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Director / Invited Guests' Comments Posts


LanzaTech: the one fish that shouldn't have got away

10:00 AM, 3 July 2017

LanzaTech is a New Zealand R&D success story that slipped through our fingers. Join our Director Dr Wolfgang Scholz as he shares insights into their innovation journey, and more importantly, what we can do to stop projects like this from being lost overseas in the future.


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Innovation and risk clearly won us the America's Cup

11:05 AM, 28 June 2017

A streamlined tech driven catamaran full of Kiwi ingenuity proved that at the America's Cup you have to take innovative risks to win.  Parallels we believe our members can draw strongly from when it comes to disrupting their own business models in order to remain relevant. 


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Steel Building product conformance of critical items - An important update - June 2017

10:00 AM, 18 May 2017

Building product conformance issues (including some steel products) prompted HERA and SCNZ early this year to consult with members, resulting in a policy statement conveyed to MBIE sparking a discussion on a product systems review and consideration of mandatory third party verification...


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Statistics House investigation - lessons learned - May 2017

10:00 AM, 7 April 2017

Join us as we take a closer look at the recently released Statistic NZ House Investigation by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment and their assessment of its performance during the Kaikoura earthquake.  Leading to several core recommendations to mitigate the potential of building collapse in the future - we also see this as an opportune time to reassess current design standards and consider how steel construction could be the answer to more resilient structures.


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Freetrade - a quest to level the playing field - April 2017

10:00 AM, 3 April 2017

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang recent visit to New Zealand highlights that not every free trade with China is fair and equal and is something that certainly threatens our local manufacturing base.  Despite his claims that steel imports from China are not dumped, we find our concerns go wider than this and include non-price criteria such as lacking product conformance - we all have to engage to ensure the trading field becomes level if we're to overcome this. 


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Industry News Posts


Intern Risa Hoshi is putting geothermal policy into focus

10:00 AM, 19 July 2017

Help us welcome our latest Intern to join our Industry Development team – Risa Hoshi.  She joins us all the way from Akita University Japan, where she’ll be applying her understanding of resource policy and management to better understand New Zealand’s regulations when it comes to the geothermal sector – in particular highlighting any opportunities this may bring for our members operating in this space.


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There's an art to picking the right turbo-expander technology for your project

10:00 AM, 12 July 2017

Join our Research Engineer Dr Lei Chen as he delves into the intricacies of turbo-expanders - and why it's so important to make sure you choose the right one for your project if you want to get the most from it.


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Co-funding request for steel construction research

10:00 AM, 10 July 2017

HERA members associated with the wider steel construction sector will have or will receive a request for co-funding to the steel construction projects of HERA’s research partnership proposal intended to be submitted to MBIE.


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The spirit of disruptive innovation

10:00 AM, 26 June 2017

Before us has gone many examples of scientists and engineers willing to think outside the box to innovate and become a market leader - but we all know such success doesn't come without the confidence to do things differently and take a risk.  Join us, as our Manager Industry Development Dr Boaz Habib explores the disruptive journey of the Ford car company and what our members can take away from it.


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Nominations open for HERA Industry Awards at the Industry Awards Gala Dinner, 15th September 2017

2:48 PM, 20 June 2017

Every two years at the Metals Industry Awards Gala Dinner, we recognise and celebrate individuals and companies who have excelled, achieved and contributed much. We now invite nominations for such individuals and companies for this year's Gala Dinner...


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NZ Welding Centre News Posts


There's a new kid on the 'welding' block!

9:44 AM, 9 June 2017

We’d like to introduce you to our latest team member, Intern Thomas Karstens - who joins us from his university based in Germany for six months.  For us, it’s a great way to foster international collaboration and support the future of our industry through career development – and we look forward to the contributions he’ll make.


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Steel Fabrication Certification (SFC): Changes to the SFC

2:38 PM, 18 May 2017

The Rules governing Steel Fabrication Certification (SFC) scheme have now been revised to align with the joint Standards Australia and Standards New Zealand-developed standard AS/NZS 5131 Structural steelwork – Fabrication and erection, published in December 2016...


