Competitive Manufacturing programs turn the average business into a world class operation

The Improve Group has a successful history of working with world renowned manufacturers throughout Australasia enabling them to enjoy greater business success. Their programs encompass the best of Lean Manufacturing, Lean Logistics, Lean Processing, Six Sigma and TPM (Total Preventative Maintenance). Government Funded Competitive Manufacturing Programs. The Competitive Manufacturing Program is a nationally recognised training […]

Current account tipping in right direction

The falling current account deficit is reassuring news given the global tight market conditions, the Employers & Manufacturers Association says. But it would be a mistake to become euphoric over the improvement as debt is still growing albeit at a slower rate than hitherto, said Alasdair Thompson, EMA’s chief executive. “Our international debt is $167billion […]

Business owners increasingly likely to sell in short term

More business owners planning to sell within two years Estimated market value of businesses is changing Profit overtakes customer base as driver of business value An increasing number of business owners are planning to sell within two years, and perceptions are changing over the market value of their businesses, according to survey results released by […]

Business intelligence software

FactoryTalk VantagePoint EMI business intelligence software for manufacturing helps empower users at every level of an enterprise. The provision of information from Web-based dashboards and reports on key performance indicators from multiple manufacturing and business data sources allow manufacturers to better monitor and manage productivity in real time. The software also allows them to make […]

Wastech takes out garbage with SolidWorks

Leading waste disposal solution supplier, Wastech Engineering, has dramatically improved its design and modelling processes by upgrading its CAD software to SolidWorks from Australian reseller, Solidtec Solutions. A leading supplier of waste management products and consulting solutions, Wastech Engineering designs and manufactures garbage and recycling chutes, compactors, bin lifters, garbage trucks and waste transfer stations. […]

A real cash crime

By Stephen Graham. When it comes to business, a lock-up isn’t a criminal offence, but it should be. In my view it is a crime against that most essential of business elements, cash flow. A lock-up means that while you do have cash, you cannot access it yet need it in order to fix or […]

Dulux marks milestone in construction of new Gracefield site

The recent installation of a 60 meter pipe bridge, weighing a hefty 15 tonnes, marks the end of the first stage of construction of paint manufacturer Dulux’s new site in Gracefield, Hutt City -two weeks ahead of schedule. In a challenging exercise for the crane operators, the entire 60 metre pipe bridge was slotted into […]

Care needed when engaging emerging markets

While Emerging Markets are leading the world out of recession, New Zealand businesses need to be well prepared and targeted before they engage with these markets, according to Peter Sherwin, a leading New Zealand business adviser for accounting firm Grant Thornton New Zealand. Commenting on a recent international survey of 7400 chief executive officers from […]

Our heavy steel fabrication industry has remarkable depth of capabilities

by HERA Director Dr Wolfgang Scholz With the recent decision of government-owned Crown Research Institute NIWA to contract the multi-million dollar upgrade of its research vessel Tangaroa to a Singapore dockyard, and the KiwiRail announcement that the Auckland light rail trains will be imported, the Heavy Engineering Research Association (HERA) analysts have two other interesting […]

Can you really give an ETS?

Now here’s the thing. New Zealand is responsible for 0.2 percent of the world’s emissions that affect our planet. Soon we will be paying money to Government for these domestic and business environmental out pourings’. More money than we care to for an ETS which is, at best, highly questionable. What do you think about […]