Lamenting job losses while adding costs to business

Politicians’ lamenting the latest job losses while at the same time proposing to pass a law that imposes more costs on business – by Mondayising Waitangi and ANZAC Days – does not make sense, says the Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA). “Actions speak louder than words,” EMA’s Employment Services Manager David Lowe told the Transport […]

Wi-Fi sensor reduces installation costs

A new dedicated sensor for Wi-Fi network monitoring that eliminates the need for Ethernet cabling, and reduces the cost by up to two thirds in situations where cable installation is restricted from a time, cost or logistics perspective. With its quick and easy installation, three internal radios and Wireless Connect feature, the SmartEdge Sensor Series […]

More milling options for FeatureCAM

A new series of options for three-axis milling and enhancements in five-axis machining have been added to FeatureCAM feature-based CAM software. The 2013 release also includes improvements in the turning and mill-turn modules. FeatureCAM was the world’s first feature-based programming software when it was launched in 1995. Constant development since then has ensured that the […]

Innovative hand-held ‘Palm’ light

A recent innovation is a compact hand-held L.E.D light that fits neatly in the palm of the hand and has a handy foldaway hook/stand. It is ideal for a multitude of uses around the home, at work sites, on the road or water and leisure activities like camping. Just released in New Zealand, the ‘Palm’ […]

Changing the face of respiratory protection

The face of personal breathing devices in the workshop is changing with the launch of the small and light powered respirator, the PAFtec CleanSpace. The state of the art motorised facemask is accredited to Australian Standard AS/NZ1716, offering minimum 99% filtration efficiency for particles of 0.3µm and above. The respirator combines comfort, mobility, high protection […]

Mobile generator solar powered

    The Solar Power Generators, have developed a mobile generator for industrial use that is powered 100% by solar energy. This unit is available as a 12,000 Watt single phase 240V ac Sinewave or 3 phase 440V ac at 3,000 Watts / 3-phase power unit. It is mounted on an 8×5 aluminium trailer with […]

Iconic company has tough decision to make

By Doug Green Fisher & Paykel, the Kiwi company with the fantastic Kiwi can do attitude, has been around since 1934 starting out selling surplus fridges in Auckland’s Queens Arcade. When high import tariffs arrived in 1938 the company commenced their own manufacturing of appliances. Now look where they are today. The Chinese company, Haier, […]

The manufacturing heartland is New Zealand

  Job Destruction is the title given to a category by Department of Statistics when they record job losses around the country. On the positive side, they also have a category called Job Creation. When we look at their statistics we see that (for example) Northland lost 290 jobs in manufacturing in June 2011, Waikato […]

No benefit’ from a trans-Tasman currency

Australia  and New Zealand are unlikely go down the European path and create a single currency. A study looking beyond 30 years of close economic ties between the two countries has found there would be no benefit to further integration through a trans-Tasman monetary union. But the draft report on closer economic relations (CER), jointly […]

Auckland strategy workable if resources are available

  Auckland Council’s strategy for economic development launched today is commendable and seems achievable – as long as the resources are made available to carry out the planned actions, says the Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) chief executive Kim Campbell. “Growth projections are modest and achievable – to raise exports by 6% above current levels, […]

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