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Director / Invited Guests' Comments Posts

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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Auckland Transport... You got this one right! - Mar 2017

10:00 AM, 20 February 2017

The fall of geographical barriers has seen New Zealand businesses compete increasingly against global entities in their own backyard - and for many, their chances are overshadowed by lowest cost metrics.  But what if we supported Government and Public Sector Procurement Rule 22 for non-price criteria to be applicable to all involved in the project - not just the main contractor?  Could this even the play field? 

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Fair and free trade for all - Feb 2017

1:35 PM, 7 February 2017

The news lines are hot with talks of trade now that Donald Trump has been inaugurated as President of the United States of America.  So where does New Zealand sit in all of this? And most importantly, how will his thoughts on fair and free trade affect our metals industry?  Join us as we take a closer look...

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Industry News Posts

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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We're connected and live!

10:00 AM, 31 May 2017

We're marking a great milestone for our materials test rig installed at Ohaaki which is now connected to a geothermal supply line and live!  We see this as a great step forward in our AGGAT program - and it couldn't have come at a better time as we look to work with Victoria University to remove unwanted silica deposits to increase efficiencies for geothermal operators.

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Are you being productive enough?

10:00 AM, 29 May 2017

Join our Industry Development Manager Dr Boaz Habib as he delves into New Zealand's productivity statistics and the need for us to become the architects of our own disruption - combining technology, process, and managerial changes so we can do more and be more in the future.

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New Zealand's first turbo generator close to realisation

10:00 AM, 11 May 2017

Day two of the MaD for the Future 2017 national conference in manufacturing and design is here, and we're proud to have our AGGAT Research Engineer Dr. Lei Chen there to speak to any attendees interested in his works with our member company Cambrian Engineering to deliver New Zealand's first turbo-generator.   

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Stick to magic, or dare to innovate?

10:00 AM, 10 May 2017

In a quest to advance organic rankine cycle technology our Research Engineer Dr Haiam Abbas has been able to push the boundaries in heat exchanger research - identifying cost effective alternatives to the magic material graphene and opening up heat exchanger parameters for further innovation that ultimately could lead to a reduced footprint of this technology, lower manufacturing costs and improved heat transfer efficiencies.

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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 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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ACRS Update - April 2017

1:00 PM, 3 April 2017

All stakeholders and certificate holders are therefore encouraged to provide comment on proposed changes, so they can ensure their comments are reviewed by the ACRS Executive committee at its meeting on April 12th. This article highlights the issues to be discussed...

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ABC2017 - a conference set to let HERA shine

10:00 AM, 29 March 2017

We’re gearing up to have our Structural Systems General Manager Dr. Stephen Hicks present at the Austroads Bridge Conference in Melbourne next week – where he’ll be speaking on research that has led to the development of new guidance for existing steel-concrete composite bridges and design standard AS/NZS 5100.6

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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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