It is concerning that the PMI has gone into contraction for the first time in 7 years. This monthly manufacturing survey indicates that manufacturers are finding demand slowing down, both from NZ customers and from export markets as well. Innovation and productivity improvements are a couple of ways to cope with tough times. See my report below on what industry 4.0 means for manufacturers and check out the IRD calculator below to see if you are eligible for R&D tax credits.
Manufacturing News – June 2019
Greetings manufacturers, winter is here and the PMI suggests the sector is still in modest expansion. Callaghan Innovation got some additional funding from the lastest budget and it looks like some of it will go towards helping manufacturers embrace the much touted industry 4.0 and the “internet of things”. You can check it out here.
Manufacturing News – March 2019
Along with the rest of New Zealand, our office observed the 2-minute silence last Friday to honour the victims of the terror attack in the Christchurch Mosque on the 15th of March. We want to send our love and support to all the NZ Muslim communities across New Zealand. Kia Kaha.
Manufacturing News – February 2019
In this newsletter, we bring you some great events to help you in your business. If you are a supplier to government or local government ($41 billion annual spend) don’t miss our procurement seminar, where some of the biggest spending agencies will tell you what they are looking for in suppliers and how being a local business is going to count much more in tenders. New procurement rules are out for consultation as well, so any feedback on that – please let me know for our submission.
Manufacturing News – January 2019
December’s Performance Manufacturing Index (PMI) showed that manufacturing ended the year in decent expansion territory, and new orders were strong, which bodes well for the start of 2019. In this edition, we highlight a lot of good conferences coming up and there should be something for everyone, depending on your business. If we want ‘talent led’ innovation we need to keep abreast of the latest knowledge. Also, it would be great to see all the women in manufacturing congregating at the leadership summit
Manufacturing News – December 2018
As we get to the end of 2018, we reflect on some mega-trends in manufacturing, such as the adoption of technology globally and who is winning the race, and we get some good insights into the R&D investment going on in China.
Manufacturing News – November 2018
Great to see a small but significant change for the better in the BNZ-BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index. As BNZ Senior Economist, Doug Steel noted, “the improvement in the PMI is not large, but we see it as important to the broader economic narrative”.
Manufacturing News – October 2018
The 2018 ExportNZ DHL Export Barometer was released yesterday.
One of the most outstanding findings from this year’s survey is that the number one barrier to exporting is concern over increasing costs in New Zealand due to the coming industrial regulation. Results show this is a major barrier for 32% of Kiwi exporters.
Manufacturing News – September 2018
If you’re an exporting manufacturer, or planning to be, come and join us at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland on 27th September for ExportNZ’s biggest event of the year, Go Global!
Manufacturing News – August 2018
Not such a great month last month according to the BNZ – BusinessNZ PMI, with BNZ Senior Economist Doug Steel indicating the results could be hinting at outright slow growth in the manufacturing sector.
Manufacturing News – July 2018
Some useful events coming up over the next couple of months – from learning how emerging technologies – such as the Internet of Things, and Industry 4.0 – are changing manufacturing, to how Kiwi businesses can use such innovation and technologies to help them be globally competitive.
Manufacturing News – June 2018
It’s great to see the opportunities generated through innovation being injected into more traditional manufacturing practices – such as construction. Off-site and hi-tech manufacturing of homes is opening up a great opportunity for companies to make KiwiBuild homes. This could be a game changer for New Zealand according to Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford.