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Researchers in Germany are developing durable thermoplastic foams and composites that could make turbine blades lighter, and they believe that, as offshore turbines get larger, the technology could make transportation, installation, disassembly and disposal of turbine blades easier
An EU-funded project due to be completed early in 2017, is investigating the application of new, lightweight materials that could be used in the next generation of blades for offshore wind turbines. The participants in the project – the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT, Smithers Rapra, Windrad Engineering, Loiretech, PPG Industries Fiber Glass, Norner Research, Coriolis Composites, NEN, TNO and COMFIL – believe that thermoplastic sandwich materials of the type they are working on could have a number of advantages. They note the trend towards ever larger offshore wind turbines means that rotor blades are also getting larger and larger, and heavier and heavier. Current blades can be 80m in length with a rotor diameter of over 160m. However, blade length is limited by weight, so in the long term, it is essential to develop new, lightweight, high strength materials from which to construct them if this trend is to continue. Apart from enabling the ongoing development of larger blades and more powerful turbines, lightweight materials have a number of other advantages, not least that reducing their weight makes turbines easier to assemble and disassemble.
In the Wind Blade Using Cost-Effective Advanced Lightweight Design (WALiD) project, scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT in Pfinztal in Germany are working closely with industry and research partners on the design of a lightweight rotor using materials that could reduce blade weight and increase their service life. Current-generation blades are manufactured by hand using thermosetting resins. However, this kind of material doesn’t enable the use of processes that require melting, and they aren’t suitable for recycling. At best, say researchers, granulated thermoset plastic waste is recycled as filler material.
“In the WALiD project, we are pursuing a completely new type of blade,” said Florian Rapp, project co-ordinator at Fraunhofer ICT. “We’re using thermoplastics in rotor blades for the first time.” He explained that the great advantage of this kind of plastic is that it can be melted and that this enables the use of automated production facilities.
For the outer shell of the rotor blade and for segments of the inner supporting structure, the project partners are using a sandwich structure produced using thermoplastic foams and fibre-reinforced plastics. Carbon-fibre-reinforced thermoplastics are being used for the areas of the blade that bear the greatest load, and glass fibre is being used to reinforce other parts of the blade that are less highly stressed. For the sandwich core, the WALiD team is developing thermoplastic foams that are bonded with covering layers made of fibre-reinforced thermoplastics. This combination improves the mechanical strength, efficiency, durability and longevity of the rotor blade, they say. “We are really breaking new ground with the use of thermoplastic foams,” Dr Rapp said.
The blade concept the project partners are working on includes an improved blade root design, which introduces a new connection concept. The design includes a novel approach that uses the thermoplastic materials to generate the blade structures. It consists of high-performance composites processed with an automated fibre placement process. The potential benefits of this approach include weight and cost savings and the ability to produce large wind turbine blade structures. A new concept is also being investigated for the production of spar caps. The concept has a particular focus on weight saving and easy maintenance. A specially adapted robot carries out automatic fibre placement, together with unidirectional tapes and materials such as mixed glass and carbon fibre, ensuring the finished structure is strong, rigid and lightweight. An innovative lightweight design for the shear web connects the two outer shells of the wind blade and replaces the thermoset materials with a framework of new materials, including thermoplastic composites and foams. A reinforced thermoplastic coating with anti-icing properties and abrasion resistance is also being developed. This, combined with a new predictive simulation model, predicts the lifetime of the coating. The approach also enhances the erosion resistance of the blade using a ‘smart layer’ on top of the fibre-reinforced outer shell.
Dr Rapp and his colleagues note that materials of the type they are using in the WALiD project have many potential applications, such as in the automotive, aviation and shipping industries. The foam materials used in some applications have limited stability at high temperatures so cannot be used in close proximity to an engine in a vehicle, for instance, but the meltable plastic foams that are being used in WALiD are temperature stable and can withstand higher temperatures than, for example, expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) or expanded polypropylene (EPP). Their enhanced mechanical properties also make them suitable for many other potential applications. Another advantage is that they can be quickly and easily processed. The innovative materials used in the WALiD project are manufactured at the Institute’s own foam extrusion plant in Pfinztal. “We melt the plastic granules, mix a blowing agent into the polymer melt and foam the material,” Dr Rapp explained. “The foamed, stabilised particles and semi-finished products can then be shaped and cut as desired.”
Source Offshore Wind Journal - November Friday 11, 2016
Nanogirl – Dr. Michelle Dickinson MNZM – is bringing science, technology and engineering to life for young people right across New Zealand this December with a national tour of her live, theatrical science show “Little Bang, Big Bang”.
With the support of Spark, the University of Auckland Faculty of Engineering, and the MacDiarmid Institute, the tour will visit seven centres around New Zealand between December 2nd and December 17th (see tour schedule below).
“Little Bang, Big Bang” presents engineering and science in ways New Zealand has never seen before. Audiences can expect a performance packed full of explosions (LOTS of explosions!), liquid nitrogen, giant fireballs and daredevil stunts – there’s even a jet-powered supermarket trolley! (See a video at nanogirllive.co.nz).
“Little Bang, Big Bang” is both the title and underlying idea behind the show. Each scientific concept is first explored with a ‘little bang’ – an experiment carried out with the help of a volunteer from the audience. From there, Nanogirl and her assistant Boris use engineering to build an experiment that explores the same science on a MUCH larger scale (the “BIG Bang”!).
Dr. Dickinson believes that understanding of science and engineering – and inspiring people to explore STEM subjects in education – is critical to New Zealand’s long-term success.
“I’m passionate about ensuring that all New Zealanders have access to science education. One of my goals is to challenge the stereotypes around engineering and science. I really believe that science is everywhere – and for everyone – and that’s what this project is all about. It’s also a huge amount of fun!”, says Dickinson.
A group of sponsors has come together to make this project a reality. Clive Ormerod, General Manager Customer & Marketing at Spark (Platinum Partner) says “We see science and technology playing an important role in New Zealand’s future, and it’s our children who’ll be driving that. We want to them all to have the opportunity to do great things...This science show will be an awesome step toward that.”
Alongside the theatrical performance schedule, Nanogirl will be visiting schools in each centre to engage with students and teachers through a partnership with The MacDiarmid Institute, demonstrating exciting experiments and providing teachers with lesson plans and curriculum material to support the delivery of science and engineering lessons in schools. Thanks to the generous support of the project’s sponsors, this is provided at no cost to the schools.
Nanogirl says “I’m so excited to be bringing this show to towns and cities around New Zealand. The experiments are going to be huge (talk about a ‘BIG BANG!’!) – I just can’t wait to get on the road. One thing I’ve learned already – steering a jet-powered trolley is harder than it looks!”
“Little Bang, Big Bang” opens at Rotorua’s Civic Theatre on December 2nd. Tickets are available online at nanogirllive.co.nz.
Massey University, Nov 4, 2016 -Crawling into a hole in the rubble and waiting for search dogs to find him gave Massey industrial design student Oskar Edgar an idea of how terrifying it is to be trapped in a collapsed building.
Mr Edgar has designed a purpose-built concrete cutting chainsaw prototype that could be a game changer for Urban Search and Rescue teams around the world. His design could reduce the time it takes to cut concrete in earthquake and disaster situations from two to three hours to around 15 minutes.
He has been working with the New Zealand Fire Service’s Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) central team to establish the challenges they face when rescuing people from collapsed buildings, as happened in the Christchurch earthquake.
“I identified a pretty serious problem that they encounter. In a building collapse, concrete creates voids where people are trapped. Their rescuers have to cut through concrete walls and floors and end up doing so in very confined spaces. Currently there is no specifically-designed equipment for these situations.
“It’s a very complex issue. Concrete cutting tools are very heavy, hard to hold on to, noisy and vibrating and often can’t be used in these situations. They end up downscaling their tools to a set of drills to make holes and then knock the concrete out –but it is extremely time consuming and isn’t clean cut. USAR would like a clean cut for the safety of the people trapped and their technicians,” Mr Edgar says.
Throughout the year Mr Edgar has attended training exercises with the New Zealand Fire Service USAR central team based in Palmerston North. He studied how a concrete cutting chainsaw could be used in building collapse situations and how technicians keep themselves safe.
“I started off with traditional handles but when you are crawling around or cutting over your head, you need to be able to hold the chainsaw in multiple positions to maintain control. I have designed the handles with the versatility these technicians need to maintain control,” he says.
A chainsaw used in these conditions has to be emission free so, using battery over hydraulics, Mr Edgar has designed the chainsaw to be cordless with a rechargeable battery. The hydraulic power system gives the chainsaw the torque it needs while reducing noise and vibration. It will come with several batteries that last about 20 to 30 minutes each and can be plugged into an emergency generator to be recharged. It will weigh under six kilograms, compared to the usual eight kilograms for a chainsaw, and have multiple attachments and simple controls that will be easy to use in stressful situations when wearing gloves.
“The USAR team think it could potentially be a game changer for the work they do. For them, a lot of it has to do with their safety, whilst being able to get the job done effectively. We are asking these guys to risk their lives without equipment that is designed to be used in these situations," says Mr Edgar.
Royce Tatham, deputy team leader New Zealand Fire Service USAR central team and national adviser operations for USAR, believes that rescue teams would get immediate benefits from the capabilities of the tool.
“Oskar has identified a gap in the equipment available for USAR confined space rescue and has developed a tool that would reduce the time taken to breach concrete. This would reduce exposure to dangerous environments for USAR technicians and the time people are trapped.
“There is a real need for specialist equipment in the USAR and Humanitarian Aid Disaster Assessment and Relief (HADAR) space and development of this tool is crucial for the future,” Mr Tatham says.
Mr Edgar would like to see the chainsaw undergo further professional development before going into production. He has contacted and built a network of USAR professionals in New Zealand, Australia, United States, Chile, Sweden and the UK.
While the need for such a chainsaw is ultimately the result of a tragedy, such as recent devastating earthquakes in Italy, Ecuador and Nepal, Mr Edgar is pleased to have developed a product that may save lives and help people in a distressing, chaotic time.
Palmerston North -A Massey University student has redeveloped the humble docking iron aiming to increase function, usability and minimise repetitive strain injuries.
Fourth year industrial design student, Nicole Austin felt there was an opportunity to improve some of the more conventional hand tools used by sheep farmers. “A lot of sheep farming is very traditional. I found that recent innovations in sheep farming tend to be highly technological and involve heavy investment. Little attention has been given to redevelop older tools that are seen commonly from farm to farm,” she says.
Image Docking irons are regarded as being faster and more humane than rubber rings with nearly 60 per cent of farmers using the tool to cut the tails off lambs.
Ms Austin surveyed 300 farmers about their use of docking irons and discovered that while they regarded the existing models as robust and functional, they also found them to be uncomfortable to use for extended periods. Feedback included the irons being too hot, too heavy and “there are bugger all options on the market.”
“The traditional iron is hard to hold, the grip span is huge and there is a high risk for repetitive strain injury,” Ms Austin says.
Design criteria included optimising usability and comfort, being effective in all weather conditions, docking the tail properly and cauterizing the wound effectively.
“The design had to be reliable, robust and familiar. I did a lot of testing and made 15-20 ergonomic prototypes. I aimed to use familiar characteristics of the previous model to provide a practical lamb detailing tool for New Zealand and the international agricultural sector.
"The main body is glass-reinforced injection moulded nylon which has strong impact resistance and will withstand high temperatures,” she says. “The grips are made from a co-injection moulded elastomer, which won’t conduct heat and means the device is much easier to hold over extended periods," she says.
The original docking iron is fuelled by LPG, however farmers reported the flame blows out on windy days and can be difficult to reignite. Ms Austin’s design, which is also LPG, is self-igniting. She has developed a double-chamber dampening shaft - a mechanism designed to shield the internal flame from the wind. The design offers a greater temperature consistency in the copper blade and is about 35 per cent lighter.
Ms Austin will be getting feedback about her design from farmers and would like to see her prototype developed for the market. “There is definitely an opportunity to redevelop this tool. I would love to work with engineers to make refinements and confirm the design. There’s still a bit more work to be done.”
On graduating, Ms Austin will be looking for a job and likes the idea of eventually designing functional, utilitarian products for the agriculture and forestry sector as part of a design team. “Being at Massey has fostered that team approach. I really enjoy it.”
Ms Austin’s docking iron will be on display at the annual Exposure exhibition at Massey’s College of Creative Arts in Wellington alongside more than 300 projects from final year students in a range of disciplines from fine arts and photography to visual communication, fashion, textile, spatial and industrial design.
Open daily from 5 -19 November, between 10 am and 4 pm, the Exposure exhibition is located in Fine Arts Block 2, The Engine Room Gallery and Te Ara Hihiko Block 12 on Massey’s Wellington campus (entrance C off Wallace St or E off Tasman St).
A major focus for me personally has been to push a wider delivery of services outside of the Autodesk realm. A large amount of work has been based on the initial selling of Discovery days, where we get the opportunity to build a business case in the form of a return brief to our clients. These have been successful, with 90% of these engagement resulting in more services, and product purchasing. Content management continues to be the most common challenge faced by our clients, hence the introduction of Content Studio to the A2K repertoire. I foresee this addition being important to the services that we currently provide.
Recently, there has been an interest in A2K providing services around training landscape architects in Revit. This experience has been unique, as landscape architects work and solve problems in a particular way. As opposed to mainstream architects, where Revit is more suited for vertical spaces.
This is due to the increased demand for BIM, where all disciplines are now expected to be able to demonstrate model collaboration, including landscape architects. Traditionally Landscape architects communicate design intent with rich and colourful 2 dimensional mediums. However, 2 of the largest landscape architecture firms are beginning to learn and understand the value of data, and the superior impact that this level of information conveys within the built environment. I wonder, with everything being about data, what do we do with software like AutoCAD in the near future?
In addition to BIM, more and more architects, engineers and builders are looking to share data in a more intelligent manner. A2k will soon be offering Drofus as a service, with a focus on training, and implementation to tell. Drofus is a database from the Norwegian Company, which controls large amounts of data throughout the full lifecycle of a project. It is an excellent platform for each of the different disciplines to collaborate on building design, and this platform will serve us well we continue to provide BIM consulting to our customers.
Shortly I’ll be starting to package all the necessary infrastructure for A2k staff internally. There is a need to improve our sharing mechanisms, as well as validating the data that we currently own. The benefits of trying to package this information will hopefully allow any of our technical resources to access clean, consistent information related to a specific niche or customer type. Therefore, increasing our point of sale and potential resourcing options due to the nature of our customers’ reactivity.
I believe that Drofus will become one of our core services next year as we look to move away from the external perception that we are an Autodesk reseller, and ideally, become more perceived as highly solutions focused organisation to the outside world.
Lantek, world leader in sheet metal technology, has developed new functionality powered by its CAD/CAM software, which integrates online shopping for sheet metal parts.
With this new capability Lantek’s customers can integrate with their own customers into a supply chain. These customers can reorder previously supplied parts or request quotations for the manufacture of new designs through each individual company’s website.
By implementing this technology on their websites, Lantek’s customers will be able to work much more closely with their own customers, delivering accurate quotations even more quickly while checking for available capacity for manufacture, to offer realistic and achievable delivery times.
When a request is received through the customer’s website, the Lantek system will firstly decide if the information is good enough to generate a quotation and delivery date automatically. Some of the elements considered are availability of material, available capacity and quality of design data. If the information is acceptable, the system can continue automatically. If not, a workflow ticket is generated to involve a member of staff in clarifying the enquiry.
Within the system, time and cost are calculated and estimated using the software libraries in the system. The desired delivery date is then included within the algorithm and takes account of other jobs being manufactured in the same material and the status of machine capacity. It also considers material availability, delivery times for material, should it need to be ordered, and current material costs.
With this information and where necessary with assistance from a staff member, an accurate offer can be supplied extremely quickly and with little administrative effort, making it much easier to work in partnership with customers and be a valued part of the supply chain.
For the manufacturer, the system delivers benefits in addition to improved customer relations and reduced administrative load. By looking at current capacity and parts made in the same material, the software will help to smooth peaks and troughs in production, filling available capacity more efficiently and thereby achieving improved machine utilisation. Furthermore, the increased accuracy of the quotations will help to maximise profitability for each job produced.
The UK’s unique mix of ageing and ultra-modern infrastructure means that engineers from the sector are in demand all over the world Evelyn Adams writes in The Engineer.
Britain is a country built around railways. Since the opening of the legendary Stockton and Darlington line on Teesside in 1825, rail infrastructure has been an integral part of the nation’s development. Today, the rail industry plays a key role in the nation’s economy, contributing around £9.3bn each year. Nearly one in five European passenger journeys take place in the UK, giving the nation the fastest-growing rail network in Europe.
But keeping up that growth requires skill. Much of the network in Britain is buried deep within the urban environment that makes maintenance and renewals complex tasks. As well as this, the UK has several regional systems that developed when the railways were originally conceived. “This presents technical challenges that do not exist in many other countries,” said Ailie MacAdam, global rail sector lead at Bechtel. “A good example of this is Crossrail; this short section of tunnel now connects three regional lines that have very different power and signalling systems.”
LaserBond has been using thermal coating techniques to produce hard-wearing components and products for the mining, power generation, manufacturing and agriculture industries since 1992.
But a downturn in the mining industry is helping to fuel demand for its products as companies look to maximise productivity.
LaserBond Chairman Allan Morton said the company’s laser-applied coatings typically tripled the life of a product.
“This is effectively 3D printing using industrial robots and industrial lasers to add material to existing substrates to create better performing products,” he said.
“The economic benefit is not so much that the components are lasting longer, it’s that you don’t have to shut the system down to change components so they’re getting longer cycles out and that has ramifications in the workplace health and safety area as well.
“When everything was going fine in our boom times people said ‘we will not pay that’ because even though we might have four times the life we might be double the price but now companies are looking at costs and the cost of downtime overwhelms any incremental cost of a higher-performing component that we supply.
“We’ve said our day will come at the bottom of the cycle.”
Founded in New South Wales, the company has about 65 staff and has had a plant in South Australia since 2013.
It has recently formed a research collaboration with the University of South Australia’s Future Industries Institute and is establishing a new “laser cell” in Adelaide featuring a 16kW laser, which it hopes to have up and running in September.
“We know that we make a 60 per cent energy saving, we get higher efficiency and we get less waste with these new lasers. We currently have the three most powerful lasers in Australia in this industry and the one we’re buying will be twice as big again – it will be the highest power laser beam used for laser cladding in the southern hemisphere.
LaserBond predominantly manufactures for the mining industry and exports about 80 per cent of its products to countries including Chile, Mongolia and South Africa.
Products are typically made from steel and then applied with materials such as nickel alloys, tungsten, titanium carbides and ceramics. Manufactured items include mining picks, furnace doors and ‘down the hole’ hammers.
“Basically any metal component that wears we can apply a surface to make it last longer for new parts as well as we can make an old part with new surfaces that are better than new,” Morton said.
The company expects the new laser to allow it to double production.
“We’re able to deposit material quicker than we currently do and also it’s all about energy.
“We can put a certain amount of composite material on a part, we want to be able to increase that speed to enable us to be more cost effective for our customers.”
LaserBond Founder and Executive Director Greg Hooper is recognised as a world-leader in the field. He has moved from Sydney to Adelaide to play a key role in the Research & Development side of the business and the collaboration with UniSA at Mawson Lakes, which is just a five-minute drive from the company’s SA base at Cavan.
“There is a lot of opportunity in a lot of different industries. I’ve been working on materials and depositing those materials better and quicker so we can be more competitive,” he said.
“We envisage that South Australia has the focus for the R&D and it will become our product manufacturing division, which will be our biggest division over time.
“It appears to me that the time is changing with regard to the collaboration of universities with private industry and it’s very enlightening.”
The Franco-German investment in New Zealand is just as extensive in its way as the British presence was in its heyday prior to UK membership of the EU. This is the main reason why the New Zealand/EU (sans Britain) trade deal is regarded with such favour by the two pillars of the EU. The scope of the French presence in New Zealand is especially pervasive encompassing as it does so many industrial sectors. It is one reason why New Zealand premier John Key seen here on the reviewing stand with French cabinet members was accorded such a warm welcome in Paris (photo: Roland Berjon)
In order of industry dominance here are the major French-owned companies in New Zealand:-
Veolia Water and commuter transport in Wellington and Auckland
Air Liquide Predominant supplier of industrial gases (with German-owned BOC)
Allflex Livestock identification
These are just the French companies with site operations here. We can also consider L’Oreal, and in the industrial category, Laval, Michelin and St-Gobain (glass) which is also the world’s longest established company.
If we look at the Franco-German EU axis, then we can also see complete dominance in the luxury car sector here with BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Citroen, Renault.
The presence of Danone and Parmalat underline the way in which French companies, after some delay, are filling the pastoral process vacuum left by the old British companies.
The arrival of Bollore in New Zealand with the acquisition of Gameloft is a pointer to French intervention here in computer inspired leisure.
from the MSCNewsWire reporters' desk - Wednesday 12 October 2016
Jay-Evan Paskell completed a gateway placement at Lloyd Stevenson Boatbuilders Ltd at high school. After enjoying that placement, a careers advisor at school helped him get an interview with Advanced Aerospace Ltd, also known as C-Quip International. After five years refining his skills and knowledge as a composites technician, Jay-Evan has spent the last year as the supervisor of the clean room, and the Laminating Team Leader.
Jay-Evan has completed a Level 3 Boatbuilding Pre-Apprenticeship, a Level 3 Composites qualification, and is currently working towards completing his Level 4 Composites qualification. After that he wants to work towards leading a larger team or working as a project manager.
Highlights of Jay-Evan’s apprenticeship include winning trophies at NZMAC ITO’s annual Marine Trades Challenge, and travelling to Australia to compete
“Work hard and stick with it, complete units and work your way up.
It may not start easy but you can get to where you want to be with hard work, and gain experiences.”
A group that began as a small air conditioning and refrigeration business in a shed on the Nadi Back Road in Fiji has grown into a hi-tech engineering outfit with state-of-the-art CNC machines and robotics.
With a quarter of a century’s worth of experience in the refrigeration and light engineering industries, the J Kevi Group has forayed into manufacturing quality engineered goods for the consumer export market around the Pacific Islands region and beyond. It has recently completed the construction of a large tooling, fabrication and manufacturing facility entirely dedicated to exporting its products.
“It’s 100 per cent export oriented,” says Kevi N Reddy, the group’s youthful Chief Executive Officer. Mr Reddy earned his degree in Mechtronics from the University of Western Australia and spent a few years’ designing and building industrial kitchens for QSR brands around Australia. He returned to his native Fiji a few years ago to assist his father Narendra Reddy to run and expand the family business.
The group, which has grown from just a couple to 100 employees and from a 120sq m space to 6 acres of land and building, manufactures an array of hardware components for the local building and construction industry. Its products are widely used in quality fittings for Fiji’s upmarket hospitality sector. It also sells and distributes utility vehicles like golf carts and industrial scale lawn mowing equipment.
The new line of engineered consumer products for exports comprises profiles, toolboxes, Ute-mountable trade boxes made of metal and others directed at the automotive professional and hobby markets in New Zealand and Australia.
The products are designed and crafted with the latest in CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine technologies. “This is the first time that such advanced machines are being used in the Pacific Islands region,” Mr Reddy told Pacific Periscope when we visited the group’s new plant in Nadi.
A new high-tech robot welding plant built in the United States is soon to join the shop floor. Again, it’s the first of its kind in the region, with only eight such machines in New Zealand, according to Mr Reddy. “Our products are all designed and manufactured to exacting New Zealand and Australian standards,” Mr Reddy said.
While using the best of materials and processes of a standard approved in New Zealand and Australia, Mr Reddy believes that it is Fiji’s lower overheads and operating costs that gives the group a price advantage. “While the standard of the product is the same as that made in New Zealand and Australia, the production costs are lower, therefore offering the same uncompromised quality for a lower price for consumers in those countries,” he adds.
The group is preparing in right earnest to launch its line in New Zealand in the next couple of months. It has already incorporated a company in Auckland. Pacific Trade & Invest (PT&I) NZ Trade Development Manager Ian Furlong said PT&I was working with the J Kevi Group, helping establish a distribution network in Auckland. As well as New Zealand, Mr Kevi said the group was planning to export also to Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Vanuatu.
Mr Reddy hopes Fiji’s engineering sector will rise to the occasion and become an attractive and cost efficient manufacturing hub for the New Zealand and Australian markets, with the advantages of proximity, an English speaking workforce and the same materials and manufacturing process standards. “We are proud of using the Fijian Made logo,” he says.
The group plans to make its products available in New Zealand before year end.
Time to change the oil on your applications? It’s worth keeping an eye on the latest Inventor / Vault Updates that are released for your products.
We’ve had a few cases recently of users reporting the following issues:
New Copy Design (Vault 2016) – Part number property not updating (and other property issues) when performing Copy Design. Frame Generator (Inventor 2016) – Frame member description not being updated when changing member Both of these have been resolved/improved in recent Service Packs and updates. The reason for the “improved” status is that there may still be some fringe cases that cause issues with the Copy Design property updates, but most of the cases we know about have been resolved.
Please note, that Vault hotfixes and updates should not be applied unless you know exactly what you are doing. If you don’t administer the Vault system at your workplace, forward this post on to your IT department. All clients and the server have to have the updates applied at the same time. Alternatively, you can engage us to do this work for you.
If you have moved to the 2017 products, then you should find that those issues don’t affect you, but if that’s not the case, we’d like to know about it.
The 2017 products have been out for a while now, and feedback has been good. If you’d like to take advantage of the new functionality, then we can help with that.
Perhaps you haven’t even seen what’s new in the 2017 products. If that’s the case, then you might want to take a look at these links:
Last year, Dubai made headlines when the United Arab Emirates National Innovation Committee announced plans for the world’s first 3-D printed office building made with fiber-reinforced polymer composites according to an article in Composites Manufacturing. However, it appears the region has more plans for large-scale 3-D printing projects, as the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) recently announced Convrgnt Value Engineering (LLC) will design and construct the first 3-D printed laboratory building in the world.
“The building will be printed using a system of robotic arms at the desert location,” said Convrgnt executive Vibin Paul. “The risks of working in an unshielded open environment have to be addressed and the logistics accurately controlled during the printing operation.”
DEWA says the laboratory will be built as part of the Research & Development (R&D) center at Dubai’s Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, and will conduct research on drones and 3-D printing technology.
The drones and 3D-printing lab include 4 sub-laboratories: the Electronics Lab, the Software Lab, the Mechanical Lab, and the Prototype Lab. The project will also include an outdoor testing facility. The Electronics Lab will conduct electrical design and repair services for drones that can be used by R&D staff, and DEWA employees. The Software Lab will develop and provide DEWA with innovative products, research, and educational solutions.
Earlier this year, Dubai proclaimed that 25 percent of all buildings in the city will be 3-D printed by 2030. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO of DEWA, says these historic 3-D constructions are part of the city’s “3D Printing Strategy.”
“The construction of the 3D-printed lab ... reflects our ongoing efforts to achieve the directives of our wise government. The Dubai 3D Printing Strategy is a unique global initiative to use technology for the service of humanity, and promote the status of the UAE and Dubai as a leading hub for 3D printing technology by 2030,” said Al Tayer.
The KT-100 Katana from Rigaku Analytical Devices is said to be the only handheld alloy analyzer certified to strict MIL-STD-810G standards: the industry’s first drop-tested analyzer for metal and alloy identification in industrial environments.
The handheld, laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) analyzer is applicable for metal fabrication, positive material identification in petrochemical plants and scrap metal sorting requiring fast, accurate and robust methods for alloy identification to promote profitability and product quality. The analyzer is designed for use in scrap yards, plant environments and fabrication shops, and features an IP54 rating for use in wet environments.
The KT-100 Katana is designed for on-the-spot metals classification, including aluminum grades, and features QuickID software. The analyzer offers auto surface preparation with its DrillDown feature and features an extended battery life. GPS enables instrument tracking.
Rick Smith, Operations Manager of Sutton Tools (NZ), has been elected as the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) President at the Association’s 137th AGM. Rick takes over the helm from Tom Thomson, who completed his two year term as President, say the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA).
The office holders of the NZMEA are now: President: Rick Smith, Operations Manager, Sutton Tools (NZ) Ltd. Senior Vice President: Trevor Edwards, Managing Director, Superheat Ltd. Junior Vice President: Greg Thompson, Chief Executive, Footscience Intnl Ltd. Immediate Past President: Tom Thomson, Managing Director, EPL.
NZMEA Chief Executive Dieter Adam says, “I would like to express gratitude to Tom Thomson for his two years of service as President of the NZMEA. Tom has shown extraordinary dedication and put a significant amount of time and effort into a range of activities within his term.
“We are pleased to have Rick Smith move into the role of President, and are excited to keep working to represent and advocate for manufacturers and exporters under his leadership." said Dieter.
President Rick Smith said, “I am looking forward to being in the role of President of the NZMEA. The Association has a long history of serving the needs of New Zealand manufacturers. These are challenging times for manufacturers and exporters and we will continue to support our members with representation, training and advice. We are committed to raising the awareness of the importance of manufacturing for New Zealand’s long term future and will continue our role as a voice for manufacturers across the country.”
Past President Tom Thomson said, “I am proud of the progress we have made in the last two years. There have been some improvements for manufacturers and exporters generally, with many reporting better sales and outcomes than in previous years. However, we still face a number of challenges and uncertainties looking forward - I am confident the NZMEA will continue its work to improve conditions for manufacturers and exporters. New Zealand has to create a more productive and high value economy, with a strong manufacturing base providing well paid jobs and export income, to truly raise living standards for Kiwi’s.”
The 2016 National Maintenance Engineering Conference takes place at the Claudelands Event Centre in Hamilton on 9/10 November so it seemed timely to take a look at the origins of the event and how it has developed over the years with Craig Carlyle.
The origins of the NMEC came about after a request by a national meat company, who had engineers all over New Zealand and recognised the regional differences and different engineering solutions and wished to bring engineers together in one spot. Up until that time there were existing engineering conferences but the problem was that all the conferences available were all ‘high-brow’ and really did not relate to the practical guy!
Carlyle says there was a tale about a foreman from provincial New Zealand turning up to a conference in his Swanndri only to find everyone else dressed in suits!
A practical maintenance management conference that the average guy could relate to was required – one with no airs and graces. A rule was immediately adopted – there were to be no ties worn. If you don’t think the rule will be enforced then be aware that when Peter Tennent, a former Mayor of New Plymouth, addressed the conference on one occasion his tie was cut off!
That ethos has remained since those beginnings in 2003. Put away your pretentiousness, sit down and start talking across the table. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are from the conference is an opportunity to sit down and talk and discover common ground.
That, in a nutshell, is the essence of the success of the NMEC.
It has all grown from those original values. There had been other attempts to organise engineers in societal groups– some worked, some didn’t. The Maintenance Engineering Society of New Zealand had a low profile at that stage and Carlyle says he went to a MESNZ meeting to see what the organisation was doing and immediately saw a fit with his own personal goals of sharing his experience with engineers. Carlyle gifted the event to the society and agreed to stay on as Event Director.
Craig’s wife Judy Cranston, well known in music and entertainment circles, co-directed the event from day one, specialising in the social agenda and being mother to everyone. The event quickly generated a collegial feel with attendees making an annual pilgrimage.
The conference itself understands the pressures and responsibilities of an engineer in a workshop trying to solve problems of the world. “Not all problems were engineering problems they could be about line management or other issues. We take a holistic approach and tackle issues such as Health & Safety and Human Relations. One year we had a paper on how to pat employee on the back followed by one on how to fire their butt!” “For most engineers only a small percentage of their time is pure engineering. Our whole goal is to help the engineer with workplace issues. That stands MESNZ aside from others. VANZ for instance, who we have a wonderful relationship with, is focused on purely technical topics.”
In the early years the society ran the conference and other activities such as one day seminars but it was eventually decided to focus all the effort into the NMEC.
“We dropped the seminars but now a decade later we have Network Evenings. They fill that gap and we are totally committed to the Kaeser Compressors Network Evenings. They are fantastic and a secret to their success and also that of the conference is that we understand that the engineering world budgets are tight and engineers need approval to attend. We work hard to keep the costs low and make it easy timewise to attend.”
“There are a number of success stories. Engineers turn up at conference with a look on their face and you watch their faces change as they discover common problems and solutions by talking to each other. They can’t wait to get back to work after they chat and take their learnings back to the workplace.”
Examples of the society meeting the needs of the engineers are reflected in the initiatives introduced over the years. “Deputy dog” pricing where a second representative from the same organisation can attend at a lesser rate means engineers can bring their 2IC’s and share the inspiration. The society has also provides apprentice and student rates.
For many years the conference was held all over New Zealand, North Island, South Island, anywhere and everywhere, with varying results. “As the conference grew, the risk grew and it became a luxury we couldn’t afford. Now you know where you are going every year. We have always had the best response from Waikato, it is central, it suits most and there is a wealth of places for field trips.”
The committee are yet to exhaust entertainment ideas for the conference. “Our entertainment is always slightly different. We don’t like doing things conventionally. We like to test people, have fun, and find a way to mix everyone together. The entertainment is legendary. Every year we wonder how to top the last one. We have had paintball wars, karaoke, we’ve gone out on boats, had Fawlty Towers nights, raced trolleys and chased sheep. What we do is always kept a secret. We try to keep the atmosphere convivial, have a few drinks without going overboard so everyone enjoys the night and is ready to go again the next day. The whole evening is quite an art. The entertainment also helps reinforce new relationships.”
In recent years the attention has been on the move to make the conference bigger and increase the resources to manage that. “We had Chris Thomas on board in the first years and brought him back more recently, while Leanne Powley has been an immense help in recent years. The committee members too are on the front desk, relishing the opportunity to personally meet the attendees. The society takes a long term view of the conference. A good example of this is the conference papers which are now driven by Barry Robinson, Larry Wiechern and Kevin Ingle who are looking at the topics we need to cover. The speaking plans are planned up to 2 years out. The emphasis changed with SKF coming on board as a sponsor. That enabled us to engage international speakers but we don’t want only internationals as we value local input as well. Engineers want to see a common neighbour.”
Longer term goals include reaching out to touch more and more engineers. “A lot of local engineers don’t know we exist. We will also open doors to more international speakers.”
“This year we are budgeting on 60 exhibitors, up from 40. The Exhibition Hall is a big event but we do not want to let that override the conference part. There are one day options, student options, bring a friend options and a lot of interest in the free Public Trade Expo.”
Each year there is a pre-conference field trip (this year Stainless Design are opening their doors to the group). One of the innovations this year is the Conference Training Village running on the day before the conference. This will offer engineers the opportunity to access expert tuition and advice in multiple training rooms in the conference venue. This is an added value to the conference and that is one of the big drives of the Society, to always offer value.
The Conference Training Village is the biggest change this year while the Exhibition Hall is growing while there will be lots of refinements and a very strong speaking schedule.
There is always a lot of interest in the Stuart Tolhurst Apprentice Trophy and Bill Buckley Scholarship Award recipients as well.
The big drive this year is for more attendees so if you are looking for solutions or something you can do better and want to get a sympathetic ear then find a way to wangle your way to NMEC 2016 on 9/10 November. The conference is always a highlight whether you are meeting old friends or finding new ones!
CADPRO Systems, iConstruct, Global Survey, Autodesk, and Sharp invite you to join us for demonstrations of software & hardware showing workflows and insights into the latest BIM tools for Construction.
BIM For Construction - Technology Day
Location : Christchurch & Auckland
Dates : 10th October (Monday) & 12th October 2016 (Wednesday)
Time : 9:00pm - 4:00pm
Reserve your place and remember you can claim CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points for this event.
The Reserve Bank today published a summary of the feedback received in its recent consultation about whether to routinely publish individual responses to public and industry consultations.
Until now, the Reserve Bank has published anonymised summaries of responses alongside any final policy decisions that result from consultation.
After considering feedback on this issue, the Reserve Bank has decided to implement a policy of publishing individual responses to a consultation, when consent to do so is granted by respondents. This new policy takes effect immediately. The Reserve Bank believes this change will enhance the transparency of the policy-making process.
All feedback received during consultations is potentially subject to release if requested under the terms of the Official Information Act 1982 (an OIA request). However, release may be restricted by confidentiality provisions in the three primary Acts that the Reserve Bank administers that require prudential information about an entity regulated by the Reserve Bank to be withheld. Specific consent by respondents may permit some prudential material to be published by the Reserve Bank or released in response to an OIA request.
