Insurers ‘very poor’ on business interruption say half of survey respondents

A New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) survey of manufacturers in the Canterbury region has identified business interruption as the biggest insurance problem for firms after the earthquakes. The survey was conducted between the 13th and 17th of February. The survey asked respondents to rank their insurers from ‘very good’ to ‘very poor’ on […]

Smart marketing for manufacturers by Graham McGregor

  How can you ‘add value’ to your customers? As a sales and marketing consultant, I advise my clients to do things that differentiate their business in a positive way from all their competitors. And a simple way to do this is with the strategy of ‘added value.’ Here are three examples of added value […]

Dotmar exports quality manufactured components to India

Carl Lunt (left) with Grant Pedersen and some of Dotmar’s manufactured products. Dotmar Engineering Plastics in Auckland’s Mt Wellington industrial area – with other branches in Christchurch and Palmerston North — is part of a privately-held company which is truly a global giant in the supply and manufacture of game-changing thermoplastics. They don’t need to […]

Delcam on show at SolidWorks World

  Delcam demonstrated the 2012 version of Delcam for SolidWorks, its integrated CAM system for SolidWorks, at SolidWorks World in San Diego this month. This latest release includes programming of wire EDM for the first time, alongside the comprehensive options for the programming of turning, mill-turn, drilling and two- through five-axis milling. Other enhancements include […]

Tentmaker takes it to next level with RBP Waikato

Robyn Robertson of Regional Business Partner Waikato and Matamata tentmaker Lindsay Tasker.   A Matamata tentmaker’s dream of helping the world with his humanitarian housing is closer to reality thanks to Regional Business Partner (RBP) Waikato. LTL Covers owner Lindsay Tasker has developed SeekaShelter tent prototype to use as emergency housing in the wake of […]

Skilled training graduates deserve recognition

Completing a high-level qualification while working fulltime requires a lot of dedication, yet every year several thousand employees in industry achieve highly with little public fanfare. Companies supporting their employees through on-job training are equally dedicated, investing in lifting transferable skill levels throughout New Zealand industry. To recognise the efforts of learners and employers, industry […]

Priceless inspiration for Kiwi exporters

  Any NZ business currently exporting, looking to grow its export markets or enter new markets, can’t afford to miss the unique insights on offer from the Indian, Australasian and European market experts at this year’s Go Global conference. Organised by ExportNZ, Go Global will bring together exporters from around the country and around the […]

The tale of two manufacturers

Manufacturing activity remained in expansion but clear division lines are drawn, according to the latest BNZ – BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI). The seasonally adjusted PMI for January was 50.5 (a PMI reading above 50.0 indicates that manufacturing is generally expanding; below 50.0 that it is declining). This was down from 51.6 in December […]

Realistic funding options critical for Auckland transport

The debate over the funding options required to develop Auckland’s transport should cut straight to the chase, says the chief executive of the Employers and Manufacturers Association, Kim Campbell. “Several of the so called funding options in the Mayor’s paper are simply not going to happen and should be discarded right away,” Mr Campbell said. […]

ExportNZ boosts Korean prospects by partnering with KNZBC

ExportNZ is increasing its focus on growing opportunities in Korea by entering a partnership with the Korea New Zealand Business Council (KNZBC). Catherine Beard, Executive Director of ExportNZ, says the new agreement will create a strong alliance focusing on maximising the benefits to be gained from trading with the fourth biggest economy in Asia. “With […]