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Steel Fabricator Certification (SFC) brings pride to SNC Steel

11:12 AM, 15 May 2017

Papakura-based fabricator SNC Steel practices lean manufacturing at its core, focusing on quality and service while eliminating unnecessary cost and time waste. With that in mind, SNC Steel embarked on the SFC scheme to ensure that its work is indeed to specs for both the company and customers...


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Welding to AS/NZS 1554.1 of boron-containing steel UPDATE

3:26 PM, 2 May 2017

The Advisory Note originally published last year explains steps that should be undertaken by fabricators to ensure the integrity of the steel fabrication work when welding boron structural steel with elevated boron levels. This Advisory Note was revised following comments from HERA member companies and the new version available for download...


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First round of Non Destructive Testing training courses at HERA successful with more coming

10:00 AM, 21 April 2017

HERA, in collaboration with the Australasian industry leader in NDT training ATTAR, conducted a series of training courses in February including Ultrasonic Testing Level 1, and Magnetic Particle Testing and Liquid Penetrant Testing, Level 2...


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Structural Systems News Posts


The bolt down on the need for third party verification

9:07 AM, 17 July 2017

We take a closer look into the real need for our members to seek independent verification for products and services - particularly those that are sourced from overseas.  This is all about providing confidence that they're able to meet safety margins required in New Zealand, building on quality assurance reputation, and keeping our communities safe in the future.


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NAFEMS stimulates simulation engineering expertise across the world

10:00 AM, 5 July 2017

Last month we were proud to have our Finite Element Analyst Nandor Mago in Stockholm, Sweden. Where he attended NAFEMS World Congress and the 3rd International Conference on Simulation Process and Data Management. Now a few weeks on, we take the chance to catch up with him and see how it all went.


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The stage is set for a 'world of engineering simulation'

9:44 AM, 7 June 2017

We’re excited to have our Finite Element Analyst Nandor Mago in Sweden this week in preparation for his attendance at the NAFEMS World Congress 2017 starting this Sunday 11 June, keeping his finger on the pulse of FE tech...  


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Sustainable approaches can increase your business opportunities

10:00 AM, 1 May 2017

If you're a steel producer looking to grow your business then you want to read this! NZGBC has revised the steel credits for their Green Star rating system which means you now have an opportunity to level the playing field and align to growing consumer demand for sustainable construction through recognition of environmental product declarations and management systems for your products.  


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Standards: the key to global market entry

10:00 AM, 5 April 2017

We're excited to have our Structural Systems General Manager Stephen Hicks in Melbourne this week attending the Austroads Bridge Conference where he'll be presenting on his works to help develop the first joint New Zealand and Australian standard on AS/NZS 5100 Bridge series.  Join us as we take a closer look into this work and the reasons why we think it's so important in helping our members be more competitive in the global market.


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Information Centre News Posts


We're stripping off to bare a new us!

10:00 AM, 15 June 2017

The time has come  for us to shake things up, so next month we're looking forward to showcasing a new HERA that's more dynamic, authoritative and approachable.  Get ready for the change!


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Moving forward by looking back

10:56 AM, 24 April 2017

Change is a part of every organisation and at HERA. we've initiated the biggest changes in our look and feel in 30 years. We don't want you to be left behind, so read more to find out how we can best keep in touch with you, and how we can help you maintain a finger on the pulse of our industry as we go forward...


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Call for photos - We want your steel and composite bridge photo!

10:24 AM, 1 March 2017

Your steel and composite bridge could be on the cover of the latest AS/NZS bridge standard coming out soon. Send in your photos today!


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PART 3: Member survey results - connecting with the digital cloud

1:00 PM, 27 June 2016

We're sharing Week 3 of insights gained from our member surveys - and it’s all about the one thing that scares many of us… entering the digital world.  So: what’s all the fuss about?  How can online presence help us?  And, why should we change the way we’ve always communicated?


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PART 2: Member survey results - our new walk, talk and feel

12:18 PM, 20 June 2016

It’s week 2 for sharing our results for the member survey.  We’ve already started the journey strongly – better understanding how to improve our member value and address your areas of concern.

Today, we’re exploring how your feedback is challenging the way we walk, talk and feel, and what we need to do to become a stronger industry voice for you - so you're more compelled to engage with us.


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