Northland students embrace online learning

One example is Stars, targeted at students aged between 13-18. Recent reports from the Education Review Office showed that schools with Stars helped students get through 2020. A further innovation in Northland is an adaptation to include career readiness workshops and events.

Northland students embrace online learning

Launch of Kiwi Can Online proves vital to Covid19 response In the world of grownups engagement is critical to getting the most out of people. It provides organisations with understanding around what they can do to support workers in their mahi. It ensures consistency of effort and job satisfaction among other outcomes. As it turns […]

D&H Steel – manufacturing in the construction game

The company is now even more firmly focused on its apprenticeship training programme and upskilling local people.

D&H Steel – manufacturing in the construction game

-by Lisa van Beurden D&H Steel Construction is an Auckland-based structural steel contractor with its fingerprints over many of the largest structural steel projects nationwide. For almost 50 years it has led innovation in the steel industry, from being an early adopter of welded beams and on-the-ground erection techniques to, more recently, driving quality management […]

Waste: The Enemy of World Class

With the unemployment rate climbing, mostly through cuts in the tourism and hospitality industries, surely there would be enough people crying out for any employment opportunity they could get?

Waste: The Enemy of World Class

-Ian Walsh, Managing Director, Intent Group Limited Most practitioners of continuous improvement and “lean” thinking will explain the approach to world class as making value flow by eliminating waste and continuously improving processes, practices and systems to support this value. Over the last few months, we’ve been made aware of the impending crisis in the […]

Is NZ’s Covid response world class?

If this was a manufacturing plant, and perhaps they could and should be considered as high hazard facilities, they would be shut down until they could demonstrate that the required standards are met, in the same way that shops that don’t meet Ministry of Health standards are closed to protect the public.

Is NZ’s Covid response world class?

By Ian Walsh, Managing Director, Intent Group Limited The re-emergence of Covid-19 in our community has got me thinking, as I am sure it has many of you. Of course, our normal reaction is to leap to solutions to ‘solve’ or eliminate the problem we’re facing, including measures such as shutting the borders, denying travel […]

NZ economy better than expected

Today’s figures from StatsNZ show GDP rebounding 14 percent in the September 2020 quarter, the strongest quarterly GDP growth on record in New Zealand.

NZ economy better than expected

The BusinessNZ Planning Forecast for the December 2020 quarter shows the economy in better shape than expected following Covid-19’s massive hit mid-year. It shows a bounce-back after the 11 percent GDP drop over the June quarter, suggesting a V-shaped rather than a more prolonged U-shaped recovery. Today’s figures from StatsNZ show GDP rebounding 14 percent […]

Growing our World Class Industries

The current industries that have been resilient throughout COVID, where demand has remained strong and in some cases shown significant growth, provide some clues.

Growing our World Class Industries

-Ian Walsh, Managing Director, Intent Group Over the last few years, I have been asked by aspiring NZ companies – ‘Who is world class?’ ‘What are we best at in NZ?’ Or even more insightfully, ‘what could we be best at?’ The current industries that have been resilient throughout COVID, where demand has remained strong […]

Empowering the manufacturing workforce to survive the pandemic and thrive beyond it

industrial companies that take bold action now - in partnership with their workforce and labour institutions - to shore up their workforce and technology investments will emerge more resilient, and more likely to succeed no matter what uncertainties come their way.

Empowering the manufacturing workforce to survive the pandemic and thrive beyond it

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, labour flexibility, digital transformation and operational excellence were key pillars of an emergent Fourth Industrial Revolution. Now, these areas provide vital lifelines to build resilience during the crisis and beyond. There is now more global recognition of the need for ongoing agile operations to accelerate the adoption of modern digital tools […]

Designing for Additive Manufacturing

RAM3D can create a simple uniform wall thickness internal lattice structure using their Netfabb build software. This is great for those non-structural parts where you need the mass removed but need to maintain that solid look.

Designing for Additive Manufacturing

Over the last six months, RAM3D have seen an unprecedented increase in both large and small companies interested in trying 3D metal printing as an alternative to other forms of manufacturing. This is possibly because they have had time to work on projects during the COVID-19 lockdown. RAM3D works closely with their clients offering them […]

Filtration face off: Melt-blown fibres versus electrospun nanofibres

He says the diameters of nanofibre range from 10 - 300 nanometres, which is 10 - 100 times smaller than conventional melt-blown microfibres, meaning they are very effective in protecting against viruses such as COVID, bacteria and other toxic particles.

Filtration face off: Melt-blown fibres versus electrospun nanofibres

New research into the effectiveness of melt-blown fibres and electrospun nanofibres has found nanofibre filter media provides significantly increased protection against bacteria and viruses such as Covid-19. The research, conducted by Dr Fabrice Karabulut from Revolution Fibres in New Zealand, contrasts and compares nanofibre filtration with traditional melt blown filters in light of increased global […]

Collaboration and sector support builds sustainable supply chains

Following the Business Expo, a report will be provided to Government with ideas and recommendations from the manufacturing sector.

Collaboration and sector support builds sustainable supply chains

-Helen Down, Chief Executive, Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce The local manufacturing sector continues to play a critical role in ensuring New Zealand has resilient and sustainable supply chains.  The Covid-19 operating environment has caused significant uncertainty and disruptions to the global supply of product and goods, and opened up new opportunities for local manufacturing […]

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