However, the strength in the Wellbeing Budget will also be seen in the focus Government gives to economic matters – in an economy that is starting to slow down.
It is commendable for Government to tackle things in different ways, to take an in depth look at how are all doing and try to make our lives better -Doug Green, Publisher, NZ Manufacturer There are plenty of areas to focus on – one might say the usual suspects – health, education, housing, domestic […]
Competition for talent has become just as important as competition for market share.
Competition for talent has become just as important as competition for market share. -Dieter Adam, Executive Director, The Manufacturers’ Network The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) recently published an interesting paper on redefining competition. Many of us have already learned, painfully at times, that competition is not only about sales and market share. Increasingly, I […]
Scientists in Israel have unveiled a 3D print of a heart with human tissue and vessels, a first and a “major medical breakthrough” that advances possibilities for transplants. Scientists hope one day to be able to produce hearts suitable for transplant into humans as well as patches to regenerate defective hearts. The heart produced by […]
The proposed changes will also give government more say in the geographic distribution of visa allocations, which could be a good thing – or a bad one. On top of that there are comprehensive changes to the ‘job tests’ which manufacturers need to study carefully before responding to the government’s call for feedback.
What the Tax Working Group has come back with, however, is unacceptable in its current form. – Dieter Adam, CE The Manufacturers’ Network These are times of big change for us at The Manufacturers’ Network, and for our relationship with our members. We are in the process of transferring all of our activities to […]
Manufacturers can have many hundreds or even thousands of endpoints in their network, from laptops, PCs, and mobile devices to networked production-line machines spread throughout the facility. These connected systems deliver operational efficiencies and even competitive advantage to manufacturers. Smart manufacturing has helped manufacturers achieve productivity gains of 17 to 20 per cent and quality […]
Let’s be clear employers want to reward staff for their efforts and compulsory collectives wont help with this.
There are two crucial areas business needs to address this year. You know what these are: Climate Change and Productivity. Sceptics say that Climate Change doesn’t exist. They either don’t know any better or they may be right. But for the good of us all we still need to look at current business practices and […]
Japan’s leaders have also indicated greater global business interests. Japan’s largest bank, MUFG, has just purchased Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s global asset management arm.
-Annette Azuma, director, Staples Rodway For businesses looking to expand their operations into international markets, there’s never been a better time to head for Japan. Several premier international sporting events will bring millions of tourists to Japan in the next three years and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has been ratified […]
This, combined with a solid growth outlook, means Korea remains a reliable market for New Zealand businesses.
– Jack Stenhouse, NZTE Trade Commissioner for South Korea. The eleventh largest economy in the world, the Republic of Korea, is home to some technology and manufacturing giants – names we all recognise, like Samsung, Hyundai, LG and Daewoo. Korea’s economic success is founded on access to world markets, and that’s great news for New […]
It's not by chance that most CE case studies are when economically strong asset owners and service providers such as Caterpillar and Maersk are in the driving seat. The same applies to powerful vendors, for instance tech giants such as HP and Dell who have established highly efficient return systems for used products.
The long-discussed concept of the circular economy (CE) seems ready for takeoff. New information technologies like the internet of things (IoT), big data analytics or blockchain are the powerful means everybody is waiting for. The real door-opener is still to be found in the analog world: It’s about trustful collaboration. But only when all […]
According to Paul Krugman, laureate of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, “A country’s ability to improve its standard of living over time depends almost entirely on its ability to raise its output per worker.”
These are exciting times for manufacturing. A plethora of recent technological developments creates radically new opportunities for how we develop, manufacture, and deliver products globally. The headlines proclaim that “the robots are coming”, “jobs will be automated”, and “digitalisation is revolutionising production”. Many managers are excited, baffled, or both. Many jobseekers are worried. Three decades […]