Manufacturing continues expansion in January 2011

Manufacturing activity in January 2011 shows a positive start to the year with the fourth consecutive month in expansion, according to the BNZ – BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI). The seasonally adjusted PMI for January stood at 53.7, up slightly from 53.2 in December (a PMI reading above 50.0 indicates that manufacturing is generally […]

More of the same

Judging by Prime Minister John Keyss opening address to Parliament we are to anticipate more of the same in 2011; that means a continuation the economic funk seen over the past two years, and the resulting build up of debt. The New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) is calling for significant policy changes so […]

Is the food and beverage sector suitable for Competitive Manufacturing?

Can the concepts of Competitive Manufacturing apply to the Food and Beverage Sector? Many of the tools and techniques used have been developed in the automotive and electronics industries, and we are often asked how they can work in a seasonal industry situation. These industries are typically “Manufacture and Assemble” rather than the “Disassemble” or […]

Economical heavy duty IP66 sealed thick wall die-cast enclosure

The latest addition to the extensive selection of die-cast enclosures from Hammond Manufacturing is the 1550Z family, a range of thick wall (3 to 4mm depending on size) IP66 sealed boxes for use in applications where impact protection and environmental sealing are primary requirements. The 18 industry-standard sizes in the family range from 50 x […]

The future of shipping is in the hands of industry

An industry-led approach to the rationalisation of ports in New Zealand, as recommended in a government-commissioned maritime freight report released today (Wednesday 13 October), is welcomed by the Employers and Manufacturers Association Northern Inc (EMA). EMA welcomes the Minister of Transport’s response today to the report from the NZ Institute of Economic Research that the […]

Manufacturing sales defy downturn

The latest New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) Survey of Business Conditions completed during September 2010, shows total sales in August 2010 increased 20% (export sales increased by 37% with domestic sales increasing 13%) on August 2009. The NZMEA survey sample covered NZ$493m in annualised sales, with an export content of 36%.Net confidence rose […]

ABC Software sets its sights on Australian market

Hawke’s Bay IT company ABC Software is targeting Australia as a potentially major export market for a system it has been developing to track a wide variety of fruit through every step from tree to consumer. Founder-director Sharon Chapman says the barcode-based tool already installed in New Zealand, Victoria and Western Australia traces and records […]

4.5 billion year old power station powers up commercial initiative

The largest commercial installation in New Zealand of thin film solar panel technology has been activated at Hubbard Foods in Mangere, Auckland. This installation, which is a joint initiative between infrastructure company Vector and cereal maker Hubbards, is the first commercial enterprise of its size to use second generation thin film solar panels. Combined, the […]