Industry News


New Zealand's first turbo generator close to realisation

Thu, 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?

Wed, 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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MaD for the future?

Mon, 8 May 2017

We’re excited to have our AGGAT team attend the MaD for the Future 2017 national conference in manufacturing and design this week – where they’ll be sharing the great progress they’ve made in the development of innovative Organic Rankine Cycle technology to produce clean energy.  


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Seeking your participation in HERA Research Partnership proposal Transforming the heavy metals engineering industry through disruptive innovation

Wed, 3 May 2017

Earlier this year, we applied for the MBIE 2017 Research Partnership Investment Round and we’re now at a critical point where we need to ensure that every member with serious R&D aspirations and commitment has a chance to consult with us, so we can understand your participation potential...


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What is the size of your vision?

Wed, 12 Apr 2017

Join our Industry Development Manager Dr Boaz Habib as he explores the risk adverse mindset that many of us have when contemplating investing in business R&D - and the reasons why its so important to overcome them if we're to have a sustainable industry future


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Fellows' and Achievers' Awards a great success!

Mon, 10 Apr 2017

Together with IPENZ, we’re committed to building a strong engineering profession that New Zealanders have confidence in and can trust – that’s why we're proud to have sponsored this year’s William Pickering Award at their Fellows’ and Achievers event last Friday and award it to Distinguished Fellow Dr Keith Turner.


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A tale of a lost research institute

Fri, 31 Mar 2017

We're sad to share the news that our recent submission of joint proposal with Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust for the development of a Regional Research Institute in Rotorua was unsuccessful. While this wasn't our hoped outcome - we're still committed to working with the Trust to continue our work in developing business opportunities with local geothermal resource holders in their pursuit for energy security using this clean and renewable resource.


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Zero emissions - a fools errand, or opportunity to seize?

Mon, 27 Mar 2017

This month saw the release of the Net Zero in New Zealand report which has suggested pathways to positively contribute to climate change - and interestingly for the metals industry, it has highlighted that there are many business opportunities available to us if we're willing to be a part of the movement.


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Love is in the air with mergers and acquisitions!

Wed, 22 Mar 2017

HERA congratulates members Harrison Grierson on their recent merger with traffic and transportation engineering specialists T2, Downer Group on their purchase of Hakins Construction, and IMG who have been showcased in NZ Engineering News for their latest acquisition of Stevenson Engineering Ltd in East Tamaki...


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Well founded, to be well funded

Mon, 20 Mar 2017

Writing funding bids is an artform - something we've certainly learned after successfully completing three over the past few months.  And now that we're out the other side and waiting to hear our fate, we wanted to share some of the tips and tricks we picked up along the way.  

These suggested tweaks can go along way in improving your application - and while it's not rocket science, they're often overlooked and underestimated in their importance... something that we'd like to change!


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#WomenInEngineering

Tue, 14 Mar 2017

A career in engineering offers many opportunities and can be very rewarding - and if you don't believe us, take it from some of our very own ladies in our membership!  This week we're sharing some brief insights into what got them interested in pursuing a career in this industry and a little bit about what makes them tick!

 


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This week we're celebrating #WomenInEngineering

Mon, 13 Mar 2017

Shining the light on our women in engineering is very important to us, as we work to create a balanced work environment that benefits all in the New Zealand metals industry.  That's why we're excited to be partnering with Liquid Learning and their Women In Engineering Leadership Summit which starts from tomorrow at the Grand Millennium Auckland.


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NZ Steel returns to profit

Wed, 8 Mar 2017

A cost reduction drive, higher global steel prices, and synergies between recently acquired Pacific Steel and the New Zealand Steel plant at Glenbrook have seen a strong return to operating profit for Australian steelmaker Bluescope's New Zealand operations...


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New Zealand construction sector still playing catch-up despite new highs

Tue, 7 Mar 2017

Building consent data released by Statistics New Zealand shows building consents are at their highest level since 2004. However, the industry needs to readdress the way it looks at skills training if it is to meet future demand...


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HEERF scholarship recipient makes headway

Mon, 27 Feb 2017

We're proud to continue our efforts to drive research and industry development through our Heavy Engineering Educational Research Foundation scholarships - recently supporting one of its recipients Shoulong Dong who last week presented his works at the University of Auckland on an AGGAT program deliverable, the Expert Design Tool (EDT).  


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We remember February 22, 2011

Wed, 22 Feb 2017

Today we remember February 22, 2011 - and reconfirm our commitment to continue to drive research that helps our communities remain resilient and safe in the face of future seismic events.


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PO Trust project moving full steam ahead

Tue, 14 Feb 2017

We've been working hard to deliver a bespoke geothermal heat resource expertise to our project partners Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust to support their hopes to create a unique spa facility run by renewable energy.  Connecting with the local iwi to intertwine their knowledge with our ORC technology - we believe together we can drive economic growth and opportunity for the Rotorua community.


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Empowering youth through our AGGAT program

Thu, 9 Feb 2017

Many people make up the fabric of HERA – from our Executive Board, right through to our management team and student interns.  And starting from today, we want to help you get a better sense of the people behind the expertise and support we provide you, starting with our newest intern - Hussein Salman.


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Looking to future pathways

Wed, 8 Feb 2017

Being brave isn't supposed to be easy - but its the key to moving forward!  No truer words can be spoken when it comes to supporting transformational R&D in renewable energy technologies - and its the very mantra our AGGAT team live by in their pursuit to drive organic rankine cycle research forward and innovate in harnessing low temperature geothermal and waste heat sources for conversion into clean energy.


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Our Industry Development GM is moving on

Wed, 1 Feb 2017

Our Industry Development General Manager Nick Inskip is moving on to different pastures - so while its sad to see him go, we know the show must go on!  Internally we've been working hard to ensure we're able to continue on 'business as usual' - making positive changes along the way. Join us as we wish Nick well...


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Are you a visionary industry member looking for opportunity?

Tue, 31 Jan 2017

We’re preparing an application for a heavy engineering industry sector-led research partnership under the 2017 MBIE Partnership scheme in response to the Government’s Partnership Investment Plan 2017-19 and if you have a concept you feel could work, get in touch with us...


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Past and modern wonders: New Zealand China Friendship Society Engineering Delegation to China 2017

Thu, 26 Jan 2017

New Zealand is undergoing a boom period in engineering sector, with increasing opportunities for exchange and collaboration with China as one of our largest trading partners. There is a growing number of engineering projects in NZ that involve Chinese partners as investors / suppliers...


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A 'top' tour of Top Energy

Mon, 16 Jan 2017

Our team leader and intern researcher enjoyed the opportunity to visit Top Energy Limited at Ngawha Springs, working to explore waste heat opportunities throughout New Zealand for the benefit of our AGGAT partners and members...


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Dear Mr Trump - what we really want is fair and free trade

Sun, 15 Jan 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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HERA bids farewell to steel industry giant

Wed, 11 Jan 2017

We’re saddened to hear of former Steel & Tube CEO Nick Calavrias’ tragic passing in Taupo on Saturday 7 January, and would like to send our thoughts to family, friends and work colleagues during this time...


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Key's out. So what does it mean for our members?

Mon, 12 Dec 2016

A week on from John Key's resignation as Prime Minister, we ponder the direction New Zealand's political future will take in the coming year - bringing you industry insights from our Director as well as focused perspectives from our General Managers for industry development, welding and fabrication and structural system members...


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HERA doesn't go unnoticed at NZGW2016

Fri, 9 Dec 2016

It's our in-house technical expertise that sets HERA apart from the rest, and in the last week of November it's this very capability that we were pleased to showcase. Attending the New Zealand Geothermal Workshop 2016 our AGGAT team shared their research findings and innovative solutions geared towards advancing technology in the clean energy space - it's exciting times and we're proud to be part of the ride... 


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Farewell to former HERA Executive Board member Kevin Spring

Mon, 5 Dec 2016

HERA is sad to announce the passing of former Executive Board member Kevin Spring at age 83. Kevin had a close association with HERA, first in the form of being an advocate for steel construction from a structural engineer’s perspective, and then in a governance role as a member of the HERA Executive from 1994 until 2006...


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Farewell to former HERA Director Dr Robin Shepherd

Mon, 5 Dec 2016

We are saddened to advise that Dr Robin Shepherd passed away peacefully at age 83 in Los Angeles, California. Robin was founding Director of HERA from 1979 to 1980...


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SCNZ welcomes new manager

Mon, 5 Dec 2016

Steel Construction New Zealand (SCNZ) has appointed Darren O’Riley as its new Manager, based in the organisation’s office in South Auckland...


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Free seminar - Smart simulation for the future

Mon, 5 Dec 2016

Simulation is now so advanced that multi-disciplinary designs can be created seamlessly. With multi-physics simulation, designers can leverage the interaction of differing mechanisms to create innovative solutions rather than restricting a design through compromise...


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HERA turbine researcher showcases design at NZGW2016

Mon, 5 Dec 2016

As one of the team leaders of AGGAT programme, Dr. Lei Chen presented his work at the 38th New Zealand Geothermal Workshop was held in the University of Auckland recently. He was also able to present a prize and AGGAT certificate for best paper...


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Job costing/estimating/stock management software - Your recommendation?

Mon, 5 Dec 2016

A HERA member recently enquired into what other members’ experiences have been (positive and negative) with cloud based job costing/estimating/stock management software. They are looking to overhaul their system and want to know your experiences and recommendations...


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Australia - New Zealand infrastructure pipeline launched

Mon, 5 Dec 2016

An online portal aimed at giving a clearer picture of high-value infrastructure investment opportunities throughout Australasia worth more than AU$100 million has been launched by finance minister Bill English and Australian treasurer, Scott Morrison...


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New Zealand Trade and Enterprise has launched sales and digital services

Fri, 2 Dec 2016

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise has launched two new services designed to help exporters optimise their sales and digital capability....


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HERA member launches new product

Fri, 2 Dec 2016

HERA member Steltech recently launched Vertebeam, their new and innovative solution for portal frame steel construction at an event held on the University of Auckland New Market campus...


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HERA and Maori Trust plan for a Geothermal Paradise

Wed, 2 Nov 2016

HERA is proud to announce that we have recently entered into a partnership with Rotorua based Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust group to jointly develop their geothermal resource for commercial opportunities...


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Let's not waste Waste Heat!

Wed, 2 Nov 2016

Through our Industry Development team, HERA has a research project underway in our AGGAT research program to collect waste heat information from process industries across New Zealand. The output will be to create a waste heat map identifying waste heat zones across the country...


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AGGAT Materials Test Rig is now installed on site!

Wed, 2 Nov 2016

The HERA AGGAT program team is pleased to announce the on-site installation of our Materials Test Rig at the Ohaaki Thermal Kilns grounds in collaboration with a number of members...


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Industry Supporting 'Stirling' research at AUT

Wed, 2 Nov 2016

One of our member companies embarked on a journey - donating funds via HERA charitable trust HEERF towards summer student scholarships at AUT - giving a much-needed boost to the progress of Stirling technology research and their engines which are well known for their efficient operation via piston-based gas movement...


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Building research partnerships

Wed, 2 Nov 2016

HERA has been actively working with the University of Auckland over the past three months to move into a partnership based model for the future of our AGGAT programme which will span long term developments typically over 5-7 years and have co-funding support from the government - applicable to organisations within industry as well...


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HERA proud to support next generation of engineers

Wed, 2 Nov 2016

Every year, HERA represents the industry at the University of Auckland School of Engineering prize-giving for the best final year projects, and the Auckland University of Technology School of Engineering best final year project in Mechanical Engineering (Hons) to recognise projects and students with innovative projects, especially when related to metals...


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Successful stainless steel laser fusion expert seminar by NZSSDA

Wed, 2 Nov 2016

The NZSSDA in cooperation with Stainless Structurals Asia Pte Ltd, and NZSSDA members Vulcan Steel and Rivet Ltd organised an expert seminar Laser-fused stainless steel sections – The structural solution on 28 September...


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Rust detection technology

Wed, 2 Nov 2016

Using innovative technology originally developed for cultural conservation, HERA member Opus International aims to detect rust on steel structures from up to 100m away...


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IPENZ Young Engineer Award 2017

Wed, 2 Nov 2016

IPENZ is encouraging HERA members to enter their young engineers into the IPENZ Young Engineer of the Year Award 2017 nominations. The three finalists chosen will present to an audience (peers and public) who award points which contribute to overall judging...


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We're for good - NZ Aquaculture at its best

Wed, 5 Oct 2016

Our Industry Development team have recently returned from a very busy three days in Nelson to attend the New Zealand Aquaculture conference from the 27 to 29 September – a key step in our goal to drive business opportunities for our members in the ocean engineering space...


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Auckland Park Hyatt tender goes to local steelwork fabricator

Wed, 5 Oct 2016

The seven storey five-star luxury hotel will be located in the Wynyard Quarter and is funded by the Hong Kong based investment company Fu Wah International Group. The steelwork tender was won by HERA member D&H Steel Construction who has a long history with delivering key projects for Hawkins...


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AGGAT research makes its mark in Belfast

Wed, 5 Oct 2016

Our AGGAT engineers Dr. Lei Chen and Dr. Haiam Abbas attended and presented at the recently held third consecutive Engine Organic Rankine Cycle Consortium (EORCC) workshop 2016 in Belfast, North Ireland...


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Collaboration with SKF for AGGAT turbo-generator research progresses further

Wed, 5 Oct 2016

Our international alliance with S2M-SKF progressed further last month when HERA Research Engineer Dr. Lei Chen visited SKF representatives in Vernon, France. The meeting was to present our latest work on turbine design and integration with their magnetic bearings and outline next steps in our collaborative research...


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NZGA board discusses geothermal strategy for NZ

Wed, 5 Oct 2016

The New Zealand Geothermal Association Board met earlier this month to discuss the future direction of our geothermal industry. Dr. Boaz Habib, Senior Research Engineer, HERA also attended this meeting as NZGA board member...


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Building new relationships with Maori Trust

Wed, 5 Oct 2016

HERA Senior Research Engineer and AGGAT Programme Manager Dr. Boaz Habib recently met with representatives of Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust in Rotorua to discuss plans for a new geothermal project...


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2nd Pressure Equipment Workshop 2016

Wed, 5 Oct 2016

Over 100 representatives of the NZ pressure equipment community are coming together for the 2nd Pressure Equipment Workshop on Friday, 14th August 2016 in Auckland to share, discuss and debate issues that are of interest to the industry as a whole...


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Corrosion and Prevention 2016 - Skycity Auckland 13-16 November

Wed, 5 Oct 2016

For three days next month, the ACA New Zealand Branch will host the 3-day annual ACA conference, a gathering of world experts on corrosion mitigation in Auckland at the SKYCITY Convention Centre....


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Local apprentice demonstrates skills to win new industry award

Wed, 5 Oct 2016

Congratulations to the first SCNZ inaugural Apprentice of the Year Award! Thomas Forbes of HERA member and steel fabricator Red Steel took out SCNZ's inaugural Apprentice of the Year Award...


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The luck of the Irish is in our sights

Mon, 12 Sep 2016

We’re looking forward to our AGGAT Research engineers attending the third annual Engine Organic Rankine Cycle Consortium Workshop hosted by Queen’s University Belfast from 14th to 16th September in Belfast, Northern Ireland...


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Activating disruption in our industry

Thu, 1 Sep 2016

HERA Executive member Dr Troy Coyle follows up her May article on industry disruption and in particular, the challenge for us is to try to identify how our industry can engage with emerging trends and new ways to exploit these trends...


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New Zealand Geothermal Workshop 2016

Thu, 1 Sep 2016

The 38th New Zealand Geothermal Workshop invites you to share with your colleagues the multiple facets of innovation in the geothermal industry as well as explore the benefits and challenges faced, and to document the outcome...


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The key to success is market presence

Thu, 1 Sep 2016

HERA Senior Research Engineer Dr. Boaz Habib, alongside representatives of the geothermal industry from all over New Zealand, attended Geothermal NZ Inc’s meeting convened by Dr. Mike Allen recently...


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AGGAT test rig fabrication progressing

Thu, 1 Sep 2016

Working with Advance Boiler Services (ABS) in Hamilton over the past few months, the AGGAT Team will soon have our test rig available to test components and we welcome any interest from members about its capabilities...


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Stainless steel production reached 10.3 million metric tonnes in the first three months of 2016

Thu, 1 Sep 2016

The International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) has released figures for the first three months of 2016 showing that stainless steel melt shop production increased by 0.4% year–on–year to 10.3 million metric tonnes...


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Pressure Equipment Workshop 2016 - Registration open!

Thu, 1 Sep 2016

HERA and the Pressure Equipment Workshop organising committee invite the pressure equipment community to the Second New Zealand Pressure Equipment Workshop 2016. The workshop is seen as benefiting designers, fabricators, inspectors, vendors, regulators, owners and operators...


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Exploring materials selection presentation

Thu, 1 Sep 2016

Callaghan Innovation’s principal scientist Karl Dahm is coming to HERA on Wednesday 7th September for an introductory session on ideas and methodology of material selection...


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Questions raised on structural bolts

Fri, 19 Aug 2016

In a recent Radio NZ interview, concerns were raised on sub-standard structural bolts. As an industry, we rely on fabrication and product standards to provide the appropriate level of workmanship to ensure that design assumptions remain valid and the finished structure achieves the target margin of safety. We are reviewing the current situation on bolt supply and applicable standards...


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Why a "she'll be right" attitude doesn't work for Olympic athletes - nor your business

Fri, 19 Aug 2016

As the Olympic games play out, we take a closer look at the lessons we can draw from the athletes competing, and how we can apply them into our day to day business to win in the New Zealand metals industry.


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Addressing skill issues in our industry

Tue, 2 Aug 2016

The concern of skills shortages is something worrying many businesses around the world, and for the New Zealand engineering sector it’s no different. We’re starting to see serious gaps in our workforce which could strongly affect our ability to deliver quality work for our future pipeline...


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Think Pokemon Go has nothing to do with the metals industry? Think again!

Tue, 2 Aug 2016

If you have no idea what Pokemon Go is, it’s safe to assume you’ve been living under a rock – and if so, it’s time to crawl out! As potential disruptive technologies surface, our industry can’t afford to have our head in the sand - it’s time to be alert and reactive if we’re to stay competitive!


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HERA Executive member changes

Tue, 2 Aug 2016

As previously announced the terms of HERA Executive members Mike Lehan, John Frear, Thomas Neitzert, Craig Stevenson, and Paul Bryant expire with the upcoming September AGM. Additionally member Peter Hutton handed in his resignation effective the September AGM, and therefore HERA has six vacancies on the HERA Executive...


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HERA House office space for rent

Tue, 2 Aug 2016

From 1st September a 14.5m^2 office space in HERA House will become available. Situated in Manukau, the location is only minutes away from the Auckland International Airport...


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Building and construction forecasting until 2021

Tue, 2 Aug 2016

Two reports and a web tool were released by Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith, to assist planning in New Zealand’s building and construction sector...


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Do you have a strong track record in marine-related projects?

Tue, 2 Aug 2016

Our market research has shown that there’s a strong future pipeline for our members in this area and as a result we’ve been working hard in the background to secure partnerships and future R&D and business projects both nationally and abroad that meet this market demand...


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Heat transfer: Why optimisation is key to success!

Tue, 2 Aug 2016

The ultimate goal of any R&D project is to create something so successful and efficient that it blows its competition out of the water - and cost effectively of course!


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Welding and local exhaust ventilation guidance and resources

Tue, 2 Aug 2016

Welding and local exhaust ventilation guidance and resources available online...


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Len Lye Centre is the jewel in the crown of the New Zealand art and culture

Tue, 2 Aug 2016

The New Plymouth District Council won a national award for Best Creative Place at the Local Government New Zealand Excellence Awards, held in Dunedin recently. The award recognised the contribution arts and culture initiatives can make towards creating a more prosperous town, city, district or region...


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HERA in action... July 2016

Tue, 2 Aug 2016

It’s hard to believe we’re mid-way through the year as July comes to an end - and as always, we’ve been a busy team here at HERA!


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Stepping up from Platform to Market

Mon, 4 Jul 2016

Paul Allen co-founder of Microsoft recent said in a statement. "That's the thing about new platforms: when they become easily available, convenient and affordable, they attract and enable other visionaries and entrepreneurs to realise more new concepts."


