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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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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.

Tait inks significant market partnership for North America

Tait Communications has signed a distribution agreement which significantly
expands Tait’s market reach in North...

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tags: tait, manufacturing, exports, us, communications



31/3/16

The New Zealand economy - Is everything going to be alright?


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The follow opinion by Dieter Adam first appeared on stuff.co.nz and in Fairfax newspapers.

We have heard a lot about the state of the New Zealand economy over recent years.

We moved from the rock star economy to concerns over a dairy...

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tags: new zealand, manufacturing, exports, oecd, growth, immigration, income, diversity, dairy



3/12/15

Defining High-Tech Manufacturing – does it matter?


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I recently spent time in Wellington, meeting members and officials from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and Callaghan Innovation. It was interesting to discuss MBIE’s recent Sector Reports, and to see how government defines and views manufacturing, in...

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tags: mbie, sector reports, manufacturing, high tech, innovation, r&d, research, defining



12/11/15

Member Profile - Schneider Electric


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Energy efficiency continues to become ever more important, both for consumers trying to reduce their environmental footprint and save money, and for businesses seeking more efficient use of resources, along with the benefits of being environmentally responsible.

Schneider Electric is a global company, whose New Zealand operations focus on providing a vast range of energy...

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tags: schneider electric, efficiency, manufacturer, exporter, dave chapman, profile, member, energy



9/11/15

The Next Evolution of Manufacturing


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The future of manufacturing has always been a topic of much discussion and debate. In a rapidly changing economic and technological environment, this future may be more volatile and hard to predict, but bring with it greater opportunities for those who adapt and lead.

Despite recent improvements in confidence and sentiment in the manufacturing sector, many of our members are quite...

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tags: manufacturing, industry 4.0, exports, adaption, disruption, automation



5/11/15

Member Profile - Nelson Honey


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Nelson Honey is a family owned producer and exporter of high quality honey based goods, based out of Motupiko, 50km south of Nelson.

Their focus is on producing high grade active manuka honey, although the larger section of the business revolves around high value bee venom and honey based cosmetic products.

First opening in 1973, the company has ties to the industry and...

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tags: nelson honey, honey, exports, motupiko, rob hawkes, china



6/8/15

Callaghan Innovation


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Last week we were fortunate to have Dr Mary Quin, Chief Executive of Callaghan Innovation come speak at our Leaders’ Network event. Callaghan Innovation has been in operation for over two years now, after its formation and taking over of IRL and other activities. It was great to hear Dr Quin give an outline of Callaghan’s goals and services and allow members to ask questions and give some...

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tags: innovation, callaghan, r&d, research, development, manufacturing, exports, grants



3/8/15

Defining High-Tech Manufacturing - Does it Matter?


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I recently spent time in Wellington, meeting members and officials from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and Callaghan Innovation. It was interesting to discuss MBIE’s recent Sector Reports, and to see how government defines and views manufacturing, in particular...

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tags: dieter adam, callaghan, callaghan innovation, high tech, medium tech, manufacturing



31/7/15

Reserve Bank of New Zealand


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Over the last month we have been fortunate to have two representatives from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) speak to members at our Leaders’ Network events. First, Geoff Bascand, Deputy Governor and Head of Operations spoke to members in Christchurch and this week Dr John McDermott, Assistant Governor and Head of Economics presented to Auckland members. It was great to meet many of...

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tags: rbnz, reserve bank, exchange rate, inlfation, ocr



30/7/15

First impressions


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I have had the good fortune to meet quite a few NZMEA members at the Board and Council meeting last Monday, but also during visits to manufacturing and exporting businesses in both Auckland and Christchurch.

I am resisting the temptation to jump to conclusions, but a few things are emerging as common themes in pretty much all my conversations with members. The first one is the...

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tags: dieter adam, impressions, exchange rate, product, process, innovation, callaghan innovation