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Our annual ‘The Year in Review’ December issue will be out soon. It includes stand-out commentary on achievements from some of our manufacturing companies, reflections on the year winding down and the new one ahead. Challenges that face us and suggestions for achieving success. There were a lot of articles competing for inclusion that could not be accommodated within the pages. Meaning the stories of many achievers – you know who you are – need to be re-read by revisiting monthly issues of the magazine. If you or your company are not receiving the magazine, nor on the subscriber database and want to receive December issue, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get a copy to you.
New Zealanders’ homes are set to become safer with the implementation of a Building Code update by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. From 01 November 2024, it will be mandatory for all new homes to have a Type 1 Smoke Alarm System. C1-C6 Protection from Fire – Acceptable Solution C/AS1, published by MBIE on 02 November 2023, requires that “each household unit shall be provided with a minimum of Type 1 domestic smoke alarm system in compliance with NZS 4514.” What is a Type 1 Smoke Alarm System? A Type 1 is a smoke alarm or multiple interconnected smoke alarm devices, each containing a smoke detector and an alarm sounding feature. According to MBIE, interconnected smoke alarms alert occupants in residential fires faster and provide occupants more time to respond and escape from a fire. Where does NZS 4514:2021 require smoke alarms to be installed? Smoke alarms are required in all bedrooms, living spaces, hallways, and landings within the building. How Do Interconnected Smoke Alarms Work? Interconnected smoke alarms work by sending signals between the smoke alarms in a house. This means that if one smoke alarm in a particular room detects a fire, all the smoke alarms in that house will activate and sound an alarm – adding an extra layer of safety by letting everyone in the house know about a fire at the same time, even if they are further away or sleeping. Transition Period Changes From 01 November 2024, previous versions of acceptable solutions and verification methods will no longer be deemed to comply with the Building Code. For new buildings, a hard-wired interconnected smoke alarm system can be installed during construction while the house is being wired. For those who wish to upgrade to the new Building Code requirements in the course […]
From December issue of NZ Manufacturer www.nzmanufacturer.co.nz Tell readers what you do? My expertise is in high temperature materials and processes. When I left full time work at BlueScope NZ Steel to care for my premature baby, I found it difficult to fit back into the workforce. I expect it’s improved now but employers were not at all flexible with regards to family responsibilities, so I have been doing consulting work on whatever comes up; reline quality assurance and incident investigation for Ballance at their ammonia plant, process and containment for CarbonScape are two examples. I also formed my own company – Advanced Materials Technologies – NZ Limited – which was a collaboration with an ex colleague based in Queensland, Australia to supply Australian and New Zealand with materials sourced from Harbison Walker International, a US company renowned internationally for the quality of its products. Most recently, I am interested in the technologies which can be utilised to slash the (extremely high) CO2 emissions generated by the steelmaking industry and, have been advising and assisting Helios with their novel sodium-based reduction process. This has been a very fruitful relationship, unfortunately disrupted by the war that has broken out there. When I am not working, I am often out wingfoiling on the Manukau and Waitamata harbours. What has been your involvement in green steel making? I’ve been promoting the possibility of low emissions iron and steelmaking to whoever will listen for many years, including the outgoing Climate Change Minister, Hon James Shaw who has been politely listening to my representations since he became co-leader of Green Party. Although, numerous commentators have been claiming that the steelmaking sector would be hard to abate, there has been a small group of dedicated scientists and engineers working on alternative, non carbon, reductants for decades. […]
It’s been a long time coming! In July, New Zealand signed a free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union. Good news for manufacturers too. New Zealand’s exports of goods to its fourth largest trading partner were worth NZD4.68b in 2022. These goods included many manufactured products – machinery, medical appliances, food products, plastics, aluminium and others. More than 91% of New Zealand’s trade into the EU will enter duty-free when the FTA comes into force (expected to be in the first half of 2024). Many goods, including some manufactured products, will have no tariffs at all from this date. This means many millions of dollars of tariff savings each year on exports to the EU. After seven years, when the agreement is fully in place, 97% of current trade will enter the EU duty-free. How the new FTA promotes sustainability The FTA will make trade more sustainable and create opportunities for businesses that deliver more