7/16

New Lending Limits a Good Call


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Manufacturers and exporters welcome the Reserve bank of New Zealand’s (RBNZ) proposed expansion of existing Loan to Value Ratios (LVR) today – this should give them more freedom to address continued low inflation and an exchange rate that remains overvalued and challenging for exporters, say the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA).

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11/7/16

Domesitc Sales Leading Growth for Manufacturers


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The latest New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) Survey of Business Conditions completed during June 2016, shows total sales in May 2016 increased 5.37% (year on year export sales increased by 1.43% with domestic sales increasing by 13.87%) on May 2015.

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