Managing contractor inductions, insurances and access rights

Managing contractor inductions, insurances and access rights

The use and management of contractors has certainly changed dramatically over the last 10 – 15 years. It used to be that a paper sign-in book or a quick conversation with reception or a security guard was enough to allow contractors on-site. The regulatory obligation of businesses has now evolved, and the informal processes of […]

Domestic sales increase

The latest New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) Survey of Business Conditions, completed during April 2017, shows total sales in March 2017 increased 2.93% (year on year export sales decreased by 8.10% with domestic sales increasing by 17.95%) on March 2016. In the 3 months to March, export sales decreased an average of 9.4%, […]

New ownership for Apex Labelling

Leading labelling systems manufacturer, Apex Labelling, will see increased investment under new ownership. Company founder Phil Etheridge has sold the company to Sam Howe who will become Managing Director and oversee the day to day running of the business, with Etheridge staying on for at least a 12-month hand over period. Established in 1977, Apex […]

Time to focus on the Health in OH & S

Time to focus on the Health in OH & S

By Mark Champion, General Manager Advocacy and Industry Relations, EMA About 1500 metres into a hillside on the West Coast northeast of Greymouth, at 3.44pm on the afternoon of November 19, 2010, a methane explosion, followed by a series of other blasts, took the lives of 29 miners. The tragedy has forever changed the lives […]

Company Profile: Mach 3 Engineering, Christchurch

Company Profile: Mach 3 Engineering, Christchurch

Health & Safety (H&S) has seen renewed focus in recent years and manufacturers have been adapting to new policy, advancing the safety of their businesses. Mach 3 Engineering, based out of Christchurch, have worked to put H&S towards the heart of their business, improving their own processes to get achieve better safety outcomes for their […]

 Developing smart machines and equipment to meet manufacturers’ demands

 Developing smart machines and equipment to meet manufacturers’ demands

Visitors to the Rockwell Automation stand at AUSPACK 2017 will experience first-hand how The Connected Enterprise drives new opportunities to optimise production and supply chain  More than 70 million people are joining the middle class every year, increasing demand on manufacturing resources and infrastructure. Meeting this demand means being more productive, sustainable and flexible. Fortunately, […]

It’s all cyclical

It’s all cyclical

Recently, Auckland Mayor Phil Goff went on nationwide television to explain Auckland City Council’s plan to bring tighter controls for the future of the super city. He discussed the categories to be affected, including council services. Which means possible redundancies for some of the workers. It’s hard to come to grips with where Auckland is […]

Bringing back jobs of the past

Bringing back jobs of the past

Dieter Adam, NZMEA We have recently talked about various Western countries positioning themselves to take industrial and manufacturing policy more seriously. It is worth further considering the future of manufacturing in relation to technology, productivity and jobs to help think about what policy moves may work, and those that may not be successful. The biggest […]

Engineering Scholarship announced on International Women’s Day

“I feel alive every single day!” Charlotte Flaherty’s decision to leave full time work, and sign up for a Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Mechanical) took a lot of soul searching, and a long time to resolve.  So she’s delighted with the news that she is Otago Polytechnic’s inaugural winner of the Women in Engineering Scholarship. […]

Employability skills framework welcomed

BusinessNZ has welcomed the launch of the Employability Skills Framework, to help ensure young people gain employability skills. The framework lists the workplace skills needed for all entry-level jobs (separate from the technical skills needed for a specific job). Employability skills include literacy, numeracy, using technology, a driver’s license and being drug free. BusinessNZ Chief […]

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