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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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18/3/15

A-Ward takes home ‘Top Innovator’Title


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The following is a release by A-Ward regarding their recent success at the Auckland Westpac Business Awards:

New Zealand’s top business entrepreneurs donned their finest and gathered for a black tie soiree at the overall Westpac Auckland Business Awards last week. In attendance, a who’s who of established industry leaders, who qualified by winning their regional business...

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6/3/15

New Zealand Made: EPL


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The following was part of a series of interviews and site tours completed by CTV and facilitated by the NZMEA. This part features NZMEA President and Managing Director of EPL, Tom Thomson.

These interviews look to gain insight into each company: What do they do? What are their successes? What are their challenges? Why is manufacturing important to New Zealand?

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tags: epl, plastics, extrusion, manufacturing, christchurch, exporting, innovation, staff



2/12/14

Training helps retain employees during turbulent times


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The following is a great example of the opportunities there are within the manufacturing sector, and shows the work manufacturers put in to enable their staff to gain new skills, greatly benefiting both the company and their staff.

This was originally published by Competenz here....

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tags: b&d doors, skills, manufacturing, competitive manufacturing, training, competenz



19/4/13

John Walley Interview - Reverse Sensitivity


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The following interview appeared on the CTV program, Rob's Country, discussing what Reverse Sensitivity is, what it means for businesses and current examples.

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tags: rob's country, woolston, reverse sensitivity, manufacturing, john walley



12/4/13

John Walley Interview - High dollar rates are grinding down exporters


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The following interview appeared on National Radio New Zealand, discussing the current upward trend of the New Zealand dollar, the TWI reaching post float highs and the effect of this on manufacturers and exporters in New Zealand.

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8/3/13

John Walley Interview - Government contracts for NZ products


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New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) CEO John Walley spoke on the Radio New Zealand program, Nine to Noon around local preference in Government procurement. Talking about possible changes and looking at Australia's example.

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8/3/13

Low inflation alone can’t deliver promised land


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"What happened to predictions that low inflation would deliver us into the promised land of macroeconomic stability? It turns out stable prices are a necessary, but not sufficient, condition. Just look at the evidence."

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26/2/13

Selwyn Pellett: It's a complicated affair


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New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association Executive member Selwyn Pellett talks about innovation in New Zealand.

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We need to get out of our primary product viewpoint, says Selwyn Pellett.

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20/2/13

More than milk and scenery


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New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association President Brian Willoughby is featuring in BNZ Chief Economist Tony Alexander's monthly publications, interviewing high value added manufacturers to see how they see the New Zealand economy and hear their stories.

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30/1/13

About the NZMEA - Brian Willoughby Interview


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New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) President Brian Willoughby explains what the NZMEA does and what he wants to see in New Zealand.

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tags: exchange rate, manufacturing, exporting, nzmea, brian willoughby