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It is very un­for­tu­nate to hear of the pro­posed clo­sure of man­u­fac­turer Gen­eral Ca­ble in Christchurch, with the loss of up to 170 qual­ity jobs and af­fect­ing other lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ers sup­ply­ing them, SAYS NZMEA chief ex­ec­u­tive Di­eter Adam. While con­di­tions for many man­u­fac­tur­ers have im­proved in re­cent years, this shows that pres­sure and un­cer­tainty re­mains, he says.

“Gen­eral Ca­ble has been a solid part of the Christchurch man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try since the 1950’s, and it is sad to hear they may be clos­ing. We hope their staff can be em­ployed by other man­u­fac­tur­ers in the area.

“Man­u­fac­tur­ers do not op­er­ate in iso­la­tion, due to the com­plex sup­ply chains that mean many other New Zealand man­u­fac­tur­ers sup­ply parts to com­pa­nies like Gen­eral Ca­ble. A loss in one area can have wider ef­fects than just the im­me­di­ate loss of jobs and in­come. We need to keep a broad base of man­u­fac­tur­ing in New Zealand and find ways to im­prove the man­u­fac­tur­ing ecosys­tem.

“It is a re­minder that we can­not be com­pla­cent, there is more that can be done to help man­u­fac­tur­ing businesses thrive in New Zealand, keep­ing ca­pa­bil­ity here, along with jobs and vi­tal ex­port in­come. We hope to see qual­ity dis­cus­sion on how to make to most of our man­u­fac­tur­ing base to grow ex­ports and jobs go­ing into the next elec­tion.”

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