Fonterra and Beca have partnered to develop a breakthrough virtual reality health and safety training technology. The cutting-edge solution lets employees navigate the Co-operative’s manufacturing and distribution sites without the need to set foot on site and will help substantially reduce onboarding times.
“The renewables industry took more than 20 years to install the first 17 gigawatt of offshore wind,” said Jerome Pecresse, CEO Renewable Energy. “Today, the industry forecasts that it will install more than 90 gigawatts over the next 12 years,” Pecresse aded.
Feb 21, 2018 - An auction of heavy machinery at Dubbo has pulled in strong interest and contributed to the local economy, organisers say. Prospective buyers from as far away as Western Australia and New Zealand swelled onsite registrations at the Ritchie Bros. Ag Week auction on Tuesday to 399 people.
Feb 16, 2018 - Two industry leading companies today announced a partnership to significantly enhance the enjoyment and safety of RV enthusiasts by digitally connecting this fast growing international community.
Feb 10, 2018 - Yesterday we signed the lease for the new OCHO chocolate factory on Roberts Street in Dunedin. It has taken some time now to find the perfect place, close to the waterfront and with the capacity for both a production space and cafe. There is so much to do in order to get the site up and running, and we are expecting things to be underway for our new site in the second half of this year.
Our first priority is production. By the end of this year, we want to be making two or three times the amount of chocolate we do now. This will mean commissioning a new production line which is on order. After we have that up and running smoothly, we will start taking tours through the factory. We know you all want to come and visit, but you will have to wait a little longer!
We have plans to put in a cafe, a retail space, and create a world-class factory tour down the line. In the meantime, our Vogel St cafe will remain our front of house with a test kitchen so you can still drink hot chocolate and smell the delightful aroma of cacao beans roasting out the back.
Our PledgeMe campaign is almost wrapped up, and we are overwhelmed with the support from more than 3,000 shareholders. Jim O'Malley and the Dunedin Manufacturing Holdings team have done an outstanding job planning and executing the next chapter for OCHO.
So why are we doing all of this? We believe business should be all about people. Our team has been looking at how we will evaluate success and we have nailed it down to seven core areas:
Have a broad base of community ownership
Make high quality craft chocolate
Pay fair wages to workers
Pay fair prices for cocoa beans
Retain industry and craft skills in Dunedin with a profitable business
Respect the environment through sustainable business practices
Keep worker-CEO pay ratios within an agreed multiple
Support the wider communities of our workers, growers & customers
Having so many shareholders from the beginning is something we are really proud of in developing the new OCHO factory. Not only do we have a great sense of accountability in our decision-making, but it is truly motivating to know thousands of people like what we do and why we do it.
So thank you to our community for getting behind the Own The Factory campaign. We hope to see all at our open days later in the year.
Feb 09, 2018 - Entries are now open to the Air New Zealand Cargo ExportNZ Awards 2018 - Auckland and Waikato. Export business operations based in Northland, Auckland and/or the Waikato regions are eligible to enter.
Feb 07, 2018 - Late last year Rolls-Royce launched R2 Data Labs, to act as an acceleration hub for data innovation New Zealand being one of the locations. The new organisation, which brings together expertise from across the business, builds on 30 years of data-led services and business model innovation. Using advanced data analytics, industrial Artificial Intelligence and machine learning techniques, R2 Data Labs develops data applications that unlock design, manufacturing and operational efficiencies within Rolls-Royce, and creates new service propositions for customers.
According to Statista, there were 453 million connected wearable devices worldwide in 2018, a figure that is predicted to increase to 593 million this year. While, unsurprisingly, the market is currently dominated by smart watches, you may be surprised at the benefits wearables can bring to a manufacturing facility. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of obsolete equipment specialist, EU Automation explains how wearables could transform your factory.