Is Manufacturing the natural extension to Design?

There is a common belief that to be a successful industrial designer one has to be a ‘maker of things’ at heart. Making objects, whatever that might be, is a very satisfying way to spend time working because at the end of the day there is a definite physical result, something very tangible, something others […]

Metals New Zealand Industry Conference, Tauranga 9th – 10th May 2013

If the last few years has shown us anything, it’s that our metals engineering industry is tough as nails and a survivor. However with the continued pressure, including from imports, the time for some re-thinking of how to do business better has come. The opportunity is the Metals NZ Industry Conference and the place is […]

PartMaker offers free viewer for data sharing

 A new, free utility called PartMaker Viewer allows users to view 2D prints, 3D models and even complete 3D assemblies and so provides a great tool for viewing and sharing manufacturing and engineering data. One very beneficial feature of PartMaker Viewer is that allows PartMaker users to collaborate with others in their organization as well […]

CER would benefit from tax change

Businesses in New Zealand and Australia want tax changes to get closer to a single economic market, says BusinessNZ.  A joint report released today by the Productivity Commissions of New Zealand and Australia: Strengthening Trans-Tasman Economic Relations recommends many steps to help align the business environments of the two countries. BusinessNZ Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly […]

Starting-out wage will help young people step onto job ladder

Everyone concerned about our alarming rates of youth unemployment should be celebrating today’s announcement on the Starting-out wage, says David Lowe, Employment Services Manager for the Employers and Manufacturers Association. Then they will be looking out for more ways to help, he said. “Without an incentive an employer with a choice between an experienced worker […]

What to look for in the Budget

Chrystal ball gazing isn’t the most reliable pursuit but we need to start somewhere when we consider the Budget which will be released tomorrow at 2.30pm in Wellington. These are some of the issues I would like to see addressed: *Job creation – incentives and investment for NZ’s tomorrow. Build some companies, let’s show some […]


    EMEX 2012 sales manager Rob Lavender. This is an exclusive live opportunity for you to speak to the show visitors after the show via video footage. At the show a ‘two minute interview’ will be conducted on exhibitors’ stands showcasing products on display. After the show this footage will be loaded onto the […]

50 seconds to change a blow mould

A new patented tool-free quick mould changeover system designed for the SFR Rotary blow moulding range of machinery, reduces the time required to change from one bottle format to another, with a tangible decrease in the machines downtime. The system is available as an option for all models of the range of SFR EVO from […]

Steel-framed housing finally breaks through for quake housing

In time, it’s likely to be referred to as ‘the whisper that roared’. Steel-framed housing has nudged on to the national agenda with the award, to a joint venture of FRAMECAD and NZ Transportable Units, of a major tender issued by the Department of Building and Housing to construct up to 300 temporary accommodation units […]

The boardroom under scrutiny

Kerry McDonald, chairman of Grant Thornton New Zealand Ltd, looks at the performance, or lack of performance, of company directors. New Zealand company directors – in both the private and public sectors – need to have a much more rigorous and focussed approach to performance if they are to add value, live up to their potential, restore […]