ManufacturingNZ releases manifesto

Executive Director of ManufacturingNZ, Catherine Beard, said the three main themes for manufacturers were around building talent to drive innovation, increasing government and private sector investment in R&D and building bigger companies through increased participation of local firms in government procurement tenders. “Manufacturing is hugely important to the economy and all political parties should have […]

Adding value to what NZ manufacturers do well

Adam Bennett, NZTE Director Specialised Manufacturing.   To remain competitive in international markets, New Zealand’s focus needs to be not just on primary production, but end-to-end manufacturing solutions. For this reason support and development for specialised, knowledge-intensive manufacturing and services is a priority for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE). Although we work with companies […]

Manufacturers providing inspiration

Peter Chrisp, chief executive, NZTE Since I joined NZTE last September, I’ve been inspired by the business people who are NZTEÕs customers. Napier firm New Zealand Frost Fans is one company that really captured my imagination. It has developed a four-bladed fan for keeping frost off orchards and vineyards, which is quieter and uses less […]

An international success story

The Pirtek Group is an international success story specialising in mobile ‘on site’ service and replacement of hydraulic and industrial hose and fittings. We operate under a proven franchise system and enjoy continued growth both internationally and within New Zealand. Not only a respected industry name, but universally trusted for our commitment to service excellence […]

Technopak has wind at its back

  Technopak director, Henri Hermans with a part of the latest innovative machine.     Technopak Limited typifies the value-added proposition our commercial and political leaders dream about – and some. You could describe the company as a by-product of our milk industry, but there’s much more to that. Mateship, hard graft, lots of travel […]

“The Essence of Toyota Way”

Dr. Jeffrey Liker will be delivering a 2-day workshop on “The Essence of Toyota Way” on 3rd and 4th of Nov 2011 at Sorrento in the park, Auckland. This is your opportunity to learn from one of the greatest lean advocates and an authority on the philosophy of Toyota Way. Please  email or visit […]

ExportNZ releases election manifesto

ExportNZ has released its election manifesto to all political parties today in the lead up to the 2011 election. Executive Director of ExportNZ, Catherine Beard, says our exports as a percentage of GDP have been declining since 2005, so all political parties should have some proactive policies in place that are supportive of exporting. “With […]

Well done All Blacks

  By Doug Green The long awaited world cup victory has happened and the memory of 2007 fades into the background. So much energy and enthusiasm were focussed into the world cup campaign in an impressive way and a grand combining of national skills and resources played a huge part in the success. Now, however, […]

Export Success

Sean O’Sullivan If we all had the ability to look forward like Henry in The Time Travellers Wife business would be in great shape. But we don’t and on a day by base we do the best we can creating some extremely good products for export in the time zone we live in. Which leads […]

Manufacturing keeps its head above water

Despite another dip in expansion, manufacturing activity managed to keep its head above water, according to the latest BNZ – BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI). The seasonally adjusted PMI for September was 50.8 (a PMI reading above 50.0 indicates that manufacturing is generally expanding; below 50.0 that it is declining).  This was down from […]