Sweet success at University of Waikato’s Science and Engineering Open Week

A Civil and Environmental Engineering workshop showed students the importance of reinforcing materials, while an Electronic and Software Engineering workshop called for programming an electronic mousetrap.

Sweet success at University of Waikato’s Science and Engineering Open Week

  In the picture: Secondary school students from Thames High School sorting different sized lollies without touching them was just one of the tasks encountered by school students at the University of Waikato’s Science & Engineering Open Week recently. Sorting different sized lollies without touching them was just one of the tasks encountered by school […]

The song remains the same: Buy NZ Made

The song remains the same: Buy NZ Made

New Zealand manufacturers are a sturdy, determined lot mostly pushing uphill against the surge of imported products that flood the country. Many of my conversations with them come down to this: We can’t make enough large volume products to be truly competitive with the same imported products. And imported products are difficult to compete against […]

Manufacturing never stands still

-Doug Green, Publisher, NZ Manufacturer www.nzmanufacturer.co.nz Revolutionary technologies are changing the face of manufacturing in New Zealand and around the world. Remember when the first mobile phones came out? They looked like bricks, were the weight (practically) of bricks and there was really no place to put them. Walking down the busy street talking on […]

Editorial August Issue: Clean and green with natural energy

Editorial August Issue: Clean and green with natural energy

Our Lead Story this issue is ‘The engineering of solar flight’, in itself a mystery a mere few years ago and now seemingly a positive step forward for positive use of sunbeams! However, it is not going to answer the issue of flying in very large planes. Solar Impulse is a one-off example of energy […]

The Year That Was

We are pleased to bring you our annual review of The Year That Was which you can read from Page 1 through to Page 13. NZ Manufacturer invited key business people to reflect on business and manufacturing in New Zealand to assist us to build a picture of just where the economy is going, where […]

Positive year for manufacturers

  John Walley. The past year has generally been more positive for manufacturers and exporters than we have seen for a while. John Walley, Chief Executive, New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association The past year has generally been more positive for manufacturers and exporters than we have seen for a while. A significantly overvalued currency […]

The state of manufacturing

-Doug Green In the picture: Matt Carrier, Helix Industries, Christchurch. His company offers services from product design, tool and die making, through to the manufacturing of one-off specialist parts or full production runs on sophisticated CNC machinery.  In a land of small companies, making big things for domestic and overseas markets, it’s important to get to […]

Is there water in Lake Taupo?

– Doug Green We all want to be like Sebastian Vettel. Successive wins on the trot, lots of space between us and our rivals, utilising a fantastic product that keeps us in the lead. In Vettel’s case 13 wins in a season which probably means the manufacturing technology used to put his car together is […]

Trade mission member has early Christmas present

-By Doug Green We are already half way through the year. The momentum, so far, for manufacturers, has been steady and improving. The trick is to keep it going as we look down the road towards Christmas (who would have thought it was creeping up on us so fast?). NZ Manufacturer is pretty much at […]