sustainable products. The agreement is the first FTA built around the EU’s ’Together for Green and Just Growth’ approach to trade and sustainable development. It contains ambitious sustainable trade outcomes in many areas. Environmental outcomes include addressing climate change and subsidies on fossil fuel. Social outcomes include promoting labour rights and women’s economic empowerment. The upside for manufacturers – and some warnings The FTA will have a big impact on trade between New Zealand and the EU. The potential upside for local manufacturers is significant: easier access to one of the world’s most lucrative trading blocs; lower costs for materials imported from the EU. However, the FTA comes with warnings too. Firstly, local manufacturers will be competing with EU manufacturers who may have been making their products more sustainable for some years. As customers here and in the EU prioritise ‘responsible purchasing’, make sure […]
From November issue of NZ Manufacturer www.nzmanufacturer.co.nz By Holger Heinzel, senior engineer- advanced manufacturing, HERA Where specific organisations are in their Industry 4.0 journey varies greatly, and many are already taking advantage of the benefits presented by the fourth industrial revolution. As the uptake of Industry 4.0 deepens and gathers pace, more data and case studies are emerging which show how the fourth industrial revolution is rapidly transforming the way things are made, improving quality and reducing waste, and making manufacturing and production processes more productive, flexible, and efficient. There is a major opening now to accelerate this uptake across many sectors,and acknowledge and support the pivotal role manufacturing plays in the New Zealand economy, by appointing a Minister for Manufacturing. A pan-material Minister could represent the industry broadly across all building materials, which would improve outcomes for those in the manufacturing sector and those who rely on its products and services. It would also send a message and help create the necessary structure to enable widespread innovation and adoption of Industry 4.0 methodologies and infrastructure. As we know, the challenges of implementing innovation include the cost and effort of change, especially for small to medium businesses which have fewer internal resources to scope and define the work and meet the initial workload. On top of that, established manufacturers face the expense of overhauling, replacing and integrating existing systems and upskilling their trusted workforce. HERA’s efforts to promote, assist, and effect the transformation are multifactorial, and sympathetic to the opportunities and complexities faced by manufacturers and fabricators. The steel fabrication industry is a specialised sector within manufacturing, concerned with creating large and intricate products that are made to the specific requirements of the customer, with welding the primary method of fabrication used to manufacture these items. Since they are […]
The Southland Engineering & Manufacturing Cluster, a newly established group, is on a mission to turn Southland into a collaborative industrial powerhouse for the engineering sector. The initiative is driven by the knowledge that the South is rich in talent, with engineers and manufacturers capable of excelling in diverse projects across a multitude of industries and fields. The primary objective is to ensure the sustainability of engineering in the Southland region by fostering a thriving environment for industry players to work together. The Southland Engineering & Manufacturing Cluster is committed to facilitating growth and the equitable sharing of opportunities. Over the next few months, they will be making contact and introducing the concept and advantages of collaborative pitches and projects. Dean Addie, Chair of the Engineering & Manufacturing Cluster, underscores the importance of building a collaborative industry, to showcase the incredible capabilities of the region. He explains, “This will effectively demonstrate to potential clients what we can achieve and the vast breadth of knowledge and skill we bring to the table. By working collaboratively, we will empower our regions to bid for large engineering contracts with confidence.” The vision is to enable international and national contracts to be fulfilled in the South, leading to the growth of industries, more job opportunities, robust regional economies, and the creation of additional skilled positions. Southland’s people are not only highly skilled but also remarkably adaptable, with world-leading technology and projects emerging from the region. Brendan Gray, the Southland Engineering & Manufacturing Cluster Manager, stated, “I am thrilled to be on the ground, getting to understand the needs and desires of the engineering community, to fully support their transition and growth into a new era of business opportunities.” By becoming a part of the Southland Engineering & Manufacturing Cluster, there is a team working […]
