Little interest in cost study

A proposed Investment New Zealand study comparing the cost of manufacturing a range of goods - including computers and telco equipment - in Australia, Singapore and New Zealand doesn't appear to have excited many companies.

A proposed Investment New Zealand study comparing the cost of manufacturing a range of goods - including computers and telco equipment - in Australia, Singapore and New Zealand doesn't appear to have excited many companies.

Expressions of interest in the project closed on August 6 and interest “wasn’t particularly high”, says Investment New Zealand spokesperson Krista Ferguson.

“However, we have had a response and will be appointing someone to do the study.”

Investment New Zealand, a branch of Trade New Zealand, called for expressions of interest in the project in order to get a view of the comparative costs of making computers and telecommunications, broadcasting, transceiving and electronic equipment in New Zealand, Australia and Singapore. The proposal also calls for comparisons for a range of non-computing/communications industries.

“We see Australia and Singapore as the two countries most likely to be in direct competition with New Zealand in those sectors,” Ferguson says.

Another study, planned for later in the year, will look at the comparative costs of making software, she adds.

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