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The latest PMI shows that New Zealand's manufacturing sector has had a return to expansion, while this is a positive step forward, the numbers behind the figure show a sector that is still struggling to gain traction.

Take the opportunity to complete the survey of business opinion below. This will be your chance to inform BusinessNZ's advocacy and share what major barriers your business is facing.

Ngā mihi,

On the margins – PMI

New Zealand's manufacturing sector rose back into expansion for July, according to the latest BNZ - BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI).

The seasonally adjusted PMI for July was 52.7 (a PMI reading above 50.0 indicates that manufacturing is generally expanding; below 50.0 that it is declining).  This was 2.7 points higher than June, but still below the long-term average of 53.1 for the survey.

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BusinessNZ Survey of business opinion

You are invited to take part in the 2022 BusinessNZ Survey of business opinion.

This survey considers current issues that may be impacting on businesses - like wage pressures, ability to get staff, interest rate rises, supply chain blockages, infrastructure constraints, and others.

What are the main issues affecting your business today?

Your response will help inform BusinessNZ’s advocacy for a more enabling environment for businesses in NZ.

Please take the BusinessNZ Survey of business opinion here

Women's High Risk Workwear Questionnaire

Paramount Safety are passionate about developing a womens range. of PPE workwear. Currently, men’s PPE is sourced and then taken to a specialist to be altered.  Paramount safety products are asking for your help to develop the best High Risk Women’s Workwear, and are asking for your feedback and input into what you would like to see.

Please full out the survey here ->>

Altus on track to have the most state-of-the-art facility for Aluminium Extrusion in NZ

Aluminium extrusion specialist Altus is on track to have the most state-of-the-art facilities for extrusion and powder coating in New Zealand. They’re rapidly expanding their Hamilton site with a new 6,500 m2 plant to accommodate the installation of another extrusion press line by the end of 2022.

Altus National Operations Manager Mark Kennedy says, “the expansion is in direct response to the increasing demand for Altus products, which are sold to both Window and Door Joinery Franchisees and Industrial customers, as well as being part of a strategic plan to revolutionise the way we do things.”

Once complete, staff numbers are tipped to increase by 25% to over 230, with developments set to double the extrusion output at the Altus site by July 2023.

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Ongoing inflation adds to cash flow crunch

The latest Xero Small Business Insights report, Crunch: Cash flow challenges facing small businesses, takes a deep dive into small business cash flow trends. The report uses the anonymised and aggregated data of customers in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom to measure just how systemic the issue of negative cash flow is. The latest inflation data suggests this issue will be an ongoing pressure point for small businesses as they try to stay profitable and maintain cash flows in an environment of rapidly rising costs

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Smart Factory Showcase – Nautech

This is your chance to see how smart technologies will transform your business!

Spaces are now available in September. Experience this interactive showcase and see how Nautech Electronics have incorporated a smart, technology-driven approach to improve their efficiency, connect processes, streamline production, and solve common manufacturing issues. To register for the below events, please click here

Taipei International Plastics and Rubber Industry Show

The Taipei International Plastics and Rubber Industry Show (TaipeiPLAS)" will be held in Taipei from 27 September to 1 October 2022. This event will take place both onsite and online. The virtual edition will be launched from 27 September to 27 October 2022. 

Event Highlights:

  • Asia’s top Industry show focus on Shaping New PLASbility” to highlight the industry’s constant striving for recycling, energy conservation and innovative materials
  • Opportunities to get connected to Taiwan ecosystem, with match making support with potential partners
  • Taiwan Smart Plastic, Rubbers & Shoemaking Machinery Day
  • One-on-one procurement meetings
  •  PLASpotlight Live events and more
  • Overseas buyers travel subsidies including flights and accommodations

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'Cutting edge' seaweed technology gets Government support for new manufacturing plant

A project turning seaweed into a gel that can be used in cosmetics, wound care and even plastics has won Government backing.

Creating the world’s first commercial seaweed-based nanocellulose manufacturing plant is a $1.5m project, and the Government is loaning $750,000 towards it – with potential for further investments.

Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash made the announcement in Paeroa, Waikato, on Wednesday.

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BusinessNZ Advocacy Website

For updates on BusinessNZ advocacy and for the latest Advocacy Update, BusinessNZ's advocacy newsletter, have a look at the new advocacy the website here.

Contract Manufacturers

Don’t forget to check out our contract manufacturers directory if you are looking for contract manufacturing support or you are wanting to advertise your services.

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