A new industrial manufacturing facility has won the Supreme Award in the prestigious Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards 2017. The Sistema manufacturing facility received the Rider Levett Bucknall Supreme Award, after being awarded the ‘Best in Category’ for the Yardi – Industrial Property Award at the annual black-tie gala dinner at Spark Arena in Auckland on 16 June. The state-of-the-art 55,000-square meter manufacturing facility, located in Mangere, Auckland, is also home to Sistema’s international headquarters. Featuring a strong operational focus, the buildings design was a stand-out for Chief Judge Andrew Evans due to the attention…
Friday, 16 June 2017 16:01

Rise of the machine manufacturer

As the world of manufacturing becomes more integrated, the role of robotics is changing the shape of the factory floor writes  Steven Impey in today's Australian Manufacturers' Monthly Newsletter as he takes a look at the effect it will have on the Australian workforce. Depending on which literature the industry insider goes by, the impact that robotics will have on the factory floor of the future often splits its audience. The rise of robots programmed to do a human worker’s job sounds daunting – the very thought of seeing the livelihoods of Australian manufacturing workers potentially cut from under them…
The New Zealand owners of Formica Group Europe, Fletcher Building, have pledged to plough £40m into the UK sites over the next three years, radically transforming and upgrading its production facilities and offices in a move to drive up its UK market share. Formica has been a major employer in the North East’s manufacturing sector for more than 70 years, making laminate products for the residential and commercial sectors at its sites in North Shields and Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.  Peter Rush, president of Formica Group Europe, revealed full details of the investment plans for the first time at a…
The latest New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) Survey of Business Conditions, completed during April 2017, shows total sales in March 2017 increased 2.93% (year on year export sales decreased by 8.10% with domestic sales increasing by 17.95%) on March 2016. In the 3 months to March, export sales decreased an average of 9.4%, and domestic sales increased 7.1% on average. The NZMEA survey sample this month covered NZ$360m in annualised sales, with an export content of 51%. Net confidence rose to 23, up from 0 in February. The current performance index (a combination of profitability and cash flow)…
RACINE - Claiming it can compete globally from its manufacturing base in southeastern Wisconsin, where it invented the first garbage disposal 90 years ago, InSinkErator  on Thursday announced a $63 million raft of new investments that include new headquarters and research labs. "We can be competitive here. We do it every day," said InSinkErator President Chad Severson. China, Britain, Australia and New Zealand are among the growth markets that InSinkErator expects to drive demand for made-in-Wisconsin disposals. InSinkErator, owned by St. Louis-based Emerson Electric Co., will build a new $34 million headquarters and lab facility in Mount Pleasant, which is 5 miles…
The car industry, the computer industry and even the machine industry present every few years new and modern designed models. Why? To be able to attack new markets and new customers. However, it is hard to see something new in the conveyor industry. Most of the unit conveyor systems were developed 15, 20 or even 50 years ago and are still sold today in a construction, which remembers on the patents of the British toy manufacturer Frank Hornby, who has already registered his patent of a “Meccano” kit in 1901. Now, the two young founders of the start-up Avancon SA…
Elaflex HIBY Tanktechnik, a specialist company in safe connections for the transfer of dangerous goods and sensitive fluids, have acquired a major stake in Oasis Engineering Ltd of Tauranga (New Zealand). Oasis, a member of NGV Global, is an internationally operating specialist for valves and couplings used in the compressed natural gas (CNG) industry. The company established a strong reputation as supplier of CNG components and systems for filling stations and gas delivery networks. An example: Worldwide CNG trailer companies are rapidly adopting the new Oasis high flow breakaway and coupling systems that have positively changed the whole economics of…
New Zealand contract manufacturer Alaron has undertaken a multi-million-dollar expansion and renovation project at its Nelson site, with the firm hopeful of growth for its customers in South East Asia after China sales began to go “off the boil” due to regulatory uncertainty. Continue here to read full article  |  April  11, 2017   |||  
Babcock International’s Australasian CEO for engineering, infrastructure and aviation believes local operations will grow by more than 25 per cent annually, it has been reported in todays Manufacturers' Monthly David Ruff spoke with the AFR about the potential for the business, which has been awarded contract “to provide offshore helicopter support services” in the Timor Sea for the United States oil and gas company Conoco Philips. Babcock International has annual global revenues over $9 billion and opened a new regional headquarters in Adelaide on Wednesday. In Australia and New Zealand, the company was generating revenues of $15 million from four…
Thursday, 06 April 2017 14:37

Irish manufacturer brings jobs

An Irish insulation manufacturer , Kingspan who also have presence in the New Zealand market,  has officially opened its new facility in Somerton, creating 50 new jobs, and setting new standards in energy efficiency. Victorian Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan congratulated Kingspan at a special ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Victorian Government has worked with Kingspan to develop the Oherns Road factory – worth about $40 million – by providing funding support and assisting with planning and approval. The company’s new Somerton base has become Australia’s first ever Green Star rated manufacturing facility. It includes a 750 kW solar system…
Mechanical fastening has long been the standard method of keeping manufacturing assemblies together, but adhesive bonding has seen a rise in popularity as an alternative technique. Mechanical fastening with screws and rivets, welding or soldering and brazing are effective, yet insufficiently distribute load stress, which compromises structural strength. Additionally, they present a risk of galvanic corrosion and can add weight to a product. Proponents of structural bonding with adhesives tout advantages in weight, greater structural strength and minimization of galvanic corrosion as primary benefits of using bonding agents such as epoxy resins versus traditional mechanical fastening. Additional benefits of adhesive…
New Zealand is missing a prime opportunity to combine its sustainable timber resources with an innovative manufacturing system to build faster and more efficiently. Daryl Patterson, Head of Operational Excellence at Lend Lease Australia, states Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) is that missing link. CLT is an engineered wood system made from several layers of dimensional lumber boards, stacked crossways and bonded together. Speaking at the Wood Processors & Manufacturers Association of New Zealand (WPMA) and Property Council New Zealand Tall Timber Buildings seminar last week, Mr Patterson questioned why, given New Zealand’s ample timber resources, there is not greater use…
Friday, 17 March 2017 06:04

Rob Scoines new GM for Sanitarium NZ

Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing has appointed Rob Scoines as general manager for its New Zealand operation. Mr Scoines, who most recently served as general manager for Logistics at Sanitarium Australia, brings 40 years of experience in a variety of roles such as accounting, HR and manufacturing in different locations, including Auckland. As general manager for Logistics, he led Sanitarium Australia to be considered a preferred supplier by its trading partners over the past 10 years. "We’re the country’s number one breakfast food manufacturer and this offers the church a unique opportunity to make a positive impact in the community." “I…
Construction is underway on Sealord's new $70 million factory vessel, which is being built in Norway with additional steel work carried out in Poland. Sealord is now a year out from taking delivery of its state of the art new factory vessel. Work began on the $70 million project in January and, according to Sealord fleet harvest manager Scott Gillanders, is already running ahead of schedule. The ship's hull was being built in eight blocks, with seven of these constructed in Poland before being barged to the Simek shipbuilders yard in Flekkefjord, Norway.A concept drawing of Sealord's new $70 million…
A major investment is taking shape to improve facilities at a North Shields factory and safeguard hundreds of jobs. Fletcher Building is planning to invest tens of millions of pounds over the next three years in Formica Group’s North Shields factory and office. Formica Group, which employs more than 300 people, produces thousands of different laminate sheets for doors in businesses, schools and hospitals around Europe. Mark Adamson, CEO of Fletcher Building, was at the factory in Norham Road to see the progress on work bringing all staff back under one roof at the site. Office space is currently being…
The volume of meat and dairy product manufacturing fell in the December 2016 quarter, although sales values rose due to higher prices, Statistics New Zealand said today. After adjusting for seasonal effects and removing price changes, meat and dairy product manufacturing volumes fell 5.7 percent. "The fall in meat and dairy sales volumes followed rises in the previous two quarters," business indicators senior manager Neil Kelly said. "In contrast, sales values were up more than $350 million, mainly reflecting a sharp rise in dairy product prices." Business Price Indexes reported a 14 percent rise in dairy product manufacturing output prices…
Wednesday, 08 March 2017 10:46

