Avoiding epic fails…In design

Avoiding epic fails…In design

Chris Barclay, Business Development Manager, Motovated Design & Analysis. Recently I was the incredibly fortunate recipient of a brand spanking new mountain bike. To be fair, I had earned it. It was my 30th birthday and a new bike was well past due. My wife managed to con my family into contributing towards it and […]

Exponential Manufacturing Revolution

Exponential Manufacturing Revolution

  Diane Francis Member of Advisory Council at Hudson Institute Kleptocracy Initiative The train to Boston from New York speeds past stunning scenery as well as the blight of abandoned factories, scarred with graffiti. These empty buildings are the remnants of a New England that was the China of the Industrial Revolution based on cheap […]

From Americas Cup to dinosaurs – SAFE’s evolutionary growth pains

From Americas Cup to dinosaurs – SAFE’s evolutionary growth pains

The Maintenance Engineering Societies Kaeser Compressors Network Evening series has provided a firsthand view of the evolutionary change taking place across New Zealand manufacturing and engineering as industry adapts to the modern world. The struggles facing industry were never more evident than the recent third annual evening held at SAFE Engineering in Drury. A family […]

The business of technology

The Technology Investment Network (TIN) Investors Guide has drawn its information from the top 200 New Zealand technology firms. Highlights of the Guide include: *Revenue growth in 2016 came from Auckland and Northland 12.2%. Hamilton 11.1%. Central North Island 0.9%.Wellington 15.3%.South Island 9.2%. *An increase of 239% in foreign investment in early stage technology companies. […]

Substantial growth for Nautech

Substantial growth for Nautech

It is just coming up to two years since Nautech experienced an unforeseen event which resulted in a substantial loss of business. Through no fault of the company the business lost revenue amounting to around 35% of annual turnover. Once the dust had settled Nautech set about re-inventing itself to transform its business in to […]

Partnership, collaboration, and technology investment crucial for growth

Partnership, collaboration, and technology investment crucial for growth

The Internet of Things (IoT) and data analytics are transforming the manufacturing space; and data is the new currency. Currently, human intervention is needed for logical and reasonable decision making; however, with the rise of cognitive technologies, machines will be empowered to detect constantly changing manufacturing scenarios and respond in real time with minimum human […]

SouthMACH 17 is a wrap!

SouthMACH 17 is a wrap!

And what a show it was! The second time for SouthMACH under new ownership of XPO Exhibitions was a ‘blockbuster’ in 2017. Held at the Horncastle Arena, Christchurch on the 24th and 25th of May, the Mainland’s largest event for the manufacturing, engineering and technology industries has been deemed a great success by both visitors […]

More practical and applied skills needed

Commenting on the Science Technicians Workforce report by the Royal Society Te Apārangi, BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope said the problem of undersupply of technical science skills was similar to shortages in other areas such as engineering. The Royal Society report showed that science technicians are increasingly needed in fields such as high-tech manufacturing, food […]

Managing contractor inductions, insurances and access rights

Managing contractor inductions, insurances and access rights

The use and management of contractors has certainly changed dramatically over the last 10 – 15 years. It used to be that a paper sign-in book or a quick conversation with reception or a security guard was enough to allow contractors on-site. The regulatory obligation of businesses has now evolved, and the informal processes of […]