Manufacturers bracing for more challenges

Business New Zealand says the manufacturing sector is bracing itself for continuing challenges despite a return to confidence for the first time in four months. The BNZ-Business New Zealand Performance of Manufacturing Index shows activity in the manufacturing sector rose two points to 50.5 in October. A reading above 50 indicates the sector is expanding. […]

America’s Cup business programme on track

The development of the America’s Cup business leveraging programme is now in full swing. In October, NZTE hosted a Champions of New Zealand event in San Francisco to rally New Zealand advocates where many offers of assistance for next year were received, including the use of homes for events, mentoring and guidance for New Zealand […]

Pragmatic steps for Lean success

In recent conversations with manufacturing and service industry leaders, lean managers discussed problems they face as they work to advance operational excellence in their organizations. The sticky issues will likely come as no surprise; they include ones most of us are already aware of and have encountered for years:  Lack of real engagement with top […]

Vantage eddy current flaw detector introduced

 The Vantage eddy current flaw detector is a hand-held, fully featured eddy current flaw detector for use in the NDT, Aerospace, Off-shore, Petrochemical, Power and Rail/axle inspection industries. Rapid defect detection is made easy by the clear colour display (320 x 240 pixels) and a simple side-bar menu allowing direct access to key instrument parameters, […]

Managing an apprentice while focusing on business

Apprentice Simon Imlig Over its 50-year history, Rotorua-based Hayes International has always had a strong commitment to training apprentices. The company firmly believes they get back much more than they put in to apprentices and wouldn’t have grown to where they are today without them. This world-leading roll-forming machinery designer and manufacturer has machinery operating […]

Great potential for greening New Zealand

The Sustainable Business Council welcomes the Pure Advantage Report as a useful contribution to thinking on greening the NZ economy. “In fact, the greening of all sectors of the economy is important,” said Penny Nelson, Executive Director of the Sustainable Business Council (SBC). “SBC agrees with a number of opportunities identified and is working with […]

Next generation in China presents an opportunity for our businesses

Historic sweeping changes at the helm of China’s ruling communist party signals the beginning of a new era for the Chinese people and a once in a decade opportunity for New Zealand to consolidate its relationship with the emerging economic powerhouse. Mr. Xi Jinping has been confirmed as the man to lead China after being […]

The Interview: Kevin Donovan, General Manager, Patience and Nicholson

  Where are the business opportunities currently for your company? Most of the growth opportunities for the manufacturing side of our business come from export, particularly in South East Asia, but our parent company has also recently made the move into the North American market.  How are you finding business conditions? In New Zealand currently […]

Charging system attracts strong interest in China

  PowerbyProxi, developer of the world’s most advanced and safest wireless power system, attracted strong interest in its In-Device Wirelessly Rechargeable Battery Solution at the recent China Hi-Tech Fair. The breakthrough technology enables all devices using AA batteries to remain charged eliminating the cost of replacing batteries and the hassle of removing rechargeable batteries to […]

50 years and going strong

Chief Manufacturing Executive, Peter Sutton, and long standing employee Neville Wyatt, Quality Control, unveil the 50 year anniversary plaque. Patience and Nicholson is a proud Canterbury manufacturer going from strength to strength. Employing a 120-strong local workforce, the company first opened its factory in November 1962, with the aim to manufacture a small range of […]

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