RBNZ weighs against export recovery

The Reserve Bank’s decision to hike the Official Cash Rate (OCR) again will stifle the export growth that needs to lead the economic recovery say the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA).  There have been warnings from across the tradeable sector on the damage OCR hikes will do; this advice needs to be heeded. […]

Doing business at the fieldays

What this growth has done for New Zealand manufacturing achievement – some including joint-international agreements -is nothing short of amazing. A ‘world class’manufacturing showcase of advanced technology and innovative solutions By Roger Magee Senior Writer It has grown, without worthy competition, to become recognised as Australasia’s leading ‘Agri-Business’ Exhibition.- and it is easy to see why. […]

ABC Software sets its sights on Australian market

Hawke’s Bay IT company ABC Software is targeting Australia as a potentially major export market for a system it has been developing to track a wide variety of fruit through every step from tree to consumer. Founder-director Sharon Chapman says the barcode-based tool already installed in New Zealand, Victoria and Western Australia traces and records […]

4.5 billion year old power station powers up commercial initiative

The largest commercial installation in New Zealand of thin film solar panel technology has been activated at Hubbard Foods in Mangere, Auckland. This installation, which is a joint initiative between infrastructure company Vector and cereal maker Hubbards, is the first commercial enterprise of its size to use second generation thin film solar panels. Combined, the […]

Competitive Manufacturing programs turn the average business into a world class operation

The Improve Group has a successful history of working with world renowned manufacturers throughout Australasia enabling them to enjoy greater business success. Their programs encompass the best of Lean Manufacturing, Lean Logistics, Lean Processing, Six Sigma and TPM (Total Preventative Maintenance). Government Funded Competitive Manufacturing Programs. The Competitive Manufacturing Program is a nationally recognised training […]

Current account tipping in right direction

The falling current account deficit is reassuring news given the global tight market conditions, the Employers & Manufacturers Association says. But it would be a mistake to become euphoric over the improvement as debt is still growing albeit at a slower rate than hitherto, said Alasdair Thompson, EMA’s chief executive. “Our international debt is $167billion […]

Good Water reaches second place in world business analysis competition

A business analysis of an Auckland-based drinks company that uses ‘good plastic’ for its bottled water has won second place in a prestigious international competition. The annual Oikos-Ashoka Case Writing Competitions are the premier competitions of their kind, and aim to promote the development of new, high-quality case studies of real-world businesses working in the […]

Business owners increasingly likely to sell in short term

More business owners planning to sell within two years Estimated market value of businesses is changing Profit overtakes customer base as driver of business value An increasing number of business owners are planning to sell within two years, and perceptions are changing over the market value of their businesses, according to survey results released by […]

Business intelligence software

FactoryTalk VantagePoint EMI business intelligence software for manufacturing helps empower users at every level of an enterprise. The provision of information from Web-based dashboards and reports on key performance indicators from multiple manufacturing and business data sources allow manufacturers to better monitor and manage productivity in real time. The software also allows them to make […]

Local steelwork benefits New Zealand economy and justifies support

by HERA Director Dr Wolfgang Scholz With the recent decision of government-owned Crown Research Institute NIWA to contract the multi-million dollar upgrade of its research vessel Tangaroa to a Singapore dockyard, and the KiwiRail announcement that the Auckland light rail trains will be imported, the Heavy Engineering Research Association (HERA) analysts have two other interesting […]