From November issue of NZ Manufacturer www.nzmanufacturer.co.nz Sean Doherty is an Industry 4.0 Product Owner at Callaghan Innovation. How can Advanced Manufacturing take NZ forward? Advanced manufacturing involves the use of technology to supercharge the manufacturing sector. Already an incredibly pivotal part of our nation’s economy and operations, there is real value to be found in unlocking the full potential of our manufacturers. The implementation of smart products and processes such as artificial intelligence, robotics and 3D printing are just some of the key ways we can look to automate, digitise and further develop operations. New Zealand hopes to reach the level of manufacturing represented by Industry 4.0 – a blueprint made up of a series of government initiatives from around the world. As a nation, reaching this goal would propel the nation forward in several critical ways. Manufacturers can harness new technologies to revolutionise their products and processes, effectively increasing their quality of output, and driving productivity forward. Economically, this creates an increase in profitability, enhances market competitiveness, and helps to generate higher-value jobs by automating lower-level tasks. Fostering innovation, this strengthens our supply chain resilience, and reduces our dependence on foreign sources. We can also work towards realising our full potential as a ‘clean, green New Zealand’, by encouraging resource-efficient, environmentally friendly practices. We are not a country rich with natural resources, except for dairy, horticulture and agriculture. We once made cars and TV sets. When that stopped it couldn’t be started again. So where can Advanced Manufacturing help to turn things around? Market demand, competition, global economic conditions and access to raw materials play crucial roles in the ability for a country to operate in a highly competitive industry – which is largely why dairy, horticulture and agriculture are particular strengths for New Zealand. However, advanced […]
From November issue NZ Manufacturer www.nzmanufacturer.co.nz “When water is literally on tap in your kitchen, it seems crazy to ship it around the world.” A new startup launched by the founder of NZ’s largest regenerative beauty product export business is set to cut the global use of single-use plastic drink bottles by tens of millions every year. Brianne West stepped down as Ethique CEO earlier this year, a decade after starting the $100 million business in her kitchen as a 24-year-old biochemistry student. West’s new social enterprise aims to take on the $1.44tn beverage market which produces over 583 billion single-use plastic bottles annually, with less than 10% of these recycled. The new venture will produce concentrated effervescent drink mixers in the shape of a circular tablet which on contact with liquids such as water dissolve to release flavouring. Each ‘Incrediball’ makes up the equivalent of a 350ml beverage and can be added to both alcoholic and non-alcoholic hot or cold beverages to enhance the taste. West says the product will be the world’s first effervescent drink tab in fully home compostable packaging and could prevent over 10 million single-use bottles from entering the waste stream every year from 2030 and expects this to grow significantly over time. She says while effervescent concentrates in this form usually require plastic wrapping, they will launch new technology within the tablet to protect the product from moisture before use. “When water is literally on tap in your kitchen, it seems crazy to ship it around the world. “Incrediballs is designed to address this – we are looking to transform the traditional model under which drinks are sold in their ready-made form by allowing consumers to purchase the flavouring component in a concentrated format that can be added to sparking, still, hot or cold […]
Engineering New Zealand Te Ao Rangahau released a report recently that says quality in structural engineering designs has, at times, been compromised due to insufficient checks in the building system. Chief Executive Dr Richard Templer says, “New Zealand engineers do great work every day. However, this report shows our building system is not always catching significant quality issues before designs are built.” He says issues are “systemic”. “This is a concern to engineers because everyone wants confidence that buildings are robust and safe,” he says. The report comes in response to a series of high-profile failures in structural design, some of which are used as case studies. It focuses on the role of engineers in assuring quality but, Templer says, “All players in the building system have a role in ensuring quality outcomes.” This includes firms, councils and Government, and Templer is “looking forward to talking with the next Government about its role assuring quality within the built environment.” Templer says engineers have a duty to be competent and diligent in their work but, occasionally, “negligence, a lack of competence, or human error can lead to quality issues being introduced”. Engineering New Zealand has already made changes to improve rigour in the profession, including strengthening its assessment and complaints processes within the Chartered Professional Engineer system and carrying out a desktop review of structural design for 20 warehouses across the country. Templer says another challenge is the nature of a competitive industry. “There are pressures to keep costs down and it can mean quality assurance can be compromised,” he says. Templer would like to see things change. “We know our engineers in the building system are deeply committed to understanding and learning from issues, and taking action to fix gaps and raise standards,” he says. The report makes […]