Employability skills framework welcomed

Employability skills framework welcomed

BusinessNZ has welcomed the launch of the Employability Skills Framework, to help ensure young people gain employability skills. The framework lists the workplace skills needed for all entry-level jobs (separate from the technical skills needed for a specific job). Employability skills include literacy, numeracy, using technology, a driver’s license and being drug free. BusinessNZ Chief […]

Laid back design success

Laid back design success

Otago Polytechnic student, Jeremey Metherell, had a good excuse for lying around all summer.  He calls it product testing … but the reality is he deserved a relaxing break after spending all of last year designing a hammock for the New Zealand brand Cactus Outdoor. It’s unusual for a student to successfully take a product […]

Australia’s innovation report card shows the nation can do better, and hints at how

Ron Johnston, Executive Director, Australian Centre for Innovation, University of Sydney The Office of Innovation and Science Australia released its review of the Australian innovation system this week, largely to a chorus of “heard it all before” from those close to the industry. Tony Peacock, CEO of the Cooperative Research Centres Association, likens it to a school report: Janey tries […]

Fair and free trade for all

Fair and free trade for all

Comment by HERA Director Dr Wolfgang Scholz Now Donald Trump has officially taken over as the 45th President of the United States, many of us Kiwis (particularly those in business) think New Zealand is well and truly Trumped.  But is it really all doom and gloom for the future of our nation when it comes to […]

Exchange Rate Needs Attention

Exchange Rate Needs Attention

The exchange rate hit a two year high on the Trade Weighted Index (TWI) last week.  Our consistently overvalued exchange rate continues to be an issue for the competitiveness of manufacturers and the wider tradable sector, and we need to investigate ways to bring it back to a sustainable level over time,  say the New […]

Productivity Commission targets our weak labour productivity

New Zealand has enjoyed good growth in average income since the global financial crisis.  Labour participation is strong and our public finances are in relatively good shape. But one area holding the economy back is our persistently weak labour productivity, with the OECD estimating that New Zealand had the fourth lowest labour productivity growth of […]

Majority of Australian manufacturers to invest in automation

Majority of Australian manufacturers to invest in automation

   Robotics most popular type of automation chosen for future investment among Australian manufacturers. Universal Robots, the Danish pioneer of human-robot collaboration, has released the results of a survey, which canvassed the views of members of various online groups dedicated to communicating with the Australian manufacturing community. These groups include; the Australian Manufacturers Forum, the […]

Demand drives surging salaries for engineers

Engineers take home an average of nearly $100,000 a year and their salaries are growing strongly, according to the annual IPENZ Remuneration Survey. Engineers’ median base salary grew by 6.3 per cent in the year to October 2016. According to Statistics New Zealand, average wage inflation in the year to June 2016 was 1.5 per […]

NZ Manufacturer Media Kit 2017 now available

Visit the Media Kit to see what is planned for 2017. We have approached this year witha view of providing readers with Features and sections based on productivity in manufacturing, across a range of subjects which can assist your company in its striving for excellence.NZM Manufacturer Media Kit 2017 To receive a kit please email […]