May march for manufacturing activity

The month of May saw the manufacturing sector continue its march towards stronger expansion, according to the latest BNZ – BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI). The seasonally adjusted PMI for May was 54.7, up from 52.0 in April and the highest value since June 2010 (a PMI reading above 50.0 indicates that manufacturing is […]

Aviation expo tipped to make millions

  The launch of up to 10 new products and the opportunity for aviation companies to close millions in sales are the two main outcomes expected at a Waikato-based aviation showcase planned for October.  NZ Flair 2011, to be held at Te Kowhai Airfield near Hamilton from October 13 to 15, will showcase a wide […]

ExportNZ lifts India focus by partnering with INZBC

 ExportNZ is increasing its focus on growing opportunities in India by entering a partnership with the India New Zealand Business Council (INZBC).  Catherine Beard, Executive Director of ExportNZ says the new agreement will create a strong alliance focusing on maximising the benefits of the anticipated freer trading environment (FTA negotiations with India are underway) with […]

Miniature ceramic heaters

A new approach to miniaturised heaters is proving to be outstandingly reliable, versatile and economic. Miniaturised ceramic heaters capable of independently controlling their dissipation are replacing Nichrome elements universally used until recently in domestic medical and military  applications. It is now possible to mass produce incredibly small controlled dissipation 230 V elements onto small 12 […]

More choice in ACC welcome

BusinessNZ supports the general direction of proposals outlined in the ACC discussion document released today. BusinessNZ Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly said the principles underlying the scheme were unchanged and 24-hour no-fault coverage would remain. “Providing choice and competition in the work account will allow insurance and rehabilitation packages to better meet the needs of workplaces […]

MEMS

MEMS are a class of enabling technologies that are revolutionizing silicon-based micro-electronics through use of micro-machining technology. The integration of MEMS into high volume CMOS manufacturing facilities, and the promise of monolithic integration of CMOS + MEMS, allows lower cost production of devices with integrated electronics and moving parts.  These devices have and will continue […]

Trust and fairness increases productivity

Organisations that offer their employees higher levels of trust, cooperation, fairness and economic benefits are rewarded with increased productivity, according to research by a Victoria University Economics Professor.   “We’ve all heard of the Golden Rule ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you’—this works in economics as it does in life. […]

Moving ahead

  The Budget gave business little to sing and dance about. It was a ‘holding’ Budget, delivered in an election year with promises of things to come (ie, growth). The usual deficits apply and every commentator I have read in the past week does not see things changing much. With serious issues to face like […]

Waikato’s Aviation Industry Cluster takes off

In the picture: Industry Cluster (WAIC) chairman John Jones, left, and advisory board member John Cook sign the paperwork, with Opportunity Hamilton chief executive Sandra Perry and WAIC general manager Shaun Mitchell. It’s an exciting time in Waikato’s aviation history with the regionally-based Aviation Industry Cluster spreading its wings to become a business entity and […]