Collaboration results in interleaving veils for composite toughening

It is tough, strong, and chemically resistant, and has the added benefits of being hydrophobic and highly compatible with epoxy resin when in the form of a nanofiber veil.

Collaboration results in interleaving veils for composite toughening

New Zealand company, Revolution Fibres, has collaborated with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc. to develop a next-generation nanofibre interleaving veil for improving the toughness of carbon fibre composites. The new nanofibre veil material, called Xantu.Layr XLB, has particularly strong application possibilities in the aerospace sector. Xantu.Layr XLB is made from Mitsubishi’s recently developed XD10 thermoplastic, […]

Sistema Plastics awarded Epicor Technology Innovator of the Year

To be competitive at this global level its production techniques and systems must be lean. It achieves this with advanced robotics, assembly automation and a fully automated ASRS warehousing system.

Sistema Plastics awarded Epicor Technology Innovator of the Year

Sistema Plastics Ltd has won the Technology Innovator award in the third annual Epicor Customer Excellence Global Awards program. Epicor helps manufacturers harness data and automation to stay productive and profitable. The Technology Innovator Award category recognises customers who have used technology to drive innovation throughout their business to achieve measurable business growth. Sistema uses […]

Climate change event in July

The event will also be used to celebrate the first anniversary of the Climate Leaders Coalition, including what it has collectively achieved over the past year, and the launch of a new statement.

Climate change event in July

The Sustainable Business Council together with the Climate Leaders Coalition, EECA, Ministry for the Environment, and WWF New Zealand is holding a one-day event to empower business action on climate change. EMBARK is being held at SkyCity Auckland on July 24 and is designed to help businesses learn practical ways to reduce their emissions. “EMBARK […]

Housing construction is becoming manufacturing

On top of that it is more flexible, so it can withstand earthquakes better. If you are in a war zone it can protect you from flying objects, as it has a high energy absorption rate. All this creates a comfortable, healthy and safe home for a reasonable cost.

Housing construction is becoming manufacturing

Manufacturing is usually associated with making parts and assembling them. Manufacturing complete houses is a relative new concept in the history of the industrial revolution. We are on the verge of the next step, making the complete structure for a house out of only one material, foam concrete. Recent developments have made it possible to […]

People, people, people – the future of work

I mentioned before the future of work is about people, people, people. We are currently witnessing the rise of the impact enterprise and social enterprise structures, which enable meaningful work, and might I add drive a significant level of innovation.

People, people, people – the future of work

So, I challenge you. When imaging the future of work, put people at the centre.  Adele Rose – 3R Group Chief Executive What is the future of work? Is it a world filled with automation – machines ceaselessly performing tasks humans once did, never tiring, never falling ill, generating maximum profit? I believe he tangata, […]

Overworked and underpaid: the revival of strikes in New Zealand

Political and economic factors, long term or short term, cannot explain all. The subjective side of strikes is also important.

Overworked and underpaid: the revival of strikes in New Zealand

Last year, more than 70,000 workers walked off their jobs in New Zealand – the highest number of people on strike since the late 1980s. The reasons for the strike wave are political and economic.  Strikes were supposedly something of the alleged “bad old days” of the 1970s. But during the first year of Aotearoa […]

Energy efficiency on the land

The New Zealand government and the advisory sector provide practical advice and funding to help the agriculture economy to reduce their impact on climate change.

Energy efficiency on the land

-Edgar Ludwig, consulting engineer for energy efficiency Efficient use of fossil fuel and electricity will help farmers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the energy bill. While fossil fuel is mainly used for the vehicle fleet, electricity is used for running equipment such as milk processing and feed processing. Each farm is different and there […]

Dragon eases documentation burden for professionals

With Dragon, client communication and instructions can be documented immediately and accurately.

Dragon eases documentation burden for professionals

Speech recognition solutions such as Nuance’s Dragon can help professionals work better, faster and smarter because they help you power through your documentation work. Nuance’s Dragon Professional software for Windows systems understands the sound of your voice and the language you use to transform spoken words into text to create more detailed, compliant documentation, faster […]

Productivity is not an option

As an SME you need to have a definitive plan. You can’t go and open the doors every day to end the week with a few dollars in your pocket. Or treat the business as a place to go instead of staying home mowing the lawns.

Productivity is not an option

There is a disconnect between people believing they are working and those actually working. Just like on Facebook where people have a few thousand friends but have only ever met (in person) a handful of them. Because your company has the latest technology doesn’t mean it is being used properly – that the operative behind […]

Greater focus needed on the wellbeing of business

Only through strong economic growth and a business sector that is willing to invest can many expenditure programmes be supported over the long term.

Greater focus needed on the wellbeing of business

-Leeanne Watson, CE, Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Perhaps unsurprisingly New Zealand’s first Wellbeing Budget isn’t a business budget and it’s certainly not about to transform our economy. Yes, there were pockets of funding for innovation, research and development, skills and infrastructure which will help some businesses develop at higher levels and contribute to growing […]