Empower Factory Productivity and Scheduling Software recognised

Empower Factory Productivity and Scheduling Software recognised

Empower Software is locally operated and owned, offices based in New Market, Auckland.  Founding Directors are Dave Garrett and (left) Sean O’Sullivan (pictured). New Zealand, Australian and International manufacturers and engineers, from 5 up to 150 factory staff are investing in the technology of tablets on their factory floors and using Empower Factory Productivity and […]

CGT decision strengthens confidence in tax system

CGT decision strengthens confidence in tax system

BusinessNZ has congratulated the Government for its decision not to proceed with a capital gains tax. Chief Executive Kirk Hope said the proposed tax would have hit businesses hard, reducing funds available for investment and job growth and increasing their compliance burden. “Our members have been very clear that they did not see the justification […]

3D print of human heart with tissue and vessels unveiled

3D print of human heart with tissue and vessels unveiled

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 […]

Callaghan Innovation support for innovating business

Callaghan Innovation support for innovating business

A new tool for start-up businesses will encourage innovation, says BusinessNZ. Chief Executive Kirk Hope says innovation is critical for businesses to stay competitive and attract new customers. “But research & development is costly, and many New Zealand businesses struggle to gain the investment needed to develop new products, services or processes. “The Scale-UP NZ […]

Skills needed to remain competitive

Skills needed to remain competitive

-Doug Green, Publisher Every now and again we step outside the square and have a good, long look at what we are doing. So it should be with manufacturing. Specifically, to enhance the awareness of just what it is the modern New Zealand manufacturer does. Part of that, of course, is to recognise the contribution […]

Synlait embarks on business transformation for growth and diversification

Synlait embarks on business transformation for growth and diversification

Synlait has chosen Infor CloudSuite Food & Beverage to support its  supply chain and manufacturing operations and growth as part of a five-year business transformation plan. The goal is to modernise and streamline operations for the integrated dairy business, one with over 150,000 metric tonnes of annual sales volumes across domestic and international markets including […]

Apprenticeships vital to automated future

Apprenticeships vital to automated future

Now, more than ever before, it’s vital that school leavers choose a pathway that equips them to learn new skills for jobs that don’t yet exist in an automated future.  And despite what many people think, automation is not a jobs killer – it’s creating new jobs and opportunity, says Competenz chief executive Fiona Kingsford. “Human […]

Australia and New Zealand receive standardisation for oral fluid drug testing

Australia and New Zealand receive standardisation for oral fluid drug testing

Standard adds process and technology guidelines for workplace testing  The Drug Detection Agency (TDDA) welcomes the new standards for oral fluid testing processes and technologies.  TDDA has long believed that oral fluid testing technology and processes required reviewing and to become a joint Australian and New Zealand standard. The AS/NZS 4760:2019 (CH-039 Detection of Drugs […]

Government education reform consultation inadequate

Government education reform consultation inadequate

With the closure of the six week vocational education sector consultation period, a key industry leader has called the process inadequate with dire consequences for the economy. The Government’s proposed changes include the replacement of regional polytechnics with a new, national tertiary training organisation – the NZ Institute of Skills and Technology. The responsibility for […]

Small company wins design award for a rubbish idea

Small company wins design award for a rubbish idea

Hideaways Bins is the winner of a prestigious international Red Dot design award for its innovative kitchen bin design. Their winning product, called Concelo, is a kitchen waste bin designed to overcome common issues – including grime and odours – associated with the most-used but least-thought-about kitchen appliance. The New Zealand-designed and manufactured Concelo bin […]

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