Flexible Screw Conveyor for Front End Loader

 A new extreme-duty Flexicon® flexible screw conveyor with purpose-built hopper transfers bulk material received from front end loaders. The conveyor consists of a heavy-gauge stainless steel screw that rotates within an 8 in. dia. (200 mm) stainless steel tube. Since the conveyor is driven at its top end by a 20 hp (15 kW) variable speed electric motor and gear reducer, material exits the discharge housing prior to contacting any seals or bearings. The tube interior and removable screw are smooth and crevice-free, allowing rapid, thorough cleaning. Rugged enough to withstand incidental contact with front-end loaders, the heavy-gauge stainless steel…
Auckland based fiberglass engineering company, Maskell have introduced underground storage product Envirotank to the New Zealand Market. Envirotank eliminates the risk of corrosion both inside and outside of the storage tank, an issue which in the past has led to harmful, toxic chemicals leaching into the surrounding soil. Intended for a range of applications, the Envirotank can safely store sewage, storm water and petroleum. Envirotanks can also be equipped with Oil/Water separators, which are designed to prevent any spilled petrol, diesel or detergents from contaminating the storm water drainage system. “Pollution prevention is critical to keeping our waterways clean. Our…
The latest New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) Survey of Business Conditions, completed during February 2017, shows total sales in January 2017 decreased 2.49% (year on year export sales decreased by 3.86% with domestic sales decreasing by 0.66%) on January 2016. For results tables and graphs, click here. In the 3 months to January, export sales increased an average of 4.2%, and domestic sales increased 4.8% on average. The NZMEA survey sample this month covered NZ$232m in annualised sales, with an export content of 56%. Net confidence fell to -7, down from 10 in December. The current performance index…
High-tech company Rapid Advanced Manufacturing (RAM3D) in New Zealand has opened a new facility in Tauranga’s Tauriko Business Park, with the aim of making metal additive manufacturing more accessible to the Australian and New Zealand markets. RAM has been collaborating with global engineering technologies company Renishaw and, as a result, is using several AM250 metal additive manufacturing systems in its Tauranga facility. RAM3D was spun out of the research organisation Titanium Industry Development Association (now TiDA) and it has the biggest Australasian centre for 3D metal printing. RAM3D’s new facility allows companies from a range of sectors, including aerospace, defence,…
Thursday, 02 March 2017 05:26

Low-volume manufacturing in the Trump era

What Trump gets wrong about manufacturing President Trump has promised to revitalize American manufacturing by bringing back mass production to the United States. This past Thursday, he convened a “listening session” with his manufacturing council, and a week ago, in front of thousands of Boeing factory workers in North Carolina, the president reaffirmed his mantra to have “products made in America, made by American hands.” President Trump is right in his call to invest more resources in manufacturing in America. But, he is mistaken to focus solely on mass production. The future of the sector lies not just with mass…
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 19:42

Compac vendors in line for $230m earn-out

NZ founders and former shareholders of the Compac fruit sorting company are in line for up to $230m in earn-outs paid for the company by Norwegian firm Tomra. The New Zealand founders and former shareholders of the Compac fruit sorting company are in line for up to $230 million in earn-out payments on top of the $70 million paid for the company by the Norwegian food, recycling and mining sorting business Tomra. The detail of the deal, announced last October, emerges in the Overseas Investment Office's notification of foreign investments approved in January and in a presentation to shareholders published…
New Zealand manufacturer XLam has developed a locally produced cross-laminated timber (CLT), which could cut construction cost that will be available by the end of 2017, according to the AFR. The new CLT material and the way it is made, promises time, labour and wastage savings. Construction occurs offsite in the buildings with CLT. The timber is designed and shaped into panels, which can then be brought onsite and assembled. The CLT will be produced at XLam plant in Albury Wodonga. It will be produced from local pine, which will be a boon for the local forestry industry. The plant…
Bruce Springsteen has provided the vital bit of inspiration for the revolutionary, new ROADOG motorcycling top and the inventors are keen to show their gratitude when The Boss is in New Zealand. The Christchurch-based company has been in touch with Springsteen’s management team to present him with their ultra-light, super warm jersey. “After all, Bruce is a fellow motorbike enthusiast, and our target mark, so we’d love to know what he thinks of our ROADOG jersey,” says director Glenn Rodgers, who has also offered to loan Springsteen Harley Davidson to take him on a ride around the beautiful South Island…
Unilever on Friday rejected a $143bn (£115bn) takeover offer from US food giant Kraft Heinz, saying that it sees absolutely no “financial or strategic” merit in a tie-up. Kraft said in a statement earlier in the day that it had “made a comprehensive proposal to Unilever about combining the two groups to create a leading consumer goods company with a mission of long-term growth and sustainable living”. >  >  > Continue to full article                      More reading here      
Xiekon has officially opened its doors for its own sales, service and support operation in Australia and New Zealand. The Xeikon solutions have been available in Australian for many years, latterly through Absolute Electronics, however when Xeikon was bought by Flint last year the ink giant instigated a strategy of direct operations within the region. Trevor Crowley, general manager, Xeikon says, “For the market it means they have a direct line to the factory and the technology developers, and it means they have a supplier whose sole focus is Xeikon.” Xeikon ANZ will be using its own service engineers to…
Thursday, 16 February 2017 20:07

