• Trade deficit a growing problem

    The latest New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) Survey of Business Conditions completed during August 2013, shows total sales in July 2013 decreased 2.62% (export sales decreased by 3.7% with domestic sales decreasing 1.74%) on July...

    • Posted August 30, 2013
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  • Fonterra’s false alarm shows danger of ‘crying wolf’

    Victoria and Otago Marketing academics provide expert comment on the Fonterra crisis: Although it is good news that Fonterra received the ‘all clear’ from the Ministry for Primary Industries yesterday, a lot more needs to be done...

    • Posted August 30, 2013
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  • High-tech manufacturing sector continues to grow

    The high and medium-high technology manufacturing sectors have shown growth and resilience despite global economic challenges, a new Government report shows. The High and Medium-High Technology Manufacturing Sectors Report was recently released by Economic Development Minister Steven...

    • Posted August 29, 2013
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  • Enhanced integrated electrode solution

    A range of enhancements has been added to the Delcam Electrode integrated solution for the design, machining and inspection of electrodes. The new version includes support for burn-vector electrodes, automated machining of electrode frames, batch processing of...

    • Posted August 29, 2013
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  • Versatile swivel lamp

    Two versatile and compact L.E.D interior lamps may well shine more light throughout the interiors of caravans, motors homes and boats. The two newcomers feature a swivel action that allows the lens to be rotated 180¼ for...

    • Posted August 29, 2013
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  • Manufacturing in crisis, but not here

    By Bruce Goldsworthy, EMA, Manager of Advocacy and Manufacturing Services. The crisis in manufacturing makes grim reading, but thankfully for New Zealand its happening in Australia, not here. Unlike their counterparts across the ditch, Kiwi manufacturers are...

    • Posted August 29, 2013
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  • Alarm over extent of workplace drug problem

    The extent and cost of drugs affecting the workplace and work output has raised the alarm with the Employers and Manufacturers Association.  Over half of the workplaces responding to a recent EMA survey* said they have had...

    • Posted August 23, 2013
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  • LVR “speed limits” welcome and necessary

    The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) has released the details on restrictions to high loan to value ratio mortgages, which will come into effect on the 1st of October. This is a positive step forward in...

    • Posted August 21, 2013
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  • Trend setter

    Manufacturing activity for July continued the trend of healthy expansion in the sector, according to the latest BNZ – BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI).  The seasonally adjusted PMI for July was 59.5 (a PMI reading above...

    • Posted August 15, 2013
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  • State of the Environment reporting good news for business and the environment

    Today’s announcement by the Environment Minister Amy Adams that the Government will legislate for independent environmental reporting is an important step forward for the future of New Zealand’s economy and environment, says the Sustainable Business Council, a...

    • Posted August 8, 2013
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