NZ vendors team on PC safety

The Computer Manufacturers Association of New Zealand is working to assure buyers it's safe to purchase locally built PCs. CMANZ is asking members for regular solvency statements and will offer a two-year warranty assurance scheme to members' customers.

The Computer Manufacturers Association of New Zealand is working to assure buyers it's safe to purchase locally built PCs.

CMANZ is asking members for regular solvency statements and will offer a two-year warranty assurance scheme to members' customers.

CMANZ, which launched on August 1, has nine members so far - Arche Technologies, Insite Technology, JDI, Lingo Computers, PB Technology, Samcor Computers, The PC Company, TMC Computer and Ultra Computer Company.

Ron Jervis of JDI says while the association has been occupied with getting set up, it now aims to attract more members with 20 to 30 members being the ultimate aim. He says IT distributors Tech Pacific and Melco are supporting CMANZ by sending out information packs to potential members.

Under the warranty assurance scheme, if any of the member companies fail or can't meet their obligations, the CMANZ will support the balance of the warranty for up to two years from the date of purchase. CMANZ sees this as a strong reason for businesses and consumers to buy computers from member companies.

Association members are required to pay a fixed amount per PC to cover warranty into a trust fund held in their name by CMANZ.

Members must also submit an accountant's solvency statement twice yearly, while applications for membership must include a solvency statement including confirmation that the prospective member has adequate insurance for stock, plant and equipment so the business can remain solvent and viable.

CMANZ also aims to promote the benefits of buying New Zealand assembled computers through the media. This will include promoting the CMANZ logo which only members of the association can attach to their PC and promote in packaging and other advertising media. CMANZ will also lobby government and corporates to ensure they have the confidence to specify and use New Zealand assembled products.

To become a member, a company must be registered in New Zealand, with 100% ownership by New Zealand residents and it must have been in business continuously for at least five years. The monthly membership fee is graduated depending on how many systems a member produces per month.

Web site: www.cmanz.co.nz.

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