After purchasing a Haas TM1-P 3-axis CNC Milling Machine, Bruno Pfister contacted CADPRO Systems to find out about a product called Autodesk Fusion 360. His goal was to design and manufacture BMX components in New Zealand for competitive grassroots and professional riders.
This webinar tells his story about the development of cranks and chain rings recently used at the BMX world championship in Columbia.
Webinar Details Date : Wednesday 21st September 2016 Time : 10:30 am - 11:30 am NZST
Scott Moyse MFG & CAM Technical Specialist Autodesk Expert Elite – CADPRO Systems Ltd, NZ
A device that makes it easier to identify and manage concussions in rugby games has won Massey University industrial design graduate Spencer Buchanan top prize in the New Zealand section of the 16th James Dyson Award.
The global product design competition celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers.
Mr Buchanan (pictured), 22 from Warkworth, designed a prototype mouthguard called Nerve with motion sensors worn by rugby players to identify concussion risks after the player has taken a rough knock. He wins $4000 to help commercialise his design concept and an official prize package from the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) tailored to his design’s intellectual property needs, a year’s membership to The Designer’s Institute and a Dyson vacuum cleaner.
His design uses motion sensors to identify possible impact injuries to the head but missed by the human eye. If an athlete wearing the mouth guard takes an impact over a certain threshold, the sensors communicate wirelessly to the team doctor’s iPad or tablet. It then calculates the risk based on an algorithm that measures the impact and where it was located along with the player’s previous concussion history to determine whether the player should return to play.
Mr Buchanan, who suffered several concussions playing rugby and snowboarding, says his design was a good match for his sporting interests and background in design.
“Rugby and concussion is a topical issue that is constantly under the spotlight,” he says.
Medical professionals confirmed at the start of this design process that existing headgear only protects against cuts and abrasions and not concussion. With wearable technology becoming an emerging trend in contact sport, I thought it was a perfect opportunity to combine my industrial design knowledge and look to find a solution to the problem.”
The mouthguard is designed to be custom-made to fit the individual requirements of players and its microelectronics are laminated within the design to prevent any health and safety concerns too.
The judges were unanimous in their decision. Head judge Mike Jensen says Spencer’s design addresses a topical issue for New Zealand sport and culture.
“We must be coming close to a culture change with an older generation of All Blacks linked with dementia.
“What is exciting about Spencer’s design is that it is not one product; he’s developed an entire system encompassing sensors in a fully sealed, non-corrosive mouth guard, a charger unit and an app. These components also reveal his sensitivity to good design, while offering peace of mind to athletes involved in any contact sport, their medical support and their families,” Mr Jensen says.
Other finalists included fellow Massey industrial designers Geoff Desborough who designed a camera attachment called a gimbal for hand-held filming of action sports and Cameron Holder who designed a temporary safe habitat, in the shape of a pool, to rehabilitate wildlife caught up in oil spills. All three designers studied at Massey’s College of Creative Arts. Victoria University graduate and Nelson designer Stuart Baynes was also a finalist with his design of a swimming prosthesis that helps lower leg amputees to walk unaided to the pool, dive in, and swim with symmetry and ease
The New Zealand finalists now progress to the international final to be announced on October 26. It includes prize money of NZ $60,000 for the winner and NZ$10,000 for the winning designer’s university.
Auckland, New Zealand – FUSION®, a worldwide leader in lifestyle entertainment, announced today the introduction of the world’s first purpose-built portable watersports stereo – FUSION STEREOACTIVE. With built-in Bluetooth audio streaming, AM/FM radio with weather-band available in the U.S. and USB audio playback, STEREOACTIVE is packed with features. Engineered in New Zealand, the new compact system is designed for the challenges of life on the water and tuned to deliver crystal clear audio that enhances any activity. Featuring the unique Puck-It mount system, users can easily and securely attach the stereo to any paddleboard, kayak, canoe, boat or even hot tub. To keep valuables safe from the elements, FUSION has also incorporated the ACTIVESAFE which, when combined with STEREOACTIVE, will securely house any smartphone, vehicle keys, bank cards or loose change.
“We approach every new design from the perspective of the customer,” said Graham Brain, Lead Industrial Designer, FUSION Entertainment. “Even after more than 20 years of experience in marine design, STEREOACTIVE was my passion project from day one. With modern design software and manufacturing processes, we are now able to produce a powerful, high-quality stereo system that goes where no one else’s would dare to go. Where others sink, we choose to float.”
Whether standing on a paddleboard or rowing a canoe, STEREOACTIVE is controlled with easy to press, scalloped buttons which are adjustable with the touch of a finger or the tap of a paddle. The high-grade rubber over-molded keypad is engineered to take a paddling. The Puck locking mechanism securely fixes STEREOACTIVE in place, even in the event of capsizing. In the unlikely event that it does become detached from the Puck mount, both STEREOACTIVE and ACTIVESAFE float, keeping the stereo and valuables safe from the depths below.
“We are well established in the marine market for making the highest quality speakers and head units on the water,” said Chris Baird, Managing Director, FUSION Entertainment. “We have now taken marine audio innovation to a place it has never gone before. With STEREOACTIVE paddlers, kayakers and beachgoers can personalize their time with that quality FUSION sound.”
STEREOACTIVE is capable of streaming audio via Bluetooth from any popular music service such as Pandora or Spotify, from a compatible A2DP Bluetooth enabled device or playing music with the built-in AM/FM tuner. The unit also contains a waterproof cavity designed to provide secure housing for a low profile USB for MP3 playback, while keeping the flash drive waterproof and IPx7 safe. Audio playback over USB is available for Apple lightning products and AOA 2.0 Android phones so users can simply plug and play. Engineered to distribute quality audio for a more personalized listing experience, the 2.5” custom designed directional speakers matched with the passive radiator and Class D amplifier has been designed to deliver audio efficiently and powerfully through the 40 Watt speaker system. A flat mounting surface has been positioned perfectly to allow for the mounting of a Garmin Virb or other third party action camera. With a long-life battery, STEREOACTIVE will keep music playing for up to 20 hours and the type-A USB port also provides playback and charging for Apple iPhone lightening connector products and Android AOA devices.
Users also have complete control of volume, track and source adjustment directly from a compatible Garmin smartwatch – another innovation that shows FUSION’s commitment to enhancing its customers’ on water entertainment experience.
FUSION, the leader in lifestyle entertainment, is dedicated to offering innovative solutions that enhance personal leisure time, whether on the water or on the road. FUSION, backed by GARMIN, builds products that exceed regulatory standards using the latest technologies at GARMINS’s international ISO accredited manufacturing facility.
For more information on STEREOACTIVE, ACTIVESAFE, the Puck-It mounting system, FUSION or its entire line of audio products, please contact 623-580-9000 or visit their website.
The Engineer reports that a group proposing the UK’s first new university in 30 years believes it’s time for a revolution in the way we teach engineering.
The engineering skills problem isn’t going away. Despite the efforts of various outreach programmes, publicity campaigns and government initiatives, the number of businesses complaining about the quality and quantity of engineering graduates remains stubbornly high.
While the number of engineering students has grown in line with the wider take-up of higher education, the latest skills survey from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) found around 40 per cent of engineering firms struggle to recruit graduate engineers, with 54 per cent saying graduate skill levels did not meet reasonable expectations.
So is it time for a revolution in the way we teach engineering in the UK? A group proposing to build the UK’s first new university in 30 years believes so and plans to initiate just that. Called the New Model in Technology & Engineering (NMITE), the private university aims to create a supply of work-ready engineers to support local engineering firms in its planned home in Herefordshire from 2017.
I initially wrote this article in 2013, it’s scary how the time can creep up on you, especially when you are past the official retirement and are planning to sell your business. So what’s different and how am I addressing this challenge. A few thoughts to consider.
If you are in business and are nearing retirement did you, • Buy your business with the plan to build it and then to sell it? • Or did you buy it to keep it and for a better life style? • Or have you brought it and now only have a JOB = Just On broke • Or are you thinking of retiring or in the age group that is nearing retirement?
If you are, then I suggest you read the following as there are a number of considerations you may need to think about for the sale of your business.
Statistic show that there could be as many as 10 -15000 or more baby boomer businesses due to hit the market in the next few years. Unfortunately, many of these will run smack into what he terms the “baby boomer bulge” where there will be many businesses for sale in competition with them. You only have to visit a business sales magazine to see the coffee shops and trade companies for sale.
A point of concern is that many husband and wife teams who have worked in their business for 20-30 plus years in preparation for retirement. Many may have a greater expectation of value of their business than what may actually be realized. Too many people wait until they have to sell, rather than exiting their business when they want to. If you fall into this demographic, are you prepared or are you waiting for the day when you want to sell and hope for the best, unfortunately it may be too late.
If this triggers a call to action before it is too late then what is needed it to take stock of what you have. The effectiveness of any business is not just about the annual balance sheet, although this will be one of the contributing factors in your business sale. The assets of your business are also the risk management processes, its documented business systems, its people, sales processes, clients, and its intellectual property, never discount these as intangible assets. Another key consideration is the ability for future growth of the business for a potential buyer. A switched on experienced business advisor will be able to assist you with this. Be prepared to swallow your pride and don’t take offence at the awkward questions, be very honest as it’s an important if you want to capitalize on all your years of hard work and sacrifice, you are not alone in this.
A word of warning. Don’t get hooked up with the warm fuzzy speak of a business advisor or business sales broker.
Why do I know this, we are now going through the very same process and have bitten the bullet to make what we have worked for 25 years work for us and for our future.
Our plan of action
Our first commitment was to set a goal with a year and a date for five years out. 2nd August 2017. This now happening sooner than expected as the timing is right. (Those who aim at nothing in life, will always hit the target with amazing accuracy)
For an understanding of the sales process, we researched and identified a checklist of what were the specific requirements for buying a business from the purchaser’s point of view. This process is an eye opener but well worth the effort as it can take you from to a closed mind or a demotivated position to a position of “here are the facts, so let’s get up and go for it”. A challenge you will encounter during this process is that you and your wife or partner were only accountable to each other, if agreed actions slipped they were often forgotten about. The answer, contract another party to sell your business for you
WHY: One of the biggest mistakes you can make when selling your business is to try to sell it yourself. You have to step out of this process as you are too emotionally involved. Be prepared to pay a commission but as long as you have the right person. We have invested in such a competent and experienced person who has “been there and done that” and also involved our accountant in a complete review of our position. Already, this is paying dividends with a greater piece of mind and potentially receiving a greater return on the sale than anticipated. Its early days but I can assure you that the horizon is looking brighter using a competent third party in this sales process.
Entering a third age So you have sold your business now what, mow the lawns, paint the house, hit the road and live the good life, these are one of the many questions you will have to consider. But what about the other investment that you may not have considered? The bank of accumulated life, trade or professional knowledge that is just sitting there to be reused. Have you ever considered that you may be entering your third age where you can capitalize on this and help others to succeed instead of retiring completely and to wait meet your maker? We may be grey, we may be silver but as they say, you are only as old as you feel. Age is only a number and the difference is the attitude what lays between ones ears. Health is a big factor and this may be an inhibitor for some things but there are other options. What we baby boomers have and banked over the years without realizing it, is all that experience and wisdom, now are you ready to spend it?
So how will you spend it, that’s the challenge when you should also be considering when you get ready to sell your business?
From the MSCNewsWire reporters desk by Gordon Anderson - Friday 2 September 2016
It seems like 3D printing has taken root at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Just last month, the university’s archeological faculty announced its intentions to 3D print educational models of 3,000-year-old artefacts. Now, its biological sciences department is planning to use 3D printing to fight deforestation, with associate professor David Lueng having just been awarded a government grant to explore the development of synthetic wood through the 3D bioprinting of live plant cells. The research project aims to provide the wood industry with a sustainable alternative.
Given the global problem of deforestation, creating viable 3D printed wood would be a huge achievement. Nearly half of all original forests have already been cut down, and the global trend is not slowing down. According to some estimates, up to 13 million hectares of forest is lost every year–the equivalent of 36 football fields per minute. Deforestation is also known as a very important contributor to global carbon emissions, so all wood alternatives are very welcome.
Professor Leung might have a solution: 3D bioprinting artificial wood that can be harvested to provide a customizable alternative to the real thing. The New Zealand government believes that the plant physiology expert could be onto something, and has provided him with a NZ$255,000 grant over a three year period. If successful, he could provide the New Zealand manufacturing sector with a new, sustainable biomaterial.
A lot more is happening over in New Zealand, as Leung’s initiative was just one of 10 ambitious seed projects that received grants from the NZ$826,000 fund of the Science for Technological Innovation (SfTI) National Science Challenge (2016). The ten selected projects were recently announced by Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce.
Professor Leung himself is also a biotechnology expert, and his project (entitled ‘Enabling sustainable economic development with advanced additive manufacturing of wood’) is seen as having a lot of economic potential. “Although challenging, there is potential to use live cells as an advanced manufacturing material in a yet-to-be invented, new industry,” Leung said. In this application, 3D printing would become an industrial, mass-production tool.
The viability of Leung's method has already been demonstrated during a test with live green algal cells, but the associate professor is confident that the project can go further: “It is possible that other types of plant cells, such as the wood-forming cells of eucalyptus trees, could be used as bio-printing materials," Leung explained. "Hence, it is a potential, socially acceptable opportunity for sustainable economic development derived from native forests."
In particular, Leung is currently looking at live eucalyptus tree cells: “They will be physiologically primed in a 3D structure in the biotech lab at the University of Canterbury, without any genetic modification, to be capable of responding to the appropriate triggers for transformation into a principal wood cell called a tracheid,” he said. “The changes in the cells will be studied in relation to the characteristic morphological features and chemical properties of tracheids using various microscopic, histochemical staining and fluorescence techniques.”
If successful, this study could make a huge contribution to the fight against deforestation while simultaneously promoting and pushing other 3D bioprinting initiatives and even enabling the widespread implementation of 3D bioprinting on a larger scale. It’s clear that we’ll have to keep an eye on the University of Canterbury.
Here is an item posted last month by Neil Markam a member of CADPRO's support team for Inventor users. Have you ever wondered how to create a dimension to the imaginary point at which two drawing lines would meet? Sometimes you need to draw a dimension starting or finishing at the intersection between two projected surfaces each side of a sheet metal bend. Inventor’s drawing environment includes a great tool to achieve...
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho-based company Continuous Composites has introduced a novel process, known as Continuous Scaled Manufacturing (CSM), that some believe could revolutionize 3D printing. CSM allows Continuous Composites to rapidly 3D print and cure multiple materials at once to form complete, functional parts in real time.
So far, the company has worked with carbon fiber, Kevlar, fiberglass, fiber optics, and continuous copper wire materials using a 3D printing setup with up to 16 different material extruders. According to Continuous Composites founder and inventor Ken Tyler, the combination of continuous fibers and ultraviolet curing is what makes the technology capable of reaching speeds unheard of in 3D printing.
As the continuous curing takes place, the machine reaches speeds of up to 1200 inches per minute – creating freeform and functional components, complete with circuits and wires.
“By combining continuous fibers and rapidly cured proprietary thermoset resins, users are able to print exponentially faster than current industry capabilities,” said Tyler. “In addition, a greater throughput of material results in an overall cubic volume output unrivaled by the traditional appliance approach of 3D printing.”
In addition to speed, Tyler said another benefit of CSM is how little energy the curing process takes.
“This is crucial for applications where power constraints exist,” Tyler said. “Our process also has the ability to integrate fiber optics for real-time analysis of a printed structure as well as printing flexible circuits capable of handling high current and high temperatures, reaching upwards of 300 C.”
Tyler envisions the technology drawing interest from nearly every market that relies on composites.
“Currently we are focused on aerospace and defense markets, as these industries are forward thinking with a lot of resources for R&D,” he said. “Automotive, recreational, marine, medical and construction are other large industries we see our technology having a large impact.”
Youth organisation, Zeal, has designed and built their very own ‘Event Box’ – an all-in-one mobile, customizable stage system which impressively unfolds from a 10 tonne truck. Taking as little as 45 minutes to set up, the Event Box promises to be a quicker and cheaper option to traditional stage set-ups, whilst also generating funds for a charity helping New Zealand’s youth.
The idea behind the Event Box started back in February 2015. Originally looking at converting containers, the team moved on to the idea of a truck due to constraints on mobility and stage height. Zeal has completed the project with the intent to create a social enterprise which is fully self-sustainable.
The benefits for those renting the Event Box are great, according to Nate Telford, who has headed up the project: “The Zeal Event Box takes the stress and hassle of dealing with multiple suppliers out of the equation. It is an all-inclusive solution for your event’s needs.”
As well as being much quicker to set up, the cost of renting the Event Box compared to a traditional set up is substantially lower. The basic set up mode costs as little as $2500, at least 25% cheaper than similar options on the market, according to Telford.
Although the project will provide a revenue stream for Zeal’s charitable work, the purpose of the Event Box is bigger for Zeal. “The Zeal Event Box is part of Zeal's social enterprise department that seeks to offer young people creative avenues for employment. The goal is to launch young people into the events industry, giving them hands on experience at an industry level from day one”, explains Telford.
The Zeal Event Box has been used for Wellington’s Homegrown Music Festival, Cuba Dupa and Kapiti Youth Festival as well as Zeal’s own youth events – and the team are planning for a busy summer following considerable interest both locally and nationally.
This project also ties in with Zeal’s plans for the future, with the organisation looking to build more versatile and moveable infrastructure so they can move and flex with the changes in youth culture and the wider events scene.
There are common features on this multi-tool that can be seen on other products out there, but they way they are implemented makes The Claw unique.
The hex ratchet section of the multi-tool allows you to operate the tool like a ratchet, without the mechanism seen in ratchet wrenches. Stepped faces on the hex ratchet also keeps you from hassling with correct sizing issues, seen on many other multi-tools.
One of the most appealing things to us, at least, is that it is made from solid steel. That means there are no joints to wear out, and it will keep working, as long as you don’t lose it.
How connected products are changing the landscape for manufacturers and why it's going to be critical to your success. This is just one of the topics that will be presented at the CADPRO Systems organised Autodesk Manufacturing Event being held in Auckland next Wednesday the 24th of August and Christchurch the following day.
The era of connection is upon us. Already consumers expect to be connected to their products whenever they want and wherever they are. And over the next decade the expectation is that the number of connected devices is going to significantly increase, enabling companies to provide unique customer experiences, incorporate agile design and implement predictive maintenance.
Together we'll look at how we, as an industry, need to look at the next generation of products we design and services we offer as a means of growing company revenue and possibly implementing Products as a Service.
This session will be very practical looking at genuine applications for manufacturers. Join presenter Matthew McKnight, Autodesk Australia at next week’s events in Auckland or Christchurch.
Graphic Packaging International (GPI) has launched a new laminated carton board pack to improve shelf life and presentation.
Meat, fish and poultry retailers can now access a laminated carton board pack that provides a unique combination of longer shelf life and dramatic presentation, thanks to
The SlimFresh pack was developed jointly by GPI and tray sealing machinery specialist G. Mondini.
SlimFresh is a high performance pack that utilises two high barrier shrink films around the meat, fish or poultry product to create a vacuum pack that has a second skin appearance.
GPI said the pack provides excellent oxygen barrier properties, an easy open feature for increased convenience and allows vertical display of the pack, and is designed to enhance food safety through leak proof packaging, which locks in juices.
The packs are suitable for both chilled and frozen products.
The SlimFresh product has also been proactively tested by a panel of nine consumers to gain their valuable opinions. During discussions the consumers described the pack as having great product and information visibility, being simple to use, and they associated the product with high end premium ranges.
Nikki Clark, marketing manager, convenience and consumer products, GPI, pointed out that WRAP figures show that 15 million tonnes of food was wasted in the UK in 2014.
“At GPI, we believe the right packaging solution can increase the time a product retains its freshness and attractiveness when on the shop shelf. SlimFresh is a vacuum pack that can ensure food remains fresher for longer.”
Hyperloop One tells TechCrunch it might be building its crazy fast transportation system at the Jebel Ali port in Dubai if all goes according to plan.
And it could be the first place to build an actual Hyperloop for commercial use, says CEO Rob Lloyd. “It’s got the infrastructure, regulatory movement and kind of capital in place needed to build it already,” he told TechCrunch.
The startup will conduct an economic and feasibility study in partnership with the third largest supply chain and terminals operator on the planet DP World, which operates its flagship port out of Jebel Ali in Dubai, to determine if it makes sense to build there and what advancements the Hyperloop might bring to the region and shipping on a global scale.
The Hyperloop, once just a twinkle in the mind of Elon Musk, is said to eventually go more than 700 miles per hour, or faster than a speeding plane, and have the ability to transport both humans and cargo all around the world in less than a day. Hyperloop One, one of two main companies working on making Musk’s blueprint a reality, has already started testing the tech in the Nevada desert with what it believes to be positive results.
Leadership in the United Arab Emirates and the CEO of DP World, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, no doubt, would like to be a part of that fast-moving train should everything work out and are looking at where the tracks might go should the Hyperloop prove itself capable.
DP World believes it could possibly use a submerged, floating Hyperloop to redirect its cargo and free up some space on the land, should the feasibility study pan out as well. The company just spent billions on Terminals 4 and 5 and will need to move cargo fast as it continues to grow – something Hyperloop One could potentially help them do.
But this isn’t the first global partnership for the startup. HO is also conducting feasibility studies in Russia, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland and in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, California and has chatted with TechCrunch about a similar submerged floating Hyperloop off of the Pacific Coast that could load and unload cargo for shipping as well.
New Zealand has given further details of a new fleet tanker that it is acquiring from South Korea besides replenishment of naval vessels, the platform can also be deployed on HADR missions
The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) has given further specifications of a new fleet tanker that it is acquiring from South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).
The New Zealand government announced in July 2016 that it has approved the vessel's acquisition for NZD493 million (USD353 million). The platform will replace the RNZN's only replenishment tanker, HMNZS Endeavour (A 11), which has been in service since April 1988.
The new tanker will displace 24,000 tonnes, and has a length of 166 m, an overall beam of 24.5 m, and a design draught of 8.5 m. The ship will feature an 'axe bow' design for fuel efficiency, and has a top speed of 16 kt. It will be equipped with two NATO-compliant replenishment at sea (RAS) masts, one each on the port and starboard sides.
The platform will have liquid cargo capacity for 8,000 tonnes of diesel fuel, 1,550 tonnes of aviation fuel, and 250 tonnes of fresh water. The ship can also carry up to 12 standard 20 ft containers, four of which can contain dangerous goods such as ammunition, and will be equipped with a winterised crane that can lift up to 25 tonnes.
With a hangar and flight deck, the vessel can accommodate and sustain one NH90 helicopter, and features accommodation for 98 including 64 core crew members of the ship. The tanker will carry two rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) for visit, board, and seizure missions.
For self-defence, the vessel has been designed to be armed with two mini-Typhoon remote-controlled weapon stations (one each on the port and starboard sides) and one Phalanx close-in weapon system (CIWS) turret on its bow.
The small town of Leigh, New Zealand may only have a population of 750, but it's showing the world how to do humane, sustainable fishing right.
Starting Wednesday 10 August 2016 the industry-leading supermarket Whole Foods ran a week-long sale of the iconic New Zealand Snapper (aka Tai Snapper) across the U.S.
These NZ Snapper are unique as they represent both responsible and personalized advancements in fishing practices.
Everyone in Leigh has a relative who works in some capacity for the company. From the forty independent fishing boats to the thirty factory employees, everyone takes great pride in sustaining the quality of the fish to ensure it stands up to the "Lee" brand.
These small artisanal fishing boats brave harsh New Zealand winter waters for 12-24 hours at a time to catch these fish using the longline method, where a single line with baited hooks is used to selectively pick the fish. This sustainable fishing method is also a preferred alternative to putting out a net or trawl due to the substantial difference in the quality of the fish.
Then the Japanese Iki-Jime method is applied which humanely kills the fish instantly preserving the freshness and taste. Practiced on a small scale, Ike-Jime is usually only performed to meet the demands of high-end sushi markets in Japan. It's rare for U.S. consumers to be able to buy fish that is truly sashimi-grade and of a quality suitable for the most discriminating chef.
NZ Snapper meets Whole Foods' sustainable standards under both Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Safina Center as an inshore fish which is managed under the world leading New Zealand quota management system.
Shoppers across the U.S. can feel comforted knowing they are supporting this small sustainable fishing community from the other side of the world – while enjoying one of the best tasting fish around.
ABOUT LEE FISH USA
Lee Fish USA is America's leading importer of the finest fresh seafood from around the globe with emphasis on Australia and New Zealand. Adapting a philosophy of respect which encompasses a deep regard for the sea and the environment, Lee Fish USA also imports from Spain, Italy, Tahiti, Japan and Malaysia.
Statement by Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler:
The Reserve Bank today reduced the Official Cash Rate (OCR) by 25 basis points to 2.0 percent.
Global growth is below trend despite being supported by unprecedented levels of monetary stimulus. Significant surplus capacity remains across many economies and, along with low commodity prices, is suppressing global inflation. Some central banks have eased policy further since the June Monetary Policy Statement, and long-term interest rates are at record lows. The prospects for global growth and commodity prices remain uncertain. Political risks are also heightened.
Weak global conditions and low interest rates relative to New Zealand are placing upward pressure on the New Zealand dollar exchange rate. The trade-weighted exchange rate is significantly higher than assumed in the June Statement. The high exchange rate is adding further pressure to the export and import-competing sectors and, together with low global inflation, is causing negative inflation in the tradables sector. This makes it difficult for the Bank to meet its inflation objective. A decline in the exchange rate is needed.
Domestic growth is expected to remain supported by strong inward migration, construction activity, tourism, and accommodative monetary policy. However, low dairy prices are depressing incomes in the dairy sector and reducing farm spending and investment. High net immigration is supporting strong growth in labour supply and limiting wage pressure.
House price inflation remains excessive and has become more broad-based across the regions, adding to concerns about financial stability. The Bank is consulting on stronger macro-prudential measures that should help to mitigate financial system risks arising from the rapid escalation in house prices.
Headline inflation is being held below the target band by continuing negative tradables inflation. Annual CPI inflation is expected to weaken in the September quarter, reflecting lower fuel prices and cuts in ACC levies. Annual inflation is expected to rise from the December quarter, reflecting the policy stimulus to date, the strength of the domestic economy, reduced drag from tradables inflation, and rising non-tradables inflation. Although long-term inflation expectations are well-anchored at 2 percent, the sustained weakness in headline inflation risks further declines in inflation expectations.
Monetary policy will continue to be accommodative. Our current projections and assumptions indicate that further policy easing will be required to ensure that future inflation settles near the middle of the target range. We will continue to watch closely the emerging economic data.
View the Monetary Policy Statement: http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/monetary-policy/monetary-policy-statement Watch the Monetary Policy Statement media conference live-stream at NZT10am: http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/research-and-publications/webcasts
The decoration solutions supplier expands its technology offerings and boosts its design competencies through this purchase
Leonhard Kurz, an international manufacturer of decorative and functional coatings, has acquired the design-oriented production company Burg Design from Spanish automotive supplier Grupo Antolin, in order to extend its design and decoration capabilities for its global customer base.
Burg Design, which has over 200 employees at its Steyr and Haidershofen locations in Austria, was founded in 1977 and is a globally active specialist in the design and production of high-quality, large-format silk screen printed items. Burg’s design solutions are employed, for example, in the automotive, furniture, sporting and white goods industries.
This addition enables Kurz to broaden its range of design technologies, thereby offering its customers even more comprehensive solutions for optimally meeting the demand for visually refined and customizable surface designs. Kurz and Burg have already successfully collaborated on a number of customer projects in the past, and while doing so tailored the technologies of both companies to one another and combined them synergistically.
“It gives us great pleasure to welcome Burg Design as a new member of our company group, and we look forward to working together with a business that is involved in such an exciting market segment,” says Rainer Süßmann, Manager, Sales & Marketing Automotive at Kurz. “Thanks to synergy capability in design and technology, we are able to open up new design possibilities for our global customer base. The highly professional and competent team at Burg will assist us substantially in expanding our business segments.”
Süßmann also regards Burg Design as a perfect addition content-wise: “While Kurz is more active in the area of the high-volume sales models of large-scale global manufacturers, Burg mainly supplies customers like Porsche, BMW, Audi, Mercedes and other manufacturers in the customized and premium segments, and does so internationally. We will therefore complement each other very well,” explains Süßmann.
Former Prime Minister and Victoria University of Wellington Distinguished Fellow Sir Geoffrey Palmer is calling for a modern written constitution in New Zealand to boost public confidence in government.
Sir Geoffrey and constitutional expert Dr Andrew Butler have been working on a proposed new constitution and will soon publish a book, A Constitution for Aotearoa New Zealand, setting out their ideas and seeking public comment on them.
New Zealand’s Constitution should be modernised to make it more easily accessible, says Sir Geoffrey.
“We aim to provide a model and stimulate the debate. We believe this country needs a modern constitution that is easy to understand, reflects New Zealand’s identity, enhances public confidence in government, and better protects rights and liberties.”
A constitution outlines the fundamental rules regarding the powers of government, how government institutions are structured and interact, as well as protections for human rights.
Compared with overseas constitutions, New Zealand’s Constitution was highly unusual in that it was made up of “a hodge-podge of rules”, was not located in one place and was very hard to find, said Sir Geoffrey.
Parts of what could be considered the current constitution were located in 45 Acts of Parliament, 12 international treaties, nine areas of common law, eight constitutional conventions, several executive orders and other legal instruments.
Trying to understand the current New Zealand Constitution was difficult and frustrating, says Sir Geoffrey. “It is unsurprising then that New Zealanders speak little of their Constitution and think about it even less.”
However, he believes the public will engage strongly once they have specific proposals to consider and its importance becomes clear.
“We believe the recent flag debate showed there was an appetite for discussion and movement on the constitution. A constitution goes to the heart of the matter about who we are and what we believe in.”
Sir Geoffrey and Dr Butler today launched a new website on the subject at http://constitutionaotearoa.org.nz/. More specific detail about the proposals will be revealed on the site after Victoria University Press publishes the book at the end of September and the public will then be invited to make submissions to the authors.
"Public participation and involvement is a core aim of our project," says Dr Butler. "We are convinced that people should have a sense of ownership of their constitution. So we want to hear from the public before finalising our own ideas."
There could be some significant changes. For example, the authors propose a new Constitution that would replace the idea of the Crown with a legal entity of the State. This could mean the end of the monarchy in New Zealand.
“However, it is possible to retain the monarchy and create the State,” Sir Geoffrey says. "In the book, we will be making the case for the substitution of a New Zealander as Head of State, but whether the Queen remains Head of that State would be up to New Zealanders. We simply want to show that it can be done, and can be done in a way that involves a minimum of fuss.”
In the meantime New Zealand’s present Constitution was incomplete and far too flexible, says Sir Geoffrey. Unlike most other countries, nearly all of New Zealand's constitutional rules can be altered very easily by Parliament. Important features, such as the Bill of Rights, can be changed or removed with no consultation and no popular mandate.
“In our view, government should be conducted under the law. That law should apply to everyone, including Parliament. People have rights and they should be provided in a constitution that is supreme law and binds the Parliament.”
New Zealand would be more successful and better governed if there was constitutional change, says Sir Geoffrey.
“The changes we will put forward we believe are a necessary part of preserving democratic freedom in New Zealand, and of protecting the fundamental principles which anchor public power and strengthen government accountability. We want to find out if New Zealanders agree.”
The latest New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) Survey of Business Conditions completed during July 2016, shows total sales in June 2016 decreased 0.43% (year on year export sales decreased by 0.53% with domestic sales decreasing by 0.17%) on June 2015.
For results table and historical series, click here.
In the 3 months to June, export sales decreased an average of 1.5%, and domestic sales increased 5.5%. The NZMEA survey sample this month covered NZ$305m in annualised sales, with an export content of 70%. Net confidence fell to 20, down from 33 in May.
The current performance index (a combination of profitability and cash flow) is at 99, down from 102 last month, the change index (capacity utilisation, staff levels, orders and inventories) was at 99, down from 101 in the last survey, and the forecast index (investment, sales, profitability and staff) is at 105.33, up on the last result of 104. Anything over 100 indicates expansion.
Constraints reported were 53% markets, 33% production capacity and 13% skilled staff. A net 20% of respondents reported productivity increases for June. Staff numbers for June increased 0.17% year on year.
Supervisors, tradespersons and, managers, professional/scientists reported a moderate shortage and operators/labourers reported a minor shortage.
“Year on year export sales experienced a slight fall, after a modest increase in May, leading to an average monthly fall of 1.5% in the last 3 months. Domestic sales are flat in June, though significantly lower than the nearly 14% year on year increase last month that led growth for manufacturers. These results gave a monthly average growth of 5.5% for domestic sales in the last 3 months.” Said Dieter Adam.
“The index and sentiment measures this month show some falls on last month, with the confidence measure down from 33 to 20, and both the performance and change index moving into contraction. However, in contrast to this, the forecast index moved even higher than last month, staying in expansion. Despite current pressure on sales and sentiment, manufacturers still have a positive expectation of the future – hopefully this eventuates into stronger sales results throughout the rest of 2016.
“Production capacity is becoming more of an issue for manufacturers, with the constraint reaching the highest level since February 2015. The market constraint increased on last month – the currency remains overvalued and well above expectations.
“It was great to see the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) propose more lending limits in the housing market to promote financial stability against building private debt, and the Auckland Unitary Plan appears to be a solid step forward needed to increase the supply of housing. We hope this gives the RBNZ the confidence to follow through on their talk and start to move our exchange rate on the much needed downward correcting trend.
“There were also a number of comments regarding challenges competing with low cost, low quality imports into New Zealand, which may be adding to pressure on domestic sales. As we have seen in the steel industry, this is an area which needs to be watched to ensure Kiwi consumers are protected and manufacturers are operating in a fair environment.“ said Dieter.
A bus that straddles traffic has made its first journey in the Chinese city of Qinhuangdao
The Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) made its first ever test journey earlier this week. It is designed to help combat gridlock on the congested roads in China's major cities by carrying passengers over the tops of cars.
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has today welcomed figures that show a greater proportion of domestic degree-level students are enrolling in qualifications in STEM-related subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths).
A report released today, What are they doing? The field of study of domestic students/learners analyses the fields of study of domestic students in the New Zealand tertiary education system over the past eight years.
“The report shows there are more people enrolling and studying in qualifications for in-demand occupations that help strengthen and diversify New Zealand’s economy,” Mr Joyce says. “The Tertiary Education Strategy 2014-2019 set a target to prioritise getting industries the skills they need, this shows the tertiary sector is delivering.”
Last year students enrolled in engineering and related technologies at bachelors level or higher reached an all-time high of over 11,500, an increase of more than 3,500 or 44 per cent from 2008. In 2015, engineering students represented 6.5 per cent of all students studying at that level, up from 4.9 per cent in 2008.
The number of students enrolled in information technology at bachelors level or higher last year has increased by 33 per cent since 2008 to reach 11,360. This represented 6.4 per cent of students studying at that level in 2015, up from 5.3 per cent in 2008.
Health studies at bachelors level and above also increased, from 15 per cent of enrolments in 2008, to 18 per cent in 2015. There were 32,700 students studying in health disciplines in 2015.
“It’s great to see so many students engaged in areas where they’re likely to head into a solid, well-paying career where demand is high and likely to continue to grow.”
“We have re-balanced tuition subsidies to more accurately reflect the costs of provision, and that has encouraged universities to invest in growing places in some of these more expensive subject areas. On top of that, better and more accurate careers information is encouraging young people to choose these subjects.
Below bachelors degree level, there was an increase in the number of enrolments in the field of architecture and building. Between 2011 and 2015, the number of domestic students enrolled in Level 3 to 7 certificates/diplomas increased by 25 per cent to reach over 25,500. At Level 1 and 2, there was an increase of 59 per cent in enrolments in mixed field programmes, between 2011 and 2015.
“At the vocational level, the numbers reflect the emphasis we are placing on growing construction and infrastructure to meet the needs of New Zealand’s record building boom. At foundation Levels 1 and 2, the subject trends are responding to our deliberate focus on building literacy/numeracy and foundation skills, especially within the Youth Guarantee fees-free programme and second-chance learners.