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Keeping it under control

Mon, 4 Jul 2016

Recently one of our AGGAT programme partners signalled the need to invest in a cost-effective control system for their Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) plant – a seemingly simple request… or was it?


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Turbo-charged AGGAT team!

Mon, 4 Jul 2016

Our AGGAT Turbo-generator research team has been making significant progress in our turbine development objectives and is at the cusp of getting into its manufacturing phase...


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NZ Steel: New credentials are unrivalled

Mon, 4 Jul 2016

New Zealand Steel and Pacific Steel’s flat and long steel products manufactured at the Glenbrook facilities south of Auckland and in Otahuhu have become the latest products to receive independent environmental endorsement from Environmental Choice...


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NASH General Manager moves on

Mon, 4 Jul 2016

Carl Davies, General Manager of the National Association of Steel Framed Housing Inc. (NASH), has announced his decision to move on. His last day will be Friday 22nd July...


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New IPENZ Code of Ethical Conduct resources available

Mon, 4 Jul 2016

On the 1st of July, the new IPENZ Code of Conduct came into force. This is an essential document for everyone in the engineering profession, even if not an IPENZ member...


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HERA in action... June 2016

Mon, 4 Jul 2016

It's been another busy month visiting industry, organising new courses, attending conference, meeting overseas delegations and saying farewell to one of our interns...


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Vitamin 'Sea' - The world's renewable energy supplement?

Tue, 7 Jun 2016

In New Zealand there is opportunity around every corner for our members. We take a closer look at research and development of marine energy technology as one of these prospects and uncover what’s stopping us from taking it further to reach profitability...


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Can New Zealand play a part in the Paris Agreement?

Tue, 7 Jun 2016

As a research levy funded organisation, R&D is in our blood. Our focus on clean energy technology development through our AGGAT programme and upcoming foray into the wave and tidal space made our attendance of the recently held “Yes We Can” symposium of low carbon associations - of which HERA is an active part - a logical one...


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Industry policy direction for building product conformance endorsed

Tue, 7 Jun 2016


During the last month, HERA asked members to endorse or reject a draft policy statement that “all critical building work independent of building material should be required to have reliable third party verification enforced by the MBIE-driven regulatory framework”. The HERA Director reports on the findings from responses to the query...


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NZ's procurement model: How does it fare?

Tue, 7 Jun 2016

It’s hard to ignore that the metal industries biggest clients and influencers are government and the public sector – if we want to successfully work with them, knowing the ins and outs of how they operate and think when it comes to procurement is a no brainer...


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Global steel industry outlook

Tue, 7 Jun 2016

The steel industry continues to face a challenging economic environment due to the economic slowdown in China, volatility in financial markets, sluggish growth in global trade, and low prices of oil and other commodities....


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Where is AGGAT at today?

Tue, 7 Jun 2016

Since its inception in 2012, the AGGAT Technical Advisory Board has been committed to driving advances in above ground and allied technologies for the long-term benefit of those involved in the program. And like any board, recently met at HERA House to reflect on what’s been achieved so far – and what the plans were for the future...


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Kicking off the first steps of a great relationship

Fri, 3 Jun 2016

As renewable energy investments continue to gain momentum in growth worldwide, we’re seeing business opportunities grow - one of these being in energy technology that harnesses geothermal resources, and HERA now works closely with the NZ Geothermal Association in this regard...


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HERA on the go... May 2016

Fri, 3 Jun 2016

It's been a busy month for HERA representing members to industry, industry members, as well as local and central Government...


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2nd New Zealand Pressure Equipment Workshop - Working together

Fri, 3 Jun 2016

HERA and the Pressure Equipment Workshop committee invite the New Zealand pressure equipment community to the Second New Zealand Pressure Equipment Workshop. This workshop will benefit designers, fabricator, inspectors, vendors, regulators, owners and operators...


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Why is site safety important?

Fri, 3 Jun 2016

Manufacturing is vital to New Zealand’s economy, employing around 240,000 people. Worksafe New Zealand has launched a new website on manufacturing safety, full of helpful tips and guides...


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Turning to the Ocean to Answer Our Energy Needs

Mon, 16 May 2016

HERA to attend the 10th Annual Conference on Global Advances in Wave and Tidal Energy held in Wellington, New Zealand...


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Have Your Say in Driving Our Industry Policy Direction for Building Product Conformance

Mon, 2 May 2016

Product conformance is the name of the game.  Unless we make real moves to protect the metals industry, we're bound to see some negative impacts.

To help our members remain competitive, we're driving a policy change - but we need your feedback to go forward.


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Complaints About Non-compliant Building Products

Mon, 2 May 2016

In response to recent media coverage involving allegations that some building products are unfit for purpose or non-compliant with the Building Code, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has established a dedicated email address to collect product complaints for analysis and investigation...


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Safer Manufacturing - Metals NZ CEO Comment

Mon, 2 May 2016

The new Workplace Health and Safety legislation has been in force for a month and a good level of discussion has been happening within business circles. Certainly directors, owners and managers are far more ‘tuned into’ the requirements of this business critical function than previously as they become more familiar with new accountabilities...


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Marine Energy: Moving to the Fast Lane

Mon, 2 May 2016

Emerging technologies all require a gestation period but at some point they go from gestation to mainstream. The challenge is to recognise when that point is about to occur and to make sure you don’t miss the opportunity...


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Could We Be Part of A Quiet Revolution?

Mon, 2 May 2016

At HERA, we’ve always felt that our members stood to gain a lot from embracing and being part of this technology’s progression, and recently attending the Organic Rankin Cycle (ORC) Conference in Belgium – we feel even more so...


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ORC Plant Info Now Available at a Click!

Mon, 2 May 2016

A research team in Europe has finally put together what we’ve been waiting for - open access to all the ORC plants installed worldwide! This brilliant piece of work was published online by Thomas Tartiere, Project Manager at Enertime and is a perfect resource for our members who want to know more about this technology and its associated markets...


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Number Crunching Delivers Novel Solutions

Mon, 2 May 2016

HERA's AGGAT heat transfer research addresses challenges in heat transfer and identifies solutions for our members to overcome them. In partnership with the University of Auckland, we’ve now got access to significant computing power which has given us substantial modelling capability to support our analytical work to help our members bring a viable product to market under the AGGAT programme...


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Symposium: "Yes We Can!"... Achieve Climate Change Targets

Mon, 2 May 2016

New Zealand’s low carbon associations and including HERA have agreed to come together to present examples of the opportunities that are technically and economically achievable within the Paris timetable...


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The BIM Revolution is Coming - Australian Federal Government Pushes for All Major Government Infrastructure Projects to Use BIM

Mon, 2 May 2016

The BIM revolution is intensifying in the Australian construction market and industry participants should (if not already) take active steps to ensure that they are BIM compatible, and it won't be far when NZ follows suit... 


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BIM - What is it Good For?

Mon, 2 May 2016

BIM is an acronym for Building Information Modelling. In plain language, it is the virtual modelling of numerous aspects of a building, from its design and construction, to its management and life cycle, and even to its recycling and disposal systems...


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Australia's Next Fleet of Submarines Will Be Built in Adelaide

Mon, 2 May 2016

A French company has beaten competitors from Germany and Japan to secure the contract to build Australia's next fleet of submarines, with the Federal Government promising thousands of Australian jobs will be created. The much anticipated $50 billion contract has been settled in the febrile, pre-election period and ensures the 12 new submarines will be built at Adelaide's Osborne shipyards...


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Record Number of Cranes at Work in Auckland

Mon, 2 May 2016

A record 47 tower cranes are bristling across Auckland's skyline, evidence of the city's booming construction market. That highlights the strength of the Auckland construction industry which shows no signs of abating, according to the RLB Crane Index report...


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2016 Review of Essential Skills in Demand Lists

Mon, 2 May 2016

The NZMEA are compiling a list of occupations for consideration to the first round of the 2016 Review of Essential Skills in Demand lists (ESID). They are seeking input from companies who are experiencing labour shortages that could be classed as either an Immediate Skill Shortage or a Long Term Skill Shortage...


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Steelmaker Arrium Goes Into Voluntary Administration

Mon, 2 May 2016

On the 7th April 2016, Arrium Limited announced that Voluntary Administrators have been appointed to oversee the affairs of the company. Staff from Grant Thornton have been appointed to act as Voluntary Administrators for each of the relevant companies including OneSteel...


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Australia Takes the Lead on Responsible Steel Certification

Fri, 1 Apr 2016

The global steel industry recently converged on Sydney to lay the foundations for a new global certification scheme that has been five years in the making. To be launched in 2017, the ResponsibleSteel scheme will extend well beyond environmental criteria to take into account ethical and community considerations as well as reporting, product design and biodiversity.


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Beyond the GFC: An Emerging Opportunity

Fri, 1 Apr 2016

It is eight years since the global financial crisis (GFC) started and few would say things are ‘back to normal’. But most companies who survived have adjusted to the new normal of sluggish global growth, and in New Zealand’s case, marginal domestic growth. Fortunately not all is doom and gloom...


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Study: Double Renewables by 2030 to Save US$4.2 trln

Fri, 1 Apr 2016

Research by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has shown that doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix to 36 per cent by 2030 could save the world economy up to US$4.2 trillion a year...


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A Niche R&D Opportunity

Fri, 1 Apr 2016

Like many other renewable energy technologies, grid connected wave and tidal energy seems poised ready for the kind of global build-out we saw in wind, which will bring a range of market opportunities...


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HERA Making Inroads in Geothermal Opportunities

Fri, 1 Apr 2016

HERA is pleased to announce Dr. Boaz Habib from our Industry Development team now sits on the New Zealand Geothermal Association Board of Directors....


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AGGAT Seeks to Continue Thriving Past October

Fri, 1 Apr 2016

There’s still a lot of life left in the AGGAT programme, which is why our Industry Development team have recently entered the highly contestable science funding round to seek financial support from MBIE...


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2016 IPENZ Fellows and Achievers Awards have strong HERA Links

Fri, 1 Apr 2016

Engineering’s top achievers were recognised last month at the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand’s (IPENZ) 2016 Fellows’ and Achievers’ Awards in Wellington. HERA sponsored one of the awards and notes with pride how many of the winners have strong HERA affiliations...


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New Zealand Construction Activity Highest Since 1990

Fri, 1 Apr 2016

The value of residential building work put in place rose in the fourth quarter of 2015, led by Auckland, while total building activity increased to its highest level since records began 26 years ago...


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Workshop: The Electricity Sector in 2035

Fri, 1 Apr 2016

So what will the electricity sector look like in the future? Bill Heaps will facilitate a workshop involving leading thinkers who will give their views on the future of the electricity system...


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Welcome Kim Nugent

Fri, 1 Apr 2016

HERA's Industry Development division receives a big boost with the addition of Kim Nugent, who brings a unique insight into digital content marketing and communications...


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Health and Safety: Round-up of Law Changes

Fri, 1 Apr 2016

New laws aim to get everyone involved in staying healthy and safe at work — and also cover the safe removal of asbestos. Here’s what you’ll need to know....


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New Zealand Building Boom to Last at Least Five More Years

Tue, 1 Mar 2016

The current boom in the building and construction sector in New Zealand is set to continue amid healthy levels of economic and population growth, according to the latest forecasts, with the housing sector particularly in Auckland and the Christchurch rebuild to continue to drive momentum going forward...


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New Programme Bridges the Innovation Gap for Industry

Tue, 1 Mar 2016

In the UK, the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) has funded an Innovation Support Programme aimed mainly at small and medium sized businesses operating across the UK’s Metals processing supply chain. If we are serious about wanting a competitive high value manufacturing industry, we will need to respond and provide at least a similar level of support...


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Centre for Process Innovation UK to Support Innovation in Metals Industry

Tue, 1 Mar 2016

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is to run an innovation support programme aimed specifically at small and medium sized businesses operating across the UK metals processing supply chain. This programme will enable companies to respond to the changing business environment caused by the recent downturn in the steel sector...


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Steel Shows Growth in Key UK Markets

Tue, 1 Mar 2016

Structural steelwork has been confirmed as the preferred market choice as a framing solution in the 2015 Market Share survey, which confirms the upward trend of demand for steel in key markets. The survey is the latest in a series, by independent researchers Construction Markets that has been carried out annually since 1980...


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Results of HERA Survey on NZQA Level 5 Training

Tue, 1 Mar 2016

Thank you to all members who completed the February HERA survey on the questions: Should HERA Support a New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Level 5 Programme? The 83 responses demonstrated great membership interest in the issue...


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AGGAT Progress Update - March 2016

Mon, 29 Feb 2016

The AGGAT programme underwent a major transition phase last year which saw HERA strengthen its relationship further with the University of Auckland and established key roles internally in turbine research and heat transfer research by the appointment of Dr. Lei Chen and Dr. Haiam Abbas within our team respectively...


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Even With Low Fossil Fuel Prices, Renewable Investment Hit Record Highs

Mon, 29 Feb 2016

Oil prices hit 12-year lows this month as coal and natural gas prices remain low as well. But seemingly counterintuitively, renewable energy investments were at record highs in 2015, climbing 4 percent to nearly $330 billion worldwide according to a recent report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance...


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NZ Engineer Recognized by Worldwide Branding for Excellence in Civil Engineering

Mon, 29 Feb 2016

Tony Fairclough of HERA member Tonkin & Taylor has been recognized by Worldwide Branding for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in civil engineering.


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WorldSkills NZ - Regional Engineering Competitions

Mon, 29 Feb 2016

The aim of the Worldskills NZ Regionals is to find the best competitors in New Zealand to take to the WorldSkills Abu Dhabi competition and to do this, our members should encourage your age-eligible employees to enter the regional competitions...


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Building Controls Update No. 176 and 177: Further Guidance Relating to Building Product Substitution and Safety and Suitability of External Cladding

Mon, 29 Feb 2016

Work by MBIE to assist BCAs concerned about inferior building products has highlighted ongoing issues relating to product substitution. Also, recent overseas experience, including some multi-level building fires, has highlighted the importance of ensuring that external claddings meet their Building Code obligations and are correctly used and specified...


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Should HERA Support a New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Level 5 Programme?

Tue, 2 Feb 2016

The purpose of NZQA Level 5 Qualification New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering is to provide our industry with advanced tradespeople who are able to contribute to the success and competitiveness of a business by demonstrating leadership in a technical and/or operational field. HERA would appreciate members' feedback by participating in our very short 5-question online survey...


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Innovation - We Are Not Alone

Tue, 2 Feb 2016

We may be isolated geographically but in a competitive global market, we are wholly exposed to what other nations do and if that means increasing R&D in order to hold our place in the world, then we have to do it. Holding or even slightly increasing investment in R&D is still only seen as at best standing still, anything less is going backwards...


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Fitzroy Underwater Restaurant Progressing Nicely

Tue, 2 Feb 2016

HERA member Fitzroy Engineering Group is now nearing the final stages of their unique underwater restaurant project, and are on target for transport date of 6th February...


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Exceptionally Strong and Lightweight New Metal

Tue, 2 Feb 2016

A team led by researchers from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) has created a super-strong yet light structural metal with extremely high specific strength and modulus, or stiffness-to-weight ratio. The new metal is composed of magnesium infused with a dense and even dispersal of ceramic silicon carbide nanoparticles...


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European Company Proves the Lean Green of Steel

Tue, 2 Feb 2016

A 3,290m2 commercial building was disassembled and re-erected on a new site on the Slough trading estate. The project took just 11 months to dismantle and rebuild. The entire steel frame was reused yielding a 25% cost saving and a 56% embodied carbon saving relative to a comparable new build...


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Australasian Corrosion Association Courses 2016

Tue, 2 Feb 2016

Courses by the Australasian Corrosion Association for 2016 in New Zealand are now open for registration...


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Essential Skills in Demand - Metal Fabricators/Sheetmetal Trades

Tue, 2 Feb 2016

The NZMEA would like to thank those companies who supported their application to have Metal Fabricators/Welders (code 322311) listed as a skill shortage during the Essential Skills in Demand Review...


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Heavy Engineering Industry: Towards 2016

Tue, 1 Dec 2015

Steel volumes being processed through industry are on the rise, which is a good indicator of activity. The statistics show us that after an almost 40% fall due to the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) volumes have reached the peak before last which was in 2005 and are close to reaching pre-GFC levels...


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HERA at New Zealand Geothermal Workshop 2015 Taupo

Tue, 1 Dec 2015

The NZ Geothermal Workshop, held in Taupo this year, had a higher attendance and number of presentations than in the past, and presented a very positive vibe for the geothermal industry overall. A number of delegates from the AGGAT team also attended this conference from both HERA and University of Auckland...


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AGGAT Paper Wins Best Paper Award at NZGW 2015

Tue, 1 Dec 2015

At the recent NZ Geothermal Workshop held in Taupo, Dr. Haiam Abbas, AGGAT Research Engineer won an award for best paper in Above Ground Technologies...


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HERA Awards Prize for Best Paper in Emerging Above-Ground Technology

Tue, 1 Dec 2015

During the awards ceremony at the 37th New Zealand Geothermal Workshop in Taupo this month, HERA awarded the prize for Best Paper in Emerging Above-Ground Geothermal Technology to James Nogara and Sadiq Zarrouk for their research in materials...


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AGGAT Progress Update Dec 2015

Tue, 1 Dec 2015

The AGGAT Materials Research Group has successfully completed a Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) Study on the Materials Test Rig scheduled to go onsite in December 2015...


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Taupo Contact Energy Tour

Tue, 1 Dec 2015

During the NZ Geothermal Workshop in Taupo, the attendees had the opportunity to tour the nearby Wairakei geothermal plant and the newly constructed Te Mihi plant both operated by Contact Energy who had organised this tour...


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Aurecon Launches New Safety App for Pressure Equipment

Tue, 1 Dec 2015

HERA member Aurecon launches HazAPP, enabling rapid hazard assessments of pressure equipment in accordance with Australian and New Zealand safety regulations...


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Safety Concerns Over Fabricated Chinese Steel Flooding Australian Market

Tue, 1 Dec 2015

The Australian steel industry has issued a warning about the safety standards of steel products being imported from overseas. An oversupply of Chinese steel is plaguing the industry worldwide and Australian steelmakers are struggling to survive, as cheap raw and fabricated Chinese product floods the market..


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Ministerial Response on Why R&D Funding From Industry Levies Does Not Qualify for Government Co-Funding

Tue, 3 Nov 2015

As previously reported, HERA took up Minister’s Joyce’s offer made at the re-opening of HERA House to investigate why industry funding from (heavy engineering research) levy-funded activities are not able to attract Government R&D funding support in the same way direct industry R&D money does. The main point of HERA’s letter was our concern that sector-specific collective industry-levy-based R&D funds are in general excluded from attracting government R&D co-funding...


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ASME ORC Conference 2015

Tue, 3 Nov 2015

HERA Senior Research Engineer Dr. Boaz Habib and Research Engineer Dr. Lei Chen attended and presented posters at the ASME Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) Conference 2015 held in Brussels, Belgium, outlining the Above Ground Geothermal and Allied Technologies (AGGAT) Research Roadmap activities and AGGAT Turbine Design activities respectively.


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Fullers to Spend $16m on New Ferries

Tue, 3 Nov 2015

Fullers ferries is investing $16 million to add two additional vessels to the Waiheke-Auckland route, the largest commercial contract in New Zealand history...


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An Outstanding New Zealand Corporate Citizen

Tue, 3 Nov 2015

Fullers ferries are adding two additional 34 metre, 360-seat ferries to their fleet. More importantly, they are having the vessels built by Q-West boat builders in Whanganui, with total value of the order is $16 Million. Q-West built Fuller’s existing Te Kotuku high speed catamaran that the new ferries are modeled on...


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New Practice Note: Dairy Housing

Tue, 3 Nov 2015

IPENZ has published the last in a series of three Practice Notes sponsored by Dairy New Zealand. This last practice note focuses on good practice guidance for developing, designing and constructing the structure for a housed cow (one that spends a significant proportion of its day or year in an off-paddock facility)...


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HSR Transition Training

Tue, 3 Nov 2015

Safety ‘n Action is developing the HSR transition training course in partnership with WorkSafe New Zealand. This free training is available for HSRs within our industry who have already trained for their HSR role under the current Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992. The HSR must have completed an approved HSR training course to at least stage 1 (or equivalent)...


