Renewable energy skills from Canterbury to benefit Bhutan

Renewable energy skills from Canterbury to benefit Bhutan

New Zealand expertise in renewable energy will be put to good use in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan when a University of Canterbury (UC) engineering student returns to her homeland. Sonam Zam is a new graduate of UC’s Master of Engineering Studies (Renewable Energy) programme in the Civil and Natural Resources Engineering department. Her travel to Christchurch […]

ABB powers with manufacturing management technology

ABB powers with manufacturing management technology

 The Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) software suite powers production for increased productivity and profitability, enabling seamless plant orchestration. The new version will offer an extended range of capabilities and new digital applications.  This flexible and secure software platform with a broad suite of industrial applications gives operators, supervisors and plant managers the visibility and insights to […]

Be at the cutting edge of global innovation

Be at the cutting edge of global innovation

With changing consumer and business demands bringing greater competition to global markets, companies in New Zealand’s engineering and manufacturing sectors must consistently evolve in order to win new business and succeed. A term that has saturated global markets for the last decade is Industry 4.0 – the digitalisation of manufacturing. What we are in fact […]

Collaborative robots set to change NZ’s manufacturing industry

Collaborative robots set to change NZ’s manufacturing industry

Facteon’s new partnership with Universal Robots to benefit local manufacturers Global factory solutions specialist, Facteon, has announced its collaboration with Universal Robots – an international market leader in collaborative robots (cobots). The partnership, which will make cobots more accessible to the New Zealand manufacturing sector, is the latest move from Facteon and showcases the business’s […]

McKechnie Aluminium signals long-term commitment to Taranaki 

McKechnie Aluminium signals long-term commitment to Taranaki 

New Plymouth-based McKechnie Aluminium is now home to New Zealand’s largest and most technologically advanced aluminium extrusion press.  The Italian press, named ‘Giulia’ literally means ‘youth’ and its broader meaning is ‘new’ and ‘prosperous’. McKechnie Managing Director Mr Pramod Khatri says: “This significant investment is part of our strategy to grow our business and futureproof our customer base, employees and local community. McKechnie has been manufacturing, exporting and creating employment […]

Sustainability in 2019: The year in review

Sustainability in 2019: The year in review

Barbara Nebel, CEO, thinkstep-anz This year has seen a significant rise in consumer concern around environmental and social issues, and a corresponding demand for better information about products and business practices. Colmar Brunton’s Better Futures report[1] in February found that New Zealanders had the highest levels of concern about climate change in a decade, but […]

The year in focus for manufacturing

The year in focus for manufacturing

  -By EMA senior policy analyst Michael Burgess Despite the economic predictions, manufacturers have concerns with finding skilled workers, the bewildering speed of technological change, and how to make investment decisions in light of low business confidence.  Internationally and domestically, a number of factors have put the brakes on the New Zealand economy in 2019. […]

Infrastructure boost must contribute to productivity growth

Infrastructure boost must contribute to productivity growth

BusinessNZ has welcomed the $12 billion infrastructure boost announced today, and says it’s appropriate for road and rail transport to be the priorities. Chief Executive Kirk Hope said business would be keen to see the details of the projects. “We need to make sure the projects can be executed, and that decisions are worked through […]

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