NZAS terminates electricity contract, to wind-down operations following strategic review

Extensive discussions with a wide range of interested parties have failed to secure a power contract that will enable the operation to become both competitive and profitable.

NZAS terminates electricity contract, to wind-down   operations following strategic review

Melbourne: Rio Tinto will start planning for the wind-down of operations and the eventual closure of New Zealand Aluminium Smelters (NZAS) following the conclusion of its strategic review which has shown the business is no longer viable given high energy costs and a challenging outlook for the Aluminum industry. As a result, NZAS has given […]

BusinessNZ welcomes investment in apprenticeships and trades training

A skilled and adaptive workforce will be an important part of the economic recovery.

BusinessNZ welcomes investment in apprenticeships and trades training

Apprenticeship and trades training support will help firms get the skills they need and position New Zealand well for the future, says BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope. “The suite of trades training initiatives supports a range of different models to help people get the skills they need. The Budget package provides a real opportunity for […]

Robotics tutor creates real time map of PPE demand

“What he did in regard to visualising a rapidly growing data set has allowed us to see where resources were needed and demand was growing.”

Robotics tutor creates real time map of PPE demand

As part of his volunteer work for ShieldsUp, an organisation established at the start of lockdown which called on volunteers to 3D print personal protective equipment (PPE) to fill the shortage gap, WelTec tutor Frank Beinersdorf has developed a real time map of how many, and where, protective shields are needed across New Zealand. Frank’s […]

Closed borders demand more investment in local workforce

“Forward-thinking leaders should be planning now to invest in those young people and bring them into their organisations to create the workforce they need for future success.”

Closed borders demand more investment in local workforce

With the number of migrants to New Zealand likely to significantly reduce in the next few years, employers will have to look to other diverse groups in our workforce to ensure their business thrives. Massey University’s Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley says the Covid-19 crisis means the supply of temporary and permanent migrant workers to New […]

ACC levy freeze relief for businesses

"We want to see more of these kinds of decisions from the Government that will make a real difference to all businesses post-COVID-19, and to the overall economy’s regeneration."

ACC levy freeze relief for businesses

The EMA is pleased with the Government’s announcement today that it is freezing ACC levies, paid by businesses, the self-employed and motorists to cover the costs of accidents, for two years. Manager Employments Relations and Safety, Paul Jarvie, says it will provide certainty for businesses that will help them with their budgeting. “We want to […]

Where are we going, how are we getting there?

Maybe what we need is a Business Council - bringing together representatives from key business sectors like EMA, the chambers of commerce, BusinessNZ to make the financial decisions to move the economy forward.

Where are we going, how are we getting there?

-Doug Green, Publisher, NZ Manufacturer Business people have been thinking it, they have done it. The statement released today by Sir Peter Gluckman, former Prime Minister Helen Clark and former Air New Zealand chief Rob Fyfe is long overdue. Not necessarily by just them, but by New Zealanders concerned about the economy…and our going forward. […]

Good to Great: A live event

This rare opportunity provides CEOs and their teams unprecedented access to Jim Collins for 2.5 hours of deep learning, allowing time for Q & A on how Jim’s concepts apply in these challenging times.

Good to Great: A live event

The American Chamber of Commerce NZ is delighted to again partner with the Growth Faculty to invite you to Jim Collins – Good To Great, a live virtual event. JIM COLLINS, best-selling author and globally revered thought leader will present a powerful and exclusive live virtual event; Good To Great – What Makes Great Companies […]

Infrastructure spend good start for regions

"But we have seen first-hand how relatively small-scale injections of capital into projects in smaller centres such as Whakatane, Kawerau and Opotiki can significantly raise business and community confidence, boosting jobs across the wider region."

Infrastructure spend good start for regions

The shovel ready projects infrastructure programme will inject almost $1 billion dollars into the EMA’s region in the Upper North Island, and generate important employment opportunities. Funds allocated for as yet un-named projects will see $970 million for projects from Taupo to the Far North with the Auckland region receiving around $500 million, but EMA […]

Unless we improve the law, history shows rushing shovel-ready projects comes with real risk

First, the decision makers should act in a precautionary manner. If there is significant uncertainty about a project’s environmental impact it should not proceed.

Unless we improve the law, history shows rushing shovel-ready projects comes with real risk

Alexander Gillespie, Professor of Law, University of Waikato If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, so too is the road to economic recovery if we don’t get it right. The Covid-19 Recovery (Fast Track Consenting) Bill, currently rushing through the parliamentary process, certainly has noble aims. In simple terms, the new law is […]

What is Generative Design?

Once complete, the engineers can choose which designs they want to explore more completely. In all, this accelerates the design process without detailed attention from the engineer.

What is Generative Design?

At a high-level, Generative Design is relatively simple. It is a capability of CAD applications that autonomously generates a number of design alternatives given a set number of constraints. This can be done without an engineer’s guidance or interaction, freeing them up for other tasks. Once complete, the engineers can choose which designs they want to explore […]

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