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 […]

Fero committed to long-term partnership with Samoa

Mr Fulton says Fero had three major requirements of its new off-shore operation: quality, productivity and minimal impact on its New Zealand management resources.

Fero committed to long-term partnership with Samoa

New Zealand’s leading wiring and assembly solutions manufacturer says it has a long-term commitment to Samoa and hopes it will lead the way to other New Zealand businesses setting up operation there. Fero is an Auckland-based family-owned business that manufactures wiring looms for local technology manufacturers, ranging from automotive and marine lighting, to air conditioning […]

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 […]

Vote productivity

Vote productivity

It’s all about to happen on Saturday. The government for the next three years will go forth with a whole new set of plans and ideas on how to make our lives better. We know there are serious social issues which are worrying, decidedly so, and there are business issues which affect the social issues…so […]

Sweet success at University of Waikato’s Science and Engineering Open Week

A Civil and Environmental Engineering workshop showed students the importance of reinforcing materials, while an Electronic and Software Engineering workshop called for programming an electronic mousetrap.

Sweet success at University of Waikato’s Science and Engineering Open Week

  In the picture: Secondary school students from Thames High School sorting different sized lollies without touching them was just one of the tasks encountered by school students at the University of Waikato’s Science & Engineering Open Week recently. Sorting different sized lollies without touching them was just one of the tasks encountered by school […]