Emergency Shutdown – Who pays the workers?

By Claire Parkes, Managing Director, Clarian Human Resources Many businesses in Christchurch are quickly coming to terms with how to handle their staff resource while their operations are fully or partially closed down. There’s lots of information hitting the media, so let’s cut-to-the-chase with the essentials. 1. Look at your employee agreements – is there […]

World first robotic legs provide new option for wheelchair users

When Hayden Allen was spinal cord injured five years ago he became a full time wheelchair user and doctors told him he’d never walk again. Today a revolutionary product developed by Auckland-based company Rex Bionics has enabled Hayden to walk again. Hayden has been one of the first people in the world to use Rex, […]

Never underestimate the importance of brand

Michael Holt, Managing Director, gardyneHOLT design Our country and our industry is based on a practical sense of getting things done, usually with little fuss or fanfare. However, times are changing and in particular we’re less reliant upon our domestic markets to offer sufficient demand, especially with our own markets wide open to competition from […]

CADCAM gives racing supplier power and precision

‘Power Through Precision’ is the company motto at MBE Cylinder Heads and Manifolds.  MBE achieves both precision and power by using Delcam’s PowerSHAPE design software and its PowerMILL machining program.  To see how, watch the Delcam TV video on www.delcam.tv/delcam-video.asp?VideoId=79.  Founded in 1997 by Matt Bieneman, MBE is located in the heart of America’s racing […]

Doing business at the fieldays

What this growth has done for New Zealand manufacturing achievement – some including joint-international agreements -is nothing short of amazing. A ‘world class’manufacturing showcase of advanced technology and innovative solutions By Roger Magee Senior Writer It has grown, without worthy competition, to become recognised as Australasia’s leading ‘Agri-Business’ Exhibition.- and it is easy to see why. […]

Future Focus on Export Products

Comment by Heavy Engineering Research Association Director Dr Wolfgang Scholz The Heavy Engineering Research Association has just put a funding proposal to Government’s research funding agency the Foundation for Research Science and Technology (FRST) aimed at supporting the New Zealand Metals Industry in becoming more productive and developing export opportunities. This new proposal comes at […]

Global aluminium industry co-operating on climate change actions

The International Aluminium Institute.Chairman and Deputy CEO of UC RUSAL, Mr. Artem Volynets says “The biggest task for Governments is engaging and informing the community across all levels, from producer to consumer about the role they can play in improving the transformation of resources, including energy, from raw material to consumer goods and then to […]

The factory of the future with Direct Digital Manufacturing

Today’s tumbling economy requires that business and industry use money wisely. For a manufacturer, this means making sound product decisions and avoiding costly design revisions. With (DDM), a company can go directly from an electronic representation of a part to the final product, thus eliminating tooling. This can save significant cost and time, saving valuable […]