EMEX 2010 – a lot of business was done

The recently held EMEX 2010 was a success. Judging by the comments from exhibitors a lot of business was done because the decisionmakers turned up. Those with the spending power came along, saw what their company needed and bought equipment. EMEX 2010 brought together the latest in machine tools, manufacturing software, engineering and electronics equipment. […]

Agriculture forecast to underpin New Zealand’s long term prosperity

New Zealanders involved in food production have a buoyant long term future once the current economic squeeze on the rural sector eases up, according to Agriculture Minister David Carter. Speaking in the latest edition of Bayleys Real Estate’s Country magazine, Mr Cater said that with primary sectors generating around two-thirds of New Zealand’s merchandise export […]

Bumping along the bottom

The latest New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) Survey of Business Conditions completed during February 2010, shows total sales in January 2010 decreased 3% (export sales decreased by 32% with domestic sales increasing 15%) on January 2009. The NZMEA survey sample this month covered NZ$452m in annualised sales, with an export content of 28%. […]

Manufacturing shows the way at EMEX 2010

EMEX 2010 is the show piece for the latest manufacturing equipment and technology for New Zealand businesses. Companies have taken the opportunity to display to decisionmakers some of the “goods” available to assist them maintain their competitiveness and move ahead in local and overseas markets. There is a belief that  manufacturing is starting to hold […]

PlanetSolar Superyacht Designed by Kiwi Firm

When a German businessman set his sights on building a solar-powered boat to circumnavigate the globe, he called on Kiwi design company LOMOcean to make it happen. PlanetSolar Auckland-based LOMOcean naval architects and yacht designers drew up plans for the radical $NZ36 million PlanetSolar superyacht, which is due to set off on a world-first, solar-powered, […]

Opportunities exist everywhere

With the recent disruption to the world’s aviation industry caused by the Norwegian volcanic eruptions, we known that anything is possible to cripple the world economy and our freedom of movement. Let’s face it the last 18 months have been a devil of a time for peace of mind and financial security. About the only […]

NZ businesses miss out on energy savings benefits

Most New Zealand companies are doing little to curb energy waste despite the many benefits of reducing energy costs, new research shows. A study by Synovate commissioned by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) shows a wide disparity between industry sectors on energy management. Overall, only 23% of businesses are committed to energy management. […]

Rockwell forms new Industry Solutions team

In keeping with its commitment to Australian and New Zealand industry, Rockwell Automation has formed a new Industry Solutions team. Comprising experts specialising in a range of industry sectors, the Industry Solutions team plays a central role in coordinating the combined resources of Rockwell Automation sales, engineering, support and product groups to ensure the most […]

Developing sustainable products more efficiently

Product development can – and should – benefit from the same efficiency and productivity gains that we see in manufacturing and production. The product development process is often very wasteful and expensive, complex and multi-faceted, and information does not flow in one direction, but goes back and forward many times. How then, can you apply […]

New Plymouth based Howard Wright wins metal in National Design Awards

New Plymouth based designer and manufacturer Howard Wright Limited has been awarded one of the country’s top design prizes, picking up silver at the national BeST Design Awards – New Zealand designs equivalent to the Oscars. Howard Wright was awarded silver in the non-consumer product design category at this years prestigious awards – which were […]