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World's First Accelerated Testing Facility for Bridges

Tue, 3 Nov 2015

Rutgers University in the USA is launching the world's first outdoor laboratory capable of simulating deterioration that occurs on bridges by inflicting and intensifying stresses from the environment and heavy traffic on sections of bridges in the lab...


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New Standard Proposed To Save Australian Steel Industry

Tue, 3 Nov 2015

Independent South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon will introduce new legislation to protect the Australian steel industry. At the Welding Technology Institute of Australia’s conference in Sydney last month, Senator Xenophon said he will ask the Senate’s Procedure Office to draft a law to control boron levels in steel...


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SGS NZ Moves into New Home

Tue, 3 Nov 2015

Inspection, verification, testing and certification company SGS New Zealand is expanding its Auckland business operations from one to two sites. As part of the company’s plans to further enhance operations, it is set to move from its current Auckland home to two new facilities...


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HERA Proud to Award Engineering Students

Tue, 3 Nov 2015

HERA is pleased to award this year's engineering students Maxine Aldred, Mischa Mrost and Aghlian Newman for their work in their final year projects...


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New Members of the HERA Executive

Wed, 7 Oct 2015

The HERA Annual General Meeting took place as part of last month’s Metals Week and the members of the 2015/16 HERA Executive were confirmed. HERA offers a warm welcome to the new members on the HERA Executive...


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AGGAT Progress Update - Oct 2015

Wed, 7 Oct 2015

A test rig design for heat exchanger performance investigation has been completed and now undergoing review with our industry partner...


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Growing Regional Research Initiatives

Wed, 7 Oct 2015

Announced in the Budget on the 21st May was an item around the establishment of independent regional research institutes. The intent being that the Government would provide funding towards the establishment of a number of institutes to be located in regional areas and not in the three large centres of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch...


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On-The-Job Diploma Provides Practical Base for Professional Engineering Studies

Wed, 7 Oct 2015

Competenz has been involved in the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering Practice since its inception, and they now have learners working in industry and progressing through this level 6 diploma programme across the country...


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Callaghan Innovation: Signs That Your Business Needs A 'Lean' Fix

Wed, 7 Oct 2015

Lean helps businesses identify those areas where there is a waste of time, waste of productivity and of course, a waste of profit, says Callaghan Innovation Programme Manager Elizabeth McInnes...


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Sir Ian Athfield Memorial Lecture Series with Peter Stutchbury

Wed, 7 Oct 2015

In honour of Sir Ian Athfield, an annual public lecture series has been established by the New Zealand Institute of Architects. The lectures in Auckland and Wellington, will be freely available and start end of this month...


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Passing of Former HERA Director Gavin Fletcher

Mon, 14 Sep 2015

It is with great sadness that advise of the passing of former HERA Director Gavin Fletcher who suddenly died on 30 August 2015 at his home. Gavin was the second HERA Director and instrumental in shaping HERA as it is today as a research association. He was at the helm of HERA from 1980 to 1986...


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HERA Session - Determining Our Industry's Future

Mon, 14 Sep 2015

The HERA session at the Metals Industry Conference offered a perspective on the future prospects of our industry which was capped off by a panel discussion were business journalist Rod Oram facilitated a discussion between attendees and a panel of HERA Executive members...


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HERA Awards at the Industry Awards Gala Dinner

Mon, 14 Sep 2015

The Industry Awards Gala Dinner was held in the Rendezvous Hotel Ballroom on 3rd September. Seventeen awards were presented, four from HERA, at the function held at the Rendezvous hotel...


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AGGAT Progress Update - Sept 2015

Mon, 14 Sep 2015

Two students have joined the Geothermal Fluid Scaling and Corrosion element of the AGGAT programme under AGGAT research aims under the supervision of Dr. Sadiq Zarrouk of the Department of Engineering Science...


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Amendment to Code of Practice for Above Ground Stationary Tanks with Integral Secondary Containment

Mon, 14 Sep 2015

Worksafe New Zealand is consulting on a proposed amendment to the Code of Practice HSNOCOP 24 Above Ground Stationary Tanks with Integral Secondary Containment...


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How to Win International Government Business Roadshow

Mon, 14 Sep 2015

Selling to international governments – either directly or through sub contracts - is a key area of opportunity for New Zealand exporters, and this roadshow will tell you exactly what you need to know to take advantage of this lucrative, yet challenging, opportunity.


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NZ to Join WTO's Government Procurement Agreement

Mon, 14 Sep 2015

New Zealand Businesses will get better access to an estimated US$1.6 trillion worth of overseas government contracts, after New Zealand agreed to join the World Trade Organisation’s Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)...


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Chinese Steel Prices and Export Volumes: Now 10mt Per Month!

Mon, 14 Sep 2015

China's steel industry is the world's biggest, but shrinking demand at home has forced many mills to ship record amounts abroad, with some said to be selling at a loss. A weaker yuan will make Chinese steel products even cheaper overseas as Beijing's surprise move to devalue its currency gives the country's exporters leeway to cut prices...


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Meeting New Government Procurement Rules in Steel Construction - Guidance Template Available from HERA

Thu, 6 Aug 2015

The recent tender round for a Christchurch cornerstone project highlighted the need for clarity around what information is required to allow the procurement decision makers to comply with the new Government Rules of Sourcing (Rules) whose 3rd Edition came into force on the 1st July 2015. HERA had been involved in advising on the Government’s Procurement Reform and particularly researched the aspect of meeting the 5 Principles of Government Procurement...


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Non-Standard Products

Thu, 6 Aug 2015

There is an increasing dialogue out in the market place about non-standard products being sold into the building and construction industry in NZ. The alleged numbers being reported are significant and almost somewhat unbelievable but alarming if true...


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Steel Construction Booms

Thu, 6 Aug 2015

Led by the rebuild of Christchurch and a fast-growing Auckland, New Zealand’s construction industry is experiencing its busiest period in over 40 years. In response, industry must meet the demand for quality, capacity and innovative construction solutions...


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AGGAT Progress Update - August 2015

Thu, 6 Aug 2015

The AGGAT Materials Testing Rig (MTR) has been designed and developed to a finalised version which is currently in the process of its design verification. The fabrication and installation process is about to begin and we need some further support from our members...


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A Lesson from Scotland

Thu, 6 Aug 2015

Scotland has around the same population as New Zealand and like New Zealand, the metal fabrication industry has benefited from oil and gas, especially those located close to the oilfields of the North Sea. A large amount of fabrication was needed during the establishment phase of the industry, then ongoing upgrades, maintenance and expansions...


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NZ Engineering Firm Riding on the Crest of Wave Energy

Thu, 6 Aug 2015

HERA member EHL provided the basis for US energy innovator Northwest Energy Innovations’ wave energy device, which was successfully deployed at the US Navy Wave Energy Test Site near Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii...


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Scientists Invent a New Steel as Strong as Titanium

Thu, 6 Aug 2015

From shipping containers to skyscrapers to turbines, good old steel is still the workhorse of our modern world. Now, scientists are discovering new secrets to make the material better, lighter, and stronger...


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50 Years of Homemade Steel

Wed, 1 Jul 2015

HERA member New Zealand Steel have been an integral part of this country’s history for half a century. As it marks its 50th anniversary, New Zealand Steel reflects on its beginnings, celebrates its achievements and focuses on the future...


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Cuddon @ ACHEMA 2015, Germany

Wed, 1 Jul 2015

HERA Director Dr Wolfgang Scholz was attending ACHEMA 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany when he came across HERA member Cuddon Engineering, with John and Robyn Cuddon, and Steve Anderson among the Cuddon crew manning the stand they had at the exhibition...


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The Wave of Future Energy

Wed, 1 Jul 2015

EHL along with their US joint Venture partner have become the first wave energy device developers to feed electricity into the US grid and the device was developed here in New Zealand. Their half-scale Azura Wave energy device is currently installed off the Island of Oahu in Hawaii and within 24 – 30 months their full scale device will be installed also supplying energy to the grid...


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Geothermal New Zealand - World Geothermal Congress Follow up Meeting

Wed, 1 Jul 2015

Representatives from the Geothermal New Zealand (NZ) group met earlier this month in Auckland to follow up on outcomes from the World Geothermal Congress (WGC) held in Melbourne recently. Dr. Boaz Habib, Senior Research Engineer from HERA also attended...


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AGGAT Progress Update - July 2015

Wed, 1 Jul 2015

A major objective of the Above Ground Geothermal and Allied Technologies (AGGAT) Research Programme is to make the assessment of heat resources potential for energy generation (geothermal / waste heat) easier for heavy engineering member companies involved in the clean energy space. This objective is being addressed through the development of an ‘Expert Design Tool’ (EDT)...


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John Blakey to Retire as CEO of Competenz End of 2015

Wed, 1 Jul 2015

Mike Simm, Chairman of industry training organisation Competenz, has announced that CEO John Blakey will retire from the role on 20 December 2015...


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3D Sand Printing 'Steels' Show at GIFA

Wed, 1 Jul 2015

Callahan Innovation led a successful technology delegation to GIFA in Dusseldorf, Germany this past week. GIFA is an international trade fair focusing on Casting and Foundry technologies, taking place every 4 years, this one being the lucky 13th...


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US Interest In New Zealand Industry Capability

Wed, 3 Jun 2015

Jim Dehlsen who had a key role in development of the wind industry and who is founder of US marine energy company, Aquantis delivered a keynote speech at the recently Aotearoa Wave and Tidal Energy Conference held in Wellington and participated in a marine energy project development workshop the following day...


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AGGAT Centre of Excellence

Wed, 3 Jun 2015

Four to five years on, the AGGAT programme has a solid research platform in operation through collaboration between HERA, University of Auckland, and HERA member companies as well as resource site providers providing testing and demonstration opportunities. The programme is now on the cusp of forming a national AGGAT Centre of Excellence in NZ that the whole of NZ can be proud of, and reap of its benefits for years to come...


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AGGAT Progress Update - June 2015

Wed, 3 Jun 2015

Above Ground Geothermal & Allied Technologies (AGGAT) is a HERA-led co-operative research programme to support the development of Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) power plants utilizing low enthalpy geothermal resources or waste heat...


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Roadshow: How To Win International Government Business

Wed, 3 Jun 2015

Selling to international governments is a key area of opportunity for New Zealand exporters, and this NZTE roadshow will tell you exactly what you need to know to take advantage of this lucrative, yet challenging, opportunity.


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Find What You Need With BRANZ Find

Wed, 3 Jun 2015

BRANZ has announced the launch of BRANZ Find (formerly known as the Industry Source Resource). BRANZ Find is available at www.branzfind.co.nz and under the Toolbox tab on the main BRANZ web site...


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Against The Trend? - New Steel Construction Returns To Print Format

Wed, 3 Jun 2015

After one year as a digital only publication, New Steel Construction (NSC), the well-known and respected steel construction marketing publication of the UK Steel Construction Institute (SCI) is reverting to the traditional paper format...


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The AGGAT Global Conference 2015 - A Great Success!

Tue, 5 May 2015

The first ever Global Conference on Above Ground Geothermal and Allied Technologies (AGGAT) was held on 30th April 2015 in Auckland. Around 60 delegates registered for this conference covering a mix of industry, academia, field experts and government...


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World Geothermal Congress 2015

Tue, 5 May 2015

The World Geothermal Congress (WGC) was held in Melbourne at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 19th – 24th April 2015. The event was co-hosted by New Zealand, where a number of short courses and field trips to geothermal plants also took place post-conference...


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Notice to HERA Members on Imminent Trade Delegation to UK

Tue, 5 May 2015

A small HERA delegation will be visiting the UK/ France to visit some Organic Rankine Cycle plant manufacturers in late May...


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Structural Steel Fabricator Benchmarking Study Confirmed

Tue, 5 May 2015

As mentioned in previous HERA News, the HERA Executive supported an ongoing research activity run by HERA to gather more specific data characterising our heavy engineering industry...


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New Government Rules of Sourcing 3rd Edition

Tue, 5 May 2015

The third edition of the Government Rules of Sourcing, aka the “Rules”, replaces previous editions on 1st July 2015. Main change in the 3rd edition is that 103 additional agencies are to apply the new Rules...


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Manufacturers & Exporters Association (MEA) Requests

Tue, 5 May 2015

The NZ Manufacturers and Exporters Association (MEA) are compiling a list of occupations for consideration to the first round of the 2015 Review of Essential Skills in Demand lists and an urgent request has come in via the NZMEA. The crank shaft on a member’ press has snapped and they would like to know if anyone has a 15- to 30-tonne C frame power press for sale...


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Callaghan Innovation Postgraduate Intern - R&D Career Grants: Tenders Open in May

Tue, 5 May 2015

This is an advance notice that Callaghan Innovation is expected to open tenders for R&D Career Grant applications in mid- to late-May 2015. Callaghan Innovation are currently reviewing and refining the programme following feedback from businesses. This programme used to be called the “Postgraduate Internship Grant”...


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AWATEA Conference 2015 on Marine Energy

Tue, 5 May 2015

The prospects for Marine Energy for the Heavy Engineering Industry are significant and HERA members interested are encouraged to keep abreast of developments and build your network now if you are keen to work in this emerging sector...


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Highlighting an Event for Engineers and Technical Professionals in Oil & Gas

Tue, 5 May 2015

New Zealand’s Oil & Gas Expo is returning to New Plymouth for the third time in 2015. ENEX provides an event to showcase the industry supply side’s abilities to meet the operational demands of the future. Conferenz is pleased to offer HERA members a 15% discount off the ENEX conference pricing...


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New Zealand's 2nd Coatings & Corrosion Conference & Exhibition

Tue, 5 May 2015

Building on the success of the inaugural event in 2014, Conferenz will again host a conference & exhibition 29th & 30th July at the Ellerslie Events Centre in Auckland. Conferenz is pleased to offer HERA members a 15% discount off the Coatings & Corrosion Conference price...


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Manufacturing Health & Safety Roadshows

Tue, 5 May 2015

WorkSafe NZ and ACC are hosting another series of health & safety seminars focusing on airborne contaminants, noise, workplace transport and manual handling in the Manufacturing sector. These will take place across New Zealand starting in Whangarei on the 25th of May...


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HERA House Re-opening 20th March 2015

Tue, 31 Mar 2015

HERA House, home of the New Zealand Heavy Engineering Research Association (HERA), celebrated the re-opening of its refurbished premises, officiated by the Minister for Research and Innovation Hon Steven Joyce...


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Structural Steel Fabricator Benchmarking Study Participation - Update

Tue, 31 Mar 2015

The HERA Executive supported an ongoing research activity run by HERA to gather more specific data characterising our heavy engineering industry. This research activity included a proposal for the performance of a benchmarking study of the structural steel fabrication industry as a pilot for other sub-sectors subject to achieving sufficient industry participation in the study...


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China: Overproduction of Steel

Tue, 31 Mar 2015

Reuters report that China’s excess steel capacity is now at 300 million tonnes per annum and this oversupply situation has been contributing to almost record low in prices...


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EU Imposes Anti-dumping Tariffs on Steel from China and Taiwan

Mon, 30 Mar 2015

The EU last week officially announced it would impose anti-dumping duties on Chinese and Taiwanese steel imports in Europe. The EU published in its official journal a list of import duties on stainless steel cold rolled flat products (SSCR) of 24-25 percent for Chinese companies and 10-12 percent for Taiwanese companies...


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What's in a Name?

Mon, 30 Mar 2015

Today, HERA continues to meet the science and technology needs of industry, but like our members and the market they operate in, we know that such activities must be part of a linked development strategy, so it is most appropriate that the Hon Steven Joyce in his two roles as Minister of Science and Innovation and Minister for Economic Development, unveiled the plaque at the reopening of HERA House...


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AGGAT Progress Report - April 2015

Mon, 30 Mar 2015

As part of the AGGAT programme, the Heavy Engineering Education and Research Foundation (HEERF) offers scholarships to prospective university students undertaking postgraduate research related to the Heavy Engineering Sector. The AGGAT Programme offers such opportunities through its research objectives in Clean Energy. This has often been a pathway of growth for our scholars into our industry...


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AGGAT-sk Not

Mon, 30 Mar 2015

After four years of effort and support by a lot of different people in industry and academia, HERA has finally reached the stage where we can showcase the work we have been doing in the Above Ground Geothermal and Allied Technologies (AGGAT) programme with the first AGGAT Global Conference to be held at the Sky City Convention Centre on 30th April...


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AGGAT IP Opportunity

Mon, 30 Mar 2015

An Above Ground Geothermal and Allied Technology (AGGAT) programme associate has developed some interesting intellectual property (IP) in relation to a process to mitigate silica fouling in geothermal plants...


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Congratulations to Milmeq Ltd

Mon, 30 Mar 2015

Our congratulations to HERA member Milmeq who was named winner of Supreme Business Excellence award and the Excellence in Exporting award at the Westpac Business Awards Best of the Best 2014 last month...


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Congratulations to A-Ward Attachments Ltd

Mon, 30 Mar 2015

HERA member A-Ward Attachments Ltd recently won the Westpac ‘Best of the Best in Innovation’, which recognises the New Zealand’s Overall Innovator of the year...


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Business Opportunity: Business/Plant for Sale

Mon, 30 Mar 2015

The NZ Manufacturers and Exporters Association (MEA) have been approached by the accounting firm handling the liquidation of Langslow Engineering Ltd and LaserTec Engineering Ltd. These two companies are to be either sold or broken up. If you are interested in finding out more about an opportunity to either purchase these companies, or their equipment, please contact MEA...


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Callaghan Innovation R&D Student Grants 2015 - 2016

Mon, 30 Mar 2015

The Callaghan Innovation (CI) student grants provide support for undergraduate and postgraduate students to work within R&D active businesses. In 2015, student grant schemes will operate in a similar manner to previous years...


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We Want to Hear What You Think About Government Rules

Mon, 30 Mar 2015

The Rules Reduction Taskforce has been set up to cut red tape and get rid of loopy property rules and regulations that are stopping people from getting on with the job. The Taskforce would like to hear from property owners, businesses, tradies or anyone who has experienced confusing, costly or irrelevant rules...


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Invitation to Special ACC Event

Mon, 30 Mar 2015

ACC would like to invite construction industry leaders to a special event on 21st April from 9am to 11.30am. Lawrence Waterman was Head of Health & Safety for the Olympic Delivery Authority in London and the extraordinarily good H&S record for that project is well-documented and well-known...


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SCNZ's Role in Promoting Business Excellence

Mon, 30 Mar 2015

Changes in the market place, including increased competition from imported fabricated products and demand from clients for better solutions and reduced costs, have led to Steel Construction NZ (SCNZ) playing an increasing role in promoting business excellence in the steel construction sector...


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Reminder: Structural Steel Fabricator Benchmarking Study Participation

Mon, 2 Mar 2015

As mentioned in the last HERA News, the HERA Executive supported an ongoing research activity run by HERA to gather more specific data characterising our heavy engineering industry. This research activity included a proposal for the performance of a benchmarking study of the structural steel fabrication industry as a pilot for other subsectors subject to achieving sufficient industry participation in the study...


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Insights from the Mining Industry

Mon, 2 Mar 2015

Strattera, New Zealand’s voice of the minerals industry, keeps careful tabs on what’s happening globally in the industry, including reference to Deloitte’s “Tracking the Trends 2015” that identifies the top ten issues mining companies will face this year, some of which provide some useful insights for the New Zealand metals industry...


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AGGAT Global Conference 2015 Speakers Confirmed

Mon, 2 Mar 2015

For the first time in New Zealand, the Above Ground Geothermal and Allied Technologies (AGGAT) programme will be presented on an international scale...


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AGGAT Progress Update - March 2015

Mon, 2 Mar 2015

Following on from the presentation of project plans at the AGGAT team meeting in January (see last HERA News), the research leaders will be re-convening at an upcoming Technical Advisory Board meeting in early March to present proposals and establish the next steps for their projects...


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E2E: Education to Engineering

Mon, 2 Mar 2015

A new discussion document aims to distil the aspirations and future focus of the Engineering E2E project. The Tertiary Education Commission established the Engineering E2E programme in mid-2014 and tasked its Steering Group with the goal of achieving the New Zealand Government’s target of an additional 500 engineering graduates each year from 2017...