“We need these trends to continue so we better match New Zealanders’ skill mix with the emerging needs of our industries.”
What are they doing? The field of study of domestic students/learners 2008-2015 is available at http://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/80898/what-are-they-doing
More analysis of people enrolled at tertiary education providers can be found here http://www.educationcounts.govt.nz/publications/80898/profile-and-trends...
A team of engineers at Washington University in St. Louis has found a way to use graphene oxide sheets to transform dirty water into drinking water, a discovery it says could be a global game-changer.
Srikanth Singamaneni, associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at the School of Engineering & Applied Science, said: “We hope that for countries where there is ample sunlight, such as India, you'll be able to take dirty water, evaporate it using our material, and collect fresh water.”
The new approach combines bacteria-produced cellulose and graphene oxide to form a bi-layered biofoam.
“The process is extremely simple,” Singamaneni said. “The nanoscale cellulose fibre network produced by bacteria has the ability to move the water from the bulk to the evaporative surface while minimising the heat coming down.
“The design of the material is novel here,” Singamaneni said. “You have a bi-layered structure with light-absorbing graphene oxide filled nanocellulose at the top and pristine nanocellulose at the bottom. When you suspend this entire thing on water, the water is actually able to reach the top surface where evaporation happens.
“Light radiates on top of it, and it converts into heat because of the graphene oxide - but the heat dissipation to the bulk water underneath is minimised by the pristine nanocellulose layer. You don't want to waste the heat; you want to confine the heat to the top layer where the evaporation is actually happening.”
The cellulose at the bottom of the bi-layered biofoam acts as a sponge, drawing water up to the graphene oxide where rapid evaporation occurs. The resulting fresh water can easily be collected from the top of the sheet.
In the same way an oyster makes a pearl, the bacteria forms layers of nanocellulose fibres in which the graphene oxide flakes get embedded.
“While we are culturing the bacteria for the cellulose, we added the graphene oxide flakes into the medium itself,” said Qisheng Jiang, graduate student in the Singamaneni lab. “The graphene oxide becomes embedded as the bacteria produces the cellulose. At a certain point along the process, we stop, remove the medium with the graphene oxide and reintroduce fresh medium. That produces the next layer of our foam.”
The new biofoam is said to be strong, light, mechanically robust and inexpensive to make, making it a viable tool for water purification and desalination.
“Cellulose can be produced on a massive scale,” Singamaneni said. “And graphene oxide is extremely cheap. Both materials going into this are highly scalable. So one can imagine making huge sheets of the biofoam.”
The team says it will be exploring other applications for these novel structures in future.
From August keep an eye out for the hard-working Homersham reps out in their new vehicles. It's all part of the reduce, recycle, re-use ethos being practised at homershams.
After another great year, the Management team decided to both upgrade the vehicles and to go with a greener solution. Hence our reps will now be driving Hybrid Vehicles.
The hybrid engine, in this case the Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) in the Camry Hybrid, is a fascinating technology and we felt it might be of interest to our customers/readers, to give a technical overview, as the instrumentation is quite wonderful.
We also wanted to ‘celebrate’ the small Eco choices we’re trying to make to encourage others. They’re small efforts, but as the mantra goes, “Think globally”, act locally” therefore we are endeavoring to Reduce, Recycle and Re-use".
Recycling our used dry-cell batteries (previously we were simply binning them)
Recycling our used toner cartridges (previously we were simply binning them)
Replacement of ink-jet printers with Laser (thanks Ricoh!) for less consumables
Responsible disposal of chemicals through respectable agents (prevention of environmental contamination)
Recycling all our scrap metals
New energy-star, high efficiency heat-pumps in our showroom and lab for reduced energy use (thanks HPAC!)
Dr Greg Walker, Senior Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Otago, has received a $25,000 grant from the KiwiNet Emerging Innovator Fund to aid his mission to protect our crops from pests without using harmful chemicals. The grant, awarded to help early career scientists with a clever new idea work closely with business to take it to market, is one of ten made possible by a donation from the Norman F. B. Barry Foundation.
Inspired by nature, Dr Walker has developed a spider web-like system for the protection of plants and crops against pests using his pharmaceutical knowledge. "Electro spun nano-webs are sprayed or draped over the plants like a spider web, but on a smaller scale. We're mimicking nature as the nano-webs, similar to spider webs, are not water soluble and are resistant to environmental conditions like rain and wind. In this way we can prolong the time the active agent, in this case the biocontrol, is on the plant to provide protection," he says.
The nature inspired system provides an environmentally friendly way to protect crops from pests without the need for harmful chemicals. The nano-webs, food grade polymers that are not harmful if eaten by humans, also carry bio-active compounds that are harmful to pests.
Dr Walker's mission is to now commercialise the technology. "I'm very excited as the grant will allow me to build a mobile prototype electrospinning device. This will enable us to carry out tests in the field and demonstrate the technology to potential horticulture and cropping industry players and bioactive suppliers. It will also allow us to perfect the bioactive formulations."
Jason Culbert, Head Grower at NZ Hothouse says, "We are constantly trying to find ways to combat pests. Greg's development program has the potential to provide a natural and effective way of doing this and it is of great interest to us."
According to Walker, the technology has the potential to offer several important advantages over conventional agricultural spray systems. "The nano-webs contain the bioactive compound which means the compound stays in contact with the plant longer, improving its effectiveness and reducing the effects of the weather. There is also no undesirable spray drift and run-off and because the nano-web is visible there is less chance of overspray, reducing costs to growers."
Gavin Clark, Director of the Research and Enterprise Office at the University of Otago says, "Greg has established a group dedicated to developing electrospinning as a way to deliver bioactives and is skilled in controlled release formulation science, including previous industry experience developing wound healing formulations. He's an ideal candidate for funding as he recognises the importance of working with industry partners and end-users in order to shape his product at an early stage.
"His technology also addresses a large market, New Zealand's horticulture sectors earns revenues in excess of $3.6B pa and all growers apply multiple sprays per crop, per year. If the technology proves successful it opens up other application areas such as biosecurity control where the web can deliver pheromones to trap unwanted incursions, pollution control by immobilising fertilisers, and for use in nurseries to encapsulate important microbes in the soil."
The Emerging Innovator Fund is intended to nurture innovative new ideas from scientists and support early stage prototype development. Available to early career researchers based at universities and Crown Research Institutes across New Zealand, the fund is designed to boost research with a community application at a critical time. It also enables researchers to partner with a business and refine their project for market.
Dr Bram Smith, General Manager of KiwiNet says, "The Fund was established thanks to generous financial support from the Norman F. B. Barry Foundation. MinterEllisonRuddWatts also played a critical part in pulling the programme together and Baldwins are assisting with IP advice. We're already seeing some great progress from our first three grant recipients."
In New Zealand those in the aquaculture industry play a vital role in protecting and developing a valuable food source. Tony Rumbold, principal of SCANZ Technologies, is one of these people and supports the work of the TED organisation in it's efforts to spread information on the challenges that the world faces.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.
The subject of this particular talk is "The Case For Fish Farming"
We're headed towards a global food crisis: Nearly 3 billion people depend on the ocean for food, and at our current rate we already take more fish from the ocean than it can naturally replace.
In this fact-packed, eye-opening talk, entrepreneur and conservationist Mike Velings proposes a solution: Aquaculture, or fish farming.
"We must start using the ocean as farmers instead of hunters," he says, echoing Jacques Cousteau. "The day will come where people will demand farmed fish on their plates that's farmed well and farmed healthy — and refuse anything less."
Why you should listen to Mike Velings a man who understands the potential for business to create durable solutions to complex world problems.
Mike Velings is the co-founder and the driving force behind Aqua-Spark, a global investment fund for sustainable aquaculture, combining a healthy financial profit with environmental and social impact. A lifelong entrepreneur, Mike has spent decades jumpstarting a range of successful businesses. Among other ventures, he co-founded Connexie, which has helped catalyze a professional employment industry across the Netherlands.
Mike naturally combines his business background with environmental and social engagement. He understands the potential for business to create durable solutions to complex world problems. With this in mind, Mike founded Aqua-Spark, an investment company that assists entrepreneurs across the globe in realizing their visions of a startup with a world-changing element. Through Aqua-Spark he has invested in a broad range of ventures over the years — both in the developed and developing world.
Mike serves on several boards and is a member of the Conservation International’s Leadership Council as well as an Honorary Global Marine Fellow.
South Korea’s largest and financially-troubled shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. obtained an order for a combat support ship from the navy of New Zealand - the first order in the kind in 30 years.
The Korean shipbuilder announced that it Monday signed a contract for the construction of a combat logistics ship of 23,000 tons at full load designed mainly to carry oil for battleships. The final agreement was signed in Wellington, New Zealand by Kim Jung-hwan, an executive in charge of shipbuilding business of the Korean company, and Helene Quilter, Secretary of Defense of New Zealand.
The Korean shipbuilder was selected as a preferred bidder in December last year upon beating bidders from Germany and Spain. Negotiations panned out for seven months. The contract is estimated to be worth $350 million.
The support ship would replace Endeavor, a 12,000 ton naval tanker delivered to the navy of New Zealand in 1987. The shipyard will begin the construction in February 2018 and deliver the vessel by December 2019.
In a significant advance in engineering, Christchurch’s newest overpass features a world-first in quake-resilient technology described as the “Ferrari” of bridges, developed in Christchurch by University of Canterbury engineers.
The innovative, seismically resilient connections at the bridge piers of the new $30 million Wigram-Magdala Link overbridge project are engineered to minimise post-earthquake damage. This is understood to be the first bridge in New Zealand and the world to adopt this low-damage technology. Scheduled to open this week, the overbridge is 100 metres long, consisting of three spans over two piers, and passes over Curletts Road in Middleton, Christchurch.
The seismically resilient bridge piers or columns are designed to sustain different levels of earthquakes without damaging the column, University of Canterbury Associate Professor Alessandro Palermo says.
“The engineering design incorporates novel dissipative fuses and post-tensioning cables acting as rubber bands to allow the bridge columns to bounce back to the original position and not leaning in one side. The University of Canterbury is the first institution and New Zealand is the first country in the world to have it implemented in a real structure.”
University of Canterbury (UC) research was key to the development of the design, which is a significant advancement in engineering, he says.
“This bridge can be seen as the Ferrari of structures – high performance and safe,” Dr Palermo says.
“In other countries, it might take decades to see the first implementations of this technology. This fact highlights the fact that New Zealand engineers and researchers are world leaders in earthquake engineering innovation.”
The collaboration came about from interaction through the Canterbury Bridge Group, an initiative by UC to provide stronger links with the industry. Visits to observe the testing research at UC led to the concept of low-damage detailing being incorporated into the Wigram-Magdala Link overbridge, with support from the Christchurch City Council.
This technology has been embraced by the building industry for new commercial structures around Christchurch and elsewhere in New Zealand and presents a shift in design focus considering the ability to repair a structure following an event, allowing more rapid and low-cost reinstatement, plus significantly reducing disruption.
The design concept comes from a strong experimental campaign and research development at UC under Dr Palermo’s leadership. His bridge group investigated different bridge columns, detailing and comparing their performance under seismic loading. He also consulted the local industry, through the Canterbury Bridge Group, inviting them to witness the experiments in the UC engineering laboratories and explaining the mechanics behind the technology.
“This process certainly helped to educate the client and the designer to this new revolutionary system,” Dr Palermo says.
“The asset owner, Christchurch City Council, and the designer, Opus International Consultants, felt that that such a critical bridge for the city should incorporate innovative technology to minimise post-earthquake damage and therefore also potential traffic disruption. UC and local professionals are working together to improve current design philosophies and deliver the next generation of structures which can experience several earthquakes with limited or no damage.”
The Wigram-Magdala Link overbridge incorporates low-damage detailing comprising rocking piers with replaceable energy dissipaters and internal post-tensioning to assist self-centring following a major earthquake.
The design was conceived to provide enhanced seismic resilience to this structure which provides an important link between the growing southwestern suburbs of Christchurch and the city centre, passing over SH73 Curletts Road which is also of strategic importance, according to Christchurch City Council’s Transport Planning and Delivery Manager Lynette Ellis.
“Christchurch has led the way with a number of new technologies as part of the earthquake rebuild. It was pleasing to have so many organisations cooperating to make this happen,” she says.
“We look forward to opening the overbridge.”
Opus International Consultants undertook the design of the Wigram-Magdala Link overbridge and engaged UC to provide technical support and verification for developing the low-damage detailing for the bridge. Scaling up from prototypes tested in the laboratory to a structure of this size presented many challenges, including ensuring the design was visually sympathetic. The main contractor, Hawkins Infrastructure, and their specialist subcontractor, Concrete Structures Ltd, have played an integral role in undertaking the construction of this bridge.
A University of Canterbury press release July 25, 2016
An interesting item from the Booksellers Association Feature by Marcus Greville.
We’ve all got our gripes about distributors, but we save the deep grumbles for UBD. When Random House’s Auckland warehouse closed we lost a significant resource, consequently we became hyper-aware of any stuff-ups from UBD – I was like an angry vampiric meerkat whenever a TOLL courier arrived – but it may be time to cool our jets, note the changes, and start spreading our distribution grumps around in a fairer and more constructive way.
I had a talk to Colin Pinfold, National Operations and Logistics Manager for Penguin Random House NZ, who got some stats from Gavin Schwarz at UBD for this feature. Read on to see what I found out.
Robot warehouses and relativity I was working in London in 2004 when Penguin changed to a robotised warehouse – a truly spectacular failure, a failure that became a story to scare baby logistics managers. I’ve heard tell of Baker & Taylor’s vast Momence warehouse in Illinois – they added a football-field sized wing just for a Harry Potter release. I’ve read about the organising principles behind massive distribution hubs with a fascination and relish that has somehow eclipsed my anger at not getting that damn order I placed 10 days ago. This stuff, in short, is my jam.
The telecommunications industry is the backbone of today’s mobile landscape, deploying voice, data, graphics and video at ever increasing speeds and in a growing number of ways. Wireline telephone communication was once the primary service of the industry, now wireless communication and satellite distribution are becoming increasingly dominant. Specialists in telecommunications engineering, are needed to keep up with this ever changing fast-paced industry.
The basics of telecommunications
Telecommunications engineering is a discipline founded around the exchange of information across channels via wired or wireless means. It brings together all of the elements of electrical engineering including computer engineering and system engineering to create and improve telecommunications systems.
Telecom engineers work to develop, design and maintain voice and data communications systems including fiber, satellite, wired and unwired, as well as the encoding, encryption and compression of data. Put simply, telecommunications engineering can be found in just about every aspect of our lives, from GPS navigation to the internet.
The work of a telecommunications engineer ranges from creating basic circuit designs to deploying wireless networks. They are responsible for designing and overseeing the installation of telecommunications equipment and facilities, such as complex electronic switching systems, copper wire telephone facilities, fiber optics cabling or IP data systems.
Some of the main areas of focus for telecommunications engineers are the installation of high-speed broadband computer networks, optical communications and wireless or satellite communications. To give a better idea of the scope of work a telecom engineer operates within, here are some career opportunities for individuals working within the discipline, according to the University of Texas at Dallas.
Computer communications and networking
Voice and data networks
TV and radio broadcasting
Remote sensing, measurement and control
Telecommunications engineers are part of every process of creating a telecom system, dealing with both software and hardware. Here are some roles a telecom engineer might take on.
Design – electronic components, software, products, or systems for commercial, industrial, medical, military or scientific applications;
Develop – maintenance and testing procedures for electronic components and equipment;
Test – Evaluate systems and recommend design modifications or equipment repair;
Debug – Inspect electronic equipment, instruments and systems to make sure that they are safe.
With 5G and the expansion of the internet of things (IoT) ahead, telecommunications engineering will be as important as ever. The discipline will help expand both LPWAN networks and networks that produce data speeds never before seen. Telecom engineers will have the important task of ensuring that telecommunications systems, from small components to entire networks, are running as effectively and efficiently as possible.
Source: By Phillip Tracy on July 20, 2016 Fundamentals, Network Infrastructure, Software
ACC and WorkSafe New Zealand today launched the inaugural ‘Reducing Harm in New Zealand Workplaces Action Plan’. The Plan supports their collaborative efforts to meet the government’s target of reducing serious injuries and fatalities in the workplace by at least 25 percent by 2020.
“Our agencies are committed to working in partnership with industry to meet the government’s target and achieve positive health and safety outcomes for all New Zealanders” said ACC’s Chief Customer Officer, Sid Miller. “Partnering with industry gives us a more in-depth understanding of what causes harm and severe injury across all New Zealand workplaces, rather than just single problems in single sectors.”
WorkSafe’s CEO, Gordon MacDonald, said input from both agencies would ensure better outcomes. “What businesses want to see from WorkSafe and ACC is clear advice and a consistent, practical approach. That’s what the Plan will help us deliver – smart, targeted injury and harm prevention programmes based on the best available evidence.”
However government agencies cannot do it alone. Everyone has a role to play in keeping themselves, their co-workers and their working environment safe. “Good health and safety is about making sure we all take the right steps to keep ourselves and our workmates safe and healthy at work” said Mr MacDonald.
The ‘Reducing Harm in New Zealand Workplaces Action Plan’ is taking a new look at how, together, we can better support the agriculture, construction, forestry, manufacturing and health sectors to make significant improvements to keep their workers safe. The Plan also focuses on the most common causes of injury across all sectors – slips, trips and falls; working in and around vehicles; body stressing, and respiratory health risks. Underlying this is a new focus on fundamental changes that support health and safety culture, such as worker engagement and participation.
There are a number of programmes in the Plan already underway, including Safetree, Safer Farms and the Canterbury rebuild programme. Other programmes are in the development stage, which means we are engaging with stakeholders and gathering evidence and data to support interventions.
“Industry and business can have confidence that we’ve taken an evidence-based approach to severe injury and harm prevention; that what we are delivering for and with industry are agreed, targeted and smart approaches to tackling the causes of severe injury and harm” said Mr Miller.
“Businesses, workers and the public rightly expect government agencies to work together and the three-year Plan is a major step towards a smarter, more co-ordinated approach to keeping New Zealanders safe and healthy,” said Mr MacDonald. ACC and Worksafe Background
The government’s ‘Working Safer’ blueprint in 2013 recognised that ACC and WorkSafe New Zealand need to work together.
Every three years, the Boards of ACC and WorkSafe will develop a workplace injury prevention plan consistent with ACC injury prevention priorities and the Workplace Health and Safety Strategy.
The resulting ‘Reducing Harm in NZ Workplaces Action Plan’ will be launched in July 2016.
It is an overarching framework for the development and delivery of severe injury and harm prevention programmes. The Plan is evidence-based, and uses the unique skills, influence, incentives and tools of each organisation and combines them with the knowledge held by industry.
This partnership approach will achieve positive health and safety outcomes for New Zealanders.
By working together we will:
achieve greater reach and efficiency
establish a clear and consistent approach to workplace severe injury and harm prevention
provide clarity for businesses around what we are doing and how we will work with them
avoid duplication (both in activities/focus and ensuring efficient use of employer levies)
align our data sets to better understand the causes of severe injuries, which in turn will enable evidence-based programmes which target the right risks.
develop a range of targeted, meaningful incentives for businesses.
Programmes included in the Plan will be funded primarily from the ACC Work Account. WorkSafe will also have some funding available from the HSE levy. This funding model ensures businesses are only levied once for injury prevention and supports the effective and efficient use of employer levies for workplace injury prevention initiatives.
Serious injuries are those that result in hospitalisation and have a high chance of death
Severe injuries are those injuries that result in more than a week off work.
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its “Vision Golf Cart” – a luxury golf cart that only weighs 440 kilograms (970 pounds), largely in part due to its carbon fiber roof, rear spoiler and diffuser. Carbon fiber is also used for aesthetics on the cart, as the trim is a combination of leather, wood, carbon fiber and metals.
The Vision measures 92.5 x 47.2 x 67.7 in. In addition to composite construction, the cart comes equipped with all the equipment necessary to drive on an actual road. It has a real automotive design that features turn signals, working headlights, taillights and windshield wipers. It also comes with a built-in refrigerator below the driver seat, a high-resolution touchscreen with apps, and an audio system with Bluetooth.
It’s propelled by an electric motor and has a top speed of just 18.6mph. It has a lithium-ion battery that can be fully charged in six hours, and its overall range is 49.7 miles – enough for several rounds of golf according to Autoexpress.
Back in 2013, Mercedes-Benz showed the world what the cart might look like. Mercedes calls the Golf Car a show car, but it seems prepared to make it more than a design concept. Luxury golf car manufacturer Garia will first build two drivable examples of the Vision. Mercedes says it will rely on a largely digital retail model if it does go through with production.
“The vehicle can be experienced absolutely virtually,” says Susanne Hahn, head of Daimler Business Innovation. “This means that wherever customers are in a dealership or on a golf course they can look at the vehicle on a tablet and order it with three clicks.”
AFS is a consumer show that connects a large number of exhibitors with thousands of dedicated food lovers in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. Eight Pacific Island F&B companies and their products will be featured at PT&I's special ‘Pacific Hub’ stand at the show, which is being held at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane from 28 – 31 July. Eight Pacific Island F&B companies and their products will be featured at PT&I’s special ‘Pacific Hub’ stand at the show, which is being held at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane from 28 – 31 July.
AFS comes close on the heels of Fine Food New Zealand 2016, in which PT&I featured merchandise from twelve Pacific Island companies.
“This is the second food show that PT&I has supported this year as part of our food and beverage strategy,” PT&I NZ Trade Commissioner Michael Greenslade said. “AFS is for Pacific Island companies that are established and seeking to strengthen their consumer presence in New Zealand; it’s predominantly a brand building exercise for Pacific Island companies.”
PT&I’s experience at the Fine Food NZ 2016 show was encouraging, Trade Development Manager Joe Fuavao said. “We had positive response to the promotion undertaken in partnership between PT&I and The Produce Company Ltd.”
Explaining the difference in PT&I’s approach between the two shows, Mr Fuavao says, “While our focus [at Fine Food NZ] was to establish a new channel to market for Pacific Island companies, the upcoming AFS has a different focus. Our aim is to help Pacific Island companies brands grow and sell more products by partnering with their New Zealand distributors.”
With some 300 stands and more than 35,000 expected visitors, the AFS plays a key role in the growing consumer trend toward buying fresh ingredients, trying new flavours from around the world, sourcing top recipes, and cooking at home for friends and family. The estimated total spend at the four-day show is $6.3 million.
Trade Commissioner Greenslade said the participants will be selling products at the stand, which will be provided by EFTPOS machines to process card payments.
The eight participating Pacific Island companies are Papua New Guinea’s Banz Kofi; Niue Vanilla from Niue; C-Corp’s Solomons Gold chocolate and cacao nibs and from the Solomon Islands; Samoa Breweries’ Vailima Beer and Pacific Oil’s CocoSina coconut oil from Samoa; three companies from Fiji: J Punja NZ Ltd with bottled water, wraps, biscuits and other products; Carpenters Fiji with bottled water and FMF Foods Ltd with a range of biscuits.
The companies and their products will all be featured at the special ‘Pacific Hub’ stand at the show, which is being held at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane from 28 – 31 July, next week.
Mr Greenslade said some of the participating companies were graduates of the PT&I Path to Market Programme which is PT&I’s export capability building programme that combines the range of export facilitation services and expertise provided by PT&I to help export ready and export capable businesses enter new export markets. He also revealed that PT&I would be participating in the Fine Food Australia show later this year.
While the show features a number of cooking demonstration sessions from chefs around New Zealand, a special attraction will be award winning Pacific-origin chef Robert Oliver who will cook up rare Pacific delicacies using Pacific ingredients from around the islands region.
Adding some great Pacific atmosphere to chef Oliver’s culinary presentations will be entertainment provided by the fabulous Cindy of Samoa, the internationally acclaimed ‘fa’afafine’ singing sensation, renowned for her impersonations of Shirley Bassey, Whitney Houston, and Tina Turner. Her revue-style show is considered one of the top 10 things to do in Samoa and she’s a regular performer at SkyCity Casino and corporate and charity events all around New Zealand.
They did little to reduce consumption and were scrapped in May 1980. But in saying that just maybe the principal behind this could help make Aucklanders lifes a little easier on the highways and byways of the city. And as far as business is concerned anything that will help with improving productivity has to be looked at. You would think.
It would have its difficulties for sure, for some the car is an appendage so a day without the car would be just unthinkable! But think of the good it could do. A great way to meet new people. Uber drivers would love it, car pooling would become a must do activity, fuel stations could be gathering points for pick-ups and then throw in the odd Pokemon. So why shouldn't it work?
As in the 70's you would get to nominate your carless day and for this receive a colourful windscreen sticker. There would even be "X" for exempt sticker available for those who qualifed. Campervans and the like you would think.
It is local body election year afterall so maybe it's a platform for one of the Mayoral hopefuls. Don't think it would have suited Len though.
Modern bikes are lighter and more efficient than ever before, but their basic design is rooted in the past.
Cyclotron is trying to change that with a hubless carbon creation, complete with lighting fit for a sci-fi film. It's not just a different look for the sake of it, though, with Cyclotron saying its bike is versatile and smart enough to revolutionize what we expect from the humble two-wheeler.
In this article published recently on GizMag the story behind this futuristic design unfolds. There's a lot going on with the Cyclotron's frame, but we're going to start with the basic construction. The team behind the bike says the bike's space-grade carbon sandwich is wrapped around a lightweight core structure, allowing them to use fewer layers of carbon and less resin without impacting on the overall strength and rigidity.
The shape itself is faintly reminiscent of current time-trial bikes, albeit blockier, although the company is adamant it's been modeled on the aerodynamic form of ultralight gliders and stealth jets. Unlike your average stealth bomber, this frame can be customized with decals if you want.
Whether it's a two-wheeled Blackbird or not, there are a few other benefits to the frame design. While some manufacturers hide their cabling inside the frame, the derailleur and chain are usually exposed. That's not the case here, with the drivetrain fully enclosed and protected from the elements, although we're not sure how that setup will go when it comes time for the annual service suggested by the company.
Ditching the spokes and running with solid polymer airless tires might make for a unique design, but it also frees up some space where the spokes used to be. Cyclotron wants to use that space for cargo or children, making its bike more practical than it would otherwise be. At the moment, there are three accessories available for those utility slots, including shopping baskets and a clever snap-in child seat.
In keeping with the futuristic frame design, there's a futuristic powertrain available for this sci-fi bike. As well as more traditional 12- and 18-speed manual setups, there's a electronic sequential gearbox available. Shifting in less than 0.2 seconds, the gearbox works at standstill or under full load and can shift for itself. Electric gearbox-equipped bikes will weigh just 11.6 kg (25.57 lb), making them 100 g (3.5 oz) heavier than the manual 12-speed version, but 200 g (7 oz) lighter than the 18-speed manual.
Enough of the boring practical bits, what the story with those lights? When darkness falls, a sensor automatically activates the LED wheel halos and laser-lane display, in an attempt to make the rider easy to see on unlit streets in the dead of night. We'd say it works, too, with those Tron-style wheels being hard to miss. Power comes from an integrated lithium-ion battery good for eight hours that is charged by an inbuilt dynamo, although the battery can be charged from a wall socket as well.
Friendship with Sir David Attenborough seen as big plus for car-buff presenter
Napier, MSCNewsWire, Friday 15 July 2016 - Paul Henry’s mysterious mid-winter holiday is increasingly being ascribed to the television showman’s candidacy for the BBC’s most valuable property which is the motor series Top Gear.
Mr Henry (pictured above) is known to have been considered for the anchor role when it originally became vacant when defining presenter Jeremy Clarkson made his departure.
Since then the show has floundered, notably during the term as presenter of a well-known British disc jockey and is now often referred to as Top Flop.
The BBC has too much invested in the series to abandon it. Recent experiences have convinced the corporation that it is the character and performance of the main presenter that determines its success or otherwise.
A key asset for car-buff Mr Henry is his long ago association with the BBC’s Sir David Attenborough. In addition to his role as natural history presenter Sir David (pictured below) who is now 90 has occupied most of the BBC’s senior administrative roles including director of programming and controller.
Mr Henry whose family comes from Britain’s West Country worked early in his career at the BBC with Sir David.
Mr Henry has spent most of his working life in New Zealand however and his neutral accent is considered an advantage in the BBC, as are his relatively humble origins.
A problem confronting his candidacy though will be his exuberant delivery of seemingly spontaneous one-liners that conflict with the BBC’s twin underpinning doctrines of diversity and multiculturalism.
Mr Henry’s unsuccessful candidature as National Party (Conservative) Member of Parliament for the Wairarapa electorate would now not be considered a drawback for a top role at the BBC.
This is because of the sudden and overwhelmingly current vogue in the United Kingdom for authority figures who are not from a ruling class background, especially a public (i.e. private) school one, or an ivy league university one.
Mr Henry with his active New Zealand and Australia broadcasting career would also fill a generalised quota often jestingly referred to within the BBC as a colonial one.
His anchor role on his independent television eponymous breakfast show has been taken up temporarily by the be-whiskered Mark Sainsbury.
Mr Sainsbury has given the impression of being deliberately vague on the matter of the precise date of Mr Henry’s return to the popular early morning independent television show.
It is here that Mr Henry’s natural everyman style of exuberance sometimes bordering on bluster, and his absence of feigned political correctness is considered a strength by both audience and advertisers.
July 9, 2016 - When programmers at the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory set out to develop the flight software for the Apollo 11 space program in the mid-1960s, the necessary technology did not exist. They had to invent it.
They came up with a new way to store computer programs, called “rope memory,” and created a special version of the assembly programming language. Assembly itself is obscure to many of today’s programmers—it’s very difficult to read, intended to be easily understood by computers, not humans. For the Apollo Guidance Computer (AGC), MIT programmers wrote thousands of lines of that esoteric code.
Here’s a very 1960s data visualization of just how much code they wrote—this is Margaret Hamilton, director of software engineering for the project, standing next to a stack of paper containing the software: Margaret Hamilton(NASA)
The AGC code has been available to the public for quite a while–it was first uploaded by tech researcher Ron Burkey in 2003, after he’d transcribed it from scanned images of the original hardcopies MIT had put online. That is, he manually typed out each line, one by one.
“It was scanned by a airplane pilot named Gary Neff in Colorado,” Burkey said in an email. “MIT got hold of the scans and put them online in the form of page images, which unfortunately had been mutilated in the process to the point of being unreadable in places.” Burkey reconstructed the unreadable parts, he said, using his engineering skills to fill in the blanks.
“Quite a bit later, I managed to get some replacement scans from Gary Neff for the unreadable parts and fortunately found out that the parts I filled in were 100% correct!” he said.
The effort made the code available to any researcher or hobbyist who wanted to explore it. Burkey himself even used the software to create a simulation of the AGC.
As enormous and successful as Burkey’s project has been, however, the code itself remained somewhat obscure to many of today’s software developers. That was until last Thursday (July 7), when former NASA intern Chris Garry uploaded the software in its entirety to GitHub, the code-sharing site where millions of programmers hang out these days.
Within hours, coders began dissecting the software, particularly looking at the code comments the AGC’s original programmers had written. In programming, comments are plain-English descriptions of what task is being performed at a given point. But as the always-sharp joke detectives in Reddit’s r/ProgrammerHumor section found, many of the comments in the AGC code go beyond boring explanations of the software itself. They’re full of light-hearted jokes and messages, and very 1960s references.
Austria, July 8 2016 -Austrian engineering company Doppelmayr/Garaventa—better known for rigging gondola systems for ski areas in the Swiss Alps—has now completed a record-breaking tramway across Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay.
The Ha Long Queen Cable Car is suspended by a pair massive concrete towers—two of the tallest in the world—with the larger tower rising to 620 feet. But the tram cars themselves are the largest ever constructed. Each double-decker car is larger than some New York apartments—carrying 230 people on each 15-minute trip across the bay.
Ha Long Bay is an Unesco world heritage site renowned the world over for its beautiful 1,600+ limestone islands. The area welcomes roughly 7 million tourists a year.
The more than $282 million tramway was built to connect the Bai Chay district of Ha Long City to one of the world’s largest ferris wheels.
EINNewsDesk, Friday 8 July, 2016 - Earlier in the day it was reported that Tata Steel may “pause” its plans to sell off most of troubled UK units, including the mammoth Port Talbot steelworks in Wales, as Britain’s business minister is set to hold talks with the senior management of the Indian steel giant in Mumbai to achieve a long-term solution.
* Tata Steel says will now begin process for potential sale of South Yorkshire based speciality steels business and the Hartlepool pipe mills in the UK
* Tata Steel to explore feasability of strategic collaborations through potential joint venture
* Based speciality steels business and the Hartlepool pipe mills in the UK
* Tata Steel says entered into discussions with strategic players in the steel industry including Thyssenkrupp AG
* Tata Steel says received interest from several bidders for speciality steels and pipe mills in each case, formal process will be commencing shortly
Wellington, NZ - 7 July 2016 -New Zealand’s best and brightest mathematical scientists are combining their power to solve significant business and industry challenges at New Zealand’s second annual Mathematics-in-Industry NZ event this week at Victoria University, Wellington.
New Zealand’s second annual Mathematics-in-Industry NZ event
Successfully implemented in more than 20 countries worldwide, Mathematics-in-Industry intensive week-long workshops offer a collaborative environment for mathematicians across the country to solve problems arising in industry. Scientists participate from a range of mathematical disciplines such as dynamical systems, statistics, and operational research.
New Zealand businesses offering up industry challenges for the 2016 Mathematics-in-Industry New Zealand (MINZ) event include:
NZ Steel – Improving how the steel finishing rolling through modelling Compac – Estimating the weight of a moving article across multiple weigh points Transpower – Understanding how home solar electrical generation affects the national grid Fonterra – Predicting the length of time milk powders can be stored in elevated temperatures and humidities Zespri – Predicting fruit quality in the supply chain from harvest to market.
This year a new dimension has been added with representatives from Japan’s Institute of Mathematics for Industry attending the MINZ event. New Zealand mathematicians will also join Japan’s study week later in July. The exchange has been made possible due to funding from the NZ Royal Society and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. A challenge from the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology is also included in the New Zealand event.
The New Zealand event is championed by Professor Emeritus Graeme Wake of Mathematics-in-Industry New Zealand (MINZ). Professor Wake has been involved in the concept since his time as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Oxford where it was first launched in 1968. Professor Wake is passionate about the impact of applied mathematics noting, “These events are often the launch pad for long term partnerships between mathematicians and businesses, powering up innovation within industry.”
The event was opened by Hon. Steven Joyce and PVC Science VUW Mike Wilson, and speakers include Professor Andrew Fowler from Limerick/Oxford Universities, Dr Mary Quin CEO of Callaghan Innovation, and Japanese Ambassador Toshihisa Takata.
Zespri, new to MIINZ in 2016 has really seen the power of presenting a challenge to the mathematics community. Zepsri’s New Varieties Technical Manager, John White comments, “We saw a real opportunity to use the combined skills of the MINZ event to materially improve an important part of our inventory management process, reducing quality costs and so give real improvements in returns to growers. It has been fascinating to watch a previously unconnected group enthusiastically seek to understand our data and look for ways from it to improve our understandings and what we do.”
New Zealand mathematicians and businesses have previously taken part in joint events run by the Australia and New Zealand Industrial Applied Mathematics (ANZIAM). Professor Wake comments, “Kiwi businesses have previously had to travel across the Tasman to participate in these events, but now we are running this event right in our back yard.”
This year’s MINZ initiative is supported by the Centre for Mathematics-in-Industry in Massey University, ANZIAM (A/NZ Industrial and Applied Mathematics Group), KiwiNet (a consortium of 16 universities, Crown Research Institutes and a Crown Entity established to boost commercial outcomes from publicly funded research), New Zealand Mathematical Society and Victoria University.
Seumas McCroskery, Innovation Manager of the Kiwi Innovation Network (KiwiNet) believes the model is highly compelling. He says, “New Zealand has world leading mathematics capability in Universities and Crown Research Entities who are eager to work with industry and solve problems. It’s great to see mathematicians from across NZ working together to provide this inventive approach to drive business innovation.”
More than 100 mathematicians, a number of whom are postgraduate students are participating in the event. A summary and technical report will be prepared with aim of future publication in the ANZIAM Journal Series E.
“Mathematics-in-Industry is an initiative to solve industry challenges. It enables businesses to focus on operations and lets mathematicians focus on what they do best – solve industry problems,” says Professor Wake.
