New Engineering New Zealand President to focus on diversity

New Engineering New Zealand President to focus on diversity

Engineering New Zealand’s new President Ben Holland says diversity and inclusion will be a strong theme of his tenure. A Wellington-based civil engineer who is Head of Commercial and Major Projects Governance at WSP Opus, Ben says he is determined to make the engineering profession more welcoming and accepting of all people. He is a […]

The critical role of IIoT in the future of food processing

The critical role of IIoT in the future of food processing

Michael Cahill, Rockwell MES Technical Consultant As the old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. New Zealand food companies, that often produce high value-add product that is exported around the globe, value their brand and reputation.  Things are changing.  Customer expectations for food safety and quality are unprecedented.  Expectations […]

Transforming the manufacturing industry with Internet-of-Things

Ultimately, the right investments in IoT will enable businesses to tap into the potential of digital transformation that awaits.

Transforming the manufacturing industry with Internet-of-Things

By Mike Russell COO Central Innovation In a highly competitive global marketplace, businesses are searching for and adopting revolutionary technology and processes to stay relevant. According to the latest IDC Worldwide semiannual Internet of Things Spending Guide[1], New Zealand shares the second highest position with Australia in APAC region when it comes to the IoT […]

Gumboot technology

And to manufacture and develop these products there is a need for the latest and best in technology and equipment to be available. The world waits for no one and there is no catch up – only a competitor who steals the march on the market you had all lined up to succeed in.

Gumboot technology

You are starting a manufacturing company. You are considering making rockets, yachts, gumboots or rubbish bins. So, you visit SouthMACH, the leading South Island trade show for manufacturers in the know and for aspiring manufacturers who are looking for the best in technology and equipment to help get their business going. The show this year […]

$5 billion additional costs from a capital gains tax

$5 billion additional costs from a capital gains tax

BusinessNZ has released an analysis of additional costs to the economy that would accompany the direct costs of New Zealand’s proposed capital gains tax. It shows compliance costs of $1.6 billion, administrative costs of $210 million and deadweight costs of $1.5 – $4.2 billion, over five years.- BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope said the Tax […]

One week to stop apprenticeship reforms

Mr Williams says that anyone with an interest in New Zealand’s apprenticeship system needs to make a submission this week.

One week to stop apprenticeship reforms

This week is the last opportunity to make a submission on the Government’s poorly thought through apprenticeship reforms, Industry Training Federation Chief Executive Josh Williams says. Mr Williams says workplaces will end up with less control over training. The reforms propose to transfer responsibility for industry training and apprenticeships away from employers and Industry Training […]

NZ economy: cross-currents of risk

NZ economy: cross-currents of risk

Cross-currents of international and domestic risk raise the need for sound economic risk management, according to the latest BusinessNZ Planning Forecast. The BusinessNZ Planning Forecast for the March 2019 quarter highlights international trading risks, particularly around Brexit and US-China trade. Domestic risk factors include concerns over a capital gains tax, employment relations changes, skill shortages, […]

SouthMACH 2019  what’s not new!

Innovation in the manufacturing technology space is advancing at record speeds. What is new today can be old technology tomorrow. More and more professionals and young entrepreneurs are pushing the boundaries of technology finding innovative solutions and creating new applications and products.

SouthMACH 2019  what’s not new!

Entrepreneur’s development lab Local Canterbury businesses and organisations have created the ‘go to’ destination at this year’s SouthMACH! Motovated Design & Analysis, Brush Technology, ARA Mechanical Engineering, The Ministry of Awesome and Fab Lab have joined forces and created a unique environment for creativity and information sharing, building new knowledge, creating alignment and developing comprehensive […]

We need evolution not revolution

New Zealand’s skills shortage is acute. The engineering industry alone will need another 12,000 engineers by 2022. 

We need evolution not revolution

Competenz responds to proposed workplace training reforms   Competenz, one of the country’s largest industry training organisations (ITOs), says the government’s proposal to reform the vocational education sector and merge ITOs and polytechnics could undermine critical workplace and apprenticeship training that is vital in addressing New Zealand’s skills shortages. “The changes the government has proposed […]

Big Changes

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.

Big Changes

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 […]