Hopes for CPTPP

Hopes for CPTPP

BusinessNZ has welcomed progress towards the new Trans Pacific Partnership, now CPTPP. BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope says a successful conclusion to negotiations would mean new income and jobs in New Zealand. “The value and volume of our exports increase enormously in countries where we reach a free trade agreement, and every extra billion dollars […]

CPTPP moves welcome

CPTPP moves welcome

ExportNZ says news that TPP – now CPTPP – is back on track will be appreciated by exporters. ExportNZ Executive Director Catherine Beard has welcomed signs of movement in the deal. “It’s great news that the deal is still alive, and that New Zealand is still in there. “It sounds like some concerns with the […]

Is your talent management strategy ready for the global skills gap?

With more jobs available than talent to fill them, companies will need to be forward-thinking and creative in terms of recruiting. This revolutionary time calls for a modern way of engaging.

Is your talent management strategy ready for the global skills gap?

By Alexandre Pachulski, Co-Founder of Talentsoft Our global economy has begun yet another transformation. We are in the early stages of a fourth industrial revolution that will bring major changes to our societies, driven by advances in connectivity, automation, and artificial intelligence. With that, has come a global gap in the skilled talent necessary to […]

10 ways automation could boost your business

You can’t compete with low-cost economies on price point using traditional labour intensive technologies. We have to do it through productivity. Automation is one of the most effective ways of increasing our productivity as a nation.

10 ways automation could boost your business

Clive Hickman, chief executive of the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), and Jeremy Hadall, chief technologist of the MTC, outline the business changes they expect to see over the next five years as a result of automation. 1. Productivity will increase Think about the introduction of robots to a car production line. Volkswagen has gone from […]

Engineering the exoskeleton – from aliens to mechanically enhanced humans

Little said it was hard to describe the experience of watching someone stand and walk after being in a wheelchair for years. "Every time - it doesn't matter how many times you've seen it before - it's very emotional."

Inspired by the ‘power loader’ exoskeleton worn by Sigourney Weaver’s character in Aliens, Richard Little set out to design and build a pair of robotic legs. The resulting REX Suits are operated by a joystick that allows the wearer to walk, move sideways, turn around, climb stairs, and exercise. Exoskeletons are hyped up as devices […]

Immersive booths to bring business expos to life

The software package allows companies to upload photos or videos and easily produce them into an eye-catching display that moves across all three walls. Companies can also upload professionally-produced work.

Immersive booths to bring business expos to life

Technology that brings standard exhibition booths alive with video projections has launched this month. The immersive booth technology is the brainchild of Andy Roberts, the founder of Rogue Lumens, a technology company in Adelaide, South Australia. In a previous role, Roberts had travelled the world attending conferences and was constantly uninspired by the static displays […]

How the health and safety gravy train is sucking the productivity out of NZ manufacturing

A company that just gets its gear tested and tagged every 6 months looks like it is doing a great job of H&S, but unless it also has RCD’s and does pre-use checks, the users are lulled into a false sense of security. It is just lip service with no staff engagement in real health and safety.

How the health and safety gravy train is sucking the productivity out of NZ manufacturing

Barry Robinson, Chairman MESNZ Are you being suckered by the H&S gravy train? You can save money immediately by reading the following. Test and tagging of electrical appliances and leads is NOT a legal requirement in NZ industrial plants. If you Google it you’ll find any amount of references convincing you that it is a […]

New Zealand becoming more competitive

New Zealand  becoming more competitive

A global survey shows New Zealand moving up the competitiveness rankings – from 24th to 13th – during the last decade. The Global Competitiveness Index is a ranking of economic competitiveness, based on economic data and surveys of large businesses in 137 countries. This year the Index shows New Zealand ranking highly for financial market […]

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