Auckland, New Zealand. 7th July 2016 – Serko Ltd. (SKO.NZ) announced that its new small business travel management application, serko.travel, will launch on 25th July 2016, in conjunction with Xero, the leader in online accountancy software.
The application is targeted at businesses in New Zealand and Australia with less than 150 employees, will drive significant productivity gains and unlock meaningful cost savings for businesses by streamlining every aspect of business travel. The application, which is free to use, is a simplified version of the same well-established platform used by large corporations across Australia and New Zealand.
Serko.travel will give businesses the ability to search, book and manage complete business trips involving multiple suppliers via mobile or desktop. The application allows travellers to manage their trips on-the-go, while the desktop application also provides a portal for office managers and decision makers to manage rules, approve trips or make bookings on behalf of other people in the organisation.
Importantly, by providing small business employers with end-to-end visibility of their employees travel plans, serko.travel also assists companies comply with the duty of care legislation in both New Zealand and Australia.
Unlike any other online travel booking system before, the online functionality of serko.travel will be complemented by expert offline support from Helloworld for Business, Corporate Traveller and Flight Centre Business Travel. For the first time, they will offer Travel Expert services on an ‘on demand’ basis which means travellers only have to pay if and when they need their services.
Darrin Grafton, Serko CEO, understands the challenges that small to medium businesses face when it comes to booking and managing business travel, and not only wants to give them access to the same technology and travel deals, but also the same customer service as their larger counterparts.
“If you have a problem when you’re away on business you really need to be able to speak to someone that knows what they’re talking about, and the services of Helloworld for Business and Flight Centre will be an important asset in ensuring serko.travel customers can book and manage their travel in the most efficient way possible.
“The support from Flight Centre and Helloworld for Business will complement partnerships with some of the biggest travel brands in the region, including Expedia, Wotif, Booking.com, Qantas, Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, Jetstar and AVIS who provide all of the content” Darrin said.
Research undertaken by TNS Research in New Zealand confirmed that 46% of the one million+ SMEs in NZ and Australia travel regularly for work. These SME’s book an average of 30 trips per year, with approximately six hours of an owner operator or employee’s time being spent on booking and managing each travel itinerary.
The research highlights that there are two main booking methods used by SME’s today. Approximately 33% of SMEs regularly book via a travel agent and 66% book directly on supplier or aggregator websites, which tends to be a time consuming and inefficient process, considering that between 25% and 40% of business trips change at least once.
Business in NZ and AU can register their interest at www.serko.travel now.
serko.travel will also launch in other global markets such as the USA.
Thursday 7 July -Legendary businessman and motorsport aficionado Tony Quinn will be joined by a number of New Zealand motor sport legends at the annual CHEMZ Gathering of Geezers Charitable dinner held Wednesday 9 November 2016 at Wanaka’s Warbirds & Wheels museum.
Celebrating the exceptional careers of Kiwi motorsport legends here and overseas, the ‘Geezers’ event brings New Zealand motorsport heroes together with motoring enthusiasts for an evening of fun, story-telling and reminiscing.
Highlands and Hampton Downs owner Tony Quinn will be this year’s keynote speaker at the event which is now in its fourth year. Quinn will talk about his love of motorsport, what brought him to the industry, why he loves the sport so much and other tales from his soon-to-be-launched book Zero to 60.
Once again hosted by Sky Speeds’ Stephen McIvor first time ‘Geezers’ include Andy McElrea, Garry Running, Andy Buchanan and Steve Horne.
In a gentle nod to the ‘not-quite-retired’, this year sees the addition of “Geezers In Training” Craig Baird and Greg Murphy, as well as Guest Geezer, Australia’s Garry Rogers.
Making his Geezers debut last year Australian and NZ Championship winner Jim Richards will return adding to the impressive line-up of legends who will grace the stage.
Joining the first time Geezers are returning inductees Graeme Crosby, Chris Munro, Aaron Slight, Bob McMurray, PG Knight, Leo Leonard, Heather Spurle, Shane Drake, Tony Teesdale, Graeme Lawrence, Owen Evans and Paul Fahey.
More Geezers will be announced in the coming weeks and months. A Geezer is a retired legend of motorsport who has won a major NZ title, its equivalent, or a world title across any discipline, from single seaters and rally to saloon, race boats, drag racing, speedway and bikes or someone who has made an outstanding contribution to NZ Motorsport in another arena such as administration or media.
The event format is a three course banquet dinner including beverages with corporate tables available and individual tickets. Each corporate table is ‘hosted’ by a Geezer and throughout the evening ‘café-style’ Q+A sessions will be led by MC Stephen McIvor delving deep into the lives and careers of some of the Geezers, exploring the triumphs, lows, close calls and adrenalin-fueled moments.
Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust and the Upper Clutha Children’s Medical Trust, two of Wanaka’s most loved Trusts, are once again set to benefit from the charity auction.
Another highlight of the event, with some big ticket items auctioned, last year’s Gathering of Geezers Charitable dinner raised just under $20,000 for the Trusts.
This year’s auction promises to be just as popular with items such as helicopter flights, $10,000 NZME Radio advertising package, Warbirds Over Wanaka corporate tickets, two nights at the stunning Punaikaki Resort on the West Coast and some sought-after racing memorabilia already confirmed.
Warbirds & Wheels director Robert Duncan said the event had “grown year after year” and was becoming a “well-known event on the NZ motorsport calendar”.
“We’ve managed to grow yet again with more tickets sold every year than the previous one, plus a constant stream of exceptional Geezers to invite,” said Mr Duncan.
“Word has started to spread that this is one of the best dinner events in the country for motor sport, attracting a huge interest from those who’ve made their mark on the industry.”
“We’ve worked on different ideas this year to enable us to hear from more Geezers in a format that is sure to yield some hilarious tales. Our MC Stephen McIvor stepped things up a notch last year and we’re looking forward to what he’ll bring to the table this year,” added Mr Duncan
A Warbirds & Wheels press release
Each year the selected Geezers are given a certificate and commemorative shirt inducting them into the Geezers Hall of Fame.
VALLEJO, Calif. (BRAIN) July 6, 2016 —Wren Sports, LLC has appointed Llevant Carbon Fatbikes as its New Zealand distributor and authorized service center. Llevant is also using Wren's suspension forks on its fat bikes.
Kevin Wren, owner of Wren Sports said, "The quality of the Llevant build is second to none and we are thrilled to be equipped on such a fine bike." Wren has recently introduced new models to accept standard and plus-sized hubs.
Rod Mudge, owner of Llevant, said, "We deliberately didn't want to build just a snow bike and worked for years testing different components to present the best 'ride it anywhere' type of fatbike. When we came across the Wren fork, we were impressed by the performance and versatility to fit various wheel sizes. Wren's service center program is outstanding. We received factory training and service parts before our first fork delivery."
Along with the Wren forks and components, Llevant will be stocking all service parts and providing service and warranty repairs through their factory-trained service department.
Auckland, Wednesday 6 July 2016 -We have in New Zealand a problem that can strike small packaging companies. Where they can be running several blown film lines and just not have the money to put a gauge on each line. But they still need to see what they are making, especially when expensive co-extrusions are being made. Between a rock and a hard place stuff really!
Now NDC Technologies make a transmission gauge for measuring various co-extrusions on-line to reference accuracy. These gauges usually sit on scanning frames and control the films as they are being made. Now the problem with a lot of blown film lines is doubling the measurement at the lay flat or paying a fortune for a rotary scanner on the bubble. But a customer wanted to measure all his lines with one gauge at-line rather than on-line.
So I saw David Aucamp at Innopak in Auckland to design and make a mechanism that would scan a strip of sample. An operator simply cuts a strip from the film and puts it on the winder. This scans the strip and gives a full running analysis of the co-extrusions. This data is kept as a record and the operator can adjust the die bolts to correct any unders or overs. One centrally placed winding system is far less to buy than a gauge system on each line. Innopak make the scanning frame. This gauge system works brilliantly and is now well proven
If you are a blown film packaging manufacturer this level of control opens things out significantly for you because you can now confidently make products that previously you would probably never have attempted. You can set the lines up to make products automatically the way your customers customers want them. And that gives you a quick return on investment. The ability to control what you make is paramount and really does have a positive effect on the bottom line.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, July 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- New Zealand-based steel solutions provider Real Steel has been named the first winner of the Hardox Wearparts Award, a competition introduced this year by SSAB to provide recognition to Hardox Wearparts centers for their innovativeness and product successes for applications in the aftermarket.
Real Steel is one of more than 200 Hardox Wearparts centers located worldwide that provide wear parts and wear services for industries including quarry, mining, forestry, transport and recycling, among others.
For this application, Real Steel worked on site with their customer, Sollys Contractors, that provides transport, construction and earthmoving services, and was looking for a solution for their rotor discs that wore out quickly. Working together with Real Steel's wear engineers, they designed a laminated disc made from Hardox 500 and Hardox 550.
The result: total wear life of the rotor increased by three times and production costs were reduced by 30 percent.
Previously the rotor discs were hardfaced which was time consuming and expensive. The uneven wear on the rotor discs required that they be removed frequently and re-hardfaced and balanced. Frequent hardfacing led to fatigue and cracks in the base metal.
"Our solution extended the wear life while removing the hardfacing and need for re-balancing the rotors," said Luke Mathieson, Managing Director, Real Steel. "The solution also created even wear on the rotors."
Real Steel also redesigned the base plate of the rotor upgrading it from AR400 to Hardox 550. In addition a recess was machined into the disc to allow for Hardox 600 wear plate to be inserted where the main wear occurred.
"We are pleased to offer Real Steel this award for their innovation which was selected among several entries from Hardox Wearparts centers around the world," said Nancy Matos, Market Development for SSAB Services. "This is one of the great benefits our centers gain from being a part of the Hardox Wearparts network - the ability to share ideas and gain inspirations from other centers to help grow their business."
Two other centers received awards - Herman Johnson in Sweden won second prize for their Toolox bucket and Ethalon Service in Russia won third prize for their shredder knives made of Hardox 600. The award ceremony took place on June 2, 2016 at Real Steel's company headquarters in New Zealand.
Laminated rotor for impact crusher, the winning entry
Hardox Wearparts is the world's leading provider of wear parts and wear services. With more than 200 centers in more than 65 countries, there is always a Hardox Wearparts center close to you. Hardox Wearparts is a part of SSAB, the manufacturer of Hardox wear plate. www.hardoxwearparts.com
Monday 4 July 2016 -On Wednesday 6 July, 750 students and teachers will join the Got a Trade? Got it Made! Big Bus Tours 2016 across Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch. Students and teachers will visit 50 workplaces to see what trades and services careers and on-the-job learning is all about.
Sectors on show include manufacturing design and engineering; civil engineering; specialist trades; automotive technology, repair and engineering; social and community care; sales and service; sign-writing; mining and industrial machinery and construction and infrastructure - to name a few.
"We wanted to promote the many opportunities that exist for on-the-job learning and apprenticeships, across as many sectors as we could, in one day," says Got a Trade chair, Andrew Robertson.
The Big Bus Tours are part of Got a Trade’s campaign response to the growing need for more young people to enter trades and services roles across New Zealand. Industries like aged care require more than 2,600 new people entering the sector year on year and in construction and infrastructure that figure is closer to 5,000. Looking forward to 2020, in industries like mechanical and automotive engineering, there’s demand for more than 5,600 and 11,200 new people respectively. By 2020 the civil engineering sector will also need 19,600 new people, and in the manufacturing sector, that figure blows out to 40,000.
"There’s no doubt that there are great opportunities out there for young New Zealander’s" adds Robertson.
"But students can’t choose a career they cannot see. The Big Bus Tours will really open their eyes to the full range of opportunities available across Got a Trade’s 140+ industries."
The Got a Trade Big Bus Tours will be backed by the BCITO’s Big Construction Tours the very next day. Together the Tours will have more than 2,000 students exposed to all aspects of apprenticeships and on-the-job learning.
The Big Bus Tours is an initiative driven by Got a Trade? Got it Made! the national campaign to promote trades and services careers and on-the-job learning. Got a Trade is a collaboration of eight industry training organisations; BCITO, Careerforce, Competenz, Connexis, HITO, MITO, ServiceIQ and The Skills Organisation. Together they represent more than 140 industries.
The second annual Got a Trade Week, celebrating those making headway in their trades and services careers, will run 22-26 August 2016.
To learn more about the opportunities a trades and services career can offer, and for a full list of participating workplaces, visit gotatrade.co.nz
Massey University, Monday 4 July 2016 -A new book being launched in Leadership Week 2016 has questioned our modern obsession with the charismatic, transformational leader. In Thinking differently about leadership, Massey University management lecturer Dr Suze Wilson(pictured below) examines the history of leadership thought from ancient through to modern times. She concludes it is an invented concept that morphs according to changing social norms.
“We need to understand that leadership doesn’t have a timeles, enduring essence,” she says. “If you’re looking for its essence, you’re on the wrong path. Leadership is something we invent.
“That’s what history tells us – we’ve invented it repeatedly in different forms, to meet different needs and to reflect different values.”
The modern concept of the visionary leader only emerged in the late 1970s, Dr Wilson says. At that time the United States’ economy was reeling from the oil crises of the 1970s and the rise of Japanese manufacturing. American firms were no longer world beating and there was a sentiment that America is “no longer great”. All this came after charismatic leaders like Martin Luther King and Gloria Steinem appeared on the scene with exciting visions for change.
“One of the most influential scholars at the time was a political scientist named James MacGregor Burns, and he wrote a book that argued leadership should be about transformational change. That’s still a really exciting idea, but one of Burns’ key assumptions was that followers could choose their leaders,” Dr Wilson says.
She says Burns grounded his model in a democratic framework and his thinking was shaped by the transformational power of political movements at that time.
“The problem is we have taken that model into a workplace setting where managers aren’t elected, where people don’t get to choose their leaders.
“With these inflated expectations, we have also given managers a task they typically can’t achieve but it’s a big ego booster, which is problematic. It’s not helpful to have big egos running organisations because they don’t listen and don’t care about others’ point of view. The idea that managers should have the power to try and change employees’ values can actually be quite dangerous.”
The notion that leaders know best is “profoundly undemocratic”, she says, and leadership has historically been based on masculine ideals.
“We need to be aware of the fact that we are culturally inclined to conceptualise leadership in a very gendered way – and that’s a problem if we want more women in leadership roles. To achieve that, we need to change the mold of leadership to better fit what women can bring, not make women fit a masculine mold.”
Bold leadereship isn't the answer to every question
Dr Wilson says the world of business is littered with failed leaders who have tried to impose their vision on others. The recent departure of Mediaworks chief executive Mark Weldon is a good example.
“The profit-driven values he ascribed to were unsurprisingly resisted by staff who believed in the public service of journalism as the fourth estate. Installing a personally-abrasive leader with mismatched values was clearly never going to land well.
“What’s astonishing is the amount of damage he was able to do in such a short time, in the name of this vision he had for the organisation.”
Dr Wilson says the the presidential campaign of Donald Trump is another example of the dangers of this type of thinking.
“Trump tries to incite an emotional response, which is at the core of our contemporary idea of a charismatic leader. It’s fascinating to see how ideas move on from how they were first conceptualised. It would never have been Burns’ intention, but Trump trades on the generally-accepted notion that leaders should be bold and transformational, and he exploits that idea to incite hate and fear.”
In the past, Dr Wilson says, scholars weren’t always as keen as they are now to promote bold leadership as the answer to every problem.
“At different times in history, scholars have seen leadership as dangerous, something needing to be constrained by laws. At another time they saw leadership more modestly, as about organising tasks and being considerate to others,” she says.
“This teaches us to think carefully about what particular needs and expectations we have about leadership. We shouldn’t see it as the answer to everything – that’s just wishful, romantic thinking."
Dr Wilson says the solution is to ground leadership in context and shared values. Instead of considering leadership the solution, regardless of the problem, we need to consider what type of leadership is required for each specific situation.
“You need to ask: What are the problems at hand? What useful purpose does leadership have in this situation? And what are the values and norms that should shape the style of leadership?
“Then you can think about the personal attributes needed, the roles and responsibilities required, and what the relationship between leaders and followers should be.”
She says that this type of leadership is “going on all over the place, but generally not making headlines”.
“These are people getting on with it, solving problems, living by their values and not feeling the need to narcissistically promote how good they are.”
But one well-known example she can identify is Te Puea Marae, the Auckland marae offering shelter to homeless families.
“This is a wonderful example of leadership. There isn’t a leader on a pedestal trying to say, ‘I know best’. They are a group of people who have seen a need and organised themselves to do something about it. It’s about the collective achieving meaningful results.”
Book launch details
Dr Suze Wilson’s book ‘Thinking differently about leadership’ will be launched on Thursday July 7, 2016 from 4.00pm-6.00pm in the Russell Room, Wharerata, Massey University Manawatū campus.
July 2, 2016 -A single-minded focus on effectiveness, efficiency and innovation across all aspects of Fonterra’s winter maintenance programme is delivering savings for the Co-operative as it gets match-fit for spring.
Director of NZ Manufacturing Mark Leslie said this “winter shut” period is an important time of year for manufacturing teams as all assets across Fonterra’s network of sites are fine-tuned to ensure they are ready for the season ahead.
“Each year we process around 18 billion litres of milk, with the bulk of this carried out in the spring months. The work we’re doing now will help us get match-fit for that peak period.”
Mr Leslie says the goal for manufacturing teams in this year’s winter shut has been finding more effective and efficient ways to maintain sites for the coming season.
“Together, Fonterra and industry are focused on ensuring we can produce quality product for our customers and support farmers under a constrained milk price.
“We have always been efficient in our maintenance projects, so the challenge this year was to come up with new and innovative ways to do things better, faster and smarter.”
Hundreds of Fonterra manufacturing site staff are taking part in the annual winter work, with more than 500 projects currently underway around the country, ranging from major capital works to minor overhauls.
Winter Shutdown Manager at Te Rapa Blair Bond puts the improvements down to an ongoing “owner’s mindset” across the manufacturing teams.
“Every person on our team is on the same page. We treat the assets as if we were their owners – putting ourselves in our farmers’ shoes and thinking about how we can do things more effectively and drop our bottom line.”
This work during the winter shut has also led to innovative thinking that will change the way we process milk during the milking season.
Mr Bond gives the example of our D4 evaporator – which evaporates water out of the milk to then be turned into powder. The team came up with an innovative way of splitting the process into stages, which will allow the evaporator to run 6 per cent longer meaning more milk can be processed each day.
Mr Bond adds: “It’s year-round for us. Throughout the entire year we’re talking to other sites about what worked for them and leveraging our collective strength to help our Co-operative deliver.”
He explains the Te Rapa team has adopted a year-round asset care approach for the maintenance and servicing of equipment.
“Constant monitoring of our equipment to ensure it’s always in top nick means we’re saving time and money during our winter shut – something our farmers will appreciate.”
Cycling New Zealand partners with world-leading carbon fibre specialist, New Zealand’s Southern Spars.
June 28,2016 -In a classic tale of Kiwi ingenuity, New Zealand’s Southern Spars – best known for designing and manufacturing masts and rigging for the world’s fastest race yachts and most luxurious superyachts – will be providing wheels to the 2016 New Zealand track cyclists at Rio Olympics in August.
Southern Spars, which was founded in 1990, is a long-time supplier to Team New Zealand. It has a well-established reputation as the best in the world for designing and manufacturing carbon fibre spars and rigging using superior technology.
Southern Spars’ director Mark Hauser said: “The collaboration with Cycling New Zealand has been about taking that expertise and applying it in a different context – working together to create a significant performance benefit.
“We have drawn on our years of experience in the design and manufacture of carbon fibre technology and components. This has led to high performance in yachting, as well as specialist knowledge of windage, stiffness, and strength. In doing this, we have designed a new, superior wheel, which we’re delighted to be supplying to the New Zealand track cyclists.
“We are very excited by the potential of the new wheels, and by the possibilities unleashed by this kind of collaboration and innovation – which is all about bringing together the best of New Zealand.”
Cycling New Zealand Director of High Performance, Mark Elliott, said the partnership with Southern Spars has brought together two unique parties, to produce a great outcome for the New Zealand Olympic track cycling team.
“The partnership with Southern Spars has been a unique opportunity to work with a team with world-leading knowledge of carbon fibre technology, and the drive to take on a totally new challenge, by testing their skills and applying this knowledge to designing track wheels.
“From the outset, we’ve seen Southern Spars’ passion for testing its capability and applying knowledge in new ways, but importantly for us – and our athletes – a drive to contribute to New Zealand’s sporting success on the Olympic stage.
“We are delighted to be forming a partnership with Southern Spars, which we know will deliver an edge for us in Rio. This paves the way for further innovation to support our long-term performance objectives.”
The innovative new track wheels are the result of a three-way collaboration, bringing together Southern Spars’ engineering and carbon fibre production knowledge, Cycling New Zealand’s sport-specific knowledge and dedicated data technology support from High Performance Sport New Zealand.
New Zealand chef de mission, Rob Waddell, congratulated Southern Spars and Cycling New Zealand.
“To be the best in the world – to win Gold at the Olympic Games – requires us to bring everything we’ve got... to work together and leverage every ounce of know-how, technology and talent we can get our hands on. This kind of innovation is classic Kiwi can-do thinking. It’s the best of New Zealand.”
Gizmag, June 26, 2016 -Two autonomous buses will follow a route along the edge of the city of 33,000 residents and pass through pedestrian areas (Credit: Car Postal)
Switzerland has joined a growing number of places around the world exploring the potential of electric autonomous buses, with a pair of driverless shuttles now ferrying passengers around the city of Sion as part of a two-year trial.
Other autonomous buses being tested out across the globe include the EZ10 in California and Singapore, the Navia also in Singapore, and the IBM-powered Olli in Washington DC that can even talk to its passengers en route.
Much like these projects, Switzerland's buses will take to public roads with local regulators eying a wider deployment of low-carbon, autonomous mass transport. The vehicles will be operated by Switzerland's leading public bus operator, PostBus, and will navigate Sion's city streets using software developed by startup BestMile, which spin out of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL).
The buses have been fitted with air conditioning, a backup battery, an access ramp for the disabled and are capable of carrying 11 passengers at a time, who will ride free of charge. The two vehicles will follow a route along the edge of the city of 33,000 residents and pass through pedestrian areas, but they won't exactly be humming along, traveling only at a top speed of 20 km/h (12 mph).
An attendant will go along for the ride in the interests of safety, but the buses will be controlled remotely by an operator using BestMile's autonomous driving software. Researchers from the EPFL's Urban Transport Systems Laboratory are collaborating on the two-year project, with the aim of building a system that manages fleets of autonomous vehicles.
This will involve developing algorithms that enable the buses to communicate with one another and other vehicles on the road, along with accomodating the needs of passengers through on-demand services, such as booking rides in advance and adjusting for flexible routes. Eventually, the researchers say the technology will need to be able to handle these tasks in real time.
GHD, 27 June 2016 -Auckland’s new landmark Te Ara I Whiti (Lightpath) cycleway has been recognised as one of New Zealand’s best public works projects.
The project team of New Zealand Transport Agency, GHD, Novare Design, Monk Mackenzie and Hawkins has received the Excellence Award in the category Best Public Works Project > $5M from the New Zealand division of the Institute of Public Works Australasia.
These prestigious awards showcase projects that are not only completed on time and on budget, but also achieve clearly defined community outcomes.
The Lightpath project converted the unused Nelson Street Off Ramp into a vital 1 km long link for cyclists and pedestrians around the Auckland CBD. According to the judges, it’s a ‘spectacular response’ to NZ Transport Agency’s vision for developing world-class cycling infrastructure throughout each major city and town.
The project also includes a 160 m steel bridge that snakes over New Zealand’s busiest highway junction. It was constructed entirely off site and lifted into place during overnight closures.
The project created an iconic piece of Auckland infrastructure famous for its magenta surface, Maori artwork and 290 interactive LED lights.
With an extremely positive response from the public and cycling groups, and an average of 935 cycle trips per day, the NZ Transport Agency is confident that the project is already providing a drawcard for businesses in the local area.
The design was developed with the safety and efficiency of the state highway, local road network and pedestrians/cyclists in mind.
Gansen Govender, GHD’s Design Manager and Engineer’s Representative, says, ”Normally, a project of this complexity would take well over two years to deliver, but the team worked collaboratively to deliver this cycleway in only 14 months from scheme to completion”.
“The tight timeframe and budget for the works might have encouraged the delivery of a completely practical solution. Instead, the project team evolved the design into an iconic urban structure that’s used and appreciated by many Aucklanders.”
PhD student Lukas Trombach and Distinguished Professor Peter Schwerdtfeger.
Massey University, Monday 27 June 2016 -A world-renowned Massey University researcher in quantum chemistry has opened the doors for a ‘gold rush’ of future research in gold nanostructures.
The paper Hollow Gold Cages and Their Topological Relationship to Dual Fullerenes was co-authored by Distinguished Professor Peter Schwerdtfeger, Lukas Trombach, Sergio Rampino and Lai-Sheng Wang. It featured on the cover of the international publication, Chemistry - A European Journal.
The excitement is around a new class of golden fullerene structures discovered by Professor Schwerdtfeger the acting head of Institute of the New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study and PhD student Lukas Trombach.
Professor Schwerdtfeger explains that gold has sizeable enhancement factors in nanoscience compared to lighter metals like silver and copper and experiences “strong electron donation toward the gold atoms due to its increased electronegativity, which makes them ideal for electronically fine-tuning chemical and physical properties,” he says.
The discovery is significant, as previous research had not considered dual fullerenes when looking at gold clusters. “This new relationship opens the way for a complete new class of hollow gold clusters and the research has applications in synthesising new catalysts with metals inside the gold cage.”
Catalysts (a substance that increases the rate of a reaction without being used up itself) are used in chemistry to increase the rates of chemical reactions, and are important in industrial processes to save energy and reduce costs. Since it was discovered that gold nanoclusters are catalytically active (capable of accelerating or causing a chemical change by the addition of a catalyst) the field of nanoscience has experienced renewed activity, and studying their structure has been the ambition of many scientists over the last 20 years.
“A catalyst is essentially a chemical shortcut that saves time and energy and catalysts with gold nanostructures could potentially speed up these processes compared to other metals,” Professor Schwerdtfeger says.
The study explored the relationship between carbon and golden fullerene cages in detail and found there are as many golden fullerene isomers as there are different fullerene structures, and “the door is now open for other researchers to explore these structures.”
Cover image: the dual golden fullerene Au32 (earlier proposed by Dage Sundholm in Helsinki) above the Auckland skyline. NB: In the full cover image the carbon fullerene C60 can be seen reflected in the water.
Fullerenes in the skyline
“In the cover photo, we had Auckland’s skyline in mind as most of the research was carried out at Massey University in Auckland. The reflection of the carbon fullerene in the water demonstrates the unique one-to-one correspondence between it and the golden fullerene,” says Professor Schwerdtfeger.
Professor Schwerdtfeger dedicated the paper to Professor Gernot Frenking in recognition of his 70th birthday. Professor Frenking was the one who asked the simple question concerning fullerene structures that led Professor Schwerdtfeger to seek the answer.
“I didn’t have an answer right away. If I see a problem that other people can’t solve I start to get interested in it and want to crack it. From this seemingly small event, I got into the topology of fullerene structures, and have since been delving deep into mathematical graph theory.”
The Institute of Directors has released a new guide, 'Getting on board with diversity', offering practical steps for boards and promoting diversity at board tables.
The launch coincides with the fifth anniversary of the IOD's Mentoring for Diversity programme, which matches directors with mentors to help them develop the skills and knowledge needed for a listed or large company board.
Smart Caller, one of the fastest growing Nurse Call Communications companies in the New Zealand, have announced the launch of their ‘next generation’ Personal Safety Alarms.
Auckland, Thursday 23 June 2016 -The Safe-life Pendant uses cellular network technology to allow users make that vital call should an emergency occur with the press just one button. Working anywhere in New Zealand where there is 3G cellular coverage, it not only alerts up to three different personal contacts or monitoring station by SMS that there is an emergency, but also allows location finding of the user's whereabouts using Google Maps along with voice to voice communication. Smart Caller .
Managing Director, Jamie Reid explains “The technology used in the Safe-Life Pendant can be used to remotely monitor a person's welfare, enabling the correct type of assistance to be delivered in a duress situation, in a timely manner to a known location, at a low cost”.
The Smart Caller Safe Life Pendant is not limited geographically as it does not require a landline or base station to communicate an emergency. Working off a SIM card on Spark or Vodafone 3G Cellular network, it can operate in an office, in a warehouse, at the shopping mall or even in a farmers field. This provides significant advantage over existing lone worker, man down or duress alarms in the workplace as existing technology is typically static mounted call points or radio pendants that must be within range of a base station to work. The Safe Life pendant, when activated in an emergency sends an automated “Help me” SOS SMS to all emergency contacts with time and location details within the message. Additionally if required, the pendant has a selectable feature to automatically initiate voice to voice communications to the primary contact via an inbuilt high powered speaker and microphone as part of the ‘Help me” emergency response protocol. At approximately half the price of a basic radio call system or modern cell phone, the Safe Life pendant is extremely economical, completely mobile, weather proof, lightweight, easily worn or carried with the included lanyard allowing the users total freedom of range.
Utilizing GPS/GPRS/GSM technology, the Safe-Life pendant has location finding features which can be invaluable for keeping track of employees. At any time, the Safe-Life pendant can be located by the emergency contacts, so if an employee has absconded or not reported in, their exact location can be found within seconds. Similarly, it also uses the GPS/GPRS/GSM functionality for Geo Fencing. When the Geo Fencing feature is activated, the pendant creates an invisible fence around the predetermined area, say a warehouse for instance. Should the Safe-Life pendant detect it has moved into or out of a Geo Fenced area, it will alert the emergency contacts. An invaluable technology for people that want to contain or exclude employees or contractors from certain areas.
The Safe-Life pendant technology also integrates altimeters & accelerometers that can detect a user having a fall. Fall detection plays a crucial role in saving the lives of those working at heights. The fact is that falls often lead to the loss of consciousness and users may not be able to manually press the SOS button. The Safe-Life pendant has been designed to react automatically alerting emergency contacts it the device senses a fall. “We see contractors working at heights in high risk situations, often isolated or working alone. Should something go wrong, the reality is, people are only alerted if they hear the calls for help or they accidentally find the unconscious person. With the Safe-Life pendant, employers or emergency contacts immediately know something has happened and can dispatch help” say Reid.
Maximising the full use of the technology, the Safe Life pendant has other built in standard features including over speed alerts and movement detection. When the pendant detects moving at speeds faster than what has been programed, the pendant silently responds to the emergency contacts by SMS the pendants time, location and speed. The same technology can be used for movement detection, with either a no movement alarm, or a movement alarm. The Movement feature has been applied to vehicles when owners have wanted to monitor their use silently, detecting unauthorised use triggering a movement alarm, or alternatively if a vehicle has not moved for a period of time.
Irrespective of the application being a farmer working in the field, a lone worker in a warehouse, a contractor on a worksite or security personnel in high risk duress situations, this low cost, palm sized personal alarm & location finding device is set to revolutionise the Health & Safety industry. “We have already sold multiple units to emergency services. They immediately saw the advantages of being able to track the wearers in high risk situations, and also have the wearers able to contact their commanders if they are in trouble” says Reid.
Smart Caller sees this product transcending across industries Reid explains, “We have a new and assistive technology that can reach out to almost any part of the main populations centres of New Zealand at a cost of less than $400+gst per unit with no ongoing costs other than topping up the SIM card. The added Health & Safety value to employers to improve independence, provide security and save lives is immeasurable ”
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June 22, 2016 - A new research has revealed the degree of destruction caused by man-made pollutants, which have now entered the deep oceans as well. The research reveals that chemical contamination has polluted the creatures dwelling at a depth of up to 10,000 meters in the ocean have been. The revelation was made at a deep-ocean exploration conference organized at Shanghai on June 8, 2016.
The disclosure was made by a deep-ocean researcher Alan Jamieson of the University of Aberdeen. He stated that startling levels of man-made organic pollutants have been discovered by his team in amphipods, crustaceans similar to shrimps. The team had captivated the deep-sea creatures during their two international expeditions in 2014 from two deep-ocean trenches.
The creatures were captured from the Kermadec Trench offshore New Zealand and the Mariana Trench that is situated in the western Pacific Ocean and is known to be the deepest trench in the world. Deep-ocean trenches play a significant role as carbon sink and are essential for the regulation of climate and global temperature. However, these trenches, like the Mariana and Kermadec, are exposed to high amounts of pollutants that are washed from large factory waste.
This is because these pollutants have no other disposal system and eventually seep deep inside and accumulate there. During the expeditions, both the trenches were found to have high accumulation levels of the carbon-based compound persistent organic pollutants, which are utilized during the production of plastics and flame retardants. Polychlorinated biphenyl was among the chemicals detected in the crustaceans.
"Toxic chemicals are accumulating in marine creatures in Earth's deepest oceanic trenches, the first measurements of organic pollutants in these regions have revealed," according to a news report published by Scientific American.
"We often think deep-sea trenches are remote and pristine, untouched by humans," says Alan Jamieson, a deep-ocean researcher at the University of Aberdeen, UK. But Jamieson and his colleagues have found man-made organic pollutants at high levels in shrimp-like crustaceans called amphipods that they collected from two deep-ocean trenches, he told a conference on deep-ocean exploration in Shanghai on 8 June.
Before this work-which has not yet been published-the study of pollutants in deep-sea organisms had been limited to those that live at depths of 2,000 metres or less. The latest research tested for levels of organic chemicals in amphipods collected at 7,000-10,000 metres depth, from the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean-the world's deepest trench-and from the Kermadec Trench near New Zealand.
According to a report in Nature World News by Julla Gonzalez, "In a deep-ocean exploration conference in Shanghai on the 8th of June, deep-ocean researcher Alan Jamieson of the University of Aberdeen revealed that his team had found alarming levels of man-made organic pollutants in amphipods (shrimp-like crustaceans). These deep-sea creatures were captured from two deep-ocean trenches, the Mariana Trench located in the western Pacific Ocean (also known as the world's deepest trench) and the Kermadec Trench off the coast of New Zealand in two international expeditions in 2014."
Identified as an important carbon sink and vital in regulating climate and global temperature, deep-ocean trenches such as the Mariana and Kermadec are also prone to higher levels of pollutants washed from large factory waste as they have nowhere else to go but deep down and will eventually build up. High chemical concentrations of the carbon-based compound POPs (persistent organic pollutants) used to make plastics and flame retardants were found in both trenches, although one had particularly higher concentrations than the other for both compounds.
This "fascinating" discovery, says deep-sea microbiologist Douglas Barlett of the San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography, shows that the "trenches are not that remote" as first though of, and that "the world is connected."
Originally published in the NewHampshire Voice June 22, 2016
June 22, 2016 - The Obama administration earlier this week named Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy as the regional manufacturing hub of a new $140 million federal manufacturing institute, which will focus on factories of the future, leading to improvement through innovation and technology.
The Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, which will be headquartered in Los Angeles, will help the manufacturers in the United States to use sensors, software, digital controls, data and the industrial internet to make their factories more efficient which in turn will cut costs and boost the output. The institute will get $70 million from the Department of Energy and the same amount from private investment. The effort by the Obama administration is to make U.S manufacturing companies better in global competition at the same time trim energy requirements and give out less pollution.
The Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition in Los Angeles will be the ninth among the fifteen "manufacturing hubs" which the current President plans to set up all through the country.
As the U.S. manufacturing sector grows, it adds jobs and since 2010 February, 800,000 jobs have been added by the sector.
President Obama said, "The world is smaller than it used to be because of innovation. That is something that can work for everyone if we do it right."
Universal Robots ,June 22, 2016 - Universal Robots, the Danish pioneer of human-robot collaboration, has announced the launch of Universal Robots+, a showroom of plug & play applications, offering a new level of simplicity for Universal Robot customers when installing a new robot application.
Universal Robots+ offers accessories, end-effectors and software solutions meaning both distributors and end users can save weeks and even months in the integration process from concept to operation of the UR cobots. URCaps, accessory components that extend the UR robots’ capabilities, can be customised hardware components, software plug-ins or a combination of both.
The aim of Universal Robots+ is to reduce costs and implementation periods, as well as increase user satisfaction and experience.