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Chinese Steel Imports Confuse EU Buyers

Mon, 2 Mar 2015

Chinese steel imports confuse buyers in Europe as Chinese steel producers exploit the export tax regime Steel supplied on the EU market by European steel producers complies with the European regulations and standards...


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Congratulations to Beca on International Award

Mon, 2 Mar 2015

HERA member Beca has won International Project of the Year at the CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2015 in London recently for itswork on the $237 million integrated terminal project for the Christchurch International Airport...


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BBC Technologies Launches Fastest Fresh Produce Filling Solution

Mon, 2 Mar 2015

HERA member BBC Technologies unveiled its “CURO-16 Filling System” at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference in the United States. The system claims to be the fastest fresh produce filling solution on the market...


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CEO Appointment at HTC

Mon, 2 Mar 2015

Specialised tooling leader and HERA member HTC Ltd has appointed Mark Powell as its new Chief Executive at HTC Ltd Specialised Tools and Equipment...


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HAYS National Association of Women in Construction Excellence Awards 2015

Mon, 2 Mar 2015

Join in to celebrate the Hays National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Excellence Awards 2015...


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WorldSkills Oceania Comes to New Zealand

Mon, 2 Mar 2015

In April this year, WorldSkills New Zealand is hosting the inaugural WorldSkills Oceania Competition. There are over 100 competitors registered from 7 Countries (including Aotearoa/New Zealand) competing for pride and recognition, confident they can prove their skill levels are of the highest quality...


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Structural Steel Fabricator Benchmarking Study Participation

Mon, 2 Feb 2015

As a result of the increased demand for steel construction mainly as a result of the Christchurch rebuilt and Auckland growth, local industry has come under greater scrutiny, particularly from government, clients and at times the media. To better inform these key stakeholders about the industry, HERA/SCNZ need reliable financial metrics...


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Minister Re-opening HERA House - 20th March

Mon, 2 Feb 2015

As reported, HERA House is in last phase of an extensive $2m refurbishment which allowed us to catch up with long deferred maintenance, provide for a more efficient use of space, and give the metals industry a meeting place with a more contemporary and future-focused industry look...


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Big Gear - Minister Visits AGGAT Member Company

Mon, 2 Feb 2015

Simon Bridges, MP for Tauranga and Minster for Energy and Resources, recently visited HERA member company BOP Gear Cutters Ltd at their Mt Maunganui operation where he toured the 650m2 purpose-built facility with Managing Director Bill Ross...


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AGGAT Progress Update - Feb 2015

Mon, 2 Feb 2015

Following the successful contract renewal of the Above Ground Geothermal and Allied Technologies (AGGAT) programme with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), the AGGAT Team research leaders kicked off the new year with a meeting to discuss project plans...


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AGGAT Global Conference 2015

Mon, 2 Feb 2015

For the first time in New Zealand, the Above Ground Geothermal and Allied Technologies (AGGAT) programme will be presented on an international scale. The date and venue for this conference will be on the 30th April at the Sky City Convention Centre in Auckland...


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Prize Awarded At the New Zealand Geothermal Workshop

Mon, 2 Feb 2015

At the New Zealand Geothermal Workshop held in November 2014, a number of well written papers were presented on various topics related to geothermal research. Among these, some of the best papers were selected based on the value of contributions made to their field of study...


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Renewable Power Costs Plummet: Many Sources Now Cheaper than Fossil Fuels

Mon, 2 Feb 2015

The cost of generating power from renewable energy sources has reached parity or dropped below the cost of fossil fuels for many technologies in many parts of the world, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) revealed in a recent new report...


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ACA Durability Planning and Oil & Gas - Call for Presenters & Exhibitors

Mon, 2 Feb 2015

The Australasian Corrosion Association (ACA) is issuing a call for presenters and exhibitors for two of their events...


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Commentary: An Industry on the Move

Tue, 2 Dec 2014

This year has been one of celebration at Steel & Tube. It has marked 60 years since the business began, and delivered on some of the most significant internal changes in our history. We organised a range of activities to commemorate the anniversary, providing opportunities for us to engage with long-standing customers, thank them personally for their loyalty and acknowledge their contribution over the years...


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The New Economics

Tue, 2 Dec 2014

Competition is alive and well, it’s global and competing goes beyond what individual companies can do. The Tiwa Point aluminium smelter operates if they can buy energy they need cheaply enough. That’s what it comes down to in a world of global competition and it’s the same here in New Zealand as elsewhere. Industry operates where it gets the best deal and the price of energy is often part of the mix when decisions are being made and there are always options. Of course, some of the major investments that go along with siting a new facility in a particular place can be massive...


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AGGAT Progress Update - Dec 2014

Tue, 2 Dec 2014

HERA Industry Development Senior Research Engineer Dr Boaz Habib recently attended the NZ Geothermal Workshop held in Auckland on 24th – 26th November. The conference was well-attended by the geothermal community and had international attendance from geothermally active countries such as Indonesia...


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HERA Prize for Auckland University's Department Of Mechanical Engineering Final Year Student Projects

Tue, 2 Dec 2014

Every year, Auckland University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering was displaying their final year student projects. HERA traditionally contributes a prize for the best project involving metals. This year’s HERA prize winners were Mr Haoda Yang and Mr Jose Gabriel Cachero with their project entitled New Zealand Steel Production Optimisation through Reduction in Transitional Downtime...


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HERA Prize for AUT's School of Engineering Final Year Engineering Project

Tue, 2 Dec 2014

This year, Auckland University of Technology’s School of Engineering students displayed their final year projects. HERA has traditionally given a prize for the best project involving metals. This year’s HERA prize winners was Mr Karl Waters, BE (Mechanical) with his project entitled Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Trade Studies...


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Standard to Help Comply With New Regulations for Building Work

Tue, 2 Dec 2014

New consumer protection regulations for building work costing $30,000 and over are expected to take effect from 1 January 2015. Acting Chief Executive of Standards New Zealand Michelle Wessing said the New Zealand standard 3902 Housing, alterations and small buildings contract will help meet the new regulations and makes the building process smoother and easier for homeowner and builder...


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The Economics of Additive Manufacturing

Tue, 2 Dec 2014

It is assumed that additive manufactured parts are somehow not good enough for real world application. Most people with titanium Hip, Knee or Spinal implants made with AM would strongly disagree...


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How to Choose a Good IP Advisor

Tue, 2 Dec 2014

Many HERA member companies set up with the intention of exporting. Doing business locally is one thing, but if you plan to expand offshore, you will need to consider a couple of things...


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National Construction Pipeline Report Just Released

Fri, 31 Oct 2014

The latest edition of the National Construction Pipeline Report has just been released. The report, compiled by BRANZ, Pacifecon, the Productivity Partnership and MBIE, confirms that the forecasts for the next 6 years are broadly in line with last year’s report, with construction activity at 40-year high...


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Taking a Stand Against Dumping

Fri, 31 Oct 2014

With the explosion of oil and gas exploration in the USA, demand for drilling steel and distribution pipeline has grown dramatically, and so too has the voice of domestic US steel suppliers as imports threaten closure of local mills...


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AGGAT Progress Update - Nov 2014

Fri, 31 Oct 2014

The AGGAT programme is now getting re-shaped and refined for delivery of its outcomes in the next two years, with a specialist team of researchers being included from the University of Auckland to various research aims. What has been particularly exciting has been our use of the planning tool of cause and effect (Ishikawa or fishbone) diagrams, which clearly encapsulate how the many complex elements work together to deliver required research outcomes of use to industry and facilitate effective management of the programme...


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China to Cut Steel Exports in 2015

Fri, 31 Oct 2014

China will likely decrease steel exports in 2015 following the cancellation this year of export incentives such as tax rebates, a China Iron Ore and Steel Association (CISA) official told Reuters...


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Here's Why A Quarter Of The World's Best-Performing CEOs Studied Engineering

Fri, 31 Oct 2014

The Harvard Business Review came out with its list of the 100 best-performing CEOs on the planet last week. Amazon head Jeff Bezos topped the list. The Amazon exec has grown his company’s value to $US140 billion in the 20 years the company has been around, and in that time Amazon has brought in a massive 15,189% on industry-adjusted shareholder returns...


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New Zealand Best for Starting a Business

Fri, 31 Oct 2014

The World Economic Forum's latest Global Competitiveness Index ranked New Zealand first in terms of the official procedures required to establish a company...


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Projectlink Web Site Gets A Refresh

Fri, 31 Oct 2014

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise’s ProjectLink web site has recently undergone a facelift, and is now sporting not only a new look and feel, but also greatly improved functionality...


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Video: Bidding Successfully With the New Zealand Defence Force

Fri, 31 Oct 2014

A fast lesson in winning and keeping contracts with the defence force and other government agencies was delivered to 60 New Zealand businesses at a seminar at NZTE’s Auckland office...


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ZT Gets Help to Develop Blended Elemental Alloys

Fri, 31 Oct 2014

Over the last month, Zentih-Technica (ZT) has seen demand in for β titanium alloys. These alloys can be heat treated to develop higher hardness and strength compared to more conventional α-β alloys such as Ti64...


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Free Trade Subsidies

Thu, 2 Oct 2014

We are told that free trade agreements are good for us and for some sectors that might be true, but what about steel producers in New Zealand? Is it fair for them?


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AGGAT Progress Update - Oct 2014

Thu, 2 Oct 2014

The Above Ground Geothermal and Allied Technologies (AGGAT) science research programme initiated as a collaborative effort in October 2012 between NZ Universities, Heavy Engineering industry and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). The programme recently went through its 2-year progress review, upon which MBIE will advise of its continuation of funding for the next 2 years...


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Success Story: HERA Member Kicks Off AGGAT Project!

Thu, 2 Oct 2014

Persistence and commitment pays off! In the case of HERA member company Advance Boiler Services (ABS) Ltd, it certainly has in the form of securing funding support from Callaghan Innovation last month, which will now give them a significant boost in moving forward with their vision of entering the low enthalpy power generation market...


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Jensen Steel Completes Another Kiwi Rail Bridge Replacement

Thu, 2 Oct 2014

HERA members Jensen Steel along with HEB Construction won the Kiwi Rail contract for a new 110-tonne bridge to replace the current rail bridge situated south of Tauranga adjacent SH2...


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HERA Member Among Finalists for New Zealand Innovators Award 2014

Thu, 2 Oct 2014

Milmeq Ltd is among 10 finalists for the New Zealand Innovators Awards category for Innovation in Design & Engineering with its Fast Automated Storage Transport (MFAST) system...


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Mandatory Requirement for the Purchase of Refrigerant Comes into Effect 1st January 2015

Thu, 2 Oct 2014


A Commerce Commission Decision was made in November 2011 that permits the restriction of sale of refrigerant for the greater good due to its focus on the safe use of refrigerants...


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Vulcan Steel Acquires Sandvik's Stainless Steel Business

Thu, 2 Oct 2014

HERA member Sandvik NZ is now part of Vulcan steel, another HERA member consolidating and strengthening its business...


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New Christchurch Business Park Makes Good Use of Eccentrically Braced Frames

Thu, 2 Oct 2014

Calder Stewart Industries Ltd has incorporated Buckling-Restrained Braces in the construction of its new steel-structured office block in Christchurch’s Hazeldean Business Park...


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From CAD to Metal

Thu, 2 Oct 2014


A recent phenomenon in the world of additive manufacturing has been the publication of open source designs on web sites such as shapeways.com, thingiverse.com and i.materialise.com. These sites also offer to build the designs on offer. In fact, we now sub-contract to one of these companies...


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Launch of Australasian EPD Programme

Thu, 2 Oct 2014

LCANZ announced last month that the Australasian Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) Programme has been launched at the New Zealand Life Cycle Assessment Conference in Wellington – the first programme of its kind in Australasia.


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CISA Paints Bleak View of Short-term Outlook

Thu, 2 Oct 2014

The China Iron & Steel Association (CISA) painted a bleak picture of the country's near-term steel market outlook in its August market analysis published Monday, echoing market concerns about no sustainable recovery in domestic steel prices while steel oversupply and weakening raw materials prices persist. CISA was candid: "It is hard to see an improvement in (China's) near-term steel demand and supply, and domestic steel prices will thus still hover low."...


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Stainless Steel in Civil & Structural Engineering Seminar

Thu, 2 Oct 2014

The NZ Stainless Steel Development Association (NZSSDA) has put together a half-day seminar that will outline the specification of the correct grade of stainless steel in the construction of infrastructure, describe case studies of new stainless steel applications, and outline where stainless steel applications are heading in the future...


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Steel Use Up

Wed, 3 Sep 2014

Global crude steel sales increased 3.7% year on year until the end of June 2014, according to statistics maintained on 65 steel producing countries by Worldsteel. This represents a capacity utilisation of 78.3%...


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HERA Submission to Draft National Statement on Science Investment

Wed, 3 Sep 2014

HERA involvement in shaping one of the most significant future-focused policies focusing on what could be done to increase New Zealand Business Expenditure on R&D (BERD). New Zealand BERD is at 0.58% of GDP, significantly below the OECD average of 1.59% and the expressed intention to double business R&D is right on the mark.


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HERA AGM 9th September in Christchurch with Steel Construction Focus

Wed, 3 Sep 2014

The 2014 HERA Annual General meeting will be held in Christchurch on the 9th of September at 1:00pm in the Aurecon Offices in 518 Colombo Street. Following the formal AGM part, NZTE’s Rod McColl in his role as ICN’s Industry Procurement Specialist will be giving an overview on the Christchurch Cornerstone Projects with particular reference to steel construction...


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HERA Rule Changes to be Approved in AGM

Wed, 3 Sep 2014

The HERA Auditor noted that HERA does not hold an IRD Tax Exemption Certificate, although since HERA’s inception, it was treated by IRD as tax-exempt on any interest and dividends. In order to obtain such a certificate a process has been started with the IRD and conditions were placed on HERA to change our Rules...


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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Wed, 3 Sep 2014

“There is no reason we can’t be 100% renewable,” said Blair Walter, Aurecon's global head of renewable energy, when interviewed recently on Radio New Zealand National. He went on to say, “We need a more active carbon policy.” The reality for Aurecon is that despite significant demand for their services overseas by countries powering along the renewables pathway, at home there are few opportunities...


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AGGAT Progress Update & Review - Sept 2014

Wed, 3 Sep 2014

The ‘Above Ground Geothermal and Allied Technologies’ (AGGAT) science research programme has been active since October 2012 following co-funding support from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). The programme review was held on 7th July 2014 in Auckland...


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Ministry of Education Proposed Changes to NZCEA Level 2 - Your Industry View is Sought

Wed, 3 Sep 2014

HERA is in receipt of a letter from COMPETENZ Chief Executive John Blakey which advised that the Government is currently considering advice form the Ministry of Education (MOE) that would result in a restriction in the number of employees eligible for entry level industry training...


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New Zealand's Second Weathering Steel Bridge Over Waitaki River Opened

Wed, 3 Sep 2014

The North Otago town of Kurow finally has a two-lane bridge over the Waitaki River, securing a vital link in the South Island's transport network. The $20 million project on State Highway 82 replaces a single-lane, rickety and very temperamental wooden bridge. The 92m and 206m span ladder deck bridges were fabricated by HERA member Eastbridge, weighing a total of 600 tonnes...


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Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing Comes to Australasia

Wed, 3 Sep 2014

Zenith Tecnica Ltd is pleased to announce the commissioning of Australasia’s first commercial Electron Beam Melting Machine. Based in Albany, Auckland Zenith Tecnica has been established as a manufacturing bureau for rapid prototyping and small run production of metallic parts...


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Printing the Metals of the Future

Wed, 3 Sep 2014

The quality control of component surfaces is a complex undertaking. Researchers have engineered a high-precision modular inspection system that can be adapted on a customer-specific basis and integrated into the production process...


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Customized Surface Inspection

Wed, 3 Sep 2014

In order to check a component, manufacturers apply image processing methods. Multiple cameras take pictures of component surfaces from various angles, which are analyzed by a software programme...


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Gain New Insights - Accelerate Your New Products

Wed, 3 Sep 2014

Open Access Labs are a new initiative by the NZ Product Accelerator to create collaborative prototyping and testing facilities in New Zealand research institutions which are open to all businesses...


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University of Auckland: Test Hall Lab Manager

Wed, 3 Sep 2014

A unique and permanent full-time position has become available at the Faculty of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Auckland...


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HERA Executive Matters

Fri, 1 Aug 2014


In last HERA News, we announced that there will be a HERA Executive election required as we received more nominations than positions becoming vacant. As a result of some changes, the number of nominees matched the vacant positions and no election is now required. The new Executive composition will be announced at the upcoming AGM on the 9th September in Christchurch.


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Outside the Silos

Fri, 1 Aug 2014

Silos are quite common around the countryside. They are usually used to store grain or feed for animals. They keep like materials together and make it easy for the farmer to handle them...


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Above Ground Geothermal Technologies Workshop - Auckland, 25th July 2014

Fri, 1 Aug 2014

The Above Ground Geothermal Technologies workshop jointly hosted by the New Zealand Geothermal Association (NZGA) and HERA was successfully held on 25th July 2014 at the BECA Auditorium in Auckland...


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Worksafe NZ - Manufacturing Assessment Tools Debrief Report

Fri, 1 Aug 2014

In June 2014, WorkSafe NZ completed piloting a range of new Assessment Tools to be used by Health & Safety Inspectors to support their site visits. The tools were tested by inspectors in New Plymouth, Tauranga, and Auckland over a 2-week period by visiting a range of businesses involved in the Manufacturing sector...


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Standards Sector To Be Restructured

Fri, 1 Aug 2014

A Standards and Accreditation Bill, introduced last month, will make sweeping changes to the the law relating to standards and the accreditation of conformity assessment bodies...


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Search For Metalworking Process and Industry Expert

Fri, 1 Aug 2014

A client of Callaghan Innovation is seeking an expert to be involved in developing a method for metal plate bending...


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Free New Zealand BIM Handbook Now Out

Fri, 1 Aug 2014

The New Zealand BIM Handbook was launched by the Productivity Partnership at the Auckland Infrastructure and Procurement Forum last month. BIM is described as a collaboration tool enabled by technology...


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Corrosion & Prevention 2014

Fri, 1 Aug 2014

The Corrosion & Prevention 2014 Technical Committee is delighted to announce the release of the conference technical programme. The programme will deliver eight plenary lectures, 90 oral and poster presentations across four streams as well as five Forums...


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WorldSkills New Zealand Announces Winning Apprentices

Fri, 1 Aug 2014

As a sponsor, HERA is proud to announce the finalist winners of the Worldskills competition...


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Global Connections Conference - August 7th 2014, Christchurch

Fri, 1 Aug 2014

All about exporting, innovative design & engineering, global success stories, cutting edge technology, and provocative thinking, Global Connections is an event designed to educate and motivate Canterbury exporters to expand their export markets and grow their businesses...


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Innovation: Not Quite As Easy As One-two-three

Wed, 2 Jul 2014

We need to address the underlying conditions so industry will feel supported to come forward and lead initiatives, so that the climate is right to maximise the chance of success, and so that the mechanisms of effective collaboration are cemented in place, and then we can expect ordinary companies becoming innovation champions...


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Keeping It Real

Wed, 2 Jul 2014

This is a phrase that engineers are arguably the closest to as a profession. When it comes to the crunch, engineers are the ones who have to make it happen on the ground and deliver the goods in any manufacturing business environment. Whilst this is the norm at the industry intensive end of the engineering spectrum of activities, this value is also lived and breathed at the more exploratory end of the spectrum...


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AGGAT Progress Update - July 2014

Wed, 2 Jul 2014

The ‘Above Ground Geothermal and Allied Technologies’ (AGGAT) Research Programme, which was built on previous projects in the Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) space, has been in operation since October 2012 and we bring regular updates to you on various areas of progress...


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IPENZ Consultation on Proposal to Increase Assessment and Registration Fees

Wed, 2 Jul 2014

IPENZ gave notice that the Registration Authority is undertaking a public consultation on a proposal to increase the annual registration certificate and competence assessment fees. A paper outlining the reasons for the increase, along with the proposed fees, is saved on the Registration Authority web site...


