Late last year a local filmmaker decided to shoot a short film focusing on the debate between NZ and offshore manufacturing. To this end he filmed four New Zealand based businesses. Two of them produce domestically, Cactus Climbing and Chalky Digits, while two produce offshore, IceBreaker and Macpac.
The film has finally been posted online here.
First a quick disclaimer – I actually like Icebreaker as a product and as a business and I don’t have issues with their move to offshore manufacturing. I’m just keen for people to realise that successful, scalable and profitable manufacturing business can occur in New Zealand.