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 […]

Youth unemployment a concern

I studied with interest the report out recently 2102 Smart Waikato Youth Employment Survey which was undertaken to gauge the work experience and employment situation for 15 to 24 year olds. Respondees to the survey were pretty mixed in their appreciation of what their youth have to offer. Comments from “They have no interest in […]

Opportunities constant

Amongst the turbulence of the current business climate we continue to focus on┬ásome great success stories. Hamilton-based Aduro Biopolymers, for example, a natural resource materials and biopolymer company, has secured investment to process a variety of co-products from the meat processing industry. The Auckland FoodBowl – which is holding Innovation in Action early next month […]

PMI indicates growth

    The BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI) was 55.2 for January 2013.Any reading over 50.0 is an indication of growth and this latest figure is 4.8 up from December and the highest since May 2012. How is your business going? Do you think this trend reflects your business activities? Have you increased your […]

Editorial:Callaghan Innovation to be applauded

  Sir Paul Callaghan was an inspiration to us all and the launching of Callaghan Innovation is to be applauded. Sir Paul was an advisor to this publication and in his own unassuming and thoughtful way contributed some great articles on New Zealand’s future through innovation and the development of high value manufacturing. The Callaghan […]

Manufacturers unsung heroes

It’s been one of those frustrating years with the economy sitting ‘there and there about’, facing the same challenges that all nations face around the world. And through it all let’s not lose track of what manufacturing means to the country. In these troubling times, manufacturers keep going to work every day, making classy products […]

The Great Leap Forward

-By Doug Green. Editorial from October 2012 issue of NZ Manufacturer. Greg Cross, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, PowerbyProxi, puts it quite nicely in The Interview (Page 6) when he says in response to the question: Any thoughts on the super ministry? ‘ If it looks like a whale, smells like a whale and talks like […]