Housing Accord for Auckland a circuit breaker

The Auckland Housing Accord announced today could be just the circuit breaker needed for Auckland to move forward, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says. “The agreement between Minister Nick Smith and Mayor Len Brown makes infinite commonsense,” said EMA chief executive Kim Campbell (left) “It deals with concerns we had about the constraints on Auckland’s […]

Competing for China: NZ needs to trade up to an investment relationship

Global CEOs rate China as the world’s top destination for foreign investment, which is consistent with its significantly expanding economy, according to a global survey by PwC and the China Development Research Foundation. The survey ‘Choosing China: Improving the investment environment for multinationals’ found more than half (56%) of CEOs surveyed chose China above other […]

Machining centre and CNC lathe offer precision and productivity

Quality Machine Tools will have two machines on display on their Stand 592 over the four days of Austech 2013, but they tell only part of the story for a machine tool supplier that has been serving the Australian manufacturing industry for nearly 20 years. Quality Machine Tools offers solutions to any machining needs from […]

High dollar – who cares?

This week the New Zealand dollar reached post float highs on the TWI due to strong appreciations against both the Yen and US Dollar. These trends are very threatening for exporters say the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA). NZMEA Chief Executive John Walley says, “Well, the dollar is at yet another high, post […]

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 […]