BNZ – BusinessNZ
Performance of
Manufacturing
Index

Back in black – PMI

17 Jul, 2020
56.3
June
+16.5

Monthly Change

expanding
previously contracting

New Zealand’s manufacturing sector showed expansion for the first time since February, according to the latest BNZ – BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI).

The seasonally adjusted PMI for June was 56.3 (a PMI reading above 50.0 indicates that manufacturing is generally expanding; below 50.0 that it is declining).  This was up 16.5 points from May, and the highest result since April 2018.

BusinessNZ’s executive director for manufacturing Catherine Beard said that a return to expansion for the sector was obviously a welcome result given the very difficult period experienced over the last three months.  However, given the path towards recovery has simply meant trying to get back to standard operational levels for many, it was just a matter of time before the sector would be back in black.    

“Leading the way were the key indices of production and new orders (both at 58.6).  Like the main result, these were at the highest level of expansion since April 2018. 

Overall, we should remain cautious that one expansionary result does not represent a trend given ongoing offshore uncertainty around COVID-19.  A consistent trail of new orders over the coming months would go a long way towards ensuring the second half of 2020 is better than the first.  

BNZ Senior Economist, Doug Steel said that “New Zealand’s PMI average through April and May was at the bottom when looking across usual comparator countries.  But with the country at alert level 1, activity has picked up. Long may it continue”.

Catherine Beard

Catherine Beard

Director, Advocacy BusinessNZ

BNZ - BusinessNZ PMI

Time Series Data

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Manufacturing Snapshot

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Doug Steel

Doug Steel

Senior Economist, BNZ

Sponsor Statement

BNZ is delighted to be associated with the Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI) and BusinessNZ.

This association brings together the significant experience of leading business advocacy body BusinessNZ, and business finance specialist BNZ.

We look forward to continuing our association with BusinessNZ and associated regional organisations, and to playing our part in the ongoing development of the New Zealand manufacturing sector.

PMI Time Series Table

The results are seasonally adjusted.

National Indicies June
2019
Feb
2020
Mar
2020
Apr
2020
May
2020
Jun
2020
BNZ – BusinessNZ PMI 51.3 54.1 37.3 26.0 39.8 56.3
Production 51.3 54.7 31.2 19.1 38.1 58.6
Employment 48.3 51.1 44.9 41.3 39.2 48.5
New Orders 52.7 56.5 36.6 17.4 39.5 58.6
Finished Stocks 56.5 52.9 44.5 37.4 41.5 56.6
Deliveries 48.5 53.2 39.2 25.4 41.1 57.3

BNZ – BusinessNZ PMI Time Series

June 2020 – June 2024

International Results

J.P. Morgan Global Manufacturing PMITM

01 Jul 2020
47.8

About the PMI

The BNZ – BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index is a monthly survey of the manufacturing sector providing an early indicator of activity levels.

A PMI reading above 50 points indicates manufacturing activity is expanding; below 50 indicates it is contracting.

The main PMI and sub-index results are seasonally adjusted.

Technical Contact

Stephen Summers
Economist, BusinessNZ

[email protected]

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