NZ Manufacturer February 2012
Most people get ahead during the time that others waste. – Henry Ford
Malaysian trade mission offers huge range of opportunities
he range of business opportunities on offer through a trade mission heading to Malaysia, Sarawak and Brunei in late March represents a rare and important opportunity for exporters, says Sir Ken Stevens. “But time is short to get involved – we need to close registrations off within two weeks. “The mission will facilitate oneon- one meetings with business people as well as briefings, site visits for example to the top Asian theme park, Sunway Lagoon, and to several major food, engineering and supply chain sites such as at Intel and Air Asia,” Sir Ken said. Sir Ken Stevens, who is leading the mission, is founder and CEO of Glidepath Group and Chairman of Export New Zealand. Export New Zealand is organising the mission in association with the ASEAN New Zealand Combined Business Council. Sir Ken said the mission is focusing on: • Fast moving consumer goods plus related technologies, • IT and engineering, • Education, • Cultural and adventure Tourism.
to Vietnam last March it was clear that if you go there on your own you won’t get anything like the same level of business contacts and opportunities. “Amongst them was an introduction to the NZTE Beachheads Advisory Board members for South East Asia, all senior, extremely influential company directors, economists, and industry sector specialists. Sir Ken Stevens
“We are working closely with contacts on the ground in Malaysia, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to ensure the group gets to places they wouldn’t otherwise get to, and meet business people not normally available,” he said. “Developing trading relationships to achieve specific trade outcomes can carry a lot of pressure and this is where travelling in the group can prove so valuable. “Mission delegates have a huge amount of invaluable advice, contacts and other information they share between them. “After leading a trade mission
Brighter end to year for manufacturers
anufacturing activity improved enough over December to be back in positive territory, according to the latest BNZ – BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI). The seasonally adjusted PMI for December was 51.9 (a PMI reading above 50.0 indicates that manufacturing is generally expanding; below 50.0 that it is declining). This was up from 46.0 in November and 46.7 in October. Over 2011 the PMI averaged 51.5, compared with 53.0 in 2010. BusinessNZ’s executive director for manufacturing Catherine Beard
“A mission delegate said of that visit they had ‘come from zero to a level of activity in the fastest possible time, and to do this we would have spent far more as an individual company’. “Highlights of the mission to Malaysia, Sarawak and Brunei include industry specific business to business matching/introductions, economic and investment briefings, and site tours.”
said that although it was pleasing to see a return to expansion for the last month of 2011, overall the year was a challenging one for manufacturers. Unadjusted results by region showed two of the four regions in expansion, along with a large spread of expansion and decline. The Otago/Southland region (65.6) again led the way, although slightly down on November’s result. Both the Northern (51.9) and Canterbury/Westland (54.2) regions also experienced lower expansion levels, while the Central region (42.7) fell further into decline with its lowest result since April 2011.
NZ Manufacturer February 2012