As part of the new solution, Universal Robots is also launching +YOU, a free developer programme, offering a marketing and support platform for UR-robot application developers. “With Universal Robots+, everyone can benefit, including our developer community, our distribution partners and our end customers,” explains Esben H. Østergaard, CTO and co-founder of Universal Robots.
“Participants in our developer programme +YOU will receive free support when developing URCaps. By integrating the accessory components showcased at the Universal Robots+ showroom, our distribution partners and end users reduce spending on application development and testing when they deploy the URCaps as simple plug & play solutions.”
How developers and distributors will benefit
“When developers have received our approval for designing within Universal Robots+, we will support them via our local subsidiaries by providing robots for testing and optimising URCaps. On request, robots can also be purchased at a reduced price, given that they will be used exclusively for the development and testing of new UR-related components,” says Stefan Tøndering Stubgaard, Manager of Universal Robots’ Corporate Technical Support.
After completion of a URCaps prototype, the developer will send it to Universal Robots for examination. Tøndering Stubgaard explains, “Before a new product can be presented in our showroom, we verify its quality. In comprehensive functionality tests, we test whether the URCap can be implemented and operated easily and if the product conforms to Universal Robots’ quality requirements.”
In addition, developers can also get their URCaps certified by Universal Robots. In order to receive this additional quality certificate, developers must document that their solution is already operating in a real application and used successfully by a customer.
Having capabilities featured in the Universal Robots+ showroom is free of charge for developers. In providing this, Universal Robots offers all developers a professional marketing platform granting them access to an ever expanding, global customer network. Sales of all products and capabilities revolving around the UR-robots’ universe will continue to be provided through Universal Robots’ established network of distribution partners. In this way, distributors also benefit from this central platform, where they can both offer and access applications developed specifically for the use with UR robots. Universal Robots+ is the toolbox that tailors optimal solutions for their individual customer needs.
Entering the Universal Robots+ Community
To have their application solutions featured in the Universal Robots+ showroom, developers must complete a free registration in the +YOU community forum where developers can submit their application ideas.
After meeting registration criteria, the developers will receive access to the +YOU online forum, where they can exchange questions and ideas. In addition, all members of the community will receive access to the company-internal developer support, which will assist (if necessary) in developing a market mature application. Additionally, the URCaps Software Development Kit can be downloaded free-of-charge.
Software release reduces implementation time
Coinciding with the launch of Universal Robots+, a new update for the robot arms’ operating software has been published. The new release (Software Version 3.3) includes updates such as the Profinet IO device functionality. The new compatibility with Profinet protocols opens up numerous additional areas of deployment and activities for robots. “A key feature of the update supporting the Universal Robots+ platform is the ability for providers to now offer solutions that interface seamlessly with the UR software,” says Østergaard.
Until now, the software enabling communication between developer applications and the UR robot arms had to be implemented by using relatively complex script code, which is time consuming and a difficult task for the majority of end users to handle. As the Software Version 3.3 now consists in parts of open source software, the developers can implement their software as an add-on, reducing the time needed for implementation at the end customer’s premises significantly, thus reducing both price and potential risks.
22 June 2016 - The Banking Ombudsman Scheme has told government agencies and the finance sector about a complaint it investigated recently in which a New Zealander was caught out trying to use cheques from bogus UK bank ‘WeRe Bank’.
The complaint was against a New Zealand bank for refusing to honour a cheque presented by a customer wanting to use it to pay off her credit card.
“The customer was upset the bank wouldn’t honour the cheque and the relationship deteriorated to the point the bank closed the customer’s account. We were asked to look at whether the bank’s decision to refuse to bank the cheque was legal and if it could end the relationship it had with her.
“In short, our investigation revealed the ‘cheque’ was not actually a cheque because the issuing ‘bank’ was not actually a bank,” Banking Ombudsman Nicola Sladden said.
WeRe Bank was set up in the United Kingdom last year as a ’common law bank’. Customers send the bank a promissory note (an IOU) of £150,000 and then pay membership fees of £10 a month for an account. It deals in its own currency called the Re, apparently a unit of energy used to pay debt.
WeRe Bank supplies the customer with a cheque book to write ‘cheques’ drawn against the promissory note to pay debts. The cheques are not legal tender so debts aren’t paid. WeRe isn’t a registered bank or even a company, but is run online by one person and with a mobile phone number.
“This is the first complaint involving a New Zealand customer that we are aware of. Canada and the United Kingdom have dealt with cases. Because WeRe cheques are worthless, customers’ attempts to repay debt with these cheques are not successful and so people face all the risks of late payment, from additional charges to repossession.
“There will be no joy for anybody who thinks they are on to a winner with a WeRe bank cheque book. It sounds too good to be true, because it is.”
“We also determined the bank had the right to decide to end its banking relationship with its customer and had followed the correct process for doing so,” Ms Sladden said.
See our Quick Guide on Common scams targeting bank customers or for scam alert information: www.dia.govt.nz, www.consumerprotection.govt.nz/scams, www.fma.govt.nz, www.netsafe.org.nz
UK Financial Conduct Authority Warning about WeRe Bank UK Financial Ombudsman Service WeRe Bank decision Canadian Court of Queen’s Bench Alberta WeRe Bank decision
A press release from the Banking Ombudsman Scheme June 22, 2016
Wellington, 21 June 2016 –The tech sector and Government should combine forces to start creating a position of New Zealand as the high tech capital of the world, an incubation nation and a world class digital nation, NZTech recommended today.
The national tech organisation today released a landmark first-ever in-depth study report on the actual state of New Zealand’s technology. NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says that while New Zealand has a large and dynamic tech export sector it is not evident in the positioning of New Zealand globally.
“Go to Silicon Valley and talk about agri-tech and everyone says Israel, yet we have a globally respected agri sector. Go to the United Kingdom and mention ed-tech and they say the United States, yet we have a globally respected education sector.
“Ask anyone overseas what they know about New Zealand, and if they know anything at all, it is usually sheep, hobbits and nice scenery. None of this is particularly helpful if you are trying to export high tech products.
“The small size of our domestic market constrains the potential for New Zealand businesses to grow without trading. New Zealand is not going to get rich by selling to itself. The ability for businesses to sell their goods and services to customers in overseas markets is critical.
“For a geographically isolated country like New Zealand, global connections are critical. Falling travel costs and greater connectedness due to technology have reduced the negative impacts of being far from global markets and created new opportunities for trade in many diverse sectors, Muller says.
New Zealand’s exports are predominantly primary products with more than half of all exports in the year to June 2015 from primary products ($35.7 billion). While natural resources will remain the basis of our competitive advantage for years to come, there are natural limits to the growth of the primary sector and a need to ensure sustainability by working within environmental constraints.
Ultimately, for New Zealand to diversify its export base, technology will play a critical role in creating new exports and higher value niche products that complement our existing national specialisation in agriculture. There is also scope to use technology to improve value-add in agricultural exports, the report says.
Since 1990, exports from New Zealand’s high tech manufacturing sector have grown from under $100 million to $4.4 billion in 2015. Exports of high-tech goods and services from the ICT sector have grown to $1.9 billion in 2015. In total, the tech sector generated $6.3 billion of exports, making it the third largest export sector for New Zealand.
A combination of factors may be contributing to the growth of New Zealand tech exports. As well as the growing scale of a number of tech exporters there is also growing breadth. For example, exports from New Zealand video game developers exceeded $100 million in 2015, up from $80 million in 2014. Tech export successes are also being built off global technologies as local ICT firms find ways to add value to international products and leverage off their channels to market.
Muller says one shining example is Auckland start-up Hapara. Inspired by teachers at Point England school in Auckland, Hapara developed a piece of cloud based software that lets teachers see what students have on their screens when using Google Apps in the classroom. Now only five years old, Hapara tools are used by schools in every US state and in more than 30 countries opening them up to a global edtech market worth $US100 billion. There are scores of examples like this coming out of the New Zealand tech sector.
A press release from the New Zealand Technology Industry Association
At its Annual General Meeting on June 2, Saint-Gobain unveiled its new logotype. A new interpretation of the ‘bridge’ symbol that has represented the Group for more than 40 years, it also incorporates a vibrant skyline illustrating the Group’s brand territory of “living places.” Warm and bright colors have been used to create a more emotional connection with customers and end consumers.
This logo reflects an updated positioning for the brand, based around its promise: to design, manufacture and distribute materials that improve the wellbeing of both individuals and society as a whole. For Pierre-André de Chalendar, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saint-Gobain, “At Saint-Gobain, our materials and solutions are designed to help increase the comfort of people today, wherever they live, work and travel. But we need to do this sustainably, helping to safeguard the planet for future generations. For us, these aspects of wellbeing are complementary, two sides of the same coin.”
The shift in brand positioning underlines the Group’s commitment to creating a stronger connection with the general public. Better informed through digital media, consumers play an increasingly important role in specifying the products that are used in their projects. Saint-Gobain wants to explain how its materials and solutions contribute to daily life, through its brand values: expertise in materials, a culture of innovation, an understanding of customer needs and an approach based on openness and responsibility. “We need to be more visible to end consumers,” says Pierre-André de Chalendar. “Today’s strong brands demonstrate the value they bring to people. I want everyone to know what Saint-Gobain stands for, and the role our brands play in daily life.”
ABOUT SAINT-GOBAIN Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and solutions which are key ingredients in the wellbeing of each of us and the future of all. They can be found everywhere in our living places and our daily life: in buildings, transportation, infrastructure and in many industrial applications. They provide comfort, performance and safety while addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and climate change.
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Who we are ? Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and solutions which are key ingredients in the wellbeing of each of us and the future of all. They can be found everywhere in our living places and our daily life: in buildings, transportation, infrastructure and in many industrial applications. They provide comfort, performance and safety while addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and climate change.
Pictured Professor Claire Massey with the cover of The New Zealand Land and Food Annual.
A new book from the Massey University Press is the first edition of many that will examine and analyse the agrifood and agribusiness landscape in New Zealand.
The New Zealand Land & Food Annual 2016 – Why waste a good crisis? is a solution-focused analysis of the issues currently facing New Zealand agribusiness, and a glimpse into the issues that will affect the country in the future. The book was launched at an event as part of Fieldays at the Radio Sport Lounge at FMG Stadium Waikato on Thursday.
The book contains chapters dervied from the collective knowledge of 26 expert contributors from a spectrum of organisations and viewpoints. Authors come from tertiary institutions like Massey University, manufacturers including The New Zealand Merino Company, and many more industry leaders in science, farming, banking, research and environmental protection.
Book editor and Massey University director of agrifood Professor Claire Massey says, “the book is as useful for an everyday New Zealander as it is for a policymaker, researcher or organisation”.
“The subjects covered are complex and they concern not only the technical problems, but also the interpersonal problems of a community in crisis. When we talk about the management of resources we cannot forget the most important – the people.
“Initially, we were nervous about the word ‘crisis’ and all it carries with it, but the reality is that there are people in crisis in this country and the problems they face are our problems,” she says.
Chapters explore issues of foreign ownership, dairy prices, worldwide consumer demand, iwi, food fraud, environmental sustainability, advances in technology, exports, manufacturing, and much more.
“I encourage people to read the chapters on subjects that they know, but also on those they know nothing about. As I found myself, each chapter has something to offer and much can be gained from a deeper understanding of familiar subjects, but also of those in which we had yet to consider.”
Professor Ralph Sims of the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, whose chapter discusses changes to farm management practices, gave a sobering presentation on the impact of greenhouses gases and climate change.
Massey University Press Publisher Nicola Legat says: “this book is a vessel for thought-leadership and is a prime example of the kind of high-quality publications that the university’s publishing division was established for. In the year of its first edition, I look forward to the many more to come.”
Professor Claire Massey leads the University’s agrifood strategy and provides a focus for the activities that occur across the University’s academic units and service lines. She also heads Te Puna Whakatipu, which leads and supports university-level projects in agriculture and food.
The book will be published annually and launched each year around the Mystery Creek Fieldays. To find out how to purchase the book, visit the website.
Network World | Jun 20, 2016 -I have a particular interest in the manufacturing of physical goods. For close to 25 years, I have been involved with a boutique, New Zealand-based manufacturer of backpacks and workwear. Cactus Equipment has been designing and making its own products for years.
As opposed to the regular model of spec'ing a product from Far Eastern design and manufacturing houses, Cactus designs in house and then manufacturers in its own New Zealand factory, as well as a number of outsourced but still New Zealand-based facilities. So, the realities of trying to get a product designed and prototyped is something I'm well aware of. The design and sourcing combined with the difficulty in accessing resources makes product engineering a difficult task.
That is why I've been interested to watch companies that try and make this process more efficient. One company, Ponoko, got its start in New Zealand around 10 years ago with a vision of connecting designers, customers and manufacturers. The idea was that any one of those stakeholder groups could use the Ponoko platform to connect with the other groups. Have a smart design for some new widget? You could find a manufacturer and a customer base on Ponoko. Ponoko leveraged a global listing of production facilities using different processes (CNC machining, laser cutting, different material specialties etc) to achieve good economics.
Whether they were too early or their execution wasn't optimal, Ponoko never really seemed to hit escape velocity. It still exists, but the world of design and manufacturing is pretty much the same as it was a decade or two ago.
Auckland, 21 June 2016 -The number of New Zealanders working past 65 is on the rise but a new survey has found most businesses are not geared up for them.
The study was carried out as part of the Retirement Commissioner’s review of retirement income policies and questioned 500 companies, ranging from those with fewer than five employees to those with more than 200.
It found 83% have no policies or strategies in place for workers aged over 50. And it doesn’t matter what sort of work they do: the results for those engaged in manual work, such as farming and forestry, were no different to those in manufacturing or the service sector.
Nor does the size of the organisation make any substantial difference: large workplaces are doing no better than small businesses.
David Boyle, the Commission for Financial Capability’s group manager investor education, said: “Older workers bring skills, experience and, often, loyalty to an organisation. Their input can be invaluable, but they can need support, such as training or flexibility around their role, in order for them to keep working.
“It’s a question of attitude as well. I’ve heard from people in their 60s and even their 50s who say they feel invisible or overlooked in favour of younger workers.
“As we live longer and the age of our workforce increases it’s clear that employers need to consider how they manage – and benefit from – their older employees.”
Of those who have introduced strategies or policies, they include flexible working hours, job design, an organisational culture that is supportive of older workers and planned phased retirement such as moving to part-time work.
The survey found more than two thirds (69%) of the 500 businesses agree that there’s a shortage of highly experienced workers in their industry. And a similar proportion (70%) are concerned about losing skills and experience when older workers retire.
Boyle said: “The logical next step is for them to draw up policies and strategies to ensure they retain people with those skills and experience who want to continue working.”
The survey found 77% of companies do not carry out any active retirement planning to help their employees transition from full-time work.
“I know of some companies that make work more flexible for their older staff, for example with part-time mentoring roles to tap into that experience. It’s often a win-win for everyone.
“But I also speak to people who feel like they’ve been put on the scrap heap, and would like to work but can’t, when they still have a lot to offer. Continuing to work can give them purpose and greater self-esteem, as well as helping their financial wellbeing,” Boyle said.
More than one in five people over the age of 65 is still working, some because they need the money, but others because they enjoy what they are doing or like the social contact. That number is set to rise to one in three over the next 15 years.
The Commission for Financial Capability is holding a forum today to address the issues that workers, employers and the country is facing.
It will investigate what other countries are doing to make the most of their ageing workforces; identify the challenges and opportunities that New Zealand is facing; and address the social and economic implications of working past 65.
The Commission is also running an online survey, asking New Zealanders what age they think they will retire and why.
Results to date from 2,200 people show 88% plan to keep working past 65 and their reasons are varied including the ability to use their skills and talents, the chance to do a job that is worthwhile, for social contact and for financial reasons.
Friday 17 June 2016 -Peter Nation, NZ National Fieldays Society CEO said the level of ingenuity in the room was second to none.
“It’s great to see the number of Innovations entrants growing every year,” said Nation.
“You’re looking at innovations today that could very well revolutionise agribusiness tomorrow.
“I’d like to congratulate all of the inventors here today. What you’re doing means you’re tuned in to the foundation of the industry, which is innovation. We don’t grow, we don’t advance without stopping and asking the pertinent questions about where we are, how we got here and what it will take to move forward.
“Looking around the Innovations Centre today, the right questions are being addressed.”
With 70 entrants in the Fieldays Innovation Awards this year, the trend has been towards mobile apps and data collection software as the industry keeps up with technological advancements.
• Fieldays Young Innovator of the Year – St Paul’s Collegiate School, Crankholder • Vodafone Innovation and Technology – Agricultural Software Limited, FarmWalker Pasture Meter • Locus Research Innovation Award – Kevin Bain, Pest Trap Reset Mechanism • Origin Innovation IP Award – Progressive Equipment Limited, Pipe Grabber • Crowe Horwath Agri Innovation Award – Styx Solutions, Styx Batten and Outrigger System • Tompkins Wake IP and Commercialisation Award – Antahi Innovations Limited, TrutiTuber and FlexiTuber • Tru-Test Prototype Grassroots Award – Kevin Bain, Pest Trap Reset Mechanism • Tru-Test Prototype Established Award – Styx Solutions, Styx Batten and Outrigger System • Fieldays Launch NZ Award – The Wrangler Limited, Pollen Smart
The stunning new Business Class Bar and Lounge for Virgin Australia’s newly refitted Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
Cambridge Network, UK, 15 June 2016 -AIM Altitude has stretched the geographical and engineering boundaries to produce the stunning new Business Class Bar and Lounge for Virgin Australia’s newly refitted Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
First programme to launch under the new AIM Altitude brand and AVIC ownership
With the design and manufacture programme beginning in 2014, the final Door 2 monument design is the result of a successful collaboration between Virgin Australia, AIM Altitude and design house, tangerine.
The design was developed and engineered by AIM Altitude specialists in New Zealand, before AIM Altitude in the UK took up the mantle with manufacturing at its Cabin Interiors facility in Bournemouth. The first of five refurbished Boeing 777-300ER re-entered service between Australia and the United States in May 2016.
The engineering limits were also expanded. Michael Pervan, Managing Director of Altitude, explained: “When Virgin Australia and AIM Altitude first began collaborating on the project, we wanted to stretch the boundaries of what is currently experienced by passengers in the Door 2 zone of a wide-body aircraft. We faced a number of challenges, including finding methods to engineer and manufacture products that used unique lighting and custom trim and finish materials. Like most aircraft interior projects, we were also faced with the challenges of limited real estate in which to create a relaxing and luxurious environment in the Door 2 zone.”
Altitude achieved an outstanding end result, with an impressive Corian backlit bar countertop light box, lighting embedded within Virgin Australia’s Flying Maiden logo and contemporary leaf pattern ceiling as well as bar-edge lighting designs. Ultimately this has created a zone that feels more spacious with a much improved passenger and crew experience.
As part of the design and development programme AIM Altitude follows with all large programmes of this nature, a specialised product development process was implemented at the commencement of the project. Before any detailed design was undertaken, AIM Altitude liaised with many stakeholders of the aircraft Door 2 zone, such as cabin crew and passengers. This consultation ensured a comprehensive understanding of all user requirements.
As the programme developed, full-sized mock ups were created to give stakeholders the opportunity to experience the Door 2 zone in a realistic environment. This process saw several design changes occur which, without mock-up experience, potentially would not have been identified until much further in the programme where additional cost or delays may have been incurred.
In total, AIM Altitude designed five distinct pieces of furniture for the Door 2 area:
Forward monument – a full-height centre bulkhead with integrated shelves for display of beverage bottles, integrated Nespresso machine and access hatches for the business- class seats forward of the monument
Bar unit – a mid-height bar unit connected to the forward monument featuring a Corian bench top and illuminated light-box housing, four half-sized carts and a sink and waste compartment;
Ceiling – a large ceiling panel featuring a Virgin Australia’s signature leaf pattern with embedded lighting
AFT monument – a full-height centre bulkhead with bank seating and table top to add to the social aspect of the Door 2 zone. This also houses the Flying Maiden logo. The opposite side of the bank seating provides an integrated foot-well for the business-class seats
Bar stools – four bar stools surround the bar unit allowing passengers to sit at the bar to be served by the Virgin Australia crew. The design of the stools also includes a plinth to cover the stool attachments to the seat tracks
“We are extremely proud of what we have worked with Virgin Australia and tangerine to create,” says Pervan. “There is no doubt that it is a statement on the ‘Art of the Possible’, and we hope that Virgin Australia’s guests enjoy this space as much as we have enjoyed bringing it to life”.
Shipping News Feature US – Founded in New Zealand in 1978 to serve the ocean and air freight and road haulage sectors, Mainfreight moved into the same US markets in 2007 and has now expanded its logistics network there with the addition of two new warehouses. Located in Newark New Jersey and Dallas, Texas the facilities, at 135,000 and 129,000 square feet respectively, boost the company’s available warehousing to 574,000 square feet when added to its existing depots in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Chicago.
Since its inception Mainfreight has established a comprehensive network of warehouses and service throughout the world in addition to its North American network, with almost seven and a half million square feet of space spread between Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Asia. Mainfreight's US services include container drayage, customs clearance, and both LTL and FTL transport in addition to the full portfolio of supply chain solutions offered worldwide. René van Houtum, Vice President of Logistics at Mainfreight Inc. commented:
"We're totally focused on delivering first-class logistics and supply chain solutions to our customers in a comprehensive 'one package' approach. To achieve this we're intensifying our North American and global network capabilities and have aggressive growth targets at Mainfreight to ensure we're well-positioned to help our customers expand their businesses. We measure ourselves by the service and quality we deliver to customers. Our ability to grow is inextricably linked to their satisfaction and loyalty. We never lose sight of that."
NZBloodService, 14 June 2016 -Last year 110,000 New Zealanders donated over 160,000 units of blood, helping save the lives of over 42,000 ordinary Kiwis. For many, this great act of giving quite simply made the difference between life and death.
“Donating blood is selfless act which has the potential to save the life of a total stranger. Today on World Blood Donor Day, on behalf of New Zealand, we want to say ‘thank you blood donors’ and acknowledge how their generosity touches so many lives” says Asuka Burge, National Manager Marketing and Communications for NZBS.
To mark this World Blood Donor Day, New Zealand Blood Service (NZBS) is launching a new app for iPhone and Android, putting the power to save lives in the palm of the users’ hand. It has never been easier to find a time and place to make a blood donation.
“Over 50% of blood donations are made through mobile blood drives across the country. Staying connected with all our donors, not just those that visit a donor centre is vitally important to NZBS. The app was developed in an intuitive way that will enable us to stay connected with all of our donors, creating regular touchpoints that we hope will act as a call to action to continue donating and encourage others to do so as well,” says Asuka Burge, New Zealand Blood Service National Manager Marketing and Communications.
As well as being able to book appointments, access maps of all the blood drives across the country and share across personal social media platforms, whole blood donors that download the app will also receive a special notification when their blood has been used to help save a fellow kiwi’s life.
“When developing the app it was very important for us to include features that would help ensure our donors continued to feel valued and to remind them what a wonderful gift they are giving. Donors could be at home, on the bus to work or just supermarket shopping and they will receive a ‘thank you’. We hope it goes some way to remind our donors what a wonderful difference they are making to someone else’s life,” continues Ms. Burge.
New Zealand Blood Service app key features:
Scheduling appointments: Through the locations view, donors will be able to view all donor centres and mobile blood drives in the country, plotted on a map. Once a location has been selected, the donor will be able to choose their preferred date and time before confirming the appointment. The app will also allow donors to book multiple future appointments, and receive reminders for their upcoming appointments. Donors can also receive helpful notifications to let them know when their local mobile blood drive has been confirmed in their area.
Digital Donor ID Card: Instead of carrying a physical Donor ID Card, donors arriving at an appointment can simply present their Donor ID in the app.
Donor Information: Donors will be able to see their blood type, access their donation history and view their upcoming appointments via the app. Days until they are eligible to donate again will also be shown to provide a handy reminder when they can donate again.
BALDWIN, Long Island, New York, June 13 2016 - - A Baldwin business owner spoke with News 12 Long Island about how she had to fight Donald Trump over the name of her travel business.
Claudia Rabin-Manning bought Trump Travel in 1989. Shortly after, she was slapped with a lawsuit by the presumptive Republican presidential candidate for using his last name.
She says the family-operated travel agency had already been named Trump Travel when she bought it - the name referring to a term used when playing cards.
The lawsuit was eventually settled and wound up costing Manning thousands in legal fees. The judge ruled that Manning had to use a disclaimer saying her business was not in any way related to Donald Trump. That wound up including her stationary, emails and even the sign outside the building - “Not affiliated with Donald J. Trump or the Trump Organization”.
Manning says her agency's name did bring attention to her business, but just not in a positive way.
Trump's attorneys made a second attempt to sue the travel agency for a similar reason in the 1990s, but that attempt was also unsuccessful.
Wellington, Friday 10 June 2016 -New electric vehicle signage launched today will help remove barriers to going electric, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.
The new signage, developed by the Christchurch City Council and approved by the NZ Transport Agency, uses an easily recognisable symbol to identify where electric vehicles can be charged. The signage can now be rolled out for use on State Highways and local roads across the country.
Todays’ launch follows the announcement of the Government’s Electric Vehicles Programme last month.
“It’s clear that electric vehicles are the future and the Government is committed to accelerating uptake in New Zealand.
“We have recognised there are a number of barriers preventing households switching to electric vehicles, such as a lack of awareness of electric vehicles and widespread public charging infrastructure.
“To help people transition from petrol and diesel we need to ensure there is easy access to charging infrastructure and that it is easy to find. The launch of national charging signage is a great first step in helping motorists switch to electric.
“I applaud the Christchurch City Council for taking the lead and developing a symbol that can now be used across the country, with a number of councils already signalling their intention to install it in their regions.”
Mr Bridges says the Government is now working on progressing the Electric Vehicles Programme.
“Following my announcement last month, we’re now in the process of establishing the contestable fund, leadership group, information campaign and we’ll be looking at introducing changes to Road User Charges later this year.”
10 June 2016 - A new online version of the herd management system most New Zealand farmers use will be officially launched at Fieldays by LIC.
MINDA® LIVE brings new features that will make life easier for dairy farmers, managers and their staff. Farmers will be able to use the system anywhere, any time on any internet enabled device.
“MINDA LIVE brings a modern online experience to the dairy farm,” LIC CIO Paul Littlefair said. The system has new features farmers have been asking for, such as automatic updates.
“MINDA LIVE operates in real-time. Multiple users can enter data at the same time wherever they are. If a farm worker in the dairy shed puts information in the system, it will appear instantly at the house so the farmer can see it. Access is available via broadband, fixed or mobile, on any computer, tablet, or mobile devices,” Littlefair said.
New features include a virtual “holding pen” that will “hold” information users have entered until the farmer has a chance to review and approve it. Another feature is a new customisable report template. Farmers will be able to build customisable reports in the system by adding new animal attributes, e.g. breeding worth, milking information, expected calving date. “A range of new features will be progressively added to MINDA LIVE throughout the year ahead,” Littlefair said.
As a farm information and management system, MINDA LIVE puts farmers in control of their farm operations. It improves farmers’ decision making about herds and individual animals, including breeding, feeding and culling decisions. “Having access to this information is powerful. It helps you decide which animals to keep in your herd, which improves your production and the genetic merit of your herd over time.”
Littlefair said MINDA LIVE will still need to go offline from time to time to allow system upgrades and updates, e.g. when nationwide Animal Evaluation data updates take place. These data updates help ensure the animal data that benefits all New Zealand dairy farmers remains up to date.
Farmers are encouraged to come along to LIC’s site at Fieldays, EX1 in the Exhibition Building, to see MINDA LIVE in action. They are also encouraged to visit the LIC Automation site (E30) to find out about a range of innovative automation products for the dairy shed. MINDA LIVE offers for farmers at LIC’s site at Fieldays:
LIC will be doing demonstrations of MINDA LIVE so you can see how it works
Talk to the LIC team about how MINDA LIVE can help with your herd management
If you don’t have a MINDA LIVE account, we can help you set one up Take advantage of special Broadband offers from Spark and Vodafone
MINDA Workshops at Fieldays
To find out more about MINDA LIVE, drop into one of our MINDA workshops, to be held in the Seminar Marquee in the Central Precinct at Fieldays.
The 2016 NZ DIA Forum will be held in the Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland on 16 - 17 November in conjunction with the RNZN 75th Anniversary celebrations, Operation Neptune.
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10 June 2016 -The tool-kit, which provides practical advice and resources to help farmers improve health and safety on their farms, has been developed by Safer Farms, ACC and WorkSafe New Zealand’s health and safety programme designed with farmers and the wider agricultural sector.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand and Federated Farmers were among the groups which provided input to the tool-kit. Beef + Lamb New Zealand, in addition to working with WorkSafe on the new tool-kit, is working with sheep and beef farmers to help them meet their obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act. Beef + Lamb New Zealand Chief Executive, Sam McIvor, says that by the end of June, the organisation will have run over 70 health and safety workshops for more than 2,100 attendees around the country.
“There’s no question that as an industry we need to make sure we have good health and safety practices in place on our farms,” says Mr McIvor. “We’ve been working closely with WorkSafe and farmers to get these systems in place on sheep and beef farms. Tools, like those promoted on the WorkSafe website, give farmers good practical information to make their farms safe places to operate,” McIvor says.
Al McCone, WorkSafe’s Agriculture Programme Manager says that while many farmers recognise that proactive planning is needed to make sure they can keep healthy and safe, they find it difficult to know where to start with changing their approach. He reassures farmers that this doesn’t need to be hard. The easy-to-use tool-kit concentrates on those things that make a difference on farm, which are also at the heart of the new Health and Safety at Work Act - involving everyone on farm, recognising health as well as injury risks, and working with other businesses to make sure overlapping risks are managed.
“Fit and healthy people are a critical factor for successful farming. In 2013, around 20 per cent of agricultural workers made a farming-related injury claim to ACC, at a cost of over $26 million. Some of those injuries will keep costing for several years. Keeping everyone on your farm safe and healthy helps ensure a farm is productive and profitable.
“The new tool-kit can help farmers keep safe and keep farming,” says Mr McCone.
Entries are now open for New Zealand’s longest-running and pre-eminent sustainability awards.
9 June 2016 - The NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards, which are now in their 14th year, celebrate the contribution organisations and individuals are making to transforming New Zealand to a more sustainable nation. Entry to the awards is free and open to all organisations and individuals in New Zealand.
CEO of the SBN Rachel Brown says, "There’s been a tremendous amount of action in sustainability over the past year and the need to be recognised in this space is greater than ever. The sustainable business landscape has shifted with events such as the Paris Agreement on climate change putting sustainability firmly on the agenda.
"Now’s the time to be recognised for your sustainability innovations or impacts. Entering these Awards is a quick and easy way to celebrate your achievements."
The NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards focus on four transformation areas that are key to the future direction of sustainability in New Zealand: Renewables, Community, Mega efficiency and Restorative.
Within each of these four categories there are separate awards for Impact and Innovation. There are also awards for an individual Sustainability Champion, Communicating Sustainability and Energy Management.
The supreme award, NZI Greatest Contribution to a Sustainable New Zealand, will be awarded to a business that has performed outstandingly well in all aspects of sustainability.
Last year’s winners ranged from small businesses like Wishbone Design Studio and social enterprises such as Âkina Foundation to corporates like Gull and DB Breweries. The 2015 supreme award was presented to Taupô Beef.
Travis Atkinson, Executive General Manager of NZI, the Principal Sponsor of the Awards says, "We’ve been proud supporters of the Sustainable Business Network and national awards since 2007.
"NZI provides insurance for a growing New Zealand so being sustainable is really important to us - it’s become fundamental to the way we do business. We’re strong believers in the SBN’s mission to inspire change and we look forward to meeting the sustainability leaders of 2016."
Is your local marae, sports team or social club confident in doing CPR and using an AED to save the life of someone in cardiac arrest?
As part of an effort to reduce New Zealand’s cardiac arrest toll, St John ambulance officers and tutors are volunteering their time to deliver a free 3 Steps for Life community education programme to the public.
“More than 1,200 people die every year in New Zealand after suffering a cardiac arrest. New Zealand’s cardiac arrest toll is four times the national road toll and yet it remains a silent disease in terms of public awareness,” says St John Medical Director Tony Smith.
3 Steps for Life is designed to give all New Zealanders the confidence and awareness to take action when somebody suffers a cardiac arrest by 1) Calling 111; 2) Starting CPR; and 3) Using an AED (automated external defibrillator).
St John’s last Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) Report (2014/15) revealed that 64% of cardiac arrests occur at home and 19% happen in public so it’s vital that family members and bystanders take action.
Applying CPR and rapid defibrillation can increase a patient’s chances of survival by up to 40%. But for every minute without CPR or defibrillation, a patient’s chance of survival falls by 10-15%.
St John’s OHCA Report also revealed Māori are disproportionally affected with a 40% higher chance of suffering a cardiac arrest than all other ethnic groups.
As a result St John has developed a ‘Marae Cardiac Arrest programme’ using the 3 Steps for Life formula.
St John Pou Takawaenga (Māori liaison officers) are working with Māori communities and have engaged 30 marae around New Zealand to support training in CPR and access to defibrillators.
“St John is committed to enhancing Maori community health outcomes through our Te Ara Hato Hone strategy, just as building community resilience is an essential goal,” says St John Director of Community Health Services, Sarah Manley.
St John aims to deliver the free hour-long 3 Steps programme to at least 5,000 people over the next year so if your rugby, netball or hockey team, church group, local marae or any other community groups are keen, please go to the St John website 3 Steps for Life enquiry page to make a booking.
We know these three easy but vital steps can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.
Paul Radisich "I believe that in this day and age, backing New Zealand companies that manufacture and produce on home on home soil – whatever sector of industry that might be from – is vital,” he explained."
Two time world touring car champion and New Zealand icon Paul Radisich has been appointed as the new national and international ambassador for the Buy New Zealand Made Campaign.
Appropriately, Radisich’s first appearance in his new role will be at the Speedshow two day event at the ASB Showgrounds in July, where the domestic motorsport and performance parts industry is showcased every year.
Since his retirement from active motorsport, Radisich has focussed his attention on Aegis Oil, a family business which is unique in being the only company in the lubricants sector in New Zealand blending and making its own lubricants for the domestic and international markets.
“I believe that in this day and age, backing New Zealand companies that manufacture and produce on home soil – whatever sector of industry that might be from – is vital,” he explained.
“The Buy NZ Made campaign is all about raising awareness that we are producing a huge and diverse range of products blended here in NZ and that we are actually exceptionally good at it. That is something we can control and nurture and it keeps money and jobs inside New Zealand, both now and in the future. At a very simple level that has to be good for the next generation of Kiwis who manufacture domestically, but I believe is also key to us forging our place in the commercial world in the future. We have to be manufacturers to compete and survive – whatever it is we manufacture.”
Despite volatile international markets in some sectors, total New Zealand manufacturing rose by 1.3 per cent in the final quarter of 2015 according to Statistics New Zealand, with a small increase in sales despite the well-documented reductions in production value in the dairy industry.
“What a lot of people won’t know is that the Buy NZ Made campaign is still a very active one which offers support services and networking opportunities to other NZ manufacturing businesses and that collective strength will become increasingly useful and important in a global marketplace.
“As an owner and operator of a domestic manufacturing business I recognise the benefits of an NZ Made collective all of the time and I have been a very strong supporter of all things New Zealand made. It’s a privilege to be asked to be the campaign’s ambassador and I hope very much to add to the campaign as it will inevitably come into sharper focus in the years to come.”
Owned and run by Business NZ, the Buy NZ Made Campaign began in 1988. Its mission is to keep our country working by promoting and supporting the manufacturing, exporting and retailing of New Zealand made goods.
In 2011 Italian, Lucca Mucchi set up the iLD in-line devices assisted by a team of highly skilled technologists whose aim was to develop and produce hi-tech strategic sensing solutions named mOisTori / mOisTracker, for improving industrial production processes.
The members of this team brought with them a vast wealth of experience in the field of non-intrusive sensing systems founded on microwave-frequency technology, and were well aware of the opportunities that the real-time non-destructive solutions now provide.
This technology plays a vital role in the food industry which motivated Tony Rumbold, founder of SCANZ Technologies, to develop a relationship with iLD which culmulated in SCANZ becoming their NZ representative.
Of particular interest to industry in New Zealand would be the mOisTracker® product range. This is based on multi- parameter planar microwave sensors over a surface of which the material is made to flow, coupled to a digital control unit.
