Small business needs to be an election issue

With an election looming, every small businesses in New Zealand needs to lift their voices and be heard, asking each electoral party what they will be doing to help the SME sector. Paul Kane, a partner in New Zealand accounting firm Grant Thornton, said that for a sector that plays such an important part in […]

Techspan and Social Media

Plastics & Printing technologies supplier Techspan has joined the online social media zone with their inclusion on Facebook and You Tube. Techspan now has its own Facebook page  and You Tube channel where you will find news and information about the latest inÊPlastics and Printing technologies. Image galleries, Videos and news stories are all featured. […]

Lean times call for thinner sheets, thicker bends

With the price of sheetmetal arguably at an all time high due to massive demand by Asia and the Middle East, itÕs not just clever software-driven machines that positively impact profit margins. The simple act of reducing raw material costs has become the latest challenge for fabricators in Australia and New Zealand. And price reduction […]

EMA and Export NZ to supply Certificates of Origin

Under an agreement with Independent Verification Services Ltd (IVS), the Employers & Manufacturers Association and Export New Zealand (EMA/Export NZ) have announced they now can supply Certificates of Origin to members and other exporters. IVS is an internationally accredited verification company duly authorised by New Zealand Customs to issue Certificates of Origin, which are a […]

PowerMILL offers safest-ever machining

Delcam has released the 2011 version of its PowerMILL CAM system for five-axis and high-speed machining. This release makes the programming of safe toolpaths easier than ever thanks to new stock-model-engagement options that protect both the cutting tool and the machine from excessive loading.  Other enhancements include new editing capabilities to simplify the machining of […]

PVC welding – A major challenge

Laizhou, a small town near Qingdao – the city where the sailing competitions were held during the 2008 Summer Olympics Ð is currently undergoing an economic boom. This may be attributed in part to its favourable transport connections and to the unique media attention which it attracted in connection with the Games. Xin Li Composite […]

Wellington woman wins Supreme Business Award

Camilla Welch, owner and General Manager of Petone-based label making and printing business “Label and Litho” has earned the Supreme Business Award at the Her Regional Wellington Businesswoman of the Year Awards, which were announced on Friday 3 December during a ceremony at the Intercontinental Hotel. Label and Litho is a 50 year old business […]

We can catch Australia – by manufacturing our way to success

There is only one way we will catch Australia in wage rates and standard of living, and that is by growing our manufacturing sector. Various reports have concluded productivity in New Zealand is low compared to other developed countries and while that is true as an average across the whole economy, it is not true […]

“The Antarctic Apprentice” debuts on Facebook!

Right now you can follow the adventures of 20 year-old Joel McGregor of Oamaru, who is undertaking one of the most extreme general engineering apprenticeship opportunities in the world – living and working on Scott Base in Antarctica. The position calls for an apprentice to work as a ‘Summer Engineer’ at Scott Base, to become […]

Lower energy consumption or money back

According to the motto “Facts not promises” Engel has invited customers to participate in a spectacular energy bet with a “money back guarantee”. Each customer who purchases a suitable energy package with a tiebar- less Engel victory or Engel duo large-scale machine receives a guarantee that energy consumption will be lower than for a comparable […]

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