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Director / Invited Guests' Comments Posts


Two industry closures send a stern reminder

10:00 AM, 9 August 2017

Aug 9: Join our Executive Board Chairman as he shines a light on recent company closures within our membership. In particular insights into where we need to go from here to make sure we avoid this from happening again. 


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Research partnership fails to ignite industry buy in

9:15 AM, 31 July 2017

Jul 31: It's with regret that our Director Dr Wolfgang Scholz announces that we won't be pursuing the submission of our Research Partnership Proposal to MBIE as planned.  While this isn't the outcome we wanted - we've focus on moving forward.  This is all about the lessons learned and truly understanding what can be done, so that in the future these opportunities aren't missed again. 


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

10:00 AM, 3 July 2017

Jul 3: 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

Jun 28: 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

May 18: 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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Industry News Posts


Uni AKL Dr Kenneth Husted tells us why the innovative survive @ MIC2017

10:00 AM, 18 August 2017

Aug 21: University Auckland Prof Kenneth Husted and HERA's Dr Boaz Habib reflect on the issues revolving around innovation in our industry, challenges to the application of innovation and why we need innovation for our industry to be sustainable or risk more of the disruption we are seeing more and more of, at the HERA session in the Metals Industry Conference 2017, September 15th...


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A 'well-cast' conference by Casting Technology NZ

2:09 PM, 16 August 2017

Aug 16: Our Manager Industry Development Dr Boaz Habib had the privilage to present at the Casting Technology NZ last week in Dunedin.  Join him as he shares his experiences in an event strongly focused on the 'sustainable foundries of the future.'


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NZMEA CEO Dieter Adam shares on Industry 4.0 at HERA session in MIC2017

10:00 AM, 15 August 2017

Aug 15: NZMEA CEO Dieter Adam explores the hype and reality of Industry 4.0 and why we should not ignore it, at the HERA session in the Metals Industry Conference 2017, September 15th...


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An R&D wake up call for the heavy engineering industry

10:00 AM, 14 August 2017

Aug 14: Join our Manager Industry Development Dr Boaz Habib as he reflects on what has been a tough month of losses for our metals industry.


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Intern Risa Hoshi is putting geothermal policy into focus

10:00 AM, 19 July 2017

Jul 19: 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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NZ Welding Centre News Posts


A major milestone struck in our seismic testing on stainless

3:00 PM, 2 August 2017

Aug 2: We’re pleased to announce we’ve completed our first seismic tests on moment resisting stainless steel connections -  to give stainless steel the same freedom of carbon for architects and designers.


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

9:44 AM, 9 June 2017

Jun 9: 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

May 18: 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

May 15: 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

May 2: 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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Structural Systems News Posts


Collaboration continues through ArchEngBuild 2017

10:00 AM, 7 August 2017

Aug 7: Last month saw the 6th BRANZ ArchEngBuild workshop take place. A collaborative competition that saw students across NZ come together to push design boundaries and find smarter solutions.  It's certainly something we continue to be proud to support.


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Wyoming roaming for CCVIII

10:00 AM, 27 July 2017

Jul 27: We're excited to have our General Manager Structural Systems Dr Stephen Hicks head to Wyoming, USA from 30 July to 2 August to attend the 8th International Conference on Composite Construction in Steel and Concrete.  It's an excellent opportunity to both garner understanding of advances in this area as well as benchmark ourselves against the rest of the world!


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The bolt down on the need for third party verification

9:07 AM, 17 July 2017

Jul 17: 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

Jul 5: 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

Jun 7: 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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Information Centre News Posts


We're stripping off to bare a new us!

10:00 AM, 15 June 2017

Jun 15: 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

Apr 24: 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

Mar 1: 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

Jun 27: 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

Jun 20: 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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