Finance Spokesman Announced as Opening Keynote Speaker at National Conference

The future of manufacturing is at the forefront of discussions at the upcoming SKF National Maintenance Engineering Conference with the announcement of Labour’s Finance spokesman David Parker as the opening keynote speaker at the November event.

Preceding American maintenance evangelist Joel Leonard’s revealing presentation on the successful turnaround of Northern Carolina’s manufacturing economy, Mr. Parker will set the scene for the Rotorua 2 day annual conference in front of a national maintenance and manufacturing audience. The major focus of his opening will be to present the findings of the recent multi-party inquiry into manufacturing and set out Labour’s commitment to the industry.

The results of the inquiry will be of particular interest to Maintenance Engineering Society members and conference attendees, who have significant interest and concern for manufacturing in New Zealand. Anacdoetal evidence of significant decline in manufacturing presence and the associated demise of technical, supply and training infrastructure is of deep concern to society members and conference attendees, who are quick to point out that lost capability will likely never return.

All the more reason why the balancing presentation of Mr. Leonard offers a lifeline of hope to those determined to reverse the general decline of manufacturing depth and diversity.  The northern Carolina manufacturing sector in the last decade was grimly reminiscent of our own local experience with mainstay industries such as textiles and furniture steadily losing jobs to Latin America and Asia. Today North Carolina is the third best US state economy, with a gross state product of US$425 billion, a booming tech sector and a national leader in agriculture, financial services and manufacturing.

Meanwhile, Fonterra’s recent highly publicised experiences underline the catastrophic effects that manufacturing and maintenance staff can have on a site, a business, an industry and indeed, an entire economy. Attendees are keen to take contemporary learning and experiences on systems and processes that can protect and enhance the businesses back to their workplaces.

The National Maintenance Engineering Conference is the forum where people who can effect change in the workplace meet to share those experiences and interact with experts, practitioners and even politicians.

The conference is presented by the Maintenance Engineering Society of New Zealand, a technical interest group of IPENZ. Attendance fees for the November 2012 Rotorua event start at $680+GST pp with discount opportunities down to only $440+GST pp. Early registration is recommended for the event, which has sold out for the last 3 years.

Registration forms and background details can be found on the society website at  or by contacting the Event Manager Leanne Powley direct on (09) 296 1333  or