Another big build for Tetra Pak

Tetra Pak building $25m Thai packaging plant forseeing a  30% jump in Asia-Pacific demand for beverage caps, lids SINGAPORE -- European food-processing and packaging company Tetra Pak announced it will invest 24 million euros ($25 million) to build a plant to produce caps and lids for beverage products in Thailand. The company said it aims to tap growing demand for such packaging in the Asia-Pacific region. The facility will produce caps and lids for dairy, juice and other beverage products, mainly for customers in Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Production capacity will be more than 3 billion units per year.…
Mondelez International, the US company that returned US$1.1 billion to shareholders last year, is to close its Cadbury factory at the end of 2018, moving production to Australia and eliminating 350 jobs to cut costs. The decision will end more than 80 years of production in Dunedin, where the Cadbury factory is a popular tourist attraction and can send the aroma of chocolate wafting over nearby suburbs. The first redundancies would be made before the end of this year, with about 100 people kept on in the business until early 2018, it said. Mondelez vice president for Australia, New Zealand…
Friday, 03 February 2017 21:14

Argenta is expanding into the EU

Argenta, a New Zealand-owned company dedicated to the provision of services to create, develop and manufacture products for the global animal health industry, has entered an agreement to acquire the manufacturing facility and operations of Elanco Animal Health in Dundee, Scotland. The acquisition is an important step in Argenta’s EU growth strategy and follows the company’s successful expansion into the United States in 2016, with the purchase of a state-of-the-art pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Elanco and Argenta have also entered into a manufacturing and supply agreement for select Elanco animal health products. The acquisition is anticipated to…
Friday, 03 February 2017 14:44

Aluminium Extruders Form New Advocacy Group

Aluminium extruders from several countries have came together in december 2016 to form a new trade group dedicated to promoting and defending fair trade practices in their industry. The newly-formed International Fair Trade Alliance (IFTA) was announced via press release on Tuesday. The non-profit organization’s mission is to assemble aluminium extrusion manufacturers and suppliers the world over to promote free trade within their sector. The new alliance is made up of extruders from North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, and Israel. “Our alliance believes that a network of market-based aluminium extrusion companies and associations can work…
Friday, 03 February 2017 06:50

Ending on a High Note - NZMEA Survey

For results tables and graphs, click here. The latest New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) Survey of Business Conditions completed during January 2017, shows total sales in December 2016 increased 7.23% (year on year export sales increased by 10.01% with domestic sales increasing by 3.30%) on December 2015. In the 3 months to December, export sales decreased an average of 1.4%, and domestic sales increased 11.7% on average. The NZMEA survey sample this month covered NZ$275m in annualised sales, with an export content of 60%. Net confidence rose to 10, up from 8 in November. The current performance index…
CMT Materials Inc. (Attleboro, MA) has announced a new partnership with Phillip Shelton Tooling Pty Ltd. of Australia to distribute the Hytac line of syntactic foam plug assist materials for thermoforming. “We are very pleased to welcome Phil to our global network,” said Conor Carlin, Sales and Marketing Manager for the company. “Phil has a deep understanding of both toolmaking and thermoforming, which makes him an ideal partner for us in the Oceania region.” Continue to oarticle in Plastics Today > > >    
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 09:00

A slow growing workforce . . .

Why Trump will find it hard to achieve his economic plans From a shortage of skilled workers to income inequality, Donald Trump will face at least six challenges. WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump’s economic plans are nothing if not ambitious: Annual growth of 4 per cent — or more. A diminished trade gap. The creation of 25 million jobs over 10 years, including the return of good-paying factory positions. It all adds up to an immense challenge, one that Trump aims to achieve mostly by cutting taxes, loosening regulations, boosting infrastructure spending and renegotiating or withdrawing from trade deals. At the top…
BCDS Group has been appointed master distributor for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Rim region by labelling automation manufacturer FOX IV Technologies. FOX IV systems will be offered through ALS (Auto ID Labelling Solutions), a BCDS company, which is headed up by Bill Boursianis who has had more than 10 years’ experience with both FOX IV products and other printing and labelling equipment. BCDS Group was selected due to their technical expertise, regional sales and service coverage, as well their ability to provide complete solutions from supplies to installation. “BCDS’s expertise in integrating barcode, auto-ID and RFID equipment made…
Monday, 09 January 2017 13:40