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Opus Research Opens New Wind Tunnel Testing Facility

Wed, 2 Jul 2014

Last month, Opus Research opened their extensive new research facilities in Petone. Their highly-regarded expertise and reputation in wind engineering research has grown from legislated requirements to provide thorough wind impact assessments for new and modified buildings...


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Stainless Steels for Lecturers and Students of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Wed, 2 Jul 2014

The International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) has launched a series of new educational resources to increase the use of stainless steel in the architecture, building and construction (ABC) market. The potential for stainless steel is enormous in this sector...


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Fresh Thinking Wanted? Your Wish is Granted

Wed, 2 Jul 2014

Innovative businesses are invited to apply for funding to hire students for internships and work experience as part of Callaghan Innovation’s R&D Student Grants scheme. R&D Student Grants, administered by Callaghan Innovation, are available to R&D-active companies in New Zealand...


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Profiling Opportunities in the China Market

Wed, 2 Jul 2014

China offers significant business opportunities for New Zealand companies, particularly in the sectors where New Zealand has a competitive value proposition. They are infrastructure, aviation, agritechnology, environmental technology, manufacturing...


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An Invitation to HERA Members to Join the powerHouse Network

Wed, 2 Jul 2014

HERA Members are invited to join the powerHouse Network, a NZ-based (and increasingly international) group of technology specialists and investors - currently numbering over 700 - who invest in, advise and benefit from the creation and growth of early-stage technology companies...


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Neglect: Knowing an Issue and Not Addressing It!

Wed, 4 Jun 2014

R&D spending is much lower that our OECD cousins. Also, we do a lot of things here that while they might earn foreign currency, are actually below the break even line in terms of dollars per person employed. We know what the issues are and how as a country we can address them, we must take action because we cannot afford to continue to ignore and neglect...


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NZGA-HERA AGGAT Workshop

Wed, 4 Jun 2014

The NZ Geothermal Association and HERA are jointly presenting an 'Above Ground Geothermal Technology workshop on the 25th of July in Auckland...


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Upcoming Health & Safety Legislation

Wed, 4 Jun 2014


The new Health and Safety Reform Bill is still on target to be in place from 1st April 2015. It is the intention of the Government to reduce the accident rate at work by 10% by 2016 and 20% by 2020. This will require a massive change in the attitude to Health and Safety in the workplace...


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AGGAT Progress Update - June 2014

Wed, 4 Jun 2014

Every month a systematic update is provided to our readers focusing on one or two of the ten research aims being carried out in the HERA-led science programme of ‘Above Ground Geothermal and Allied Technologies’...


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Howick Limited Wins Callaghan Innovation Growth Grant Funding

Wed, 4 Jun 2014

HERA member Howick Engineering Ltd is a 3rd Generation family company that has been designing and building roll-forming production machinery for both local and international light steel frame-based construction markets...


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Ministry of Defence Survey about NZ Industry Involvement in the NZ Defence Sector

Wed, 4 Jun 2014

The Ministry of Defence Evaluation Division has been asked by the Minister of Defence to undertake a review about New Zealand industry involvement in the New Zealand Defence sector. They are conducting a survey over June to gather information from industry...


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Launch of BRANZ’s Build Magazine

Wed, 4 Jun 2014

Launching this month is BRANZ’s Build magazine for the industry, a resource with over 1,200 articles...


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Commerce Commission's Construction Web Site Launched

Wed, 4 Jun 2014

The Commission has created a ‘one-stop shop’ web site where you can get a quick summary of the key elements of competition and consumer law that you need to know about for your business – including what are your biggest risks, and helpful tips to manage those risks...


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Case Studies at Sustainable Housing Summit

Wed, 4 Jun 2014

Join the Green Building Council as they explore the issues of affordability, quality and sustainability in a packed programme of inspiring national and international speakers, panel discussion and case studies.


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More Business Right Now! by Bill James

Wed, 4 Jun 2014

For decades we have been told to keep control and steer the client but in today’s climate, clients are becoming savvy and resistant to ‘being sold’. It is time to break the mould...


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HERA Notice: What You Must Know if Considering Importing Seismic Resisting Fabricated Steel Structures

Fri, 2 May 2014

The design and construction requirements for structural steel buildings in New Zealand have been developed to ensure reliable performance in a cost-effective manner. They comprise a carefully tuned system that performed extremely well when it went through its seismic “baptism of fire” in the Canterbury earthquakes...


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Quality Costs! Or Rather Achieving Quality Costs, and Poor Quality Costs Even More

Fri, 2 May 2014

Quality has a cost and a value and buying solely on cost can mean that the quality you think you are getting may not be there. The recent asbestos issues with the locomotives imported from China by KiwiRail highlights the danger where quality is compromised. While much was made of the fact that it was a subcontractor to the main supplier who used the offending coating, nothing can take away from the fact that it is KiwiRail’s supplier’s responsibility to ensure that their supplier provides a conforming product...


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Invitation Greentech Delegation to Germany June 2014

Fri, 2 May 2014


The Malaysian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry is organising a Greentech Delegation to Germany from 18 to 27 June 2014. HERA member companies are invited to take advantage of this great opportunity...


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HERA House Make-Over

Fri, 2 May 2014

After nearly 30 years of faithful service, HERA House will finally get a comprehensive makeover to meet current office building standards. This is an excellent opportunity for HERA members wishing to showcase their products and skills in a key industry meeting place and HERA is inviting members willing to support the development via sponsorship...


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HERA Members’ Employees Declaration & Nominations for HERA Executive

Fri, 2 May 2014

Declaration of Employees and Nominations for HERA Executive will be sent out to all HERA Ordinary members very soon. Please fill in the forms and return to the address provided before the deadline of 20th June...


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Introducing HERA Executive Member Simon Ward

Fri, 2 May 2014

HERA welcomes new HERA Executive member Simon Ward who in his day job is the Managing Director of A-Ward Attachments...


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Industry Powering Forward With AGGAT

Fri, 2 May 2014

The AGGAT programme is there to support HERA member companies and as part of the AGGAT development strategy, HERA’s Industry Development Division will be carrying out executive briefings throughout the country to update HERA members on AGGAT activities and potential opportunities available to them...


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AGGAT Progress Update May 2014

Fri, 2 May 2014

Every month, a systematic update is provided to our readers focusing on one or two of the ten research aims being carried out in the HERA-led Science programme of ‘Above Ground Geothermal and Allied Technologies’...


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AWATEA Conference 2014 – The Business of Developing Marine Energy

Fri, 2 May 2014

AWATEA is pleased to announce its 8th Annual Conference, which will be held on Thursday 8 May at the Royal Society of New Zealand Conference Centre in Wellington...


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HERA Annual Report Call for Photos

Fri, 2 May 2014

HERA is again seeking photographs from HERA member companies which can be featured in the HERA 2014 Annual Report...


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2014 WorldSkills National Competition

Fri, 2 May 2014

Join us for competition viewing, guided tours, entertainment and more. Colleagues, family and friends are also welcome to visit the competition...


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More Business Right Now! by Bill James

Fri, 2 May 2014

Especially in New Zealand I meet many that are in sales by necessity but who do not want to be. Technical people like engineers, accountants, trades people. Those in franchisees who are good at what they do but find sales a challenge...


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Karapiro Gully Viaduct - Good News! HEB Awards Steel Bridge Construction to New Zealand Supplier

Mon, 31 Mar 2014

HERA member HEB recently awarded the construction of the Karapiro Gully weathering steel bridge to Napier steel bridge specialist Eastbridge, also a HERA member. The significant point from a New Zealand steel construction industry perspective is that if all risk cost factors are fairly considered, New Zealand steel bridge construction is competitive...


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The Pitfalls of Importing Materials

Mon, 31 Mar 2014

Do not assume that overseas suppliers will know anything about New Zealand Standards. If the supplier cannot meet these requirements discuss alternatives with the designer, before placing the order, or look elsewhere. If there is doubt about the authenticity of test reports or certificates received, IANZ can help to verify their reliability and where appropriate liaise with the relevant overseas accreditation body...


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AGGAT Progress Update - April 2014

Mon, 31 Mar 2014

This is a report on monthly progress on the most recent key efforts and achievement in the AGGAT programme measured against Critical Steps (CS) under each Research Aim (RA). This month we have focused on the developments in heat transfer research (RA1-4).


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Standards For Documenting Numerical Work

Mon, 31 Mar 2014

How often does it happen that with the retirement of an experienced employee from a company all the knowledge and expertise also goes away with the employee? One way of overcoming the company ‘brain drain’ and also maintaining an accurate picture of events and happenings is to have regular reports ideally to a set reporting template...


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Competenz Calls for Engineering Scholarship Applications

Mon, 31 Mar 2014

Competenz has four scholarships available which cover the cost of an engineering qualification at Level 5 or 6. This is the perfect opportunity to advance your career to the next step after completing an apprenticeship...


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More Business Right Now! by Bill James

Mon, 31 Mar 2014

There are many variables to take into account and not every prospect is created equal. Respect your own time and understand that it is a precious limited resource...


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ACRS Awarded JAS-ANZ Accreditation

Mon, 3 Mar 2014

In what is being seen as a major ‘feather in the cap’ for ACRS, the ACRS certification scheme is now recognized by the Joint Accreditation System for Australia and New Zealand (JAS_ANZ). On behalf of New Zealand, HERA Structural Systems General Manager Dr Stephen Hicks and Nick Hill of the Building Officials Institute are directors on the board of ACRS...


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AGGAT Progress Update - March 2014

Mon, 3 Mar 2014

Monthly progress is reported on the most recent key efforts and achievement in the AGGAT programme measured against Critical Steps (CS) under each Research Aim (RA). This month we have focused on the developments in heat transfer research (RA1-4)...


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The Value of a Research Platform and What It Takes To Build One

Mon, 3 Mar 2014

Most companies do not have the luxury of owning their own research facility like Fonterra does. However, the metals industry does have The Heavy Engineering Research Association (HERA) which was set up in 1978 to support the R&D needs of the heavy engineering sector in New Zealand...


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Metals New Zealand Welcomes Its First Chief Executive

Mon, 3 Mar 2014

Gary Hook has been announced as the first Chief Executive of Metals New Zealand. Gary brings a wealth of industry experience to the role...


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AWATEA Conference – The Business of Developing Marine Energy

Mon, 3 Mar 2014

AWATEA is pleased to announce its 8th Annual Conference: The Business of Developing Marine Energy, which will be held on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th May in Wellington...


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Opportunities in South-east Asia

Mon, 3 Mar 2014

New Zealand businesses can still make money in the highly mature US and European markets, but the emerging markets of South East Asia in 2013 offer significant growth prospects and opportunities for New Zealand...


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Are You a Jack of All Trades? Focus, Focus, Focus...

Mon, 3 Mar 2014

Unless you’re taking part in a reality TV talent quest, there’s no such thing as an overnight success. Be prepared to put in the hard yards to establish yourself, and unless there is a very good reason to change, stick to the core offering you identified...


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EMEX – The Highly Anticipated Engineering Event

Mon, 3 Mar 2014

90+ exhibitors (including HERA and Metals NZ) are already confirmed for the biennial EMEX engineering, manufacturing, machinery, electronics and technology industry event in late May...


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New Oil & Gas Courses Now Available in New Plymouth

Mon, 3 Mar 2014

Bright*Star Training has additional new training courses focusing on process safety and process control & instrumentation, with a discount for HERA members...


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Health and Safety Reform Bill

Mon, 3 Mar 2014

The Health and Safety Reform Bill was introduced into Parliament on 10 March. The Bill is part of the Government’s “Working Safer” package, which has been described as the most significant reform in New Zealand health and safety law in the past 20 years. The Bill reflects a substantial shift in approach from the current Health and Safety in Employment Act (the HSE Act).


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New Zealand Construction Sector Report - A Review

Mon, 3 Feb 2014

The Government released in November 2013 the Construction sector report, which is the fourth of altogether seven reports surveying the NZ industry sectors. The report provides a comprehensive overview of key facts on the industry with some commentary from industry leaders. HERA Director Dr Wolfgang Scholz reviews the report...


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MBIE Survey on Business Experiences in Government Procurement Tenders

Mon, 3 Feb 2014

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Enterprise (MBIE) is seeking businesses’ views on government procurement to help them improve the way they work with businesses...


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All-of-Government Building Materials Procurement Discussion Document - Industry Responses Summary Released

Mon, 3 Feb 2014

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) released a Discussion Document to industry on the feasibility of establishing an All-of-Government building materials procurement, posted on the Government Electronic Tender Service on the 18 October 2013; the deadline for submissions was the 8 November 2013...


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AGGAT Company Signs Technology Development Deal

Mon, 3 Feb 2014

HERA member and a participant in the Above Ground Geothermal and Allied Technology (AGGAT) programme, BOP Gearcutters Ltd has entered into a development agreement with Sydney-based company, Smith Innovation Technology and Science (SITAS) Pty Ltd...


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AGGAT Progress February 2014

Mon, 3 Feb 2014

Recently AGGAT submitted its first annual report on progress with the Above Ground Geothermal and Allied Technology Programme (AGGAT) to MBIE. The AGGAT teams are now powering forward to address the objectives due for this year...


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We Need Your Help!

Mon, 3 Feb 2014

The AGGAT Programme is here for industry but also relies on the support and help of industry, and now we need your help...


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R&D Boost for HERA Member

Mon, 3 Feb 2014

Tandarra Engineering Ltd was excited to hear that they have been successful in securing funding support for their R&D activities through Callaghan Innovation under their Growth Grant Scheme. R&D is fundamental to Tandarra and their commitment to R&D is seen as the main reason for success in export markets...


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Government’s Residential Construction Sector Market Study Raises Industry Response

Mon, 3 Feb 2014

The Residential Construction Sector Market Study – Options Paper was produced by the Ministry for Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE) to identify market level barriers to improved housing affordability with particular reference to the competitiveness and productivity of the residential construction sector...


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Standards Web Site Update

Mon, 3 Feb 2014

The Government announced new arrangements for the development and approval of Standards. The standards and conformance infrastructure review page on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) website has recently been updated...


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Advance Notice of WorldSkills New Zealand National Finals

Mon, 3 Feb 2014

Put these dates in your diary so you don’t miss out on being able to come along and share this event with us///


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More Business Right Now! by Bill James

Mon, 3 Feb 2014

By 1929, Listerine was marketed as an anti-dandruff shampoo, an after-shave, a cure for the common cold, an astringent, a deodorant, toothpaste and a brand of cigarette. (Yes, cigarettes. Why not give you the bad smokers breathe and then offer the cure?) And how did they do all this? By using a proven marketing tactic...


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Metals Industry Works Together To Achieve Progress

Tue, 3 Dec 2013

Looking back on 2013, Metals NZ can report great progress made. The Metals NZ Industry Conference in May set the scene and led to the setting up of a comprehensive programme entitled “Securing the Future of New Zealand Metals Engineering”...


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Fitzroy Engineering - Northern Oil Refinery Project Open Evening

Tue, 3 Dec 2013

Recently, Fitzroy Engineering Group hosted invited guests to celebrate the completion of the oil recycling process module for the Northern Oil Refinery project in Queensland...


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Sticking to the Knitting!

Tue, 3 Dec 2013

As a small economy, we can stick to the knitting which might be comfortable but if that isn’t giving us want we want, we need to do things differently. Identifying and backing opportunity areas works for others, so why not for us. All we need is a little leadership and some joined-up thinking...


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AGGAT Progress Update - December 2013

Tue, 3 Dec 2013

Progress in the AGGAT programme gets marked by milestones in each of the individual research aims and critical steps. An update is provided on some of the key highlights from progress made recently...


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New Zealand Geothermal Workshop 2013, Rotorua

Tue, 3 Dec 2013

HERA Senior Research Engineer Dr. Boaz Habib recently attended the 35th New Zealand Geothermal Workshop held at the Rotorua Convention Centre in Rotorua this year...


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First Stage of Mechanical Engineering Qualifications Review Approaching Completion - Feedback Wanted

Tue, 3 Dec 2013

The review of Mechanical Engineering qualifications, currently being led by Competenz, has reached an important milestone...


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2014 Contestable Science Investment Round: MBIE Inviting Proposals for Smart Ideas

Tue, 3 Dec 2013

MBIE's Science, Skills and Innovation Group is now accepting proposals for the Smart Ideas investment mechanism...


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Business Opportunity: AUSTMINENZ/HERA In Co-Operation Presents NZ Steel Ironsand Mining

Tue, 3 Dec 2013

The final AustmineNZ Networking Series event for 2013 was held 21st November at HERA House. The event attracted more than 40 AustmineNZ and HERA members as well as non-members who heard from guest speaker Theo Annandale, Minerals Technical Services Manager at New Zealand Steel...


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NZEE Awards 2013 Supreme Winner - 3D microscope The Classifynder

Tue, 3 Dec 2013

HERA sponsored the Mechanical and Manufacturing Section of the NZ Engineering Excellence Awards and is delighted to congratulate “The Classifynder - An Automated Digital Microscope For Palynology” by Veritaxa Ltd and Massey University School of Engineering and Advanced Technology...


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Engineering (Hons) and Engineering Technology Students Available for Summer Work

Tue, 3 Dec 2013

Work experience is a prerequisite for completing an engineering degree and an important part of a student’s tertiary education. Undergraduate students studying at AUT’s School of Engineering (Mechanical, Electronic and Electrical) are seeking summer work in 2014...


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Sponsorship Invitation from the Department of Mechanical Engineering: Final Year Projects

Tue, 3 Dec 2013

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Auckland is pleased to invite you to collaborate with the Department and students undertaking their Final Year Project...


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More Business Right Now! by Bill James

Tue, 3 Dec 2013

In almost all the sales training I have seen the focus has been on closing the sale – finish! Sound familiar? Everything you have learned has led to the culmination of a signed contract and celebrations in the car afterwards.


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MBIE - All of Government Procurement Discussion Document Open for Submission

Fri, 1 Nov 2013

As part of the New Zealand Government Procurement Reform programme, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is looking at the feasibility of an all-of-government solution for building materials...


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AGGAT Summit 2013

Fri, 1 Nov 2013

Positive feedback was received from industry who were impressed with the quality of research being undertaken through the AGGAT programme. The next AGGAT event will be a joint conference with the NZ Geothermal Association in mid-2014...


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What Does AGGAT Mean?

Fri, 1 Nov 2013

The potential market for geothermal technologies is significant with many countries looking for reliable and cost-effective solutions, particularly those exploiting lower enthalpy geothermal resources...


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Contractor Today - Technology Developer, Owner and Exporter Tomorrow

Fri, 1 Nov 2013

Contractors are in the unique position of having a business running which gives them infrastructure and cash flow. Both can take years to build up and can provide a foundation for developing your own technology products, which in turn gives you more control over your market and provides a better margin than contracting work generally does...


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AGGAT Progress Update - November 2013

Fri, 1 Nov 2013

At the recent AGGAT Summit held in Auckland, the AGGAT research team members provided updates on progress with their activities...


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ORC Conference 2013 - Rotterdam

Fri, 1 Nov 2013

More than 300 delegates attended the second ORC conference was held in Rotterdam, Netherlands this year in October....


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HERA Hands Out Student Award

Fri, 1 Nov 2013

At the Projects Display Day of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Auckland, HERA was proud to award the Best Judged Final Year Project Involving Metals to Ben Willetts and Ahmad Nazrin...


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Engineers With a Generous Heart

Fri, 1 Nov 2013

HERA member Active Welding is doing a good deed for a young woman with cancer...


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Teamwork Adds Steel To Winning Contract

Thu, 3 Oct 2013

A New Zealand engineering firm has discovered that a little Kiwi collaboration can slay the Chinese manufacturing price dragon...


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1000th Pressure Vessel from Fitzroy Engineering

Thu, 3 Oct 2013

Taking pride of place in the Fitzroy Engineering Group’s New Plymouth workshops at the moment is the 1,000th pressure vessel fabricated...


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Marine Energy Progress

Thu, 3 Oct 2013

Marine Energy is alive and well and no longer just limited to Europe. The European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC), held in Aalborg Denmark from 2-4 September, was attended by over 400 delegates from over 40 countries and presenters...


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AGGAT Summit 2013

Thu, 3 Oct 2013

The AGGAT Summit is going ahead as planned on 21st October 2013 and is an excellent opportunity for HERA members to hear about the progress being made in the AGGAT programme...