The mOisTracker® Cylindrical family is suitable for measuring powder, granular material, coffee, maize, semi-finished cream, liquids food, starches and derivatives and can be installed, for example on a pipe; it is also suitable for use with ceramic powder, etc.
The mOisTracker® Planar and Cylindrical sensor family provides smart solutions for real- time measurement of moisture and density in solid raw materials (paper, cement, chips, granulates, breads, panels, pellets, tiles, powder and food products for the oven or kiln, ceramic powders and colours, etc.), liquids (food, slips, glues, etc.) and semi-finished products (garnishing and filling creams, etc.), on production lines of industrial processes.
To discuss your requirements with Tony you can reach him on:
(CPV) Monday 6 June 2016 – A New Zealand-Vietnam friendship bridge will be constructed on Dien Bien Phu street in Ho Chi Minh city, connecting Hutech University and the Hong Bang International University.
The information was announced on June 6th, between New Zealand Minister for Economic Development, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment and Science and Innovation, Steven Joyce and Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh city People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem.
The bridge is a joint project between New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and a coalition of New Zealand timber, and the Ho Chi Minh city People’s Committee. It will be made from Glulam, a product made of New Zealand radiate pine wood that is known for its strength, durability and versatility, it is lighter and stronger than steel.
Discussions to construct the friendship bridge began in 2015 during the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and Vietnam when a coalition of New Zealand timber companies – Sequal Lumber, Timbalink, PTL Structural Timber Consultants, Vietnam-New Zealand Ltd and Tran Duc Homes – raised the idea of sponsoring an enduring symbol of friendship between the two countries to mark the anniversary.
The first flight from Auckland landed at Ho Chi Minh city on June 5th, 2016.
According to New Zealand Consul General to Ho Chi Minh city Tony Martin, the idea to construct a bridge – something that connects two places together – is a great symbol of the strong ties between New Zealand and Vietnam.
The construction is a strong metaphor for the rapidly growing Vietnam – New Zealand bilateral relationship as well as a great advertisement for the use of timber in construction./.
Forestry makes an important contribution to New Zealand’s economy as the third largest earner, making up to 3.2% of GDP. New Zealand government research institute provides technical and scientific capability in forestry, wood products and bio – product research, and development with a high – value manufacturing focus.
The nation is best known for using wood and plant fibres, which includes wood modification, wood processing, fibre sciences, pulp and paper testing, bio-refinery technology, and clean technologies.
Auckland - Sealegs has released the first of the new production series Asis RIBs to be equipped with Sealegs System 60 amphibious technology. This continues Sealegs along the path of empowering additional global boat manufacturers to offer Amphibious Enablement Systems (AES) on their existing product lines.
Sealegs Amphibious Enablement Kits allow any boat builder to modify their craft to benefit from amphibious abilities. Craft with this technology can travel directly between land and sea by the use of three retractable wheels with a hydraulic system linked to an inboard motor. The entire system is marinised and stays completely out of the water while underway. This means there is no compromise to on-water performance.
Through working closely with Dubai-based Asis Boats, Sealegs has now released the fibreglass 7.5m Asis Midi with Sealegs amphibious technology. The first completed craft of its kind will be displayed at the Hutchwilco Boat Show on the 12th -15th May, 2016. The 7.5m Asis Midi will include the two-wheel drive and automatic braking systems as well as power steering and high quality, marine-ready Sealegs components.
Sealegs CEO, David Mckee Wright, said “we’re very excited to release another unique craft equipped with Sealegs technology. It further proves that the Amphibious Enablement Kit can be adopted by a wide range of boat manufacturers. We look forward to the continued growth of diverse Sealegs-enabled craft around the world”.
Powered by a 150HP Evinrude E-Tec on the water, the craft reaches speeds of up to 39 knots. Featuring Hypalon Tubes, 180 litre fuel tank and self-draining deck, the Asis 7.5 Midi is also equipped with four straddle style seats designed for additional comfort and lateral stability. It has an overall beam of 2.7m, a height of 2.3m on the wheels and can travel up to 10kph on land. The craft has a payload of 500kg.
This craft takes advantages of considerable cost savings available when working with large-scale hull manufacturers. It will be offered at a boat show special price of $129,000+gst.
Asis Boats joins the growing list of vessel manufacturers who recognise the marketable benefits of amphibious boating that includes Stabicraft, Smuggler Marine, and Reconcraft.
Compac is well involved with this year’s London Produce Show and Conference. Ken Moynihan (pictured above) is Compac's chief technical officer and he believes that the produce brands that can master data will be the winners. He says that harnessing data from multiple sources is key to managing a decentralised supply chain that has to deliver high-quality, safe food 365 days a year. Understanding the technology that can deliver that is one thing though, but the complexity of the supply chain and the demands of the modern consumer are piling huge pressures on fresh brands to deliver on their value propositions.
Compac is an established world leader in post-harvest integrated solutions and services to the fresh produce industry, and recently released its groundbreaking, modular and upgradeable SpectrimTM optical sorting platform into the sector. With the ability to take up to 500 high definition images of a single piece of fruit as it passes through the machine at a rate of 12 pieces of fruit a second, SpectrimTM can boast unrivalled grading accuracy and consistency. It also collects an almost unfathomable volume of data, which used properly and in conjunction with data from other technologies employed along the supply chain, could just revolutionise an industry’s view on branding.
Compac’s CEO Mike Riley believes SpectrimTM will support producers as they face ever-growing demands for consistency, traceability and packaging variations from global retailers. The platform’s design principles have also benefited from crucial input from lead customers around the world, and external research authorities in New Zealand’s Plant & Food Crown Research programme.
Ken Moynihan will deliver a presentation at theShow and Conference next week on the role of data in shouldering the burden of the brand promise. He adds: “This industry is beginning to embark upon the process of de-commoditisation of commodities and branding will be a significant part of that. Some 52 million mandarins are going through just one of our machines every single day – that generates 26 billion hi-res images of the fruit and that data has incredible value to support the development of a brand.”
Machine makers tout new technology for improved quality, consistancy and speed
If bedding manufacturers invest in the latest equipment available from machinery suppliers, mattresses and foundations soon will slip off assembly lines and into wrappers at a higher rate of speed—and with every interior component perfectly formed, aligned and adhered, and every sewn seam and radiused corner smooth and even.
This an article prepared by the editors at BedTimes who glimpsed the future as they toured machinery booths at ISPA EXPO 2016 March 9-12 in Orlando, Florida.
Manufacturing equipment is one of the exhibition’s biggest draws and this one did not disappoint when it came to digital-age solutions to building beds with maximum efficiency and minimal waste.
Trends that were nascent several years ago—think automation, robotics and even ergonomics—are firmly mainstream now.
Seoul, 2 June 2016 -Thirty New Zealand food and beverage companies joined forces to showcase New Zealand recipes and products to around 400 Korean food and beverage industry professionals, journalists and power bloggers on 24 May at Seoul’s Lotte Hotel.
New Zealand food and beverage on offer included beef, beef jerky, beef bone extract, cheese, whipping cream, ice cream, sheep milk products, apple juice, honey, Manuka honey drink, chocolates, sauce, greenshell mussels and seafood, kiwifruit, syrup, beer and wine, making the 12th Food Connection event the largest such event New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) in Seoul has ever held.
The event helped raise the profile of participants’ products, meet potential customers and identify leads, following entry into force of the Korea New Zealand free trade agreement in December.
NZTE also held a dairy seminar for around 60 VIPs from major Korean manufacturers, the first time such an event has been held in Korea. Leading New Zealand dairy companies, including Fonterra, Tatua, Synlait and Spring Sheep Milk, made a presentation and were well received by the Korean industry contacts.
Trade Commissioner Ryan Freer welcomed the participants and guests, noting that that the new free trade agreement is already providing exporters and partners with a boost in trade and helping to strengthen partnerships.
The previous day, NZTE held an in-market services seminar and field trip to retail stores to help the New Zealand participants better understand the Korean market. This was followed by a networking reception with Korean guests.
A news posting by the NZ Foreign Affairs & Trade ministry
New Zealand Maritime School graduate students Ziyad Salim and Matapo’O (Matt) Manase have respectively won the Graduate Diploma in Supply Chain and Shipping Management Award and Diploma in Supply Chain Management Award.
The two awards and $500-apiece prizes were presented by New Zealand Shippers’ Council representative Murray Horne -- whose organisation is a prominent support of the Manukau Institute of Technology faculty -- in a recent ceremony at Central Auckland’s Mecure Hotel.
Mr Salim was acclaimed for “his high marks in supply chain study and unique personal skills for the industry” and Mr Manase for “his excellent grasp of the workings of the supply chain as a whole”.
About 50 graduates from a range of logistics programmes -- including some already employed in the logistics industry who had undertaken distance learning and night courses -- were presented with diplomas, graduate diplomas and certificates before a receptive audience.
The Maritime School notes it has been a “bumper year” for graduate numbers with industry demand for qualified shipping, freight and supply chain professionals said to be growing.
Wellington, 2 June 2016 -New Zealand’s exports to the United States (US) increased for the sixth consecutive March year in 2016, Statistics New Zealand said today. This earned New Zealand $2.8 billion more in 2016 than in 2010.
Trade with the US earned us $444 million more from exports than we spent on imports for the March 2016 year. New Zealand earned $8.4 billion from exports to the US while our import expenditure to that country was $7.9 billion. Our total exports to the US made it our fourth-largest export destination in the latest year.
In the March 2016 year, meat and edible offal was New Zealand’s top export commodity to the US, earning $1.8 billion. This compares with $1.1 billion in the March 2014 year.
“New Zealand had record beef exports to the US through the middle of 2015 and this strength has resulted in a 55 percent increase over the past two years,” international statistics senior manager Nicola Growden said. “Beef contributed 81 percent of meat exports to the US in the latest year.”
Spending by US visitors to New Zealand ($1.0 billion) was our second-largest export earner from the US. Together, meat and travel contributed over one-third of New Zealand’s total exports to the US in the March 2016 year.
Despite a $49 million fall in expenditure on imports from the US in the March 2016 year, it is our fourth-largest import source (unchanged from the March 2015 year). Mechanical machinery and equipment ($1.3 billion), including turbo jet and propeller parts, was our largest import expense from the US, followed by aircraft and parts ($1.1 billion).
New Zealand’s trade with the rest of the world recorded a surplus for the March 2016 year. We earned $2.9 billion more from exports than we spent on imports. Total exports of goods and services for the year ended March 2016 totalled $69.8 billion, while imports totalled $66.9 billion.
New Zealand recorded trade surpluses with 16 of our top 25 trading partners in the March 2016 year, including the US. New Zealand's top three trade surpluses in the latest year were with Australia, China, and the US.
A press release from Statistics New Zealand June 2, 2016
Auckland, Wednesday 1 June 2016 – A new Kiwi technology hub which opens in Ho Chi Minh City next Monday marks the start of a bright new era in New Zealand and Vietnam tech trade connections.
The Kiwi Connection centre at Quang Trung Software City will be the gateway for delivering Kiwi technology in Vietnam, according to Augen, one of New Zealand’s leading tech firms with strong Vietnamese connections.
“The concept tech hub is to support New Zealand ICT and hi-tech companies investing in and doing business in Vietnam, as well as across the wider ASEAN region,” Augen Software Group director Mitchell Pham says.
“This landmark new development has been headed by us since we were the first New Zealand company to win the prestigious Vietnam IT Excellence award last year. Orion Health, insurance technology company HealthTech and manufacturing technology company Shapeshifter are the first Kiwi companies to join us at Vietnam’s largest software park site.
“We have also been well supported along the way by New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, NZTech, NZ Health IT, NZ Software Association, Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development and Grow Wellington.
“Technology is playing an increasingly important role in New Zealand and Vietnam’s trade growth stories. Vietnam’s ICT market is expected to be a major regional performer over the next four years due to strong growth dynamics and reputation as an outsourcing destination, while New Zealand’s technology sector grew to more than $6.5 billion dollars last year.
“Vietnam’s digital economy is the largest and fastest-growing among all the Southeast Asian nations, and the country is New Zealand’s fastest growing export market in the region. It represents a growing opportunity – one that’s only just beginning to dawn on Kiwi firms.
“As Vietnam’s economy continues to grow, opportunities come from not just the expanding middle class income group and overall consumer appetite for goods and services, but also the fact that all sectors are growing and increasingly engaging and competing internationally. There is a huge opportunity in helping Vietnam’s industry sectors advance with knowledge, IP and technology that we have in New Zealand.
“Vietnam scores higher in numeracy, literacy and science than the US and UK, and almost 60 percent of the 94 million-plus population are under 30 years old. According to the BBC, Vietnam is already one of Google’s top 10 growth markets, and could be the next Silicon Valley. In 2015 there were 40 million internet connections there and 30 million smartphone users. This represents many opportunities for Kiwi ICT and hi-tech businesses.”
Viet Nam is New Zealand’s fastest growing trade market in Southeast Asia, with merchandise exports doubling since 2007. The opening of the tech hub next Monday is part of a programme of events celebrating business and tourism links between New Zealand and Vietnam. The first direct Air New Zealand flight between Auckland and Ho Chi Minh City starts this Saturday.
Foreign investment in Vietnam has driven major global tech firms Samsung, LG Electronics, Intel, Nokia and Fuji Xerox to set up new production plants in Vietnam as opposed to China. In the digital mobile space, a total of 40 percent of all apps on Microsoft’s App Store globally are engineered in Vietnam.
New Zealand’s Consul General and Trade Commissioner to Vietnam Tony Martin says New Zealand has a reputation as an innovative and flexible technology market.
“Our companies are leading the world in a number of market sectors such wireless infrastructure, health IT, transport and logistics technologies, digital content, geospatial, and telecommunications.
“We look forward to welcoming more New Zealand technology companies into the Kiwi Connection hub and meeting with businesses from around the region looking to utilise New Zealand technology products and services from within ASEAN,” Martin says.
A Make Lemonade positive New Zealand News press release
Friday May 27 - Air New Zealand is working with Christchurch-based robotics company Invert Robotics to trial wall climbing, camera mounted robots to carry out remote inspections on its aircraft.
The technology, originally designed for use in the dairy industry, uses remote-controlled inspection equipment to detect damage inside milk tanks beaming back high resolution footage in real time.
Air New Zealand Chief Operations Officer Bruce Parton says the airline first started to explore the use of robotics after recognising the shape of a milk tank closely resembles an aircraft fuselage.
“Currently to inspect the top of the fuselage, as we do following incidents such as lightning strikes, engineers need to work at heights of up to eight metres.
“Using technology that can identify defects not immediately visible to the human eye and do so from the ground has the potential to make aircraft maintenance safer and more reliable.
“Exploring the introduction of robotic technologies supports the airline’s innovation strategy and if we can help pioneer an aviation application for this technology it could create a significant new commercial opportunity for this home grown Kiwi business.”
Invert Robotics Chief Executive Officer James Robertson says it’s hugely exciting to be working collaboratively with Air New Zealand on this project.
“While initially designed as a dairy solution our patented robot has proven versatile lending itself well to aircraft deployment.
“We look forward to continuing to work with Air New Zealand to develop the airline application for this technology so that it can potentially be rolled out across the global aviation industry.”
An Air New Zealand press release Friday 27 May 2016
A2K Technologies May 25, 2016 Industry Collections - The way you design and build is changing rapidly, which also changes the tools you use and the ways companies and individuals buy and access software. Autodesk is introducing Industry Collections as a way of delivering on their promise to offer greater value, more flexibility, and a simplified customer experience.
Autodesk Industry Collections will offer the most convenient and flexible way to access a wide selection of the most essential Autodesk software used in your industry, with the choice of monthly, quarterly, annual or multi-year term lengths and single- or multi-user access to fit your evolving business needs. These curated collections will be available for AEC, MFG, and M&E industries starting on August 1 2016.
The Reserve Bank today published a Bulletin article that explains how the Bank manages liquidity in the banking system.
Effective management of liquidity plays a crucial role in New Zealand’s banking system. It allows the Reserve Bank to implement monetary policy, ensures the smooth operation of New Zealand’s payments and settlements systems and allows the Bank to ensure that the public has confidence in New Zealand’s banking system.
The Bulletin article provides an overview of the tools and facilities the Bank has in place to manage the level of liquidity in the banking system, the rationales for utilising these tools, and how their use helps to ensure short-term interest rates trade close to the Official Cash Rate (OCR).
The article also describes what the Bank does to maintain a stable and sufficient supply of system liquidity and how the Bank ensures that individual banks have access to liquidity to meet daily transactional obligations through the payments and settlement system.
San Farancisco, May 24 2016 -Most bots solve relatively small problems, like increasing the convenience of getting lunch. “We’re not building bots to order pizzas,” Leydon told me, alluding to the bot fad that has swept over Silicon Valley since Facebook launched a bot platform last month to help businesses interact with its 900 million users. “We’re building bots to run countries.”
Leydon is chief executive of MZ, a fast-growing company that has used its technology, built over the past nine years, to make Game of War one of the highest revenue-generating games in the app stores. The company’s tech keeps millions of gamers engaged by translating in-game messages across 32 languages in real time.
It’s that cloud technology, which allows billions of interconnections to take place instantly, that MZ says gives it an advantage over competitors. Six months ago, Leydon decided to take his technology beyond games. On a trip to New Zealand, he noticed that the country had an open API for its public transportation system. Intrigued, he promised the New Zealand authorities he could build a command center to make its transport system much more efficient. He would start by building a pilot for the country’s largest city, Auckland. It would track the city’s entire fleet of 3,000 buses and the usage patterns of the up to 2 million people — residents and tourists — who ride those buses over the year.
Wellington, 24 May 2016 - Small Business Minister Craig Foss today released the latest Small Businesses in New Zealand factsheet, giving a detailed snapshot of how small businesses in New Zealand are making an impact across all industries.
“Small and medium-sized firms make a huge contribution to New Zealand’s economy and this factsheet really illustrates that,” Mr Foss says.
“It reinforces other reports which show that smaller businesses dominate our industries and play a vital role in generating jobs, innovation and overseas income.”
The factsheet confirms: 97 per cent of all enterprises have fewer than 20 employees·
These small enterprises employ almost a third of workers in New Zealand.
They produce an estimated 26 per cent of New Zealand’s GDP.
Businesses with fewer than 20 employees created almost half of all jobs in the year ending December 2014.
“Small firms have a greater diversity of ownership structures and tend to be younger than larger firms,” Mr Foss says.
The factsheet is a summary of results from Statistics New Zealand data relating to small and medium-sized enterprises.
Wellington, Beehive, May 19, 2016 - Budget 2016 will provide $14.4 million over four years for more apprenticeship training, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce announced today.
“A strengthening labour market, a rebuilt industry training system and improvements in school achievement are resulting in greater demand for apprenticeships, as young people rightly see them as a great way to get into, and stay in, a rewarding career,” Mr Joyce says.
“Last year the number of new starts for apprenticeships like carpentry, plumbing and electrical engineering were at the highest levels in nearly a decade. There were more than 42,000 people enrolled in apprenticeships and apprenticeship training in 2015. This funding will help support another 5,500 apprentices by 2020.
“In 2013/14 the Government carried out major industry training reforms. Since then, both apprenticeship numbers and, more importantly, completion rates have increased.”
In 2014 the number of those in apprenticeship training was up by 11.5 per cent on the previous year and completion rates for apprentices were 88 per cent, compared with 72 per cent in 2009.
“We’re keen to stay on this roll and help people not just into employment, but into a lifelong career,” he says.
The new funding will also help meet projected skill shortages in high-demand industries like construction and infrastructure.
“The construction sector is growing strongly throughout the country. Increased apprenticeship numbers will help fill skill gaps and provide the new people needed to maintain that growth,” Mr Joyce says.
Wellington, Beehive, May 19, 2016 -An additional $9.6 million over four years will provide for more Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) as demand for the programme continues to grow, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell say.
“This funding will provide places for 2,500 young Māori and Pasifika learners in MPTT programmes this year, and 3,400 next year, up from just 1,200 in 2014,” Mr Joyce says.
“We are targeting 5,000 learners annually by 2019 as we encourage young Māori and Pasifika to take up a trade and help meet some of the emerging shortages in construction and infrastructure trades particularly.”
Mr Flavell says the Government wants to boost the number of young Māori and Pasifika in employment, education or training, and with the qualifications needed for entry into sustainable employment.
“MPTT gets tertiary providers, employers, and Māori and Pasifika communities working together in consortia to recruit and support learners in pre-trades training and to broker them into employment. There are now consortia in most regions, including a new consortium in Manawatu-Whanganui,” he says.
Mr Joyce says MPTT participants are more likely to complete their programmes than similar learners studying for the same qualifications, and are more likely to progress to an apprenticeship.
“MPTT can help reduce skills shortages and welfare dependency at the same time, and provide these young people with a rewarding career,” he says.
The Tertiary Education Commission has encouraged MPTT consortia to expand the range of trades offered, to recruit young people who are not in employment, education and training and, with support from the Ministry for Women, to recruit more female, especially in fields of strong employer demand in which women are underrepresented.
“In 2015, 23 per cent of learners in MPTT were women. Women had higher completion rates than their male counterparts. We need more women trainees to help meet the growing need for skilled people in areas like construction and the primary industries,” Mr Joyce says.
The additional $9.6 million, funded from a contingency established in Budget 2015, means young people can progress directly to MPTT from school or other training at 16 or 17 years of age, rather than waiting until they turn 18. The maximum age for entry was also raised, from 34 to 40 years of age. Brokerage funding increased from $733 to $1,000 per student, with 30 per cent of this paid only when learners progress to workplace-based training such as a New Zealand Apprenticeship.
Wellington, Beehive, Thursday 19 May 2016 - ACC Minister Nikki Kaye today confirmed the new ACC annual licence levies that owners of light vehicles (cars, vans, utes and SUVs) will pay from 1 July 2016, as well as refinements to the vehicle risk rating system used to calculate these levies.
The ACC annual licence levy is part of the vehicle licensing (‘rego’) fee paid when you register or relicense a vehicle.
“From 1 July, the average motor vehicle levy, which includes the annual licence levy and petrol levy, will reduce from around $195 to around $130 per vehicle,” says Ms Kaye.
“This is a huge reduction of 33 per cent to the average levy. It will save New Zealanders $218 million, and follows $438 million of cuts to motor vehicle levies last year.
“This means the average motor vehicle levy has fallen from $330 to $130 since 2014.
“ACC now applies vehicle risk ratings when setting annual licence levies for light passenger vehicles, which means the specific levy paid by vehicle owners reflects how well their vehicle protects occupants and other road users in a crash.
“Annual licence levies for petrol cars from 1 July will range from around $25 to around $84.
“The exact amount you will pay will depend on the risk band your vehicle is assigned to, but the vast majority of owners of light vehicles will pay a reduced levy. For some owners of petrol vehicles, the annual reduction will be as much as $132.
“Vehicle risk rating was introduced by ACC last year. It was clear the new approach needed improved data for some cars and refinements to policy to ensure greater integrity of the system for some models.
“As part of last year’s public levy consultation, ACC consulted on my behalf on a number of proposed improvements to the system.
“As a result, various changes have been made to the way vehicles will be risk rated from 1 July 2016.
“For example, the system now better identifies when improvements have been made to particular models of car, and it better recognises cars that have different names but which are essentially identical vehicles.
“Enhancements have also been made to ensure greater robustness of the crash data that’s used to help generate risk ratings.
“This is a new system that involves thousands of models of cars, so it’s possible there will be further refinements in years to come.
“I’d like to thank everybody who provided feedback as part of the consultation, in particular stakeholders such as the Automobile Association, Motor Trade Association, Motor Industry Association, Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association, NZTA and MBIE.
“The average lifetime cost of a person seriously injured on the road is around $2 million. The severity and cost of injuries are reduced if people are in safer cars. A large proportion of cars in the risk bands with the lowest levies are older vehicles, so this is not just about the age of the vehicle.
“Vehicle risk rating is a fairer allocation of levies and helps people have a greater understanding of vehicle safety.”
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Palmerston North, Massey University, Wednesday 18 May 2016 - A scientific collaboration aimed at protecting and enhancing New Zealand's $50 billion-plus food sector was officially launched today.
The New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre joins seven science research partners to form a virtual research centre, which will be jointly funded by the Government and industry over the next five years.
Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce and Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew launched the centre at the Manawatū campus of Massey University, alongside the funding partners, the Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand, the Meat Industry Association and Zespri.
The centre’s role is to promote, co-ordinate, and deliver food safety science and research for all of New Zealand, where, according to the Investors Guide to the New Zealand Food and Beverage Industry report issued in November, the top 100 food and beverage firms collectively generate annual revenue of $51 billion.
The science research collaborators are crown research institutes AgResearch, Environmental Science and Research, Plant and Food Research, as well as the private scientific research organisation the Cawthron Institute, and three universities – the University of Auckland, the University of Otago and Massey, the host institution.
The centre's board will be independently chaired by biotechnologist and chemical engineer Dr Kevin Marshall, who also chairs the Riddet Institute, a national centre of research excellence based around food science.
"The centre is an important collaboration between Government, industry and researchers right across the value chain," Dr Marshall says. "It will help to protect and enhance the reputation of food produced by New Zealand, maintain and enhance its exports, increase collective market access and protect public health.”
Funding for the centre will total $4.1 million per annum, with the Government committing $2.05 million per annum and industry matching that.
Dairy Companies Association chairman Malcolm Bailey says the investment shows a clear commitment to maintaining New Zealand’s global reputation for the best food safety outcomes. “Our investment is aimed at future-proofing New Zealand’s reputation for safe food through greater co-ordination, and a stronger linkage to the world’s leading science and research.”
Meat Industry Association chief executive Tim Ritchie says, “New Zealand’s global reputation for strong food safety outcomes is critically important to the success of the red meat sector. The meat industry already invests in science and research to support and protect this reputation and this collaboration is another example of the industry’s absolute commitment to food safety.”
Zespri general manager for innovation Carol Ward says, “this is an important and vital research partnership that will support businesses like Zespri where the focus is on providing the highest quality kiwifruit to consumers around the world. Our success is underpinned by trust in the safety of our produce and high quality research will help New Zealand food producers to continue to lead the way in food safety.”
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment chief executive David Smol says the partnership will bring the best minds and institutions together. “New Zealand’s food exports are dependent on an internationally credible food safety system, which must be underpinned by the best available science," Mr Smol says. "The work to be done at the centre will be a huge help in meeting our export growth targets."
Ministry for Primary Industries director-general Martyn Dunne says the research centre will contribute to ensuring the food safety of consumers in New Zealand and around the world. “The research from the centre will focus on minimising risks of foodborne illnesses by looking at short-term issues as well as pre-empting future food safety risks across all sectors to ensure that consumers can continue to have confidence that their food is safe.”
Centre establishment director Professor Nigel French, from Massey, says the centre will help to continue to build New Zealand's reputation as a global leader in the supply of safe food "by delivering world-class strategic scientific research driven by the needs of government, consumers and industry”.
SAN JOSE, Calif. and SYDNEY, May 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- NETSUITE SUITEWORLD 2016 --NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry's leading provider of cloud-based financials / ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced that Mons Royale, a global apparel manufacturer and wholesaler of high performance merino clothing has deployed NetSuite OneWorld for business efficiency and growth. Mons Royale is using NetSuite OneWorld for financial consolidation, inventory management, multi-currency for AUD, NZD, Euro, Swiss Franc and Japanese Yen and multi-language support for English, French, Swiss, Norwegian and Japanese, and tax compliance across its head office in New Zealand and seven subsidiaries in Canada, the US, France, Switzerland, Norway, Japan and Australia. With NetSuite OneWorld, Mons Royale has a single source of truth in real-time for the very first time, facilitating more accurate and strategic decision making, as well as impressive cost and time savings.
Founded in New Zealand in 2009 by a professional skier and his wife looking for a more stylish alternative to the traditional technical merino base layers, Mons Royale began shipping international orders during its first year of business. Today, Mons Royale is available in stores across North America, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, as well as direct to consumers online. As a result of its global growth, Mons Royale struggled to capture real-time insights in order to make informed business decisions.
After a thorough evaluation process that included SAP and Salesforce, Mons Royale selected NetSuite OneWorld for its rapid deployment, powerful customisation and integration platform and its global scalability. With NetSuite OneWorld, Mons Royale has replaced a number of manual processes, allowing personnel to focus on more strategic tasks to grow the business. Furthermore, NetSuite OneWorld's ability to log any currency or stock changes automatically saved its finance staff up to 10 hours a week, where previously these changes had to be logged manually across disparate systems.
Global inventory management is also much more seamless and automated. Inventory can easily be moved around the world, with NetSuite OneWorld automatically recording these inter-company transactions and providing a real-time view of global inventory. Although headquartered in Wanaka in New Zealand, Mons Royale has a substantial global footprint, including manufacturing in China, 20 warehouse locations globally, physical offices in Austria, Switzerland and New Zealand plus multiple shipping locations in key markets around the world. From this footprint, Mons Royal distributes its product to 450 retail locations with NetSuite OneWorld tracking all inventory movement worldwide in real-time.
Ben Irving, Chief Operating Officer at Mons Royale said, "The business benefits delivered by NetSuite OneWorld have been transformational for Mons Royale. As a growing business, we really needed a sophisticated ERP platform to help us introduce more efficient business processes, as well as help manage the complexity associated with a global business, trading in multiple geographies, languages and currencies. For the first time we have a single source of truth available from our headquarters in New Zealand, which enables us to make more strategic business decisions, as well as deploy our most valuable resources on growing the business, versus back office business administration."
NetSuite OneWorld supports 190 currencies, 20 languages and automated tax compliance in more than 100 countries, and transaction in more than 200 countries. With NetSuite OneWorld Mons Royale can experience benefits including:
Real-time global financial consolidation. NetSuite OneWorld gives Mons Royale real-time visibility across all of its subsidiaries, with a single financial system of record, delivering greater confidence in accurate decision making.
Multi-currency support bringing greater efficiency to intercompany transactions, and saving time consolidating multiple currencies from different management systems delivering greater confidence in accurate decision making.
Superior inventory management giving stakeholders a real-time view of stock levels in any location anywhere around the world and optimising the overall supply chain. A flexible and agile platform. The NetSuite SuiteCloud Platform easily enables the company to customise NetSuite to meet its business requirements and to integrate with other systems.
Today, more than 30,000 companies and subsidiaries depend on NetSuite to run complex, mission-critical business processes globally in the cloud. Since its inception in 1998, NetSuite has established itself as the leading provider of cloud-based financials/enterprise resource planning (ERP) and omnichannel commerce software applications for businesses of all sizes. Many FORTUNE 100 companies rely on NetSuite to accelerate innovation and business transformation. NetSuite continues its success in delivering the best cloud business management software to businesses around the world, enabling them to lower IT costs significantly while increasing productivity, as the global adoption of the cloud accelerates.
Entries open today for the 2016 Prime Minister’s Business Scholarships, which offer New Zealand executives the opportunity to improve their skills at the world’s best business schools.
Wellington, Beehive, May 16, 2016 -Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says the scholarships are designed for senior managers, executives and business owners looking to expand their expertise by studying internationally.
“These scholarships enable businesspeople to develop their management and international business leadership skills, in order to make their firms at home more internationally competitive,” Mr Joyce says.
“Having our business leaders study overseas brings tangible benefits to New Zealand businesses and helps to grow the economy. If we increase the number of business leaders with a global mind-set, our businesses are better able to operate to international best practices.
“The scholarships also support New Zealand businesspeople to develop valuable networks and overcome the challenges that our small economy and distance from overseas markets can pose.”
The scholarships cover up to half of the course-related costs of attending an international learning institution.
Last year’s scholarships saw 13 successful recipients enrol at prestigious international institutions such as Harvard, Wharton and Columbia Business Schools, Stanford University, and the London School of Economics.
Applications for the scholarships close on 27 June 2016.
Some manufacturing firms that survived the global financial crisis have one unusual secret to their success: stop manufacturing.
May 17, 2016 - Though just one of the strategies that helped keep some New Zealand manufacturing firms economically buoyant, it was among the most surprising results of Simon Collins’ PhD thesis.
Simon, who graduates on 17 May, dedicated his PhD to investigating the factors that increased resilience in New Zealand manufacturing firms to help them withstand the worst of the global financial crisis nearly ten years ago.
After conducting in-depth interviews with seventeen manufacturing firms, he identified four resilience-building strategies that separated those that continued to perform well during the recession, and those that did not.
"One of the biggest surprises was that some of the resilient firms stopped being manufacturers. They outsourced manufacturing and instead focussed on developing and designing great products, and then taking ownership of distributing and retailing those products themselves. By delivering their products straight to their customers they captured some of the margin that would usually go to a third party," Simon says.
Simon says this tactic was part of a wider survival strategy to maximise efficiencies, which saw resilient manufacturing firms aiming to be more efficient at every stage of the manufacturing process. This improved margins, and as a result, muted the negative effects of lower sales and the unfavourable exchange rate.
Simon’s research identified three other resilience-building strategies:
- Innovating platforms - developing the next generation of products to stimulate new sales
- Actively collaborating - working closely and consistently with other firms and individuals to help develop technology and products
- Cataloguing specialist knowledge and skills - building libraries, creating databases of skills and lodging patents to identify, protect and then capitalise on areas of expertise.
Professor Sally Davenport, one of Simon’s supervisors, says his research captures the response of firms from "some stellar performers to a couple that subsequently went under, so he had a continuum of performance from which to glean resilience factors.
"Simon’s analysis of their experiences can help other firms build resilience to survive future disruptions," she says.
Simon is already doing just that through his consultancy company Visory, which helps businesses use information design to facilitate the communication of strategy.
"I started Visory with two friends around the time I began my PhD. My research has been really valuable in our work because the findings are widely applicable to the type of strategy work we do for our clients," he says.
Simon was also supervised by School of Management’s Associate Professor Urs Daellenbach.
Beef Central, 15 May 2016 -Held in Germany every three years, IFFA is the world’s biggest exhibition of meat processing and packaging technologies, with around 1000 exhibitors mounting displays and 63,000 visitors in attendance. Here’s a snapshot of robotics and other exhibition items that caught the eyes of Australia’s Wiley Engineering staff during the event.
The change to an Australian based health and Safety model certainly is challenging for many businesses and is to requiring to require a lot of clarification as to who has what responsibility for what.
This is now reaching into the areas of corporate bodies and rental properties or building, something that many businesses are operating from.
A little known fact is that it is the owner of the premises, the landlord responsibility under the 2006 “NZ fire safety and evacuation of building regulations” To develop and provide and to implement efficient emergency evacuation procedures for the prompt evacuation of their buildings or premises.
The following article written by Jessie Lapthorne, an associate at law firm Duncan Cotterill, sets out another set of responsibilities that clarifies the issue where a land lord employs contractors to undertake work on their property:-
"Rental properties are now classified as workplaces putting new responsibilities on landlords when undertaking repairs and maintenance.
New legislation means landlords have a responsibility to ensure the health and safety of contractors they engage to carry out work on their property.
Under the new Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSW Act), a landlord is classified as a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) and the property will be classified as a “workplace” if a person is undertaking work there.
As with any other workplace, the PCBU is tasked with protecting the health and safety of its workers and anyone else influenced by the work being carried out.
If, for example, a landlord hires someone to undertake electrical repairs on their rental property, the landlord will have an obligation to ensure that the contractor is suitably qualified to undertake the work and has health and safety systems in place to ensure that workers, tenants, or visitors to the property are not injured in connection with that work.
A landlord who does not meet this obligation could face prosecution under the HSW Act, if someone is injured.
WorkSafe will not take lightly to those who plead ignorance. The latest ACC statistics show that there were more than 146,100 active claims in the home or a commercial/service location as a result of work, at a staggering cost of over $289 million in the year to June 2015.
Given the nature of residential work, such as cleaning, gardening, building, and plumbing and electrical, there is likely to be more than one PCBU, including the landlord and the contractor. There are a number of steps you can take to remain compliant: Identify and manage the risks on the property (such as dogs) and connected to the work to be undertaken;
• Ensure contractors are sufficiently competent to perform the work and have their own individual health and safety plan; • Ensure contractors understand their health and safety requirements, particularly in relation to the risks identified; • If possible, meet with the contractor on site at the property and discuss risks and health and safety requirements, and make notes of the meeting and the discussion; • Consider appointing a project manager or property manager to manage the risks for contractors (although this will not excuse a landlord from liability)."