Hire for attitude and train for aptitude

Craig Zoberis, 48, started his career at his father’s contract engineering business where he says he experienced a workplace culture he didn’t like. So, in 2002, after getting an MBA from St. Xavier University in Chicago, he started Fusion OEM and focused not just on getting the product right but on creating a company where people want to work. Today, the company, based in Burr Ridge, Ill., just west of Chicago, is a contract manufacturer of mechanical and electrical machines and components. It did $12 million in sales last year and made a profit. While lots of other manufacturers have…
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 20:48

Nexans NZ send out a warning

Nexans NZ is warning about non-compliant imported cables as its main competitor prepares to quit manufacturing early next year. The New Plymouth-based company will be the largest manufacturer of electrical cable following General Cable's decision to close its Auckland sales centre and Christchurch factory with the loss of 170 jobs. The closure was disappointing because local manufacturing provided certainty about standards, Nexans general manager Michael Pienaar​ said. |  Continue to full article  |  Dec 21, 2016  |    
Simpro Handling Equipment Ltd, a New Zealand manufacturer of specialised materials handling equipment, is pleased to announce the acquisition of a new head office and manufacturing facility at 66 Rangi Road, Takanini, South Auckland. Managing Director Stephen Simmons founded Simpro in Auckland in 1986, manufacturing truck-mounted equipment for the waste industry. “This is an exciting step for us” says Stephen. “We’ve been looking for a chance to consolidate for some time, since we’re currently spread over several locations, with various issues, low stud height and so on. The Takanini facility is a big step up in size, with a clearspan…
According to a report in the Australian Financial Review (AFR), well-known Australian businessman Andrew Liveris has been recruited by Donald Trump to help bring back American manufacturing jobs. The chief executive of US multinational giant Dow Chemical, Liveris was appointed chair of the President-elect’s American Manufacturing Council. Liveris has led the manufacturing giant Dow for the past 12 years in Michigan, a so-called “rust belt” state where working class voters helped propel Trump to his presidential election win last month, noted the AFR. Liveris is also a close acquaintance of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and is a member of the…
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 15:25

NZMEA on Sistema sale

Today we have learnt of the sale of Sistema Plastics to US multinational Newell Brands, in addition to the recent sale of Compac Sorting Equipment, another highly successful New Zealand manufacturing company, to Norwegian company TOMRA in October, say the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA). NZMEA Chief Executive Dieter Adam says, “These sales, alongside the recent announcement of the closure of the General Cable plant in Christchurch, may well leave some wondering what is happening to manufacturing in New Zealand. In reality, the situation is ‘steady as she goes’, with manufacturing continuing to be the second-largest contributor to…
Tuesday, 13 December 2016 13:40

Manufacturing sales continue to rise

Total manufacturing sales rose in the September 2016 quarter, led by a rise in petroleum and coal product manufacturing, Statistics New Zealand said today. After adjusting for seasonal effects and removing price changes, the volume of total manufacturing sales rose 2.1 percent in the September 2016 quarter, following a similar rise in the June 2016 quarter. "This quarter's rise in petroleum and coal manufacturing sales followed a sizeable fall in the June 2016 quarter," business indicators manager Neil Kelly said. "This industry often has quite large quarterly movements and is not adjusted for seasonal effects." Ten of the 13 manufacturing…
Sistema, the iconic New Zealand-based manufacturer, marketer and distributor of plastic kitchen storage containers, today announced that it will be acquired by U.S.-based Newell Brands for $NZD660 million. The sale of Sistema to Newell Brands, a company with a market capitalisation of $USD22 billion based in Hoboken, New Jersey, signifies an exciting new era for the company and the continued employment of its more than 700 employees in New Zealand and overseas. Established 34 years ago by founder and Managing Director Brendan Lindsay, the company has seen its brand grow into a world recognised leader in innovation with a strong…
Monday, 28 November 2016 21:03

The Next Evolution of Manufacturing

The future of manufacturing has always been a topic of much discussion and debate. In a rapidly changing economic and technological environment, this future may be more volatile and hard to predict, but bring with it greater opportunities for those who adapt and lead. Despite recent improvements in confidence and sentiment in the manufacturing sector, many of our members are quite uncertain about future orders, both in the short and long term. Is this part of a current crisis or part of a new and developing economic reality for manufacturers in New Zealand? Globalisation comes with many benefits; allowing our…
Thursday, 17 November 2016 07:56

Greggs invest in Dunedin plant

Cerebos Gregg's yesterday celebrated the completion of a $20 million investment in its Dunedin plant in Forth St writes David Loughrey in today's Otago Dai;y Times. The investment over the past two and a-half years has paid for manufacturing upgrades including new production lines, a warehouse extension, improvements to environmental compliance, a new staff car park, staff facilities and an open plan main office. Continue to read full article here