Employers urged to take own counsel over pay rises

Employers are advised to take their own counsel over any pay increases they may afford this year, and not listen to what Finance Minister Bill English thinks, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says.  “Employers need to think very carefully about what they can afford to remain competitive,” said Lisa Goldsmith, EMA’s Remuneration and Benefits Consultant. […]

Software and tech updates may be doing more harm than good

New Zealand business owners should not let themselves be seduced or frightened into adopting the latest in information technology advances which, due to the speed of progress, can sometimes do more harm than good.  A good example of scare mongering by some IT experts are warnings that Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP in 2014 […]

3D Printer Microfactory

Microfactory combines additive and subtractive manufacturing, integrating machining and 3D printing into a safe, self-cleaning, networkable unit. The Microfactory 3D printer contains four printing heads on two separate heaters, plus a milling head. This allows it to print in four colors of the same material, or two colors of two different materials, on the same […]

Wait and see on the OCR

 Although this week’s inflation numbers were slightly above expectations, it is still too early for the Reserve Bank of New Zealand to increase the OCR without yet more collateral damage to the manufacturing and exporting sector, say the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA).  NZMEA Chief Executive John Walley says, “While domestically we are […]

World class average

New Zealand’s manufacturing sector ended 2013 on a healthy note, and the first time since 2007 that every month recorded expansion in activity, according to the latest BNZ – BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI).  The seasonally adjusted PMI for December was 56.4 (a PMI reading above 50.0 indicates that manufacturing is generally expanding; below […]

Entrepreneurs predict growth in 2014

Kiwi businesses are predicting big things for the New Zealand economy this year going by their responses to an international survey of entrepreneurs. The Global Entrepreneur Indicator for the six month period to 30 September forecasts increases in profitability, full time employment growth and the opportunity to increase working capital. The indicator is generated from […]

Airmat soft fall technology to make construction sites safer

Building company owner David Grigor is aiming to significantly improve height safety work on construction sites by introducing Fall Safe airmat soft-fall technology to New Zealand. Auckland-based Mr Grigor, owner of Grigor Construction Ltd, began researching soft-fall options to ensure his own worksites met the new Best Practice Guidelines for working at heights introduced by […]

Pipes for hot water and gas

Turn-key technology is producing PE-Xa pipes suitable for heating systems and gas transmission. The system utilises peroxide crosslinked technology for polyethylene pipes in a one step process. The complete line from the specially developed twin-screw extruder with a conical processing unit and pipe head through to the unique calibration and cooling system is ideal for […]

Gear tie a simple way to tie up gear

A tough, bendable twist tie that has hundreds of uses around the home, garden, car, boat, work or farm has just been introduced to the New Zealand market. It’s called the Gear Tie and the name says it all. Made of a sturdy, colourful rubber exterior with a strong bendable wire interior, the Gear Tie […]