Conclusion Jessie’s article certainly clarifies a number of Health and Safety issues and this now taking this business responsibility to another level. Like it or hate it, the HSW Act its enacted, it’s happening and we now, as a nation of responsible property and business owners have to make it work, it is no longer a negotiable option for any business owner .
Gordon Anderson is the managing director of Hasmate Ltd of Napier. Since 1993 he has worked extensively in the area of health and safety as an adviser, systems development, auditing and management training. He works with a wide range of industries in Hawke's Bay and in other centres.
Almost three quarters (72%) of New Zealand HR Managers have hired an employee who did not meet expectations, according to the latest independent research from recruitment specialist Robert Half.
The results of a bad hire for a company can be damaging with almost half (49%) of those surveyed naming a loss of productivity as the greatest impact, 30% citing lower staff morale and 20% quoting a monetary cost.
Megan Alexander, General Manager at Robert Half New Zealand said: “According to our independent survey, up to 5% of employee turnover in New Zealand is the result of poor hiring decisions. These can have very damaging effects on a business. The implications of a bad hire can go beyond the monetary element, affecting corporate culture and the overall performance of a workplace.”
“Companies are looking to grow and increase profit. Consequently, every hire should demonstrate measurable results towards the company’s development and strategic goals, making the search for the right talent a priority for HR directors.”
“In today’s market, businesses are time-poor and everyone is competing for skilled talent, especially when the wrong hire can cost a business time, money, and damage its corporate brand.”
Hiring the wrong candidate for a role can incur costs for a company including the employee’s salary that did not reflect performance or output; training costs; impacted productivity of the employee, colleagues and management; potential loss of revenue and the ultimate cost to re-recruit for the role.
“The earlier the wrong candidate is identified, the more likely appropriate measures can be taken. It might seem like a good idea to remove the employee from the role, however this should be considered as the last resort in order to keep costs and losses already incurred as low as possible. Often the employee can be offered additional support, more time can be invested in the on-boarding process or there may be an opportunity to assign a new or different role,” said Megan Alexander. Continue here to read the full article
The construction industry contributes a large and growing share of the New Zealand economy, with total employment rising to almost 10% and value added (GDP contribution) rising to about 9% by 2012. While aggregate statistics have raised some concerns about poor construction productivity, the New Zealand construction industry is not an underperformer when looked at through the lens of individual firms.
Using firm-level data, this study finds that over the period 2001–2012, labour productivity of the average firm in the construction industry grew by 1.7 percent annually and MFP by 0.5 percent annually, compared with 0.5 and 0.1 percent annually respectively for the overall measured sector.
Within the construction industry, productivity growth rates vary markedly by sub-industry and other firm characteristics. Labour productivity is more widely dispersed than is MFP. High-productivity firms tend to be younger, more likely to be a new start-up, to belong to a business group, and to locate in Auckland than low-productivity firms. Working-proprietor-only firms are slightly less productive on average than employing firms, while displaying more productivity dispersion (both more high productivity firms and more low productivity firms).
NZTech is organising a major New Zealand education technology summit in Auckland on July 5 and 6 for schools, tertiary institutes, edtech organisations and relevant government departments.
Muller says technology is becoming increasingly vital in today’s teaching environment, as part of the curricula, part of the classroom and the wider school infrastructure.
“Technology needs to be seamlessly integrated to ensure students are well prepared for the digital economy of the future. This summit brings together tech leaders and teachers to focus on the challenges and opportunities tech presents.
“The tech sector is the fastest growing sector in New Zealand and with this comes an insatiable demand for skilled graduates. There are almost 100,000 people working within the tech sector, and a further 20,000 ICT workers employed in other sectors.
“These people are some of the highest paid in New Zealand, have incredibly diverse and interesting roles and are building the future. Yet the tech sector continues to struggle to fill roles. As the catalyst for the growth of the economy it is essential that more children develop an interest in science technology engineering and maths subjects and can get on a pathway that will lead them to opportunities across the diverse and growing tech ecosystem.
“The tech leaders and policy makers at the summit will align around critical actions needed to develop tomorrow’s tech workers. They will seek solutions from questions such as: Is the curricula ready? Are there enough teachers prepared? How can we excite and encourage the children? Are there clear pathways into tech jobs? Is the industry reaching far enough into education to support?
“Edtech will be a $200 billion global market opportunity by 2017. We can learn from this market for our New Zealand schools and for the development of our education technology businesses. We will be looking at the future for digital technologies through to hearing from local edtech organisations.
“Other topics include: Ed Tech Futures – where will we be in the next 10 years? digital disruption in education technology – closing the gap for 21st century education; the road to export markets – capabilities, experiences and the next great opportunities; Mindsets and the future of education technology; and what is the perfect environment for innovation to occur in schools?”
Technology is becoming increasingly important in New Zealand schools – whether as part of the teaching curricula, part of the classroom or the wider school infrastructure. Technology needs to be seamlessly integrated into today’s teaching to ensure students are well prepared for the digital economy of the future, Muller says.
Registrations are now open for a new global food integrity conference to be held in Auckland on 13 – 14 July. Now is a key time on the world stage for food safety with regulations and requirements changing worldwide and impacting the entire food chain of suppliers and producers.
New Zealand’s supply chain with China is at the forefront of the inaugural Food Integrity Conference 2016.
Initiated by local company, Asia Pacific Centre for Food Integrity, the Conference aims to provide a forum for discussion on current issues facing food producers both in New Zealand and in China.
Developing markets, especially China, are driving New Zealand’s food and beverage export growth with Asia now the largest destination region.
Asia Pacific Centre for Food Integrity, Executive Director and Conference Organiser, Dr Helen Darling, sees great potential for New Zealand to play globally as a leader in food safety and security.
“We see this conference as an exciting opportunity for like-minded people to have conversations about the international regulatory environment,” says Helen.
“We need to avoid everyone reinventing the wheel – New Zealand is a small country and to be competitive in the international marketplace we need to share knowledge and leadership. This Conference is an exciting and relevant forum to do this.”
High powered international and local speakers have literally been lining up to speak, says Helen.
“It’s really exciting to see the enthusiasm of both international and New Zealand experts in the food industry lining up to be involved in the Conference.
I believe it’s an indication of the need for a forum of this kind for food producers, manufacturers and exporters.”
International keynote speakers include Col. John Hoffman from the USA, retired from a 31 year military career, Hoffman is now with the Food Protection and Defence Institute – a US Department of Homeland Security Centre of Excellence based at Minnesota University.
Sonia Bradley from the World Bank, Global Food Safety Programme, will start day two of the Conference with a key note address on Global Food Safety.
Speakers from China include Professor Wu, Chief Scientist, China National Centre of Food Risk Assessment in Beijing; and Kevin Wang, Editor-in-Chief, China Food Safety Magazine.
Local business woman Rachael Speedy is a vibrant and passionate speaker with a formidable reputation gained from running her successful company, NZ Premium Foods. Well renowned for exporting premium New Zealand food and beverages to South East Asia, as well as throughout New Zealand, Rachael is also involved in organising the Conference.
Australasian based Karl Ye, Managing Director, GMP Pharmaceuticals, joins Executive Director Export NZ, Catherine Beard and Hamish Findlay, General Manager, ESR Ltd to discuss export opportunities.
For a full Conference programme, registration and further details please refer to www.food-integrity-conference.com
New Zealand is fast transitioning from feeding Westerners to feeding the Asia Pacific region.
In 1965, (51 years ago) our food and beverage export to Asia accounted for only 5% of our total export value by destination. In 2014 it was up to 46%.
11 May 2016, Reserve Bank - New Zealand’s financial system is resilient and continues to function effectively, but risks to the financial stability outlook have increased further in the past six months, Reserve Bank Governor, Graeme Wheeler, said today when releasing the Bank’s May Financial Stability Report.
“Although New Zealand’s economic growth remains solid, the outlook for the global economy has deteriorated. Despite highly accommodative monetary policies and low oil prices, growth is slowing in a number of trading partner economies.
“Dairy prices remain low with global dairy supply continuing to increase. Many farmers now face a third season of negative cash flow with heavy demand for working capital.
“Imbalances in the housing market are increasing with house price inflation lifting again in Auckland, after cooling in late 2015 and early 2016 following new restrictions in investor loan-to-value ratios and government measures introduced in October.
“House prices have also begun increasing strongly in a number of regions across New Zealand, although house prices outside Auckland are generally much lower relative to incomes.
“The Bank remains concerned that a future sharp slowdown could challenge financial stability given the large exposure of the banking system to the Auckland housing market. Further efforts to reduce the imbalance between housing demand and supply in Auckland remain essential. This includes measures such as decreasing impediments to densification and greenfield development and addressing infrastructure and other constraints to increased housing supply.”
Deputy Governor, Grant Spencer, said: “In the banking system capital and liquidity buffers are strong and profitability is high.
“However, the system faces challenges. Internationally, credit spreads have widened, placing upward pressure on the cost of funds for New Zealand banks.
“The level of problem loans in the dairy sector is expected to increase significantly over the coming year, although we expect that dairy losses will be absorbed mainly through reduced earnings.
“While the moderation in house price inflation has been transitory, the LVR restrictions have substantially reduced the proportion of risky housing loans on bank balance sheets. This is providing an ongoing improvement to financial system resilience.
“The Reserve Bank is closely monitoring developments to assess whether further financial policy measures would be appropriate.
“The Reserve Bank continues to make progress on key regulatory initiatives. Consultation papers on proposed changes to the outsourcing policy for banks and on changes to bank disclosure requirements will soon be released. A consultation paper has also recently been released on crisis management powers for financial market infrastructures.”
11 May 2016 - As the world grapples with a seemingly insurmountable food wastage crisis, one company believes it has developed a new technology to help deal with the problem before it starts.
It is estimated that about one-third of all food produced worldwide goes to waste each year, worth around US$1 trillion.
While much effort goes in to dealing with food waste at the consumer end, most of the problem occurs somewhere between the producer and the retailer. In the Asia Pacific region, 15% to 50% of fruit is estimated to be lost between the grower and the market.
This is where New Zealand startup RipeTime, which is talking to potential investors in Taiwan, believes it has the answer. The company’s technology detects extremely low levels of gas in the atmosphere, which is used to track fruit quality as it is moved through the supply chain.
“We can smell, and essentially taste fruit, months before it is currently possible to do,” founder Jon Lowy told The News Lens in an interview in Taipei.
The company believes there are many markets its product can be used in – including testing for the presence of drugs. It is currently focused on fruit and vegetables, which have the highest wastage rates of any food, and flowers. The UN puts global food losses and waste at 40% to 50% for root crops, fruits and vegetables, compared to 20% for meat and dairy and 35% for fish.
Major costs and lost revenue
The RipeTime device collects atmospheric data from within fruit packaging immediately after it has been harvested. In the case of apples, the data it collects can tell producers whether a particular box has apples with problems such as early stage rot. In one brand the company has tested its product on, 1% of the apples have this problem.
“The brand that owns this apple, 1% of their customers bite into them and taste dirt. It ruins their market image and people don’t buy [the apples] again,” Lowy says.
RipeTime director Michael Vukcevic says if the problem can be identified immediately after harvest, the apples can still be eaten within 25 days – that compares to the one-year life expectancy normal apples have in cold storage.
“They know, when they see that signal, they have to get it to a market, sold and consumed within 25 days,” he says. “What it is not for, is to be put on a boat to be sent to China, Japan and the US.”
The value of food losses and waste amount to roughly US$680 billion in industrialized countries and US$310 billion in developing countries. As well as the costs of produce that goes off and the potential brand damage, there is also the lost revenue companies face.
Lowy and Vukcevic give the example of New Zealand kiwifruit exporter Zespri, which is a well-known brand in Taiwan. It sells more than 20 million trays of kiwifruit to China and around 10 million to Taiwan annually. In Zespri’s best year for what is known as cost of quality – the total cost of sorting, losing and disposing of fruit – the company still took a NZ$150 million hit.
“It costs them NZ$150 million, by not being able to determine and predict the condition of fruit accurately,” Vukcevic says. That doesn’t include the revenue lost from not selling fruit at a time when there is nothing else in the market but demand is high.
Lowy says just last year Zespri scrapped millions of trays of fruit late in the season – a time when a single kiwifruit could fetch CNY$30 in China.
Taiwanese eye investment
RipeTime was in Taiwan last week and has been talking to potential investors and customers around the world. The company has already raised cash and run a rights issue with shareholders – a small group of early stage investors including the New Zealand government's Venture Investment Fund. It is now looking for more capital while concurrently negotiating its first commercial deals. The cash the company raises will go toward the commercialization process and continuing research and development.
Vukcevic says the company could spend US$5 million to US$20 million over the next few years depending on the investment it secures.
“The amount of money equals the speed at which we would travel,” Vukcevic says. “We are very much of the view that we have de-risked the technology, we know that it works. The market validation we have had to-date has been very strong. We are now in that execution and roll-out stage, which for us is very exciting.”
In terms of competition, Lowy says that most other players in the market are focused on developing the electronic sensor technology, which is used after the RipeTime product is used.
“Amazingly, nobody does this,” Lowy says of the competitive space RipeTime is in – he says most testing at the early stage is still done manually.
While the company is currently focused on securing the capital it needs to grow – it is very upbeat about the venture capital and investment scene in Taiwan – the potential impact of the solution has not been lost.
The UN notes that if a quarter of the 1.3 billion tonnes currently lost or wasted globally each year was saved, “it would be enough to feed 870 million people.”
Vukcevic says if food wastage in Chile alone could be reduced by 10%, “we can pretty feed everyone in Africa.”
“Those sorts of changes have a significant impact," he says.
Rising shopper demand for goods means The Warehouse’s giant distribution centre at Rolleston is no longer big enough. A $13 million construction project aims to make it as half as big again.
The building is already bigger than six rugby fields at 34,000 square metres and sits on 10 hectares of land in the Izone Southern Business Hub, just west on the railway line.
It was built for The Warehouse in 2002 by the Selwyn District Council, which later sold it for $15m to an investment fund.
Now another 15,000sqm will be added to the structure, along with 2000sqm of container canopies and extra racking and conveyor systems, and extra yard and parking areas. The work includes $8m worth of construction just consented by the Selwyn District Council.
Jeff Matthews, business manager for Holmes Consulting who is running the development, said the project would involve a significant amount of work and the resulting building would be huge.
Construction will be done by Naylor Love. Steel and concrete for the project will not have to come far – both structural steel supplier Pegasus and concrete maker Cancast are also in the Izone business park.
The distribution centre stores goods for distribution to all the 25 Warehouse stores in the South Island. Two shifts of up to 75 workers each operate the complex from 6am to 11.30pm.
As well as its red shed stores, The Warehouse Group owns Warehouse stationery, appliance retailer Noel Leeming, and outdoors gear retailer Torpedo 7.
The group made $2.8 billion worth of sales in New Zealand last year. Its after-tax profit was $57m, a figure it expects to better by about 10 per cent this year.
South Australian company IMP technologies (IMPTEC) have developed a super fine crusher that reduces comminution costs.
The company is currently trialling a semi-commercial unit at Hallett Concrete in Adelaide, South Australia’s capital.
The machine is being used to turn the waste from black sand or iron sand into a replacement for Portland cement.
IMPTEC Director John Doherty said the crusher was a game-changing invention that could eventually be at the forefront of the industry.
“What we’re involved in is reducing the amount of energy, which is usually electrical, and the cost of media. You can also include lower maintenance costs because it’s just one machine,” he said.
“The energy density of the crusher is greater than other machines and reduces around 30 per cent of energy costs.”
Comminution is the essential processor of minerals into cement, more commonly Portland cement, a known producer of a number of greenhouse gases.
It also accounts for almost 40 per cent of total mining costs and three per cent of the world’s energy consumption, prompting the search for a more efficient solution.
Conventional methods include breaking down large rocks to a few centimetres, crushing them further to fit into a ball mill, and grinding the minerals with the help of media and water till the material came out in slurry form.
The machine shortens the process by merging the second and third stage. It is unique because it also able to run the process dry and without the use of media.
Doherty said the company plans to produce a fully commercial product by the end of the year.
“Our semi-commercial unit takes in orders of two tonnes per hour,” Doherty said.
“If it approves itself over the next few months, it would be good. We’re looking at scaling up to 100 tonnes per hour.”
The transformation of black sand or granulated slag into cement is a world first.
Last month IMPTEC was awarded the Statewide Super Innovation in Resources Award for its super fine crusher at the inaugural South Australian Resources Industry Awards.
The judging panel included the leader of the Minerals and Energy strand at the University of South Australia’s Future Industries Institute Bill Skinner who said that as good deposits of high-grade minerals diminish, the need to grind more material finer was vital.
“Energy consumption is going to go up if we are trying to keep up with what is needed in terms of metals. So anything that is going to reduce the footprint of an operating plant is going to be good,” he said.
“Portland cement is very energy intensive to produce and produces a lot of CO2 in the process. If you are using something that is actually a waste product, that is what you want.”
“This (IMPTEC’s super fine crusher) particular technology offers much reduced energy consumption. Up scaling it is a challenge that needs to be overcome.”
Up-and-coming engineering students and graduates will be given a head start in the industry thanks to Milmeq’s graduate, scholarship and internship programmes.
Engineering students from Massey, Canterbury and Auckland Universities are offered the chance to intern at Milmeq during their summer break, with opportunities to go on to the graduate programme.
Auckland University Mechanical Engineering student and 2015/16 intern Ryan Ennor says working in the Auckland office to complete his professional hours was a valuable experience. “Many of the engineers at Milmeq have been here a long time and have a lot of knowledge to share. Working closely with them has really helped me to broaden my understanding and knowledge base.”
During their time at Milmeq the interns assist the company in innovation projects, aimed at providing enhancements to existing technologies and development of new technologies. This enables them to complete the 400 hours each of practical and professional engineering experience required as part of their degree.
In addition to the internship, Milmeq also offers a scholarship, to the value of $3000, for an engineering student at Auckland University to go towards their final year of study.
This year’s recipient was Evan Simmers who also worked in the Milmeq Auckland office during his summer break. “My 10 weeks at Milmeq helped me develop my innovative thinking and problem solving skills. I think more than anything, the open and collaborative culture at Milmeq is what I enjoyed the most," Mr Simmers says.
Newly-qualified engineers are also given a leg up at Milmeq through their graduate programme. Milmeq employs newly qualified engineers every year in graduate positions. Graduates are often sourced from those who have successfully completed internships, although applications are also opened up to those outside the programme.
New graduate Thomas Craig joined Milmeq’s Dunedin-based team in November last year after interning at the company the previous summer. “In my role I’ve had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects and put a lot of the theory I learnt in my degree into practical application,” Thomas says. “It’s fantastic getting to work alongside highly experienced engineers – I find myself learning something new every day.”
Milmeq CEO Mike Lightfoot says fostering new engineering talent is a major focus for the company. “Our internship, scholarship and graduate programmes are an integral component of our business,” Mr Lightfoot says. “These students and graduates are the future of the industry so we are focussed on creating a pathway to bring new talent into our business. This is an essential ingredient for long term growth and sustainability - having mix of experience and youth in our engineering team encourages us to constantly challenge the way things are done, and this in turn drives innovation.”
Snorkel unveiled its new 460SJ mid-sized telescopic boom lift at the HIRE 16 trade show in Queensland, Australia, May 5-6.
5 May 2016 - Available globally, the 460SJ is part of a new family of four telescopic boom lifts introduced by Snorkel this year. The family also includes the 660SJ, officially launched in mid April at Bauma 2016 in Munich, Germany.
Built to last, the all-steel Snorkel 460SJ delivers 46-ft. (16.0 m) platform height, 40'0" (12.2 m) outreach, and can lift up to 600 lbs. (272 kg).
The 460SJ features a 6'7" (2.0 m) jib that can articulate 135°, and the lift is also available without the jib, as the model 400S, with a platform height of 33'6" (12.2 m).
Fitted with a fixed axle as standard, the 460SJ delivers excellent rough-terrain performance thanks to a traction manifold that always delivers oil to all four wheels for continuous 4-wheel drive, with the ability to climb grades to 50%. An oscillating axle is optional.
The 460SJ features Snorkel’s new tri-entry removable platform and Snorkel Guard secondary guarding system as standard. Proportional joystick controls operate all functions, including platform rotation and leveling.
At HIRE 16, the Snorkel 460SJ is on display alongside the larger Snorkel 660SJ in Ahern Australia’s stand in the Outdoor Area (A8).
Both models are now available for ordering worldwide.
At the show, Ahern Australia is also officially launching Snorkel’s new line of hydraulically driven electric scissor lifts. The new Snorkel electric scissor lift line includes six models, three of which will be on display at the show. The S3219E, S3226E and S4732E will make their first appearance in the Australian market, showcasing features such as twin-door ‘inside-out’ access to components, upsized kingpins, dual shear scissor stack for increased rigidity, and on-board diagnostics for easy maintenance. The new scissor lifts are now available to order.
HIRE 16 is also seeing Ahern showcase telehandlers and trailers manufactured in Snorkel’s New Zealand facility, including two products designed specifically for the Australian market. The MHP13AT is a robust and reliable towable boom lift, offering 12.9m working height and 6.4m of outreach, that is ideal for tradespeople and facilities maintenance. The Snorkel S2255RT is a narrow and lightweight compact rough terrain scissor lift that can lift up 420kg to a working height of 8.5m. Designed predominantly for working in constricted areas on uneven ground, this lift can be towed on a trailer behind any vehicle with 3.0 tonne GVM or greater, making it ideal for multi-site applications.
Ahern Australia will also display an Xtreme Manufacturing XR1255 rough-terrain telehandler at the show. Now available to order in Australia, the heavy duty XR1255 can lift up to 5,400 kg and has a maximum reach of 16.0m, making it ideal for multi-story construction projects.
Last week I was asked to visit a small company that manufactured and installed kitchen bench tops and to discuss their future health and safety (H&S) requirements.
Napier, 5 May 2016 - The company had been in business for eight years, they operated out of an old orchard pack house, had a very good reputation in the building industry and were very busy. The company had three employees.
No H&S systems were available. Like so many SMEs I visit, the business owner had very few management systems in place.
In the owners opinion H&S was a dirty word but he was now receiving many enquiries from his key clients stating if he wanted to continue to supply them and to work on their building sites he would have to have his H&S systems into place. His insurance broker had also asked him to address the issue.
After getting over the initial introductions and hearing his opinion that H&S was all B-S and nothing more than common sense and that he had never had an accident, we got down to business of identifying what and how he made bench tops.
It was during my observations that I noticed an employee approach the glue spraying booth, pick up a respirator off the work bench, put in on and then proceeded to spray the adhesive onto the laminate. When I asked the business owner if that was the normal process he nodded and then proceeded to tell me they have always done it that way and in my opinion was anything wrong with the way they did the spraying.
Here’s how the discussion went: Q - How often is the spray booth used during the day? A - Continually by all the staff, including myself
Q - Where is the extraction system turned on and by whom? A - We don’t have one as it’s too expensive to install. Q- Do you carry out annual medical checks for your employees? A- No why should we, do we have to?
I then proceeded to explain why this has to happen and especially with the type of exposure that he and his employees have to highly toxic solvent based glues. I then asked him if he had trained his staff in the safe use and application of the glues according to the Glues material safety data sheet. (MSDS A- What’s an MSDS?
Another explanation followed.
At this stage I picked up the respirator that was laying on the workbench and asked. Q- Do all the employees use this respirator? A- Yes, what’s the problem with that, they only use for a few minutes at a time?
I then proceeded to fold back the Latex face mask and showed him the sweat, spittle, MDF dust and other nasties trapped inside the mask. Q- Do you also use this? A- There was a stunned silence for a few moments and then he said shaking his head, not any longer.
He then said, I see what you mean but the cost of buying a respirator for each employee would be expensive, I can’t afford to do this. A- You can’t afford not to.
Q- What do you mean? A- If one of your employees was to come to work with the flu or a chest infection or worse and he, as well as all the other staff used the respirator, then there was a very high risk of all the staff and yourself contracting the flu resulting in all of you being off work for 3-5 days.
Q- What financial impact would that have on your business lest alone your clients and your business reputation? In addition, you also have a legal obligation under the Health and Safety at work Act to manage and to monitor the health and safety of your employees.
Q- How often do you clean the respirator or change the filters? A- Never, I have never really thought about it. It sounds like I really do have an H&S issue, how do I fix it?
DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR? If it does then here’s an action plan
1. Ask your glue supplier to send you the latest copy of the MSD sheet for the glue. 2. Discuss the MSD information with your employees, especially the use of PPE and the emergency procedures. 3. Have an extraction system installed in the spray booth to remove any surplus glue spray in a controlled manner. 4. Consult with a specialist supplier and purchase a respirator for each employee. 5. Ask the supplier to train your employees in the safe use, cleaning and the replacement of the filters 6. Purchase four plastic Click Clack containers , put their names on them and mount them on the wall near the spray booth 7. When not in use, the respirators must be • Cleaned after use and or on a weekly basis with sanitizing wipes. • Placed in a zip lock plastic bag • Stored in a snap lock plastic container. • Depending on the type of filters used, they can work 24/7 when exposed to the air. Read the manufactures instructions. • Change the filters on a scheduled basis.
And lastly, I recommended that YOU identify and engage a qualified Occupational health nurse to undertake the health monitoring assessments for yourself and your employees.
Gordon Anderson is the managing director of Hasmate Ltd of Napier. Since 1993 he has worked extensively in the area of health and safety as an adviser, systems development, auditing and management training. He works with a wide range of industries in Hawke's Bay and in other centres.
These Regional Research Institutes are to be new research centres developed in areas outside of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch
Wellington, 27 April, 2016 - Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced that three proposals to establish new Regional Research Institutes (RRIs) have been shortlisted and that applicants will now enter the business case development stage of the selection process.
Regional Research Institutes are to be new research centres developed in areas outside of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch that help build research and development intensity and lift innovation in key regional industries.
“Our regional economies have unique resources and strengths. The Regional Research Institutes initiative looks to harness these and build on economic potential by establishing independent and industry-focused R&D facilities,” Mr Joyce says.
A total of 24 proposals, from 16 different locations, were received for consideration.
“There were a number of credible and exciting proposals submitted, and the three shortlisted represent those considered at this stage to have presented the best plans for delivering the strongest growth in business R&D and innovation in regional areas,“ Mr Joyce says.
“For New Zealand to achieve its economic potential, we need all our regions to thrive. Regional growth is a priority for the Government and this initiative supports the Business Growth Agenda and its goal to increase business R&D expenditure to 1 per cent of GDP.”
The three shortlisted proposals are:
New Zealand Institute of Viticulture and Oenology, Marlborough, led by the New Zealand Winegrowers – research to support the growth and continuing success of the New Zealand wine industry.
Centre for Space Science Technology, Central Otago, led by Bodeker Scientific – research allowing the use of space-based measurements and unique to New Zealand satellite imagery to develop solutions tailored to regions and key sectors, for example, in water resource management and regional planning.
Earth+Vantage, Southland, led by Venture Southland – research using real time satellite and ground-based data to lift primary industry productivity across New Zealand, in areas such as precision farming, forestry and marine management.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment will work with the three applicants on a more detailed analysis of their proposals and determine the preferred options that deliver the greatest value from the potential institutes. Once this process is complete, Cabinet will make its final decision on which new institutes will be established.
The development of privately-led regional research institutes was announced as part of Budget 2015, with funding for up to $25 million over three years to support the initiative. Proposals were invited from groups of businesses, researchers and private investors in November 2015.
“MBIE will also contact those applicants who were not successful in proceeding to the next stage at this time and provide evaluation feedback for them to consider when building on their initial concepts and for applying to any future funding rounds,” says Mr Joyce.
“The high level of interest from all applicants illustrates that there is plenty of potential for further regional growth in research and development.”
Lest we forget. Poignant words that mean so much to all New Zealanders.
Auckland, 27 April 2016 - So why then were 5 wheelchair bound servicemen from World War Two not allowed to march in the dawn parade at the Auckland War Memorial Cenotaph on Monday.
Because they were in wheelchairs and would "slow the march down" according a report in the NZHerald this morning. The organisors also commented that health and safety was an issue - hope they are not hiding behind the new H&S law to try and justify their decision.
Come on, whoever is responsible for this decision has got it wrong these guys will not be with us for much longer and deserve to be included in the march, not just placed at the Centotaph, on the very day that celebrates the sacrifice they and those who didn't return made all those years ago. Do we have to go so fast that we leave behind, or in this case don't include, the very people we gather to respect each year. To sacrifice a small amount of time in a case like this is not to much to ask, is it?
New Zealand’s new Brighter Money $5 note has been named Banknote of the Year in a prestigious international competition.
Wellington, 26 April 2016 - The $5 note was awarded the IBNS Banknote of the Year title at the International Bank Note Society’s annual meeting.
The IBNS Banknote of the Year award recognises outstanding achievement in the design, technical sophistication and security of a banknote or banknote series. Twenty banknotes from around the world were nominated for the award, and the winner was voted by IBNS members.
The IBNS says New Zealand’s $5 note was the competition’s “clear winner”, with Sweden’s 20 Kronor note, Russia’s 100 Ruble note, Kazakhstan’s 20,000 Tenge note and Scotland’s (Clydesdale Bank) 5 Pound polymer note voted the runners-up.
New Zealand’s new banknotes are designed and printed by Canadian Banknote Company in Canada.
Reserve Bank of New Zealand Deputy Governor Geoff Bascand says the award is testament to the hard work and innovation by the Bank and its partners that has gone into developing the note.
“We are proud of all of New Zealand’s new banknotes, but to have our $5 note recognised internationally is very special. The note incorporates some of the world’s most advanced security features, yet still beautifully showcases New Zealand’s history, culture and heritage.”
The $5 and $10 notes have been in circulation since October. The new $20, $50 and $100 notes will come into circulation from May 16.
An outstanding cross-section of New Zealand companies have made it through as finalists in the 2016 Air New Zealand Cargo ExportNZ Awards for Auckland and Waikato.
Auckland, 26 April 2016 - From household names to start-up businesses, judges have been impressed with the calibre of entries received this year, especially as this is the first time the awards have been opened up to Waikato enterprises.
Overall, there are 25 finalists in seven categories (see below).
“I’m delighted with the diverse range of finalists we have in this year’s awards. We have a mix of service industries and manufacturers. These awards are designed to give recognition to our exporting community, and acknowledge the hard yards they have put in to help transform our economy. This year’s awards will showcase a cross-section of some of our most ingenious and innovative businesses,” says Catherine Lye, ExportNZ Manager Auckland, Waikato & Bay of Plenty.
Exports account for 29% of New Zealand’s GDP (NZ$69.3 billion).
ExportNZ Auckland and Waikato are divisions of the Employers and Manufacturers Association. The 2016 awards will be presented at a black-tie gala dinner on Thursday, June 23 at The Langham Hotel, Auckland.
Air New Zealand Cargo ExportNZ Awards 2016
2016 finalists for the Air New Zealand Cargo ExportNZ Awards
Award category 1: Westpac Exporter of the Year (export revenue over $25 million) 1. Gallagher Group Ltd are renowned for innovation and marketing of animal management, security, fuel systems and contract managing solutions. [Waikato] 2. Hobbiton Movie Set Tours provides a fascinating two hour guided tour of the set used for filming The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies which has experienced spectacular growth in visitor number in the past five years. [Waikato] 3. Leigh Fisheries are New Zealand's largest and leading fresh chilled seafood exporter providing a sustainable premium product directly to USA, Europe, Asia and Australia on a daily basis. Working with artisan fishermen nationwide employing the art of long line fishing with the principles of "just in time" process of hook to plate internationally and domestically. [Northland] 4. Vista Group Ltd is the global leader in film industry software solutions. Building on the dominant market position of Vista Entertainment Solutions, Vista Group has expanded to include a number of complementary businesses offering solutions across the wider film industry. [Auckland]
Award category 2: QBE Insurance Exporter of the Year (export revenue $10 million - $25 million) 1. Auckland Institute of Studies is an independent tertiary education institution offering quality education and strong support services to international students. [Auckland] 2. BBC Technologies are developers and manufacturers of advanced fruit and vegetable processing equipment, specialising in small, delicate commodities such as berries. [Waikato] 3. Bobux International is a baby footwear developer and manufacturer which designs from a foot health first perspective which recognises that while barefoot is best it is not always practical. [Auckland] 4. James Dunlop Textiles is an international converter and wholesaler of premium furnishing fabrics. Established more than a hundred years ago, it has been recognised internationally as a leading premium brand from the Southern Hemisphere. [Auckland] 5. Waikato Milking Systems is a New Zealand success story. Founded in the Waikato in 1967, the company is today one of the leading designers and manufacturers of dairy systems in the world. [Waikato]
Award category 3: BDO Exporter of the Year (export revenue $1million - $10million) 1. API Consumer Brands is a leading New Zealand developer, manufacturer, supplier, marketer, and distributor of high quality pharmaceuticals, toiletry and cosmetic products. From the two state of the art manufacturing plants they bring to the market the high quality toiletries and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals and a range of controlled drugs. [Auckland] 2. Dulux Powder & Industrial Coatings NZ with a reputation for quality and service, manufacture in New Zealand, and market internationally, a comprehensive range of colourful, innovative, and technologically advanced powder coatings. [Auckland] 3. Rayglass Boats was established in 1989 and is a leading manufacturer of high quality power boats, with the Rayglass Legend and the Rayglass Protector being its two key prototypes. [Auckland]
Award category 4: Endace Services Exporter of the Year (export revenue $1million - $10million) 1. Eagle Aviation Consulting Ltd is an independent consulting firm specialising in commercial aviation advisory and solutions for investors, airlines and governments. [Auckland] 2. ICL Education is a group of education providers offering a range of tertiary business, computing, teaching English as a second language and early childhood education programmes. [Auckland] 3. Keedup Ltd provides a 24/7 service to the international celebrity image business - editing, captioning, keywording and distributing the latest shots from celebrity hot spots such as Hollywood and Cannes. [Auckland]
Award category 5: TNT Emerging Exporter of the Year 1. Triumph & Disaster is a modern day apothecary and skincare foundry using bespoke aromas and natural blends to deliver a product that’s reminiscent of simpler times. [Auckland] 2. Virsae provides cloud services to allow its clients to manage their technology and communication systems to peak performance levels, so channels remain open and customers can always get an answer. [Auckland] 3. Zealong Tea Estate Ltd produces organically certified tea which is handpicked from New Zealand’s only commercial tea estate. [Waikato]
Award category 6: Baldwins Intellectual Property Best Use of Commercialisation of Innovation for Export 1. Adept Medical sells a range of ear, nose, radiology, cardiology, neuroradiology and sterilisation service products directly to hospitals. [Auckland] 2. BBC Technologies are developers and manufacturers of advanced fruit and vegetable processing equipment, specialising in small, delicate commodities such as berries. [Waikato] 3. Methven Ltd create amazing water experiences every day with their range of beautifully designed showers, tapware and valves. [Auckland] 4. Quantec Ltd is a biotechnology business focused on capturing value from dairy, through innovation business activities in animal and human health. [Waikato]
Award category 7: Quantium Solutions Best Use of Digital Strategy for Export 1. Metal Heart Ltd make fashion jewellery from the finest minerals and gemstones, with an emphasis on quality and brand experience. [Auckland] 2. Natural Ringa Company create holistic products that enhance individual beauty and provide rejuvenation of body, mind and spirit. [Auckland] 3. Triumph & Disaster is a modern day apothecary and skincare foundry using bespoke aromas and natural blends to deliver a product that’s reminiscent of simpler times. [Auckland]
Supreme Winner (selected from the winners of award categories 2-5) Simmonds Stewart Exporters Champion (for exemplary services to export) 8. Supreme Winner (selected from the winners of award categories 2-5) 9. Simmonds Stewart Exporters Champion (for exemplary services to export)
Droids or Drones? Which Will Be the Future of Delivery?
Princess Leia bet on droids, not drones, to get her priority package delivered. And that turned out OK, except for her planet getting blown up. A Skype founder's new hope is that droids can work just as well on Earth.
Bloomberg News, 19 April 2016 - In the shadow of Greenwich’s 02 Arena - the futuristic dome originally built as London’s showpiece for the Millennium - what looks like a picnic cooler on wheels zips among groups of gawking children. This little delivery robot, designed to autonomously navigate sidewalks, not roads, later this year will begin making deliveries from local businesses direct to customers.
