What Manufacturing Crisis?

Labour and the Green Taliban continue to talk about the manufacturing crisis…except there isn’t one:

New Zealand manufacturing volumes continued to grow in the final three months of 2012, and a rundown in stocks outside food and beverage bodes well for the sector this year as construction gets underway in Canterbury and Auckland.

Total manufacturing sales volumes rose a seasonally adjusted 1.5 per cent in the three months ended Dec. 31, slowing from a 2.5 per cent gain in the September quarter, according to Statistics New Zealand. The value of manufacturing sales was flat at a seasonally adjusted $22.85 billion. Volumes were up 5.7 per cent from the same period a year earlier, while values were down 0.7 per cent on an annual basis. 

Metal product manufacturing sales volumes rose 5.4 per cent, and values climbed 6.6 per cent to $2.31 billion, leading gains in the quarter. Petroleum and coal product manufacturing sales volumes gained 6.4 per cent and values were up by the same amount to $1.92 billion.

Meat and dairy manufacturing, which accounts for 30 per cent of the sector, showed a 1.1 per cent fall in volumes and a 4.4 per cent decline in sales to $6.86 billion.

Next time they bang on about a “manufacturing crisis” tell them to shut up and go away.


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