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AGGAT Progress Highlights

Thu, 3 Oct 2013

AGGAT progress report for October 2013...


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Australasian Corrosion Association Offers Scholarship Programme

Thu, 3 Oct 2013

The ACA Foundation Ltd offers scholarships to industry professionals as well as young professionals and students...


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Iconically Imported

Fri, 30 Aug 2013

Whenever we build a piece of public infrastructure, there is always the opportunity to make it iconic, as was the case with the Te Rewa Rewa Bridge in New Plymouth, which is widely regarded as an iconic example of Kiwi design and engineering excellence...


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Local Industry Tender Response to New Government Rules of Sourcing

Fri, 30 Aug 2013

The new Government Rules of Sourcing require amongst other things consideration of whole-life costing and under the balanced decision making criteria the consideration of the economic, social and environmental impacts of procurement alternatives, which arecomplex criteria for evaluation,HERA has researched the public sector procurement reform topic well and has been actively involved in advising the MBIE Procurement team...


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HERA Annual General Meeting - 10th Sept 2013

Fri, 30 Aug 2013

The New Zealand Heavy Engineering Research Association 2013 Annual General Meeting is to be held on Tuesday, 10th September at 1:00pm in HERA House, 17-19 Gladding Place, Manukau...


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Metals NZ AGM and Lower Hatea Bridge Presentation - 5th Sept 2013

Fri, 30 Aug 2013

More of what has been done by Metals NZ in 2013 will be reported in the upcoming Metals NZ Annual General Meeting to which all metals engineering sector groups' members are invited as they are all automatic Metals NZ Affiliated Members...


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Update on Mechanical Engineering Qualifications Review

Fri, 30 Aug 2013

The Governance Group overseeing the review of Mechanical Engineering qualifications has made steady progress and will soon be releasing for wider consultation
a first draft of the proposed qualifications landscape...


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AGGAT Update - September

Fri, 30 Aug 2013

The Above Ground Geothermal and Allied Technology (AGGAT) research programme is progressing well with the science base being developed to support HERA member companies to develop geothermal and allied (waste heat) products...


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HERA Welcomes New Executive Member

Fri, 30 Aug 2013

HERA welcomes Dr Troy Coyle, who is replacing Gary Hook as the representative of New Zealand Steel on the HERA Executive...


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Changes In NZ Steel Leadership

Fri, 30 Aug 2013

Andrew Garey has been appointed to General Manager New Zealand Steel and Pacific Islands to take over from Simon Linge as head of BlueScopes businesses in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands effective 1 September 2013


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MBIE Releases High Technology Manufacturing Report

Fri, 30 Aug 2013

MBIE Minister Steven Joyce last month released the High Technology Manufacturing sector report. While most of our members are part of the construction or medium-high technology manufacturing sector...


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More Business Right Now by Bill James

Fri, 30 Aug 2013

Should I pay for referrals? Both sides of this argument have some valid points but I have to say, and putting my puritan hat on here, that my short answer would be NO. Find out why...


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Finite Element Analysis Training Course Workshop

Fri, 30 Aug 2013

Matrix Applied Computing Ltd is offering a training course focusing on practical aspects of using FEA for engineers wishing to use FEA in real life applications...


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Securing Our Industry Future

Thu, 1 Aug 2013

Following the Metals Industry Conference in May in Tauranga, a programme of activities was agreed to move the industry forward in terms of achieving its goals around procurement, engagement and communication...


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Rich Pickings

Thu, 1 Aug 2013

It's time to draw a line in the sand and stand up against the juggernauts for what's best for New Zealand, otherwise we all lose...


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AGGAT Update - August 2013

Thu, 1 Aug 2013

Don't miss out on the opportunity to meet the AGGAT researchers and hear what's happening in both the field of research, and the geothermal and allied market at the Above Ground Geothermal and Allied Technology Summit - 21st October...


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CAN YOU HELP? Looking for R-245fa importer in NZ

Thu, 1 Aug 2013

Our AGGAT research team at University of Canterbury is actively engaged in setting up an Organic Rankine Cycle testing rig as one of the research objectives for the AGGAT science programme...


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HERA Executive Nominations

Thu, 1 Aug 2013

The HERA Chairman in line with HERA Rule 9.4.1 called for nominations for the replacement of outgoing Executive members Peter Hutton, David Moore, John Frear and Sean Gledhill....


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End-of-year Heavy Steel Volumes and Price Report

Thu, 1 Aug 2013

HERA is pleased to report that as compared to last year, the heavy steel volumes have gone up. This small but steady growth is encouraging as it is higher than the latest annual reported New Zealand GDP growth rate of 2.5%...


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ACANZ Wellington Division Technical Meeting and Joint Meeting with IPENZ Wellington Branch

Thu, 1 Aug 2013

Often the galvanising of fabricated structural steel work is regarded as the best coating option for the longevity of performance given the location and placement where the steel items are to be installed...


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Sub-Contracting and Risk Management Seminar - 26-29 August

Thu, 1 Aug 2013

The Specialist Trade Contractors Federation is running a seminar series on Subcontracting and Risk Management to be held in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland...


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MBIE Meet The Buyer Event for August

Thu, 1 Aug 2013

This free event offers small- to medium-sized businesses the opportunity to promote their business to senior Government Buyers from 20 of the largest government organisations. The event provides the ability for you to meet with up to 5 potential future clients...


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5th Annual Young Corrosion Group Education Networking Event

Thu, 1 Aug 2013

If you under 35 years of age (or young at heart) with less than 10 years corrosion industry experience then we would like to invite you to join the ACA for an evening of networking...


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Opposition Parties' Manufacturing Inquiry Report Released

Tue, 2 Jul 2013

The opposition parties Manufacturing Inquiry released its final report interestingly under the bridging the divides heading Manufacturing: The New Consensus - A Blueprint for Better Jobs and Higher Wages ...


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HERA/BERL Report and Tender Evaluation Tool - Free Download Now Available

Tue, 2 Jul 2013

BERL in conjunction with the Heavy Engineering Research Association (HERA) has taken the first steps towards developing a procurement decision-making tool...


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Un-Kiwi?

Tue, 2 Jul 2013

As hard as it is to do, we are going to have to start branding those working against New Zealand industry as "Un-Kiwi"...


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AGGAT Progress Report - July 2013

Tue, 2 Jul 2013

News on the AGGAT programme, the upcoming ORC conference and the AGGAT Summit meeting in October...


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Mechanical Engineering Qualifications Review Launched

Tue, 2 Jul 2013

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is currently overseeing a mandatory review of all qualifications at levels 1 - 6 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF)...


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AECOM Building and Construction Outlook Positive

Tue, 2 Jul 2013

AECOM has just published its latest Infrastructure and Buildings and Construction Sentiment report, showing encouraging signs that New Zealands building industry has a more positive outlook in the six months to May...


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More Business Right Now! by Bill James

Tue, 2 Jul 2013


Have you ever been served by someone you knew did not care? Or someone has lied to cover up the fact they did not know? Intent has to be genuine or it will backfire horribly on you and simply confirm to the client that you are not to be trusted...


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Tool Blacks Build Up to WorldSkills Championships in Leipzig

Tue, 2 Jul 2013

The cream of New Zealands young trade trainees are about to pit their skills against the best of their peers from around the globe at the WorldSkills International held in Leipzig, Germany...


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Heavy Engineering Research Levy Increase Implemented

Wed, 5 Jun 2013

MBIE Minister Steven Joyce, who is the responsible Minister for the Heavy Engineering Research Levy (HERL) Act, announced last month that he formally approved the increase in the industry-funded levy for heavy steel plates to a new rate of $10 per tonne from the present rate of $5 per tonne. This increase will become effective from 1st July 2013 and will be applicable for all imported and locally produced heavy steel subject to Schedule 2 of the HERL Act...


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Upcoming Supplier Briefings: New Government Rules of Sourcing

Wed, 5 Jun 2013

The Industry Capability Network, Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and Business NZ are teaming up to bring a road-show to the regions on the changes happening in Government Procurement...


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Building Better Business - Metals NZ Conference Report

Wed, 5 Jun 2013

The Metals New Zealand Industry Conference held on the 9th and 10th May at the Classic Flyers Aircraft Museum in Tauranga - has been a very successful contributor to better business for our engineering companies...


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New Zealand's Metals Industry Produces Winners

Wed, 5 Jun 2013

The winners of this years Metals NZ Awards were announced at an Industry Gala Dinner held in Tauranga on May 9, held at the iconic Classic Flyers Aircraft Museum...


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AGGAT Progress Report - June 2013

Wed, 5 Jun 2013

Industry Development General Manager Nick Inskip and Research Engineer Dr. Boaz Habib presented talks on the AGGAT programme in the renewable energies session led by HERA at the Metals NZ Industry Conference in May...


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Conference Feedback Lucky Draw Winners

Wed, 5 Jun 2013

As incentive to fill-in and return the conference feedback survey, three signed Sir Graham Henry books were to be given to three winners drawn...


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Closing the Gap

Wed, 5 Jun 2013

The lesson from America for New Zealand delivered by Dr Steven Schmid is that the US has identified what gaps need to be addressed in order to support the development of their manufacturing industry and have a strategy to close them...


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R&D Student Grants Now Open

Wed, 5 Jun 2013

Innovative New Zealand businesses are invited to apply for funding to hire students as part of the Governments R&D Student Grants scheme...


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Local Industry Develops Innovative Expansion Equipment for NZ Steel

Wed, 5 Jun 2013

Local company Belcher Industries was awarded the NZ Steel contract to complete the design and manufacture custom-built equipment to extricate ironsand (dozer trap and skid) from the Taharoa mine before being processed to a concentrated product...


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BRANZ Announces Resignation of CEO Pieter Burghout

Wed, 5 Jun 2013

BRANZ has regrettably announced the resignation of its CEO Pieter Burghout. Mr Burghout is leaving BRANZ to take up the role of General Manager Canterbury Operations for Fletcher Building...


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HERA Members’ Employees Declaration & Nominations for HERA Executive

Wed, 5 Jun 2013

Declaration of Employees and Nominations for HERA Executive will be sent out to all HERA Ordinary members very soon.If you have not received your Declaration and Nominations Forms before 10th June, please contact HERA...


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Don’t Miss Out! Metals NZ Industry Conference in Tauranga - 9th to 10th May

Thu, 2 May 2013

Support your industry and register today! Your presence tells the Minister and the Government how significant we are to the country's economy. After all, our industry contributes $2.4 bn to the GDP, not an insignificant feat!Listen to Sir Graham Henry relate how his winning strategies can translate into business strategies for your company!


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Democracy and Free Trade

Thu, 2 May 2013

While New Zealand industry gamely fights for sales against companies in countries further down the democracy ladder, the playing field is often heavily tilted against them, as it is almost impossible to know what government/business machinations go on to the advantage of their foreign competitors..


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Sustainable Development - British Standard Leads the Way

Thu, 2 May 2013

The just announced New Rules for Government Procurement require every NZ government agency to have policies in place which consider the 5 Principles of Government Procurement. A British Standard relates to the 4th principle Get the Best Deal for Everyone and shows how the criteria " Make balanced decisions - consider the economic, social and economic effect of the deal" can be dealt with...


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More Business Right Now! by Bill James

Thu, 2 May 2013

If the purchaser knows all their own needs, has assessed the options and concluded that you are a viable option what is left? Only price. Suddenly you are caught in a price war....


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MEA: Review of the Essential Skills in Demand Lists - Engineering

Thu, 2 May 2013

NZ Manufacturers and Exporters Association (MEA) is seeking input from companies who are experiencing labour shortages that could be classed as either an Immediate Skill Shortage or a Long Term Skill Shortage...


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Leveling the Playing Field

Thu, 4 Apr 2013

The increasing trend for procurers to seek the cheapest option has seen the development of some bumps in the playing field that would be quickly rolled flat if it was a cricket ground...


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Business Opportunity

Thu, 4 Apr 2013

Tenders are invited from suitably experienced contractors for the installation of seismic linkages on three (3) bridges in Region 3 (Waikato)...


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AGGAT Update - The Beginning of A Solid Science Platform For Industry

Thu, 4 Apr 2013

HERA Research Engineer Dr. Boaz Habib and Industry Development General Manager Nick Inskip recently went to Christchurch for a progress update with the part of the AGGAT research team based at the University of Canterbury (UofC)...


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Results of HERA Strategy Membership Survey 2013

Thu, 4 Apr 2013

The HERA Executive, in conjunction with the pending increase in industry funding, performed a strategy review via an online survey, and our thanks to the t hirty-two industry/HERA members who completed the survey...


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Governance Group for Mechanical Engineering Qualifications Review - Call for Nominations

Thu, 4 Apr 2013

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority is currently overseeing a mandatory review of all qualifications at levels 1-6 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF)...


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Global Green Hub Korea

Thu, 4 Apr 2013

HERA's Industry Development General Manager Nick Inskip is attending the Global Green Hub Korea Conferencecourtesy of the Korean Trade Mission...


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Metals New Zealand Industry Awards Nomination – Deadline Extension to 15th April

Thu, 4 Apr 2013

Still not too late to submit your Industry Awards nominations for the 3 categories of Keith Smith Award for Distinguished Service, Most Innovative and Exporter of the Year!


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AWATEA’s 7th Annual Conference on Marine Energy

Thu, 4 Apr 2013

AWATEA announces its 7th annual conference, which will be held on Thursday 18 April and Friday 19 April in the Icon Room at Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington...


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Kiwi R&D Spend Rising, But Still Below OECD Average

Thu, 4 Apr 2013

New Zealand's research and development spend rose to $2.6 billion last year but remains far below many other OECD countries as a proportion of gross domestic product...


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Meet the Metal Tool Blacks 2013 - WorldSkills

Thu, 4 Apr 2013

Metals engineering industry members are sponsoring the 2013 WorldSkills competition which takes place in Leipzig, Germany...


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WorldSkills Experience Pays Off for Young Engineer

Thu, 4 Apr 2013

Previous Worldskills participant Brad Wood from South Waikato Precision Engineering in Tokoroa has, at the age of 24, been promoted to Workshop Manager with responsibility for three workshop divisions...


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HERA Speaks At Parliamentary Inquiry on Manufacturing

Tue, 5 Mar 2013

HERA Director Dr Wolfgang Scholz was asked to make verbal representation to the HERA submission made last December to the Parliamentary Inquiry on Manufacturing...


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Unfree and Unfair

Tue, 5 Mar 2013

Once a local industry is gone, its gone and future generations will be paying much higher prices than the short-term cheap import prices that project procurers, including State Owned Enterprises and governments, are able to enjoy at the moment...


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AGGAT Kicks Off!

Tue, 5 Mar 2013

The AGGAT inaugural team meeting was held at the NZi3 building at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch in order to introduce AGGAT team members, to detail their roles in the AGGAT framework, and to plan as a team how AGGAT research activities will progress over the next 4 years...


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Product Development Opportunity

Tue, 5 Mar 2013

An opportunity exists for New Zealand companies interested in developing and taking the plant(s) to market to partner in the programme under the AGGAT umbrella...


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Profiting From A Clean Economy

Tue, 5 Mar 2013


Economic development is fundamental to the health of every economy and building an industry around the clean technology sector is one pathway that could lead to a sustainable high value export sector...


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New Zealand Steel and CarbonScape Partnering on ‘Green Coke’ Initiative

Mon, 4 Mar 2013

New Zealand Steel has signed a future supply agreement with Marlborough-based clean-tech company CarbonScape...


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Collaborate Canterbury Web Site Launched

Mon, 4 Mar 2013

Collaborate Canterbury is an initiative to help construction sector businesses across New Zealand make the most of the Canterbury rebuild by connecting them with established Canterbury businesses...


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Health & Safety and You

Mon, 4 Mar 2013

As a service to our members, HERA will be reviewing health and safety within the Metals Industry and highlighting resources that are available on a quarterly basis...


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Finite Element Analysis Training Course/Workshop

Mon, 4 Mar 2013

Matrix Applied Computing Ltd is offering a training course focusing on practical aspects of using FEA...


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MEA - Strategic Planning and Theory, Tuesday 19 March

Mon, 4 Mar 2013

Strategic planning and the theory behind this is one of the keys to developing strong and sustainable growth...


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More Business Right Now! 4 by Bill James

Mon, 4 Mar 2013

Stir your mix well with only the best ingredients, researched and sifted to produce the optimum blend that will bring the best results...


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Getting Balanced Public Sector Procurement Decisions

Mon, 4 Feb 2013

We need to enter into a debate with Government and its agents in the context of their government procurement review to establish what is balanced decision-making, which keeps fundamentally competitive jobs in New Zealand...


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Procurement Decision Making Tool - HERA/BERL Workshop: 13th February, Wellington

Mon, 4 Feb 2013

HERA has commissioned BERL to develop a software-based procurement decision-making tool to support the evaluation of procurement options. The workshop will introduce the BERL Tool for Informing Purchasers (TIP) as a prototype, and to elicit feedback on key features of the tool such as criteria, inputs and outputs...


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Metals New Zealand Industry Conference, Tauranga 9th – 10th May 2013

Mon, 4 Feb 2013

If the last few years has shown us anything, its that our metals engineering industry is tough as nails and a survivor. However with the continued pressure, including from imports, the time for some re-thinking of how to do business better has come. The opportunity is the Metals NZ Industry Conference and the place is the Classic Flyers Aircraft Museum in Tauranga...


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KIWI Rail Advisory on Replacement of Eight Bridges on North Island Main Trunk Line

Mon, 4 Feb 2013

Kiwi Rail sent out a Market Advisory with the purpose to provide early notice of KiwiRails planned replacement of eight bridges on the North Island Main Trunk Line (NIMT) by 2016 and to advise of its intentions to seek Expressions of Interest from those wishing to participate in a Request for Tender (RFT) in due course...


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Growth: Beyond Business as Usual

Mon, 4 Feb 2013

It is time to invest in R&D; invest in market development; invest in innovation through Government working with local companies as lead users and to stop hammering local suppliers through a policy of buying cheap...


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Light Alloys Manufacturing New Zealand - An Association at the Crossroads

Mon, 4 Feb 2013


Executive Members of LAM-NZ met last month to decide on the fate of an industry association whose main purpose was to promote the development of the light alloys manufacturing industry...


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New Zealand Steel Wins ASA Case Over Carter Holt Harvey’s Inaccurate Framing Facts Web Site

Mon, 4 Feb 2013

NZ Steel wins complaint case against inaccurate facts stated in framing web site...


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SCE Acquires Rocktec to Aid Australian Expansion

Mon, 4 Feb 2013

Southern Cross Engineering Group, one of New Zealand's largest mechanical project engineering companies, has purchased Matamata-based Rocktec...


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Sponsors Sought for Uni Canterbury Mechanical Engineering Final Projects

Mon, 4 Feb 2013

The University of Canterbury's Department of Mechnical Engineering is seeking sponsors for its Final Year Projects...


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More Business Right Now! 3 by Bill James

Mon, 4 Feb 2013

It takes time and effort to gain the trust needed to build a long term relationship. You need the right systems and techniques but persevere as the rewards are hugely profitable and satisfying...


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An All Weather Industry

Mon, 3 Dec 2012

Perhaps its time we measured Government-controlled entities by the degree to which they are good corporate citizens who support the maintenance and development of our domestic manufacturing base...


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Progress with Procurement Decision Making Tool

Mon, 3 Dec 2012

Government in its recent, cabinet-approved release of the Five Principles of Government Procurement, is putting increased emphasis on procurers being accountable and transparent in their decision making...


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Comment Sought on the Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing

Mon, 3 Dec 2012

Your comments sought for the Parliamentary inquiry into manufacturing in New Zealand...


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Green Growth: Opportunities for New Zealand

Mon, 3 Dec 2012

The Green Growth: Opportunities for New Zealand report was written by London-based Vivid Economics in conjunction with the University of Auckland Business School and presents an objective economic argument for embracing green growth...


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Report on NZ Geothermal Workshop, Aotea Centre, Auckland

Mon, 3 Dec 2012

The NZ geothermal workshop hosted by the Geothermal Institute from the University of Auckland was held in Auckland at the Aotea Centre attracting record attendance of delegates and a slightly more diverse range of research topics than previously years...


