Building Wellington’s own Silicon Valley

  Kate McGrath Picture courtesy Victoria University Image Services.   Victoria University is helping launch the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators through a new programme which will bring graduate students together to create advanced technology start-up companies. The introduction of a one-year Master of Advanced Technology Enterprise, commencing in January 2013, will see students […]

Generating wealth rather than trading money

Did you know that if you invest $6M in a dairy farm on average you will generate $1M of revenue, you will give employment to 2.6 people and your business will have another job or so associated with it, whereas if you invest only $3M in manufacturing you will on average generate $10M of revenue, […]

Translate and go global

By Eli Beman, Blue South With increasing technological advances and decreasing product lifecycles manufacturers have to seize every opportunity to compete in the global marketplace. The dynamic nature of the global economy means it is essential to reach out to customers and associates regardless of their location. The key to success is being visible around […]

Working together to keep it kiwi

  Collaboration within industry is a key way for New Zealand’s manufacturers to successfully compete in a global market. And this was the motivation for a Lean Learning Hub which saw nearly 50 people from 21 companies including DB, Griffins and Fonterra, gather together last month to swap and share experiences. The hub was hosted […]

Living the dream with FeatureCAM

  Thanks to FeatureCAM feature-based CAM system, Jeremy Cupp, owner of LC Fabrications, is able to combine his two passions – motorcycles and machining = into a successful business. The software makes it quicker and easier to experiment with novel designs, and gives high-quality parts. LC Fabrication was born in the corner of a machine […]

Mid-sized manufacturers can be successful

  An inspirational presentation from Professor Goran Roos, an expert on mid-size manufacturing excellence in Auckland recently focussed on how and why mid-sized manufacturers across Europe are so successful – despite the fact that they are not manufacturing in a low cost environment. Professor Roos says part of the reason that Australian manufacturers are finding […]

Revolutionary wind power invention receives international recognition

Jega Jegatheeson with Tony Herewini, general manager, T P Engineering. A New Zealand invention, designed to make wind power more efficient and cheaper, has been singled out by a renowned wind technology expert as one of the world’s leading new innovations. The invention, Gyroscopic Variable Transmission (GVT), is the brainchild of New Zealander Mr Jega […]

Top engineering students awarded scholarships

  Thirty-one top engineering students have been awarded Kick Start Scholarships from The University of Auckland. The scholarships, worth $2000 each, are awarded to outstanding first-year students studying at the Faculty of Engineering. Faculty of Engineering Dean Professor Michael Davies says the scholarships, awarded to students of academic excellence, are designed to help first-year engineering […]

Expertise + Entrepreneurship = Innovation

Picture: The Centre for Entrepreneurship team at Otago University (left to right): Professor Brendan Gray, Dr Jodyanne Kirkwood, Mrs Ruth Matika and Dr Victoria Jameson. What do you get when you blend 30 years of engineering experience and a University of Otago Master of Entrepreneurship degree? In the case of Pat Maguire you successfully develop […]

How to choose a manufacturing system

  A company that’s not putting at least 10 percent of sales revenue back into product development can’t possibly keep pace with technology. You want to buy software from a supplier thatÕs serious about having great products today and tomorrow. Good software suppliers update their software frequently, making new features and bug fixes available to […]

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