Small business needs to be an election issue

The SME sector can play an even more important part in the recovery and growth of the New Zealand economy.   Picture: Paul Kane With an election looming, every small businesses in New Zealand needs to lift their voices and be heard, asking each electoral party what they will be doing to help the SME […]

Continuous Improvement and Sustaining the Gains

  Picture: Jeffrey K. Liker who is presenting a workshop on The Essence of the Toyota Way in Auckland in November. For details visit The large majority of organisations that have embarked on an operational excellence program through lean, six sigma, or lean six-sigma, have found the results at first positive, then reaching a […]

Making replacement exhausts to the trade

  PICTURE  CAPTION : Operator Lawrence Dunn, checks a product post-production. Rex Upton’s Christchurch company, Autobend, has 30 years experience in exhausts and mandrel tube bending. The company is big in the business of replacement exhausts, universal mufflers, headers, big bore, extensions, U Bends, tube, flanges, converters, studs and gaskets; you name it, Autobend stock the […]

SouthMACH 2011 spirit overcame the weather

Scott Machinery was there.                     By Doug Green Some made it through, some didn’t. But by all accords some good business was done at SouthMACH 2011, held recently in Christchurch. A worthy effort by the show organisers, Hayley Media who had already delayed the show because […]

Discontent over earthquake insurance

41 percent of respondents rate the overall performance of their insurance company’s response to claims as ‘very poor’ or ‘poor’ while only 18 percent rated their performance positively according to a New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) survey. The survey assessed damage after the June earthquakes and the performance of insurance companies and Government […]

SouthMACH 2011 overcame the weather

            Picture: Busy times on the Cigweld stand at SouthMACH 2011. By Doug Green Reports in suggest some good business was done at SouthMACH 2011, which wound up today in Christchurch. A worthy effort by the show organisers, Hayley Media who had to delay the show until now because of […]

Counting the beat

 The July results are tremendously encouraging. Business sentiment remains perky. A net 48 percent of businesses expect better times for the economy over the coming year, up marginally on June. The construction sector remains the flagbearer for general business confidence with a net 60 percent of construction firms’ optimistic about the general economy. Sentiment is […]

Brightwater appoints new CEO

  Brightwater have announced the appointment of Chris Ellis to the position of Chief Executive Officer Brightwater. Chris is currently Chief Executive of the Building Products Division of Fletcher Building Limited. This role involves the leadership of a portfolio of businesses across Australasia. In this role he is also a member of the Senior Executive […]

Australia provides stability through choppy seas

July saw ongoing durability in New Zealand’s manufacturing sector, partly aided by our trans-Tasman cousins according to the latest BNZ – BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI). The seasonally adjusted PMI for July was 53.2 (a PMI reading above 50.0 indicates that manufacturing is generally expanding; below 50.0 that it is declining). Although this was […]

ASB’s full year result reflects steadying economy

  Improved economic conditions have contributed to ASB recording a 27.6 percent increase in statutory net profit after tax to $568 million for the year ended 30 June 2011. For the prior year, the result was $445 million, excluding the one-off tax charge of $209 million. Commenting on the New Zealand economy and the ASB […]