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Industry Leading Research at RMIT University, Melbourne

Mon, 3 Dec 2012

It is increasingly hard to ignore the robust support mechanisms in Australia from industry and government that are the big drivers of research success, which is an excellent model for New Zealand to consider. Our Dr Boaz Habib reports...


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A Different Path for a Different Market

Mon, 3 Dec 2012

This was the clear message at the seminar organised in Melbourne by NZTE around the recent All Energy Conference, giving New Zealand business owners an eye opener into the Australian market...


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Steel Innovations 2013 Conference

Mon, 3 Dec 2012

Steel Construction New Zealand is proud to be hosting the inaugural Steel Innovations conference in Christchurch in February 2013...


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Software to Assist Team Cooperation

Mon, 3 Dec 2012

As part of the AGGAT project, HERA is planning to introduce such software to facilitate the collaboration across all project partners from industry to academia and would like to hear from those with experience...


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Kaituna River Bridge Shaping Up - BoPT

Mon, 3 Dec 2012

The Kaituna River Bridge is beginning to take shape with the first steel section successfully placed last month, marking a milestone for the NZ Transport Agency's Tauranga Eastern Link (TEL) project...


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Top Tips for Doing Business in the US - NZTE

Mon, 3 Dec 2012

In this trend-setting country thats the acknowledged home of ideas and innovation, you have to be on your game to succeed...


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More Business Right Now! 2 by Bill James

Mon, 3 Dec 2012

What are the 10 most likely questions your next potential client would ask you? That's what Ben Duffy asked himself...


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HERA Submission to Government Procurement Guideline Review

Thu, 1 Nov 2012


The Government invited clients to contribute to the review of the Government Procurement Guideline, HERA made its own submission with endorsement from the HERA Executive...


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Metals NZ Industry Conference 2013: Call For Nominations - HERA 2013 Industry Awards

Thu, 1 Nov 2012

At the Metals NZ Conference next May, HERA will present awards designed to recognise individuals who have significantly contributed to the NZ metals industry and those HERA member companies that have demonstrated significant achievements in terms of exporting and innovation...


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Business Opportunity - Product Development

Thu, 1 Nov 2012

Companies interested in growing and who want to have their own products to take to geothermal markets, an unparalleled opportunity to get in at the ground level of an innovative, transformational and very exciting programme is now available...


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All Energy Australia 2012 – A High-powered Conference!

Thu, 1 Nov 2012

The All-Energy Conference was quite likely the biggest clean and renewable energy event Australia has ever seen and HERA was there representing the NZ metals engineering industry...


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Congratulations to Index Engineering for Emerging Business Award

Thu, 1 Nov 2012

Mechanical engineering consulting firm and HERA member Index Engineering won the Rotorua District Council Emerging Business Award...


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HERA Hands out Student Awards

Thu, 1 Nov 2012

HERA is proud to have presented awards to students who have some innovative and interesting projects...


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Help IRL Know Your R&D Needs and Win an iPAD

Thu, 1 Nov 2012

IRL have approached HERA to assist in gaining industry members to perform a survey to better understand their approach to innovation, attitudes towards research and development, and their R&D practices in New Zealand...


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Invitation to Attend Industry Meeting Chaired by ACC Workplace Injury Prevention

Thu, 1 Nov 2012

HERA members are invited to attend a industry meeting chaired by ACC workplace injury prevention...


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NZS 3910:2003 Conditions of Contract for Building and Civil Engineering Construction – Open for Public Comment

Thu, 1 Nov 2012

Standards New Zealand is undertaking a limited technical review of NZS 3910:2003 Conditions of contract for building and civil engineering construction...


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Request for Comment on Review of Workplace Health & Safety

Thu, 1 Nov 2012

The NZMEA isseeking recommendations on how to improve New Zealands workplace health and safety record...


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Invitation for Submissions to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing

Thu, 1 Nov 2012

There is a real danger that New Zealand will become a nation which is even more reliant on the export of primary products and will become even more dependent on imports for manufactured goods...


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Oil & Gas Industry Courses

Thu, 1 Nov 2012

HERA members will enjoy a 10% discount to the courses...


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More Business Right Now! 1 by Bill James

Thu, 1 Nov 2012

Time is scarce and valuable, so if you find yourself with half an hour of a client's valuable time, you had better have something worth saying...


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Transformational Funding for Industry

Mon, 1 Oct 2012


HERA has received funding from the Ministry for Business Innovation and Employments (MBIE) High Value Manufacturing and Services investment round and this reinforces New Zealands international geothermal capability offerings...


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Even the All Blacks!

Mon, 1 Oct 2012

As a small economy, New Zealand manufacturers are impacted by our low level of domestic growth and by the penetration into the domestic market of cheap imports...


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New HERA Executive Announced

Mon, 1 Oct 2012

New members of the Executive were confirmed at the HERA Annual General Meeting recently...


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Review of Government Procurement Policy

Mon, 1 Oct 2012

Suppliers to Government departments are invited to provide feedback and input on the draft new Rules of Government Procurement...


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Request for Assistance

Mon, 1 Oct 2012

HERA has received a request for assistance from Neil Mander, a volunteer with Medical Aid International...


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Kiwi Firms Cash in on Saudi Building Boom

Mon, 1 Oct 2012

The building boom has prompted growing interest in Saudi Arabia, including fromNew Zealand. Construction consultancy and HERA member Opus is bidding for multi-million contracts in Saudi Arabia and expects a visit in November to open more doors...


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Christchurch Company Wins NZ Hi-Tech Awards

Mon, 1 Oct 2012

MSI states that for New Zealand's economic future to be bright, our tech sector needs to thrive. That is why Invert Robotics was named winner of the Ministry of Science and Innovation's (MSI) Start-up award...


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The 2011-12 Year in Review - Slow but Steady Recovery

Fri, 31 Aug 2012

HERA has crunched some figures and found that2011/12 heavy steel volumes used by the New Zealand industry increased by 4.1% to close to 130,000 tonnes as compared to the previous year...


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The Risk of Material Failure

Fri, 31 Aug 2012

Buying from cheap sources off-shore has risks, some of which are almost impossible to manage cost-effectively. New Zealand procurers must recognise that buying from the equivalent of 'off the back of a truck' won't provide the safety or security of dealing with an established local company with a sound track record...


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Business Opportunity - Crane Upgrade

Fri, 31 Aug 2012

The following request was posted on GETS...


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Ecomagination Challenge

Fri, 31 Aug 2012

General Electric Australia has announced the Ecomagination Challenge and are providing a A$10million fund as part of an innovation competition...


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Metal Tech Honoured by Aviation Industry

Fri, 31 Aug 2012

Metal Tech Engineering, a precision engineering company in Hamilton, was honoured by its peers at the recent Aviation Industry Associations annual conference and awards ceremony in Rotorua...


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Lanzatech Wins Richard Pearse Prize for Innovation and Excellence in Aviation

Fri, 31 Aug 2012

Airlines and other operators within the aviation sector will have access to an increased alternative aviation fuel pool through the application of Lanzatech's innovative technology...


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Supply Chain Self-assessment Tool

Fri, 31 Aug 2012

The United Nations Global Compact launched a Supply Chain Sustainability Quick Self-Assessment and Learning Tool to help companies take stock of their approach to supply chain sustainability...


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Review of Industry Training Positive for Industry

Fri, 31 Aug 2012

Competenz welcomes the increased funding for apprenticeships and the removal of duplication through the current Modern Apprenticeship scheme as proposed under the Review of Industry Training...


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Worksafe Matters - Reducing Harm in the Workplace

Fri, 31 Aug 2012

ACC in partnership with HERA, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, Metal Industry Safety Group together has developed a health and safety leadership initiative to focus on reducing injuries in the workplace...


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New Wind Farm Installation Vessel Launched

Fri, 31 Aug 2012

Pacific Orca, the worlds largest wind farm installation vessel, is ready for launch. Samsung Heavy Industries has successfully built Pacific Orca, the worlds largest wind farm installation vessel, and delivered it to Swire Pacific Offshore, a Singapore-based shipper...


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Paying the Price for Taking Risks

Wed, 1 Aug 2012

If procurers want to take risks by buying cheap to make more profits, thats fine; but lets be honest and recognise that is what they are doing and make sure that they are accountable...


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Tariff Concession Item

Mon, 30 Jul 2012

A number of pre notifications regarding imported products which may be subject to tariff are being received at HERA before advertising...


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MRP Energy Development - Slow Progress Expected

Mon, 30 Jul 2012

Metals New Zealand hosted a briefing by Mighty River Powers (MRP) General Manager Development Mark Trigg outlining of MRPs thinking in relation to procurement of geothermal plants...


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Mechanical Engineering Honours Students at Canterbury "Just Do It"

Mon, 30 Jul 2012

HERA is working with researchers at University of Canterbury (UC) on the new initiative to develop the capability in New Zealand industry to design and build low temperature power generation plants...


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Geothermal Market Profile in Chile

Mon, 30 Jul 2012

Chile is one of the largest under-developed geothermal countries in the world andhas no installed geothermal capacity, but this is expected to grow significantly...


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WorldSkills Finalists One Step Closer to Becoming “Tool Blacks”

Mon, 30 Jul 2012

HERA is a supporter of the Engineering entrantschosen last month at the WorldSkills NZ National Finals (held in Christchurch on 4th 7th July)...


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Beyond Business as Usual

Mon, 2 Jul 2012

A Pure Advantage report says that a strategic willingness by Government to induce change is important in the implementation of green growth. Do we have what it takes to induce change or not?


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Geothermal Trade Delegation USA May 2012

Mon, 2 Jul 2012

Being as remote as we are from markets, we need to build the bridges to facilitate business and that was a core outcome of the recent trade delegation to the US...


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Commerce Commission Work in the Construction Sector

Mon, 2 Jul 2012

For the last 18 months or so, the Commerce Commission has been working with the construction sector to raise levels of awareness and compliance with competition law...


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New Zealand Business Networking Organisation Helps Local Companies Secure $40m Worth Of Deals Over Past 12 Months

Mon, 2 Jul 2012

ICN is a business unit of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise that identifies the needs and organises introductions between local companies and major projects and supply chains in New Zealand and Australia...


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All Energy 2012 Conference, Melbourne – 10th to 11th October

Mon, 2 Jul 2012

The All-Energy Australia, exhibition and conference is being hosted in Melbourne this year...


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Milking the Potential – Another Record-breaking Achievement for Stainless Steel

Mon, 2 Jul 2012

The dairy industry has taken off in this country, and with it, the call for our most versatile alloy - stainless steel...


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Fitzroy Engineering has Critical Role in Methanol Restart

Mon, 2 Jul 2012

HERA member Fitzroy Engineerings capabilities played a key role in the recent $100 million refurbishment and re-start of Methanex New Zealands second methanol production train at its Motunui facility...


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An Opportunity Lost?

Fri, 1 Jun 2012

Each time we fail to properly consider how we can maximize the opportunities for industry, we dig a deeper hole for the country to drop into...


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Business Opportunities Don't Miss Them!

Fri, 1 Jun 2012

Don't miss these business opportunities!


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EECA Awards Feature Heavy Engineering Companies in Prime Spots

Fri, 1 Jun 2012

HERA had the pleasure of being the nominating organisation for one of the entries and its Director was present at last months Awards night...


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Management Over Money

Fri, 1 Jun 2012

A concerning 75% of companies in the metal, engineering and baking sectors do not hire apprentices. This leaves just 25% of companies in these sectors with the job of educating newcomers to their trade and imparting skills to the next generation...


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Some Important Events

Fri, 1 Jun 2012

Don't miss these important new markets and opportunity events...


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Unique On-site Mobile Thermal Spray Unit

Fri, 1 Jun 2012

MSS has come up with a unique on-site Mobile Thermal Spray Unit...


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Steel Proves An Elegant Solution for School Sports Venue

Fri, 1 Jun 2012

This sports covers purpose is to provide netball and tennis courts facilities around the year for the girls in West Lake Girls High School, Auckland...


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MV Taharoa Destiny Carries NZ Ironsands from Taharoa

Fri, 1 Jun 2012

Last month, the MV Taharoa Destiny proudly made its maiden voyage carrying export ironsands from Taharoa. The new ship has been leased for the next 15 years by New Zealand Steel...


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A Model of Clean Tech Achievement

Fri, 4 May 2012

Its time we set some serious goals, so New Zealand Industry has an environment and the support it needs to achieve the high value exports we need and the high value employment that goes with them...


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AGGAT Workshop A Resounding Success

Fri, 4 May 2012

A technical workshop on Above Ground Geothermal and Allied Technologies (AGGAT) was hosted by HERA on 22nd March 2012 at HERA House was a resounding success...


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AGGAT Industry Research Application – Building a Solid R&D Base

Fri, 4 May 2012

A significant collaborative effort by Industry and researchers resulted in HERA submitting a funding application on 4th April to the Ministry of Science and Innovation...


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Postgraduate Internships 2012: $30,000 Employment Grants Each

Fri, 4 May 2012

The Ministry of Science and Innovation has announced seventy internships available for businesses to employ postgraduate students with science, technology, engineering, design or marketing degrees...


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Blue Energy - From International Vision to Reality

Fri, 4 May 2012

The recent AWATEA Conference highlighted how fast the marine energy industry is beginning to move and it is very likely that it will surpass early expectations for growth, as an increasing number of energy devices reach a commercial stage...


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BRANZ Lightweight Steel Framing Book and Seminar Series

Fri, 4 May 2012

A new book on Light Steel Framing written and published by BRANZ was launched on 23rd April in Auckland at the NASH AGMby Pieter Burghout, the CEO of BRANZ...


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NZ Steel Reduces Environmental Footprint with LanzaTech Deal

Tue, 3 Apr 2012

An agreement struck by HERA member New Zealand Steel and biofuel company LanzaTech advances its sustainability initiatives...


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Scottish Marine Energy Leaders to Visit New Zealand

Tue, 3 Apr 2012

Scottish industry representatives will be among at least 11 international visitors registered to attend the AWATEA annual conference in Wellington this month...


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Following Chinas Lead

Tue, 3 Apr 2012

Perhaps it is time to emulate the model we see in China, which is obviously working and support New Zealand manufacturers in a similar way as they have...


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We Are Not Alone!

Tue, 3 Apr 2012

Its time to recognise that importing cheap products to meet a price point is at the cost of destruction of our industrial capital...


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Recent Bloomberg Study on Geothermal Power Plant Capacity Factors

Tue, 3 Apr 2012

A recent study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance looks at the capacity factors of geothermal power plants world-wide...


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Erection of Exterior Steel Resisting Frames to Lincoln Godley Building

Tue, 3 Apr 2012

Registrations of interest are sought to Fabricate and install exterior steel resisting frames to the Godley Building at Landcare Research at Lincoln, Canterbury...


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Industry Opportunity Auckland Waterview Connection Project

Wed, 29 Feb 2012

Metals NZ recently hosted a presentation held at HERA House by the Well-Connected Alliance project team involved with construction of the final link in the Western Ring Route, known as the Waterview Connection...


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Metals Industry - Step Up to Green Leadership

Wed, 29 Feb 2012

In many markets, green credentials are becoming important to customers looking for forging, heat treatment, machining and metallurgy services...


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No Competition!

Wed, 29 Feb 2012

If you want quality, there is no competition...


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Business Opportunities Don't Miss Them!

Wed, 29 Feb 2012

Two business opportunities will be available to HERA members in the coming months...


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Aotearoa Wave and Tidal Energy Association's 6th Annual Conference and Workshops

Wed, 29 Feb 2012

AWATEAs 6th Annual Conference will be a one-day conference with a trade display, and devoted to a wide-ranging review of national and international marine energy developments...


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UK Invests for their Marine Energy Future

Wed, 29 Feb 2012

Marine Energy continues to take centre stage in the UK, with the announcement that an Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Centre...


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NZ Clean Energy Centre and NZTE Joint Programme

Wed, 29 Feb 2012

The New Zealand Clean Energy Centre is helping NZ Trade & Enterprise to identify clean energy/clean tech companies who are already exporting to Australia, or have an interest in exporting to Australia...


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Ageing Tiwai Point Smelter Still Pumping It Out

Wed, 29 Feb 2012

Rio Tintos 40 year-old aluminium smelter at Tiwai Point, near Bluff, had its biggest production year ever in 2011, churning out 354,0309 tonnes of saleable aluminium...


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A Fair Opportunity For Industry Participation

Thu, 2 Feb 2012

Its time for us to look out for ourselves and take action now, to support our industry capability, while we still have something to build on...


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Methanex and Todd Sign 10-year $860 Million Deal

Thu, 2 Feb 2012

Methanex Corporation announced plans to re-start the second methanol plant at its Motunui site in New Zealand...


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World Crude Steel Output Increases 6.8% in 2011

Thu, 2 Feb 2012

World crude steel production reached 1,527 megatonnes (Mt) for the year of 2011, an increase of 6.8% compared to 2010 and is a record for global crude steel production...


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Business Opportunity: The Auckland Waterview Connection

Thu, 2 Feb 2012

The Waterview Connection refers to the new 5.5km stretch of new motorway that will connect State Highway 16 in the west of Auckland and State Highway 20 in the south...


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Business Opportunity: Stirling Cycle Development

Thu, 2 Feb 2012

HERA members are invited to express their interest to engage in the commercial development of a Stirling Cycle engine...


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Rockin' in the USA - May 2012

Thu, 2 Feb 2012

In May 2012, HERA will lead a trade delegation to the United States of America, to look at geothermal opportunities...


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Challenging Myths About Mining - Your Role

Thu, 2 Feb 2012

IPENZ has launched a new document, Realising Our Hidden Treasure: Responsible Mineral and Petroleum Extraction which investigates the possibilities for mining in New Zealand...


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30 Storeys in 15 days!

Thu, 2 Feb 2012

Chinese company Broad Group built a five-star pre-fabricated 30-storey hotel at Dongting Lake, in the Hanan province, China over the Christmas and New Year period...


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Mark Your Calendar

Thu, 2 Feb 2012

Several industry events of note - please mark your calendars...


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We Ignore Lessons At Our Peril

Tue, 29 Nov 2011

The trend of establishing manufacturing plants in countries other than where the product originated is being driven by countries being hardnosed and unashamedly putting their own interests first...


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Congratulations Fitzroy Engineering

Tue, 29 Nov 2011

The 650-tonne Yolla accommodation module, fabricated by HERA member Fitzroy Engineeringm, completed its journey from one side of New Plymouth to the other...


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HERA Submission to Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission

Tue, 29 Nov 2011

The current R&D focus of Government-funded research is on seismicity and geotechnical considerations, and as such are lacking in future focus on the development of damage avoidance technology...


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IRL Transformation Announced on the Back of Powering Innovation Report

Tue, 29 Nov 2011

The Government released in October the findings of an independent report commissioned by MSI into high-value manufacturing in New Zealand...


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NZECO Expands Accessibility

Tue, 29 Nov 2011

The Government has announced that it is widening the accessibility of the New Zealand Export Credit Office's (NZECO) insurance and financial guarantee products...


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New Zealand Joins Global Geothermal Club

Tue, 29 Nov 2011

New Zealand scientists will soon be working with the world's leading geothermal researchers when the country joined an elite international research group...


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Marasumi Increases Chip Volume with New Debarker Drum from SCE

Tue, 29 Nov 2011

Marasumis chip mill at Whangarei is replacing its old debarker drum with a new one manufactured by HERA member Southern Cross Engineerings Christchurch workshop...


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NZ Needs Good Tradesmen - Will You Help to Build Them Up?

Tue, 29 Nov 2011

The Ministry of Education is reviewing industry training and they want to hear from employers, especially the small to medium employers...


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Competenz Submission on Industry Training Endorsed by HERA

Tue, 29 Nov 2011

HERA staff attended a Competenz meeting with senior officials from the Governmentundertaking a review of industry training to make sure that New Zealand is getting the best results in industry training...


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AUT University's State-of-the-art Scanning Electron Microscope Benefits HERA Members

Tue, 29 Nov 2011

The Hitachi SU-70 field emission scanning electron microscope is the first of its kind in New Zealand, offering ultra-high resolution imaging...


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New Ceramic Coating for Complex Surfaces

Tue, 29 Nov 2011

Researchers behind a new ceramic coating technology are seeking input from HERA members that will help shape innovative solutions to coating challenges...