In doing so, it may just conquer e-commerce’s final frontier: the Last Mile, the least efficient and most problematic step in the delivery process. Starship's robotic delivery droid is designed to detect and give way to pedestrians.
“Thirty to forty percent of the cost of delivery comes in the last mile,” says Allan Martinson, the chief operating officer of Starship Technologies, the company building this robot. The venture is the brainchild of Ahti Heinla, one of Skype’s original developers, and is backed by billionaire Skype co-founder and tech investor Janus Friis.
The little delivery robots designed by Starship and a competing U.S. startup called Dispatch are the BB-8s and Wall-E's of e-commerce. These scrappy droids are up against tech's strongest forces. Amazon is testing airborne drones, as are Wal-Mart and Google. Google has also sought patents for a driverless truck that would carry an array of storage lockers that unlock with a text message. And Uber is deploying drivers for food delivery, a concept that could be expanded to other products. And don't forget incumbents from Federal Express and UPS to government postal services.
While Starship's robot may be first to market, victory isn't assured. The droids have limitations, with economic viability confined urban areas. Drones have a higher sticker price and bigger regulatory hurdles to surmount, but may prove less expensive on a per-mile basis. And for the foreseeable future, some logistics experts say, humans still have the edge over any sci-fi inspired contenders.
Heinla, a tall, gaunt Estonian with shaggy blond hair and the disheveled look of an engineer for whom form matters more than fashion, says delivery droids have their advantages. Smaller robots are easier and cheaper to build. Because Starship’s droid weighs less than 35 pounds and travels slowly, it's less likely to cause damage. As a wheeled vehicle, there are no spinning rotorblades that could cause injury - unlike drones. Continue to full article . . .
Mainmark’s Christchurch Art Gallery project has been shortlisted for the International Project of the Year Award category at the 2016 Ground Engineering Awards in the United Kingdom.
Mainmark release, 22 April 2016 - The International Project of the Year Award recognises projects that have delivered geotechnical innovation that stands out on the international stage for credentials in sustainability, health and safety, and value engineering. Judges consider client satisfaction, innovation, value for money, performance against prediction, the quality of design and construction, safety, and application of quality management.
The Ground Engineering Awards celebrate engineering excellence of the finest firms in Britain and beyond, with 14 award categories spanning innovation, project and stakeholder management, sustainability, health and safety, and technical excellence.
We are thrilled to have the Christchurch Art Gallery project recognised on a global scale and in company with an outstanding cohort of engineering firms. We commend the organisers of the Ground Engineering Awards for recognising and showcasing the achievements of our active and growing industry, and we look forward to the interesting discussions that will emerge during the live judging stage in May.
I would also like to extend my congratulations to the Mainmark team, whose technical expertise and application of Mainmark technologies ensured the re-support and re-levelling of the Christchurch Art Gallery in just 52 days and under tight project management. The Gallery’s 6,500 square metre foundations suffered significant damage during the Christchurch earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, causing the 33,000 tonne building to sink. For more information on this project, click here.
We wish our team luck as they travel to London to attend the face-to-face judging by members of the 43-strong jury, made up of clients, contractors, consultants and academics; and we look forward to attending the Awards ceremony when the winners are announced on the 30th June.
Author: Philip Mack, Founder and Chairman of Mainmark
Philip Mack is the founder and chairman of the Mainmark group of companies. Following involvement in the Newcastle earthquake restorations in the early in 1990s, Philip added to the company’s grouting expertise by obtaining the exclusive distribution rights for the innovative Uretek resin injection technologies in 1994. Since then, Mainmark has established fifteen offices across the Asia Pacific region and now offers suite of ground engineering and asset preservation solutions, supported by state of the art equipment and expert technicians.
High Pressure Processing (HPP) equipment manufacturers for the food industry are experiencing a growing demand for their equipment and technology as we move through 2016. A prominent HPP equipment manufacturer who is represented here in New Zealand is Hiperbaric.
Auckland, 21 April 2016 - HPP is a preservative technology which does not involves heat and is applied to already-packed products, any possible recontamination that may occur during packing will be controlled. With the growing popularity and demand of raw, natural and additive free products, the global food industry is facing fundamental changes to conquer a customer that is becoming more and more informed and exigent by the day.
Nonthermal processing technologies could be reshaping the food industry
It was 1898 when B H Hite, a chemist from West Virginia, introduced milk in a manual press he had made for achieving high hydrostatic pressures; he realised that milk lasted longer after doing so. Pressure has killed the spoilage bugs, he thought and he was right.
Almost at the same time and following Becquerel’s discovery of radioactivity in 1895, first research on the use of ionising energy to destroy microbes in food was published in a German medical journal. In the late 1940s, B L Flaumenbaum observed in his lab in Germany that fruit subjected to quick pulsed electricity saw their permeability increased, and microbes were inactivated.
Over a century after these initial discoveries and thanks to the evolution of designs and materials, we are seeing that these old solutions have, finally, become available to the food industry in a profitable way. The first method is now known as High Pressure Processing (HPP); the third, as Pulsed Electric Fields (PEF); the second, food irradiation, had an earlier adoption (it was firstly approved in the United States in 1986 and irradiated foods started to be commercialised in the 1990s).
In the last few years other technological advances have appeared in the food manufacturing space. With ultrasound, food manufacturers can take advantage of the cavitation generated by sound waves passing through the food and breaking the cell membranes of bacteria. Cold plasma, the most recent development in the sector, is still in the experimental phase. Plasma, aka the ‘fourth state’ of matter, is obtained applying extremely high energies to a gas, creating a gliding arc of ionised, nonthermal plasma that is able to sterilise the surface of foods.
These new techniques fit well in schemes pursued by food manufacturers, such as the hurdle concept and the minimal processing scheme which, respectively, promise food safety through putting barriers to the presence and growth of bugs along the food processing chain, and nutrition, functionality and retention of freshness in case of the latter minimal, gentle processing. Something else is shared by irradiation, high pressure processing, pulsed electric fields, or plasma treatment: they are all nonthermal technologies, meaning they don’t involve heating. These processes are applied to the food usually in chilled or ambient temperature condition so the components can stay fresh.
Heating the food is the traditional way of preserving foodstuffs and getting rid of undesirable spoilage microorganisms and pathogens. It is a great and effective way for obtaining safe products that last longer in our fridge or on the shelves. But it tends to flatten flavours and colours, and to harm the functionality and nutrition of the fresh, destroying for example vitamins or antioxidants. Additives and preservatives are the second common tool for making foods stable and safer, but consumers don’t want to see them on the labels. Overall, consumer demand is generating the need for new processing solutions and meals that are fresher, more natural, minimally processed, and with no artificial ingredients. These are precisely the most complicated to handle in the factory from the perspective of food safety and preservation, and this is why new hurdles and solutions are being implemented.
HPP systems are probably the highest growth category, with foods worth more than 750,000 Tons of product being processed annually, according to Hiperbaric, S.A., Burgos, Spain, a leading manufacturer of these industrial installations. The technique basically consists in applying pressures around 6,000 bar (6,000 atmospheres or 87,000 psi) to food during three to five minutes. Imagine submerging your bottle of fresh juice or your luncheon meat in the bottom of an ocean that was 60Km deep – 6 times more than the depth of the Mariana Trench, and that’s what high pressure processing is about. The microbes are destroyed but the food stays intact because pressure is isostatic, transmitted by water, and then equal from all sides.
HPP has seen spectacular growth over the past decade, and is projected to become one of the key factors of the new food industry and the most promising emerging technique, according to a Campden BRI (UK) study published in the journal Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies this year.
According to Hiperbaric, Cold Pressure Tecnology or HPP (High Pressure Processing) is becoming more mainstream in certain food spaces outside the traditional ones (mainly guacamole, continental meats, lobsters, to name a few), and two particular segments are now driving its growth: cold pressed juices, and HPP Tolling.
In the past three years, the cold pressed juice category has experienced explosive growth with well known names such as Suja, Evolution Fresh, Blueprint, Coldpress, Harmless Harvest etc. All of them are Hiperbaric customers. The Spanish company is growing this year to a turnover of more than 70m and has an order backlog for 2016 that indicates it might surpass 100m in 2016.
The second segment in which HPP technology is becoming more widely implemented is the Tolling/Copacking business model, in which contract service companies, refrigerated service suppliers and logistic platforms are adding Hiperbaric lines as a way to add value to their services. Using the network of toll HPP services, any food maker with a need for a pathogen lethality intervention, a extension of the product shelf life, or access to export markets, can access high pressure technology and pay on a per Kg, per pack or per batch basis, without the need of investing in its own Hiperbaric system.
In Australia and New Zealand, currently a total of 14 HPP systems are operating in most of the different segments including meat, shellfish, juices, nut milk, guacamole, RTE meals etc.
From laboratory to final industrial practice, gentle physical processes are helping the food industry in the making of hopefully safer, better eats and displacing chemicals from our diets. If evolution continues as expected and the price of these systems is progressively brought down, we will increasingly see pressurised meals and cold plasma hygienised dinners on our table.
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Speciality packaging manufacturer, Parkside, has developed in conjunction with a technology partner, a revolutionary protective packaging solution for the transport of high value, delicate items in a compact format.
United Kingdom, 21 April 2016 - Rockpocket™ is a flexible laminated bag that contains polystyrene beads between its outer layers. A vacuum extraction pump is applied to the pack to evacuate the air between layers, which creates a solid pack that protects goods from damage during transit.
Developed over several months by the Advanced Packaging Expert (APEX) innovation team at Parkside, Rockpocket is available in multiple sizes and offers a lightweight and compact solution for the transportation of items.
Steve McCormick, new product development director at Parkside, said: “More people than ever before are shopping online and Rockpocket offers the ideal solution for online retailers who want to ensure their customers receive items in perfect condition.
“The design is totally versatile, creating a protective packaging around any shape of item and we can print bespoke high definition graphics and branding on pack to meet customer requirements.”
Many secondary and security packaging solutions that offer full product protection are a combination of several packaging materials such as boxes, void fill and bubble wrap. Rockpocket, however, is a ‘one pack fits all’ solution, requiring no additional packaging and eliminating the need to over-pack products in order to achieve a high level of protection. Packaging waste is reduced significantly as a result.
The outer film is manufactured from recyclable LDPE or PET and the pack itself is made from up to 90 per cent air, reducing transportation weight and the associated carbon footprint and costs.
As no assembly is required, the design speeds up the packing process and its flat edges enhance ease of packing and stacking.
Tamper proof sealing tabs and document windows can be incorporated into the pack design, as well as track and trace features such as an RFID tag or embedded image.
To enhance its environmental credentials even further, Parkside is developing a valve less Rockpocket pack that will be made from 100 per cent compostable materials, enabling the pack to compost at the end of its service life.
Paula Birch, Parkside’s Head of Sales commented: “Brands understand the importance of their packaging in the online retail world and the “moment of truth” is often disappointing today, which consumers are happy to share on social media. Goods are often over-packed in dull secondary packaging materials, wasting valuable communication opportunities and consumer engagement. The branding and packing efficiency opportunities that Rockpocket offer are significant and a number of online retailers are exploring it for their next generation packaging solution as a result.
A new online system will streamline property transactions and make it easier to link property information held across central and local government, says Land Information Minister Louise Upston.
“Every day, kiwis buy and sell homes, subdivide land and build new houses. Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) processes more than 3.5 million transactions and property information searches a year,” says Ms Upston.
“But the current system for this is aging and in need of replacement. It uses technology that was cutting edge in the 90s but which no longer reflects the way LINZ’s customers work. The new system – Advanced Survey and Title Services (ASaTS) – will ensure that the cost and time for these transactions remains low, and will make the most of changes in technology.
“Improvements will include an online search so property buyers can get title information without specialist help. It’ll be a more interactive system for surveyors and conveyancers. They’ll be able to plug their own software into the system to reduce rework, use it on tablets and mobiles, and represent property boundaries in 3D.
“It will also give us the ability to link property information held across central and local government, like ratings valuations and titles. This function is essential to the Government’s work towards Integrated Property Services, which will make it easier and quicker for property owners, builders and developers to get what they need.”
LINZ is taking an ‘as a service’ approach to developing ASaTS. Instead of paying a vendor to build a system that LINZ would then own, LINZ will select a vendor that can deliver a suitable system that LINZ will pay to use – similar to renting. LINZ will still own property data.
“The as a service approach will deliver the same benefits to customers while LINZ continues to do what it does best. LINZ staff will continue to use the system to process and quality assure New Zealand’s property transactions.”
More information about ASaTS is available on the LINZ website.
The recent release of the Safeguard state of the nation health and Safety survey raises some interesting questions on just how far we have come or in some case not progressed.
Napier, 20 April 2016 - Business owners and senior managers must be more confident due to the fact that the responsibilities are more prescriptive and defined, they now have guidance instead of the subjective and non-prescriptive legislation they had to work with previously. This can only be a positive step in the right direction of H&S improvement
Someone once said that you should educate before you legislate.
As an independent health and safety advisor who has worked in the industry for 24 years, I too am a little bit sceptic as there has been twenty four years of resistance by 95% of NZ businesses to H&S. It’s a shame that it has taken the lives of 29 men to bring about the changes but dramatic events sometimes requires drastic action.
H&S in NZ has been in place as a compliance issue since 1992 and millions of dollars have been spent on the education process and information abounds on the WSNZ and the ACC web sites. There is no longer to make excuses that information is not available. I believe that this is one of the reasons why 78% are more optimistic about health and safety now starting to work.
It’s interesting to note from a number of postings on the Goggle Earth H&S Alerts of the comments stating that business in certain provinces are not prepared or aware of the changes to H&S, hello, where have they been? Is H&S improving, here in the province of Hawkes Bay I believe it is if all the calls for assistance are anything to go by?
Many businesses are now considering affirmative H&S management systems as an opportunity to improve their business rather than just to comply with the law. In fact many are now capitalising on this to gain contracts and a greater share of the market place.
H&S is now a key part of the selection criteria for all local body and larger businesses to do business with, so are the changes making a difference, they certainly are with my clients. The government set a goal to reduce the fatality rate and the number of work place serious ham incidents by 25% by 2020. Is 2020 vision not hindsight?
Will the Government reach this goal considering 2020 is only 4 years away? I believe this is ambitious considering the H&S culture that still exists in NZ. The proof or success of the H&S pudding will be the measurement taken by business like Safeguard.
Change takes time but with the different attitude and approach now being taken by Worksafe NZ and the many hundreds of independent professional H&S advisors in the market place it can only improve for the betterment and safety of the NZ workers and for the NZ economy.
Gordon Anderson is the managing director of Hasmate Ltd of Napier. Since 1993 he has worked extensively in the area of health and safety as an adviser, systems development, auditing and management training. He works with a wide range of industries in Hawke's Bay and in other centres.
The Expo is one of the highlights in the University’s year with value for both members of the College, ENSOC student members and industry members.
Christchurch, 20 April 2016 - Students are given the opportunity to gather ideas and insights to make informed decisions about their engineering careers. Undergraduate engineers gain assistance with choosing their career and study paths, while final year students are provided with a range of recruitment possibilities.
You are invited to set up a stand to promote your company to current students of all levels. The Expo day can also be used to attract and recruit next year’s graduates to your company. Stalls are positioned in the Undercroft located in the ground floor of James Hight Library. This gives you a unique opportunity to communicate with students in a relaxed environment. Likely topics include information on your company’s products and services, the kind of people your company employs and recruitment opportunities. We welcome employers from a range of disciplines to come along meet our students
The date for the Expo is set for Tuesday the 19th July, with the event running between 10am and 4pm. Due to the event being a student initiative, a payment of $500 (incl gst) towards expenses is required to secure your position. Food and refreshments will follow the day’s activities and car parking is available.
Confirmation of attendance is required by Monday 20th June
ENSOC is the largest student society in New Zealand with over 2000 members. Fonterra is sponsoring the event in 2016. The popularity and value of the event is constantly increasing, and student turnout and appreciation is always very high.
The purchase price of US$435 million represents 8.5 times PBITDA. Alusa – which includes Alusa (Chile), Peruplast (Peru), Aluflex (Argentina) and Flexa (Colombia) – is owned by Techpack S.A. and Nexus Private Equity.
Amcor, 18th April 2016 - The business has four plants and a broad range of capabilities including film extrusion, flexographic and gravure printing and lamination. It is the largest flexible packaging manufacturer and supplier in Chile and Peru, and a leading participant in Colombia and Argentina, with one plant in each of these four countries.
Alusa has strong, long standing relationships with large multinational and regional customers and generates sales of approximately US$375 million from the supply of flexible packaging for food, personal care and pet food applications.
Inclusive of synergy benefits of approximately US$25 million and growth in the underlying markets, PBIT is expected to be approximately US$65 million at the end of year three. The return on cash invested is expected to have reached approximately 15% at that time, taking into account costs to be incurred to realise synergies and working capital benefits. Given the unique and scalable position this provides in the South American region, further growth opportunities underpinned by a strong customer value proposition provide a pathway for returns to reach 20% by the end of year five.
Amcor CEO and Managing Director, Ron Delia said: “With the creation of a new Flexibles Americas Business Group in July 2015, there was an expectation this business could accelerate growth in both North and South America. It is pleasing that over a relatively short period of time, our flexible packaging sales in the region will almost double to nearly US$1 billion with the acquisition of Alusa, and the recently completed acquisition of Deluxe Packages in the USA."
“Alusa comes with a strong management team and provides a unique platform in an important growth region. A large number of Amcor’s multinational customers operate in South America, and this acquisition significantly improves our ability to support their needs and to grow with them in these markets.
“Along with our leadership positions in Europe and Asia, Amcor’s customer value proposition will substantially improve with a strong presence in South America. A truly global product offering differentiates Amcor in the flexible packaging marketplace, positioning us as a partner of choice for customers.”
Techpack S.A. is listed on the Santiago Stock exchange. The acquisition is subject to approval by Techpack shareholders as well as approval by the relevant regulatory authorities. Completion is expected in the coming months.
Doing business with China is set to become even easier under new China – New Zealand border initiatives currently underway, says Customs Minister Nicky Wagner.
Wellington, 19 April 2016 -Our customs agencies have agreed to launch a new Joint Electronic Verification (JEV) system to streamline and accelerate customs clearance procedures,” Ms Wagner says.
“Currently exporters and brokers are required to provide a Certificate of Origin to prove that their goods are of New Zealand Origin and to gain tariff preference.
“Under the new Joint Electronic Verification System initiative, exporters will need to enter their unique Certificate of Origin reference number on their electronic export documents, which will then be matched to the electronic data shared between the two agencies.
“Moving to an electronic verification system will make goods trade between our countries even easier, while significantly reducing the risk of New Zealand goods being held up at the Chinese border because of minor technical issues.
“New Zealand will be the first country to have a Joint Electronic Verification System with China, which will be launched later this year.
“China is our largest goods trading partner, with two-way trade more than doubling since the NZ-China FTA came into force.
“I am pleased our Customs agencies are working together to make it easier for our businesses to maximise the trade opportunities created by the FTA,” says Ms Wagner.
Our MP's are on the move, and you can read what they up to below:
PM meets China Premier Li Keqiang
18 April 2016 - Prime Minister John Key today met with China Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing for wide-ranging talks, which included the upgrade of the NZ-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA).
“The NZ-China FTA has been a real success for both our countries,” says Mr Key. “China is now our second-largest trading partner, with two-way trade more than doubling since the agreement came into force.
“Premier Li and I discussed our intention to upgrade the FTA, to reflect the growth in trade between our two countries and to ensure it continues to drive our relationship forward.
“We also discussed the importance of continuing to cooperate across the board, including in science and innovation, UN Security Council issues and tourism.
“We talked about the growing law enforcement and legal cooperation between our two countries, and agreed to foster increased communication on international legal issues between our two foreign ministries.
“Following our talks, Premier Li and I witnessed the signing of a number of arrangements, which reflect the significant engagement between New Zealand and China.
These include arrangements on:
Developing an Agricultural Growth Partnership that will underpin agricultural cooperation programmes across a range of technical areas
Promoting Trade and Investment between the New Zealand Export Credit Office and the Export-Import Bank of China which will promote greater cooperation and export credit financing Chinese recognition of New Zealand halal standards for New Zealand exports
Implementation of the Strategic Research Alliance Joint Projects which will facilitate the allocation of funds to ongoing and previously-agreed science projects.
“In addition, earlier today I was pleased to witness the signing of a cooperation arrangement between New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) and Chinese internet giant Alibaba.
“NZTE and Alibaba have agreed to work together to provide services aimed at helping New Zealand businesses maximise the opportunities on Alibaba’s online platform.
“This is good news for New Zealand exporters looking to grow their business through direct sales to Chinese citizens.
“Our relationship with China is increasingly broad based and these arrangements will help ensure this continues,” says Mr Key.
Joyce leads GPA Mission to the US
18 April 2016 - Economic Development and Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce leaves for the United States tomorrow to promote US-New Zealand business links, and leverage New Zealand’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Government Procurement Agreement (GPA).
In August 2015, New Zealand joined the GPA, providing New Zealand companies guaranteed access to US government contracts.
“The US Government is the world’s largest purchaser of goods and services. Federal government spending is worth more than US$600 billion per annum. New Zealand’s GPA accession improves the contracting environment for New Zealand firms. We also value the US as a key science and innovation partner,” Mr Joyce says.
“New Zealand has a strong international reputation for honesty, integrity, quality of government and reputable business practices and legal systems. This is a great “brand” for New Zealand companies to build from.”
The mission aims to attract interest in New Zealand solutions for US state and federal government and to secure the attention of key US government department leaders, buyers and influencers.
Mr Joyce leads a delegation of New Zealand exporters targeting government procurement at a two-day CEO Summit in Washington DC, organised by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE).
“US procurement is committed to transparent and competitive government procurement that delivers the best value for money. It is a very lucrative, complex market, and GPA membership gives New Zealand businesses the right to bid for government contracts,” Mr Joyce says. “There are opportunities for New Zealand businesses in almost every sector in the US.”
While there, Mr Joyce will also visit Berkeley and Georgetown universities, and call on the Assistant Secretary of State to talk about New Zealand's wide range of academic, cultural and educational flows between both countries.
Mr Joyce will also visit San Francisco and Houston. He will return to New Zealand on 22 April.
Foss to honour veterans in South Korea
18 April 2016 -Veterans’ Affairs Minister Craig Foss will travel to South Korea tomorrow to mark the 65th anniversary of the Battle of Gapyeong.
The 16th Field Regiment of the Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery played a significant role in defeating the Chinese People’s Volunteer Army during the Battle of Gapyeong on 24 April 1951. The Regiment was awarded the Republic of Korea’s Presidential Citation.
“It is a privilege to be going to Korea for this commemoration, and attending an Anzac service in Seoul the following day makes it extra special. No matter where or when our military personnel served, they deserve to be honoured,” Mr Foss says.
“While in Korea I will pay my respects to our fallen soldiers buried in the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Busan and visit New Zealand Defence Force personnel deployed to the United Nations-controlled Demilitarised Zone (DMZ).
“It will be my honour to present five New Zealand General Service Medals — Korea, and two New Zealand Operational Service Medals to military personnel finishing their deployment to the DMZ.”
Mr Foss will also meet his South Korean counterpart, Minister of Patriots and Veterans’ Affairs Sungchoon Park, and in his role as Minister for Small Business, the Korean branch of the International Council for Small Business.
McCully to New York and Europe
15 April 2016 - Foreign Minister Murray McCully travels to New York this weekend for UN Security Council related meetings, and will then travel to the UK, Germany and France.
Minister McCully will participate in a UN Security Council meeting on the Middle East region on Monday 18 April and will undertake a series of related bilateral meetings in New York.
In London Minister McCully will be meeting with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and will be attending a meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group. Minister McCully will also travel to Berlin to meet German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and will continue on to Paris for meetings in support of New Zealand’s engagement in the UN Security Council.
“My meetings in the UK, Germany and France are an opportunity to discuss how New Zealand can work with our European partners on issues of common interest on the UN Security council agenda,” Mr McCully says.
“I will also be using my time in Europe to support Helen Clark’s candidacy for UN Secretary-General, and to discuss the New Zealand/ EU Free Trade Agreement.”
In France, the Minister will represent New Zealand at centenary commemorative services in Longueval in the Somme.
“New Zealand has a long history with Europe, and our First World War centenary commemorations underline this shared history, and our shared values. I welcome the opportunity to pay my respects in this centenary year of the Battle of the Somme,” Mr McCully says.
Dunne to attend UN Special Session on Drug Policy
15 April 2016 -Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne is travelling to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS), which takes place over 19-21 April.
“Major themes of the UNGASS meeting are likely to include the death penalty, new psychoactive substances and the impact of technology,” says Mr Dunne.
Along with a number of other health ministers and heads of state from across the globe, Mr Dunne will participate in panels and policy roundtable events ranging over human rights, international cooperation and evidence-based policy.
“The Conference provides an excellent opportunity to discuss drug policy at a global level. New Zealand is one of a number of countries that have in recent years moved towards treating drug use as a health issue, rather than a criminal justice issue. While we still have work to do here in New Zealand, it is my view that we are making good progress in how we address wider drug-harm issues.
“At an international level, we often share common problems but frequently differ in our solutions. There is no one-size-fits-all approach as geographical, social and cultural features all play a role, but UNGASS nonetheless represents an outstanding opportunity to discuss and share ideas, views and approaches”, Mr Dunne said.
Leading Chinese agribusiness representatives will gather in Auckland next month for a new event to promote New Zealand agricultural technology, products and services.
WELLINGTON, 18 April 2016 (Xinhua) -- The inaugural China-New Zealand Agribusiness Investment and Trade Conference on May 25 would include "match-making" meetings for New Zealand companies with Chinese counterparts who had matching business needs, the Bank of China's New Zealand subsidiary announced Monday.
The growth potential for New Zealand agricultural industry was immense, while innovators operating in the supply chain and logistics sectors were also substantial, according to the Bank of China (NZ), which is holding the event.
"By hosting 70 Chinese agricultural companies here, we aim to introduce local agribusinesses to people who can potentially help them access the Chinese market and grow their business," Bank of China (NZ) chief executive officer David Lei Wang said in a statement.
Despite China's agricultural output being the largest in the world, it was set to become the largest importer of farm products due to its arable land constraints and housing over 20 percent of the world's population.
China was forecast to import 150 billion U.S. dollars worth of chicken, pork and beef by 2020, while water constraints were predicted to significantly impact horticultural production.
China's Ministry of Agriculture was talking up the need for more imported lamb in the next five years in anticipation of domestic demand growth.
"Food safety and health benefits, including growing demand for organic and gourmet produce, are increasingly important factors among China's middle class. New Zealand's reputation for clean, innovative and efficient production provides it a powerful competitive edge in a highly competitive international market," Wang said.
The New Zealand government was aiming to increase exports from 30 percent of GDP to 40 percent by 2025 and agribusinesses would be a critical component in reaching its target.
Prime Minister John Key is currently visiting China to discuss upgrading the existing free trade agreement between the two countries.
The one-day conference would be supported by the New Zealand government's New Zealand Trade and Enterprise agency and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in New Zealand.
Swinglift’s long history of continuous improvement dates back to the 1960s, leading to a new evolution of its innovative container side-loader that will debut at the Melbourne Truck Show in May.
Trailer, 18 april2016 - Since 2005, container side-loader expert Swinglift has been flourishing under the Patchell Group, a heavy transport trailer manufacturer based in Rotorua, New Zealand.
A decade has passed since the Swinglift product joined the Patchell catalogue of specialised equipment – including log transport trailers, food grade stainless steel tankers, drop decks and skel trailers – but the long and successful Swinglift story goes back a lot further than that.
According to Swinglift Australia General Manager, Gordon Dyson, the company’s practice for developing innovative equipment began in 1968 with the advent of the first truck-mounted container side-loader in New Zealand, purpose-built to carry 10’ rail containers and later modified to accommodate 15’ sea freighters.
The development continued in May 1976 when the first road legal 20’ side-loader in NZ was introduced. Invented by Swinglift’s founder, Robin Wynyard, the first unit stood out for its utilisation of New Zealand’s then newly-introduced super single tyres on the front axles of a truck, a lift capacity of 20 tonnes and for being the first to comply with NZ road regulations for a 20’ Swinglift.
The full story has appeared in the April edition of Trailer. To get your copy, click here.
The Levin Water Treatment Plant upgrade is helping future-proof the town's water supply.
Levin, 15 April 2016 - Phase one of the upgrade features the construction of a new six-million-litre reservoir tank, measuring 31 metres in diameter and nine metres high. It adds to two existing concrete reservoirs - a four-million-litre tank built in 1965, and a 2.5-million-litre tank built in 1943.
The new reservoir at the Gladstone Road plant was blessed by Muaūpoko Iwi representatives at an official opening ceremony this morning, attended by Horowhenua District Councillors, staff, and contractors.
Council's Projects Manager Gerry O'Neill says this will provide the town with at least 24 hours of water storage capacity. Previously storage capacity had been 19 hours typically, but only 13 hours during peak demand in summer.
Mr O'Neill says the new reservoir tank is made of glass-fused-to-steel which makes it corrosion-resistant and easy to maintain.
Manufactured in the United Kingdom, the components were shipped to New Zealand and then assembled on site at the water treatment plant.
Mr O'Neill says the tank consists of seven rings and a roof structure. The first two rings were bolted together and then the roof was constructed on top of them. After that, the entire structure was jacked up off the ground to allow the successive steel rings to be bolted underneath.
"It was really quite a simple process, and then it was just a case of connecting the pipework between the new tank and the two existing tanks."
District Mayor Brendan Duffy said it was important to acknowledge the symbolism of this morning's ceremony, including the importance of the relationship with tangata whenua.
"It's not just a blessing and a walk around the tank, followed by a cup of tea; it symbolises the conclusion of this part of the project and it recognises the significance of the awa and the water from it that will be delivered to this community for the next 100 years," he said.
"You can drive past and see the tank, but what you don't see is what's under the ground and the magnitude of work behind it."
Future phases of the upgrade to be carried out in the next year include a new clarifier and UV treatment system. Mr O'Neill says this will improve the water quality to achieve a higher grading under the Drinking Water Standards of New Zealand.
Horowhenua District Council operates five drinking water supply schemes, with Levin's the last to be upgraded, following Tokomaru, Shannon, Foxton and Foxton Beach.
One of the world-leading sausage casings company, Devro, has overcome an ammonia discharge issue in its Glasgow plant.
Meat Trades Journal, UK,14 April, 2016 - Problems were being inflicted at a local sewerage works as a result of the ammonia discharge, threatening the company’s strong eco-friendly record.
Devro was able to find a long-term solution to this issue by partnering with a water supply and waste water services company, BusinessStream.
Mobile equipment was initially provided to Devro from Business Stream to allow for a swift, temporary treatment solution. While this was taking place, Business Stream began laboratory work and ran diagnostic tests in conjunction with the Devro team to identify the problem and provide a permanent solution.
“Business Stream’s superior knowledge and expertise in this field made them the ideal partner – we challenged each other to come up with a unique solution,” said Muir Sneddon, site engineering manager at Devro Scotland.
Over a nine-month period of intensive work, a solution was developed that could eliminate ammonia pollution without interfering with Devro’s other plans, such as the ability to recycle the effluent waste water in future. The solution that Business Stream developed is designed using a combination of chemical treatment and an ‘air stripping’ process that neutralises the effects of the ammonia.
As a result of this partnership, Devro has achieved its aim of remaining within discharge consent levels, satisfying the regulator and preserving its environmental reputation.
In addition, the long-term resolution offers a saving over the alternative solution, which would have been to transport the ammonia-rich liquid offsite at an annual cost of £500,000.
Business Stream is now working alongside Devro to make its waste water system even more efficient, by recycling much of its effluent back into its processes.
Editors Note: Here in New Zealand SCANZ Technologies Ltd offer advice on waste water recycling processes, technologies, equipment and installations. They represent Netherlands based AQUA Industrial Watertreatment who have developed the Curieau technique, a system which Tony Rumbold, principal and founder of SCANZ says is ideal for industrial situations in New Zealand. Tony is based in Auckland and they also have an office in Victoria.
The Commerce Commission is alerting businesses that they are under no obligation to pay an invoice being sent in the post by TM Publisher to New Zealand trade mark holders.
WELLINGTON, 14 April 2016 -The invoice for $1,638 relates to an overseas trade mark registration service, which is not necessarily a service that the recipient has agreed to buy. Anyone who does not want the service has no obligation to pay the invoice.
The Commission is investigating TM Publisher; a company based overseas which purports to offer a web-based trademark registration service. TM Publisher’s bank account has been frozen while decisions are made about how to deal with the $200,000 in payments that have already been made into the account by New Zealand businesses.
If your business has paid this invoice, you may be able to get a refund. Please contact the Commission on 0800 943 600 or through our online form.
Commerce Commission General Counsel, Mary-Anne Borrowdale, says that unfortunately, this type of pro-forma invoicing model hits New Zealand businesses on a fairly regular basis.
“The trader here uses a similar method to the Corporate Portal and Global Map Index letters we’ve warned about before, as businesses are misled into thinking that they are obliged to pay for a service that they have not agreed to.”
“These schemes aim to exploit businesses by sending seemingly legitimate invoices in the hope that companies will pay them without reading all the fine print. In this case, some businesses have paid the fee, not realising that it was for an on-line listing on a private trade mark directory,” Mrs Borrowdale said.
It appears that TM Publisher has used details of the businesses and their trademarks which are available from the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) website as the same details have been used in the letter. TM Publisher is not connected to IPONZ.
Mrs Borrowdale said that unlike similar pro-forma trade mark registration schemes this trader has a registered New Zealand address and bank account, in this instance with ANZ Bank NZ, although the trader is based overseas.
“This example is another important reminder for businesses to always be vigilant in checking any unsolicited mail thoroughly, no matter how believable it may seem,” Mrs Borrowdale said.
Unlike the rest of the world New Zealand has a plentiful supply of water so the pressing issues are allocation, quality, distribution, storage and future planning for water which is critical to the nation’s future, New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) chief executive Susan Houston says.
Dunedin – April 13, 2016 -Whether it’s a water treatment facility or a system to irrigate the country’s dairy farms, water is a major issue being discussed at the NZPI annual conference in Dunedin this week. More than 500 planners, resource managers, urban designers and environmental practitioners from all over the country are attending.
Global demand for water is expected to increase by 2050 as the world’s population is forecast to grow by one-third to more than 9 billion, according to the United Nations. This in turn will lead to a 70 percent increase in demand for food, putting more pressure on water through farming, which is already the biggest consumer of water.
As climate change contributes to rising sea levels and extreme weather, at least one in four people will live in a country with chronic or recurring shortages of fresh water by 2050, the United Nations estimates, making it more important to focus on expanding rainwater harvesting and recycling wastewater.
Houston says consent agencies around the country are facing disputes and challenges to water consent applications from dairy and environmentalists, agriculture and energy generation and horticulture and recreational users.
“The annual conference is debating how small dairying communities respond to increasing water supply and allocation pressures on their local groundwater resource. We want to see collaboration as a solution to allocation issues. We need to improve knowledge of groundwater resources over time and resource management decision making.
“Many Maori are concerned at the modification of rivers and what they perceive to be inappropriate flow regimes. Maori want to see instream flows that are not limited solely to a consideration of ecological and economic values,” Houston says.
“Water resource management is a key issue for resource planning in New Zealand. Managing water effectively to meet competing expectations and values can be complex, confrontational and costly. We are discussing the Resource Management Act framework over-arching our management of water resources and are looking at potential solutions.
“Urban expansion onto new greenfield sites inevitably changes our water environment. Threats to water quality from urban growth were identified around two decades ago. Maintaining existing water quality in areas where urban growth is occurring, requires new urban development to employ active stormwater management techniques that reduce the volume of stormwater and improve its quality, as close to the source as possible.
“Major cities such as London, Philadelphia and New York are facing estimated costs of over $US1 billion to address water pollution stemming from an overreliance on costly to maintain or upgrade traditional hard-engineering drainage solutions. In the push to increase urban areas and housing supply, there is an opportunity to build in future safeguards on water quality.
As New Zealanders, we do not want to repeat the mistakes of other overseas cities. Growing cities do not need to conflict with water quality goals, but if not well managed, it will,” Houston says.