The Innovators Dilemma

– Clayton M. Christensen What do the Honda Supercub, Intel’s 8088 processor, and hydraulic excavators have in common? In The Innovator’s Dilemma they are all examples of disruptive technologies that helped to redefine the competitive landscape of their respective markets. These products did not come about as the result of successful companies carrying out sound […]

Focus on New Zealand brands needed in face of trade uncertainty

Focus on New Zealand brands needed in face of trade uncertainty

Uncertainty over Brexit means New Zealand needs to urgently focus on developing brands and differentiating our agricultural exports.   However, the recently announced TPP agreement – which is to be signed on 1 March – offers potential for enhancing our markets. Senior lecturer in Agribusiness Management, Dr Nic Lees, said New Zealand produces some of […]

Dairy robotics success story attracts Australasian investors

Dairy robotics success story attracts Australasian investors

The latest investment offering for inspection industry disruptor Invert Robotics has closed after attracting considerable interest from a number of high net worth and institutional investors from across Australia and New Zealand.   Invert Robotics provides non-destructive inspection services using state of the art mobile climbing robots. Their climbing robots enable precise and accurate remote […]

Machines can’t dream

Machines can’t dream

 People are concerned about robots. Ever since a computer system defeated chess champion Gary Kasparov 20 years ago, public perceptions of progress in artificial intelligence (AI) research have been defined in terms of high-profile competitions pitting human against thinking machine. Anxiety is high about what the ultimate consequences could be. In the wake of Deep […]

Digital Transformation of B2B Commerce

Digital Transformation of B2B Commerce

Is your business ready? For manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers around the globe, ecommerce has become one of the key drivers for digital transformation and companies with a well-executed digital strategy are quickly becoming disrupters in their markets. In order to remain competitive, businesses need to be willing to adopt a new way of thinking and […]

90-day trial period change concerning for manufacturers

90-day trial period change concerning for manufacturers

The changes to the 90-day trial period announced by the Government will present additional challenges for medium sized manufacturers to finding the right staff they need, adding to the already critical skill shortage issues which hold back growth of the sector. “The 90-day trial periods have made it easier for manufacturers to bring on staff […]

Business and exporters applaud trade success

Business and exporters applaud trade success

BusinessNZ and ExportNZ have welcomed the revival of the Comprehensive Progressive Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership. BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope said the agreement of all 11 partners to the agreement had been hard won, and was immensely worthwhile. “New Zealand is a trading nation that depends on successful exporting to maintain and grow our […]

Workforce robots on the horizon

Workforce robots on the horizon

Primary sector and manufacturing employees may find themselves with some interesting new colleagues in the next few years as researchers develop robots that can be trained to work alongside people in factories and the great outdoors. A two-year, $2m project funded by the Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenge Board is examining how next-generation […]

Confidence increases as Kiwi exporters widen the net

Confidence increases as Kiwi exporters widen the net

  71% of Kiwi exporters expect international orders to increase over next 12 months Over half (55%) have seen international orders increase over last 12 months Trade with the USA has increased, despite Trump Strength of competition biggest concern for exporters (42%) Help with R&D considered keyway NZ Government could assist Online orders and marketing […]

Canterbury-based rehab innovators achieve international medical device certification

Canterbury-based rehab innovators achieve international medical device certification

With a mission to bring comfort and functionality to people living with complex rehabilitation needs, Canterbury-based company Medifab, who design, manufacture and export specialist seating and disability equipment, have achieved ISO 13485:2016 certification – the internationally recognised standard that guides medical device manufacturers in implementing quality management systems to achieve industry distinction. Trusted and recognised […]

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