Manufacturing sales defy downturn

The latest New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) Survey of Business Conditions completed during September 2010, shows total sales in August 2010 increased 20% (export sales increased by 37% with domestic sales increasing 13%) on August 2009. The NZMEA survey sample covered NZ$493m in annualised sales, with an export content of 36%.Net confidence rose […]

Transpower, lines companies out of touch with customers

Business has been struck almost speechless at the lack of sensitivity of Transpower and other lines companies. Transpower and partners have gone to the Commerce Commission asking for a green light to raise their prices so they can guarantee themselves an almost 12% pre tax, risk free return on capital to upgrade the grid. “Every […]

CADCAM software used here for implants

A range of Delcam’s CADCAM software, in particular the latest release of the CopyCAD Pro reverse engineering system, is being used by a group of companies in New Zealand to design and manufacture custom-made maxillofacial implants for patients suffering with tumours or major bone loss.   The overall process, which is managed by Computer Generated Implants […]

Riding high on success

FrameCad, a construction technology company, founded by chief executive Mark Taylor more than 20 years ago, found the recession obliterating construction technology sales in the United States. It could have been devastating for the Auckland-based company, except that FrameCad had recently set up a Middle East office with the assistance of New Zealand Trade and […]

Young Engineer of the Year finalists announced

The Young Engineer of the Year is the most hotly contested title in the New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards stable. The 2010 judging panel were flooded with entries of a uniformly high standard. In the final component of the competition the three finalists will each be required to showcase their communication skills by giving a […]

OCR Damage Continues

The Reserve Bank seems to have recognised the weaknesses in our trading partners that should have prevented any Official Cash Rate (OCR) hikes until this point, but has not found the resolve to reverse earlier hikes. The two hikes have and will continue to reduce growth in the export economy say the New Zealand Manufacturers […]

Emergency Shutdown – Who pays the workers?

By Claire Parkes, Managing Director, Clarian Human Resources Many businesses in Christchurch are quickly coming to terms with how to handle their staff resource while their operations are fully or partially closed down. There’s lots of information hitting the media, so let’s cut-to-the-chase with the essentials. 1. Look at your employee agreements – is there […]

‘We Need to Talk’

How to Break Bad News to Your Boss                                                                               By Megan Alexander, general manager Robert Half New Zealand No one likes to be the bearer of bad news. Even if you have a positive relationship with your boss, there are conversations you probably dread, such as explaining that you made a mistake on an important report. […]

‘There’s Brass in Muck’

This expression has never been more apt as more companies are realising that there really is hidden value in wastes.  Recovering solids or liquids from your waste stream is no longer the domain of the “environmental greenies’ – it actually makes a great deal of financial sense! By assessing the opportunities within your processes to […]

World first robotic legs provide new option for wheelchair users

When Hayden Allen was spinal cord injured five years ago he became a full time wheelchair user and doctors told him he’d never walk again. Today a revolutionary product developed by Auckland-based company Rex Bionics has enabled Hayden to walk again. Hayden has been one of the first people in the world to use Rex, […]