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Discounts for HERA Members to Oil & Gas Training Seminars

Tue, 29 Nov 2011

Bright*Star Training is pleased to advise you of some topical events occurring in the New Year...


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Opportunities From Change

Tue, 1 Nov 2011

For New Zealand industry, the disruptions caused by earthquakes or changing attitudes provide opportunities for change, for innovation and for opening pathways to new markets...


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HERA Engineering Prize 2011 at University of Auckland

Tue, 1 Nov 2011

This year's HERA prize was awarded to Sophia Johnson and Sean Nolan for their project " Utilising Vortex Shedding to Generate Electricity in Rivers" performed at the University of Auckland...


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Wave Power Project Advances

Tue, 1 Nov 2011

HERA member company Tangaroa Energy has been successful in the latest and final round of the Marine Energy Deployment Fund...


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NZ Geothermal Association Seminar and Clean Energy Expo 2011 at Clean Energy Centre, Taupo

Tue, 1 Nov 2011

The Clean Energy Expo was held at the Clean Energy Centre in Taupo on 13th - 16th October...


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Invitation to Materials Accelerator Programme Networking Meeting

Tue, 1 Nov 2011

HERA member companies are invited to meet with the researchers and Advisory Board of the Materials Accelerator Programme...


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Outcome of HERA Member's Capital Raising

Tue, 1 Nov 2011

Windflows shareholders have responded well to the recent Share Purchase Plan (SPP)...


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Time to Turn it all Upside Down

Mon, 10 Oct 2011

To secure a solid future for the metals engineering industry, we need to turn the pyramid on its head and make it a much bigger pyramid...


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It's More Than Just Being Innovative

Mon, 10 Oct 2011

If we really believe that the future belongs to those who innovate, then we have to create the culture of support they need...


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Important Lessons for NZ from the WTIA / IIW Asia Pacific International Congress

Wed, 5 Oct 2011

NZ Welding Centre Engineer Alan McClintock and HERA Director Wolfgang Scholz were among the 100-plus attendees attending the WTIA's 6th Asia Pacific IIW International Congress in Cairns...


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NZSSDA Seminar: Stainless Steel Fasteners and Fixings for Optimal Service Life

Wed, 5 Oct 2011

NZSSDA/HERA members, as well as non-members, are invited to attend a half-day NZSSDA seminar covering use of structural stainless steel fasteners, fixings and connectors in construction industries at HERA House on the 19th October...


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Alliance Contracting Conference 2011

Wed, 5 Oct 2011

Liquid Learning presents the Alliance Contracting Conferenceat the Te Papa Museum, Wellington from the 8th to the 9th of November...


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No Excuses!

Thu, 1 Sep 2011

New Zealand is a small economy, but small should mean fast and flexible enough to see opportunities and to exploit them, not an excuse!


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HERA Member Part of Metals Industry's Contribution to NZ Export Earnings

Thu, 1 Sep 2011

In 2009, Fitzroy won an over $30 million EPC project associated with a mid-life enhancement (MLE) programme for the offshore Yolla gas field platform in Bass Strait, Australia...


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ACENZ Awards Recognise Engineering Excellence

Thu, 1 Sep 2011

ACENZ chose HERA member SKM’s Nga Awa Purua Geothermal Steam Separation System nomination which won a Merit Award...


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Geothermal New Zealand At Pacific Showcase

Thu, 1 Sep 2011

The Geothermal New Zealand initiative is represented at the Pacific Showcase at the Cloud on Auckland’s Waterfront on the 5th to 8th of September...


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HERA Annual General Meeting

Thu, 1 Sep 2011

The New Zealand Heavy Engineering Research Association 2011 Annual General Meeting is to be held on Tuesday, 13th September at 9am in HERA House...


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HERA Executive Election Results

Thu, 1 Sep 2011

HERA is pleased to advise of the outcomes of the 2011 HERA Executive elections...


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Getting Into Major Supply Chains Seminar Series

Tue, 2 Aug 2011

The Industry Capability Network (ICN) has teamed up with Business NZ to deliver a free seminar series on “ How to win bigger Tenders & Supply major supply chains in NZ and internationally”...


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Inpex LNG Project - Australia

Tue, 2 Aug 2011

The Industry Capability Network (ICN) is pleased to advise that it is currently listing 87 work packages on the ICN Gateway web site for the Inpex LNG project...


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Australia's Proposed Carbon Tax - Steel Transformation Plan Assistance Package

Tue, 2 Aug 2011

Feedback from a HERA member on the recent announcement by the Australian Prime Minister on the proposed carbon tax, including a Steel Transformation Plan (STP)...


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Carbon Pricing and Clean Energy Initiatives in Australia

Tue, 2 Aug 2011

A recent article written by L X Richter published in Australia looks into the impact the recently-announced carbon pricing and clean energy support initiatives will have...


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HERA Geothermal Activity Update

Tue, 2 Aug 2011

HERA provides input and representation of its members in the development of business opportunities for NZ Inc...


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Job Opportunity: HERA Research Engineer - Clean Energy

Tue, 2 Aug 2011

HERA is significantly increasing its research and development activities in Clean Energy and for this purpose seeks to employ a research/project engineer...


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A Great Family Teppanyaki Dinner Courtesy of HERA

Tue, 2 Aug 2011

The winner of the HERA Strategy Review survey draw enjoyed a delicious Japanese dinner courtesy of HERA...


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Worldskills NZ Team Prepares for London

Tue, 2 Aug 2011

The NZ International Worldskills Team, the Tool Blacks, just spent 4 fruitful days competing in Australia...


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HERA Executive Elections - Have Your Say and Vote

Tue, 2 Aug 2011

HERA Ordinary Member contact people will have received their voting papers for the nominees to vacant HERA Executive positions...


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“Gentleman Traveling to the Orient will take Commissions”

Tue, 2 Aug 2011

Product recalls in Asia are a ‘loss of face’ and are potentially terminal to relationships...


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Stainless Steel Wool Supply Wanted

Tue, 2 Aug 2011

One of our members has issues with the supply of SS steel wool used in purpose-built exhaust systems...


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Users Lead Innovation

Wed, 29 Jun 2011

There is no reason that we cannot perfect the art of lead user innovation, all it takes is the leadership to say, that’s what we are going to do...


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Skycabs Business Opportunity Presentation – a Huge Success and An Invitation to Join

Wed, 29 Jun 2011

Some 40 attendees listened with interest to the inventor and developer of SkyCabs on his vision for NZ Inc. to capitalise on his unique design for a clean, green elevated passenger transport...


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Consultation on Proposed Changes Updating References to 60 Standards

Wed, 29 Jun 2011

To take account of recent changes to Standards, the Department is proposing some minor amendments...


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Safety in Oil and Gas: Health, Safety and Risk Management Conference in October

Wed, 29 Jun 2011

The Safety in Oil & Gas Conference 2011 will discuss and develop strategies to enhance health and safety performance in the oil and gas industry...


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Buying Cheap Can Be Expensive

Wed, 1 Jun 2011

High value manufacturing is intrinsically linked with a healthy metals industry. Innovation cannot occur in a vacuum and requires the support base of a sustainable domestic industry...


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Request for Proposals: Panel of Service Providers for Consultants for Engineering and Related Services (Panel Contract)

Wed, 1 Jun 2011

The New Zealand Aid Programme is inviting proposals to establish a panel of organisations able to offer a range of engineering and physical infrastructure development-related services...


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Green NZ Innovation in Global Transport Market - HERA Business Opportunity Presentation

Wed, 1 Jun 2011

The inventors and developers of SkyCabs have teamed up with HERA to explore how to capitalise on a unique NZ design of a clean, green elevated passenger transport...


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Calling Stainless Steel Fabricators

Wed, 1 Jun 2011

A Manufacturers and Exporters Association (MEA) member is looking for stainless steel fabricators/welders who could work on a sub-contract basis with Christchurch workshops (equipment will be provided)...


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MSI Interns Available for Our Industry

Wed, 1 Jun 2011

The Ministry for Science and Innovation has 50 internships places available this year with innovative New Zealand companies...


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Draft Standard for Public Comment

Wed, 1 Jun 2011

The draft Revision of Standard AS/NZS 1554.6:1994 is available for you to comment on...


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International Expert Prof. Bernd Kieback on Powder Metallurgy and Rapid Prototyping

Wed, 1 Jun 2011

The Titanium Industry Development Association (TiDA) invites you to attend a symposium on powder metallurgy advances, including in the medical, industrial, aerospace and automotives fields...


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A Reason to be Inspired

Wed, 4 May 2011

If we are to be inspired by our industry in twenty years time, companies including State Owned Enterprises, who are looking for industrial solutions, need to be working with New Zealand engineering companies today...


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Tendering for Contracts in Increasingly Volatile Markets

Wed, 4 May 2011

The following article is reproduced with the permission of the author Lesley Campbell from ICUK Computing Services Ltd...


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Metals NZ Conference Focus: Opportunity Development – The Missing Link

Tue, 5 Apr 2011

In New Zealand, opportunity identification and development is the missing link in driving R&D and Innovation...


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Metals NZ Conference Focus: IRL

Tue, 5 Apr 2011

Conference Sponsor IRL is welcoming visitors to its facilities for a free tour and discussion on involvement in wave power technology...


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Sales Workshop

Tue, 5 Apr 2011

Sales Guru Bill James says that “without sales, there is no engineering industry”...


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HERA Strategy Survey Provides Industry View and A Winner

Tue, 5 Apr 2011

The winner of the $250 dinner voucher for participating in the 2011 HERA Strategy Survey is Barry Robinson from HERA member SAFE Engineering in Auckland...


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New Zealand May Become the Home to the Largest Tidal Current Power Project in the World

Mon, 4 Apr 2011

Consents granted have given the go-ahead to Crest Energy's 200 MW tidal current power project in the outer part of the Kaipara Harbour...


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Pacific Steel Receives Accreditation from Worldsteel's Climate Action Programme

Mon, 4 Apr 2011

The Worldsteel has signed up HERA member Pacific Steel to its Climate Action recognition programme...


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IRL Seminar - Improving Productivity in the Manufacturing Sector Through Automation and Robotics

Mon, 4 Apr 2011

Automation and robotics will be explored as a way for New Zealand companies to raise productivity and profits...


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Beyond Contracting

Thu, 3 Mar 2011

At the end of the day, New Zealand needs a strong and viable metals engineering sector, with opportunities for both contractors and manufacturers...


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Metals NZ Industry Conference Industry Development Update - On Sales Success

Thu, 3 Mar 2011

Engineering people involved in sales need to stop trying to be a salesman or saleswoman and instead be themselves...


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Metals New Zealand Industry Conference 14th to 15th April 2011 - Don't Miss it!

Thu, 3 Mar 2011

The biggest engineering conference event of the year is coming up...


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Metals New Zealand Video - Your Material Wanted

Thu, 3 Mar 2011

We want videos or photos of your achievements for a video showcase at the Metals NZ Industry Conference in Wellington...


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Interest in Wave Power Technology Development Sought

Thu, 3 Mar 2011

Crown Research Institute Industrial Research Limited (IRL) has been developing renewable energy platforms using natural resources, including wave power...


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Tidal Power Station for Kaipara Approved

Thu, 3 Mar 2011

More than half a billion dollars will be spent on sinking tidal power turbines to the seabed of the Kaipara Harbour...


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Farewell and Rest in Peace - Richard Green

Thu, 3 Mar 2011

We are saddened to report the passing of HERA staff member Richard Green, who died suddenly at his workplace on Monday 21st February...


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A Marine Energy Centre for New Zealand

Wed, 2 Feb 2011

An Aotearoa Wave and Tidal Energy Association (AWATEA) committee established by its Executive to advance the development of a NZ Marine Energy Centre (NZMEC) has been progressing the issue with key stakeholders...


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Fitzroy Engineering Group Has New Owners

Wed, 2 Feb 2011

From 1st December 2010, Fitzroy Engineering, Fitzroy Engineering Australia and limited shareholding in Fineline Services have been sold to Dialog Group Berhad of Malaysia...


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Metals New Zealand Formed

Wed, 2 Feb 2011

On the 21st December 2010, the Inaugural General Meeting of Metals New Zealand was held with its rules being adopted and the required signatures for its registration as an incorporated society being collected...


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'Free' Trade?

Wed, 2 Feb 2011

We should emulate our largest trading partners and the support they offer to their own industries, unless we aspire to slipping even further down the OECD scale...


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Warnings Prove Prescient as Chinese Welding Issues Delay Bay Bridge

Wed, 2 Feb 2011

Welding problems at the China-based steel fabricator for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge have caused a two-month delay in shipping the pieces to the Bay Area...


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Member Survey on HERA Strategy Review

Wed, 2 Feb 2011

In conjunction with the proposed review of the HERA Strategy by the HERA Executive, the decision was made to combine this with a membership survey...


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Opportunities for New Zealand Suppliers

Tue, 1 Feb 2011

The Industry Capability Network (ICN) advises that some significant major projects in Australia now have approval to go ahead...


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PVD Coating Now Available In New Zealand

Tue, 1 Feb 2011

The Titanium Development Association (TiDA) is working with Page Macrae to help local companies realise the potential that PVD coating has to offer...


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A Look at Biogas

Tue, 1 Feb 2011

BANZ has made good progress during the past year and completed some significant milestones...


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Two-day Auckland Work-shop by Lean Guru

Tue, 1 Feb 2011

Norman Bodek, an internationally recognised Lean ‘guru’, will be delivering a 2 day workshop on “ The Power and Magic of Lean” in April at Sorrento in the Park, Auckland...


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Invitation to Industry Briefing: Productivity Improvement Programme focussed on SMEs

Tue, 1 Feb 2011

Check out a Productivity Improvement programme which is cost effective with a unique blend of off-site training complemented by on-site coaching...


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Howick-Made Steel Framing Machines Find a Lucrative Niche

Tue, 1 Feb 2011

Last October's Steel-Framing Conference already nets around $1.5 million in sales...


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Notice to All Subscribers to the Building and Housing Trends Report

Tue, 1 Feb 2011

The Department of Building and Housing has discontinued the Trends Report, and replaced it with a range of new publications that will better meet your information needs...


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Extraordinary Times Call For Extraordinary Measures

Wed, 8 Dec 2010

Perhaps it is time to look to what others are doing and stand up for ourselves, our industry and our country...


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Exploring Members’ Interest in Steel Industry Forum

Tue, 7 Dec 2010

HERA is proposing to run a half-day industry forum to assist industry to manage the effects of indicated poor demand outlook for the next few months, particularly in construction...


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Geothermal Futures

Tue, 7 Dec 2010

The revised HERA Geothermal Capability Register was launched on 24th November in conjunction with a presentation at the NZ Geo 2010 Conference on developing a NZ Inc. approach to the geothermal market...


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Special Tour of Industrial Research Labs for HERA Members Only

Tue, 7 Dec 2010

HERA members are offered a dedicated 1-day visit to the Crown Research Institute Industrial Research Ltd's facilities in Wellington on Monday 6th December...


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Invitation to Industry Briefing on Boosting Productivity

Tue, 7 Dec 2010

Productivity Solutions Limited has been evaluating the most effective way for Kiwi companies to achieve productivity gains and has developed a process to guide companies...


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Strategically (Un)Important

Tue, 2 Nov 2010

When we consider that we not only bring in content from foreign sources for our projects but we even send equipment offshore for refurbishment rather than utilising and building our own capability, we should all worry...


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Geothermal Opportunity Development Workshop - 17th November

Tue, 2 Nov 2010

NZ is seen as a potentially strong player in the demand for new geothermal capacity, having a reputation of significant capabilities across the value chain cluster of commercial players...


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HERA Geothermal Directory Update – Deadline 15th November

Tue, 2 Nov 2010

The deadline for inclusions in the HERA Geothermal Capability Directory is the 15th of November, two days before the  Geothermal Energy Opportunity Workshop held at HERA House...


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HERA Report on Imported Steelwork Released

Tue, 2 Nov 2010

HERA Report No R5-40 investigating the economic, social and risk related impacts of heavy fabricated steel work imported into New Zealand has just been released...


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HERA Prize for UoA Final Year Engineering Project

Tue, 2 Nov 2010

HERA awarded a prize for the best project involving metals to University of Auckland's Department of Mechanical Engineering final year students, Fabian Hanik and Peter Hames...


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Promoting NZ Bioenergy Capabilities to Asia

Tue, 2 Nov 2010

HERA is co-operating with BANZ, who is working with NZTE to give greater exposure of our NZ bioenergy capabilities...


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5th Metals Industry Conference 2011

Tue, 2 Nov 2010

HERA will present awards designed to recognise individuals who have contributed to the NZ metals industry and HERA member companies with significant achievements in exporting and innovation at the Industry Awards Gala Dinner 2011...


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Free Advice on Your Intellectual Property

Tue, 2 Nov 2010

HERA member EverEdgeIP is offering one free hour of IP consultation to all HERA members in the month of November only...


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WaiCAM Symposium on Titanium Research, Development and Commercialisation

Tue, 2 Nov 2010

All researchers and practitioners working on or interested in titanium alloy research, development, commercailisation and product production are invited to attend a one-day  WaiCam symposium...


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Windflow CEO Encouraged by UK Progress

Tue, 2 Nov 2010

UK landowners are motivated to invest in wind energy projects based on use of HERA member Windflow Technology’s 500 kW turbine...


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ICN Steps Up Assistance to NZ Companies

Tue, 2 Nov 2010

The ICN works closely with the Australian ICN offices to help introduce suitable Australian and New Zealand companies to the supply chains of major projects...


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International Business Survey Applied in New Zealand

Tue, 2 Nov 2010

The University of Auckland Business School is carrying out a survey on ‘ Growing New Zealand Businesses’ in November and December and you are invited to take part...


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Congratulations NZSSDA

Mon, 1 Nov 2010

The New Zealand Stainless Steel Development Association has launched a new web site at www.nzssda.org.nz


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Steelworks Forge New Investment and Jobs in the UK

Mon, 1 Nov 2010

Massive plans have been announced for major new investments to improve manufacturing facilities and create more jobs in the UK...


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Opportunity Knocks - Marine Energy Centre in New Zealand?

Thu, 30 Sep 2010

It’s not every day that opportunity knocks, but when it does we need to be able to recognize it and ready to act. Such is the case with a potential NZ version of EMEC...


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HERA Tubular Section Levy to Start Operating from 1st October 2010

Thu, 30 Sep 2010

After extensive consultation with the HERA Executive and members, the HERA Tubular Sections Levy of $15 per tonne (excl. GST) will be in effect from 1st October 2010...


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Geothermal Opportunity: Growing the Pie for New Zealand Companies

Thu, 30 Sep 2010

Be part of developing NZ’s strategy to become a pioneering and substantial player in the global geothermal marketplace...


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HERA Geothermal Directory Update

Thu, 30 Sep 2010

HERA is undertaking an update to our  Geothermal Capability Register showcasing companies in the field of Geothermal engineering ...


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Marine Energy Deployment Fund – Round Four

Thu, 30 Sep 2010

Applications are now open for the fourth and final round of the New Zealand Government’s Marine Energy Deployment (MED) Fund to support wave and tidal stream energy projects...


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World’s Largest Offshore Windfarm Launched

Thu, 30 Sep 2010

The world's largest offshore wind farm opened off the southeast coast of England last week as part of the British Government's push to boost renewable energy...


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HERA Executive Composition 2010 /2011

Thu, 30 Sep 2010

Following the September HERA Executive meeting and AGM, the HERA Executive composition and their representation has been confirmed...


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FireNZ 2010 Christchurch

Thu, 30 Sep 2010

The Fire Protection Association and Institution of Fire Engineers invite you to participate in our annual FIRE-NZ Conference and Exhibition to be held at the Christchurch Convention Centre on 3rd – 4th November...


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BANZ Workshop: Moving Bioenergy Technologies Through to Market Maturity

Thu, 30 Sep 2010

This Bioenergy Association of NZ (BANZ) workshop will help you gain an insight into the potential synergies between Canada and NZ and explore what options are available for accelerating the development of bioenergy...


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HERA Submission to Brownlee Energy Strategy

Fri, 3 Sep 2010

HERA welcomed the opportunity to make a submission to the Government’s most recent Strategy document. The draft strategy focuses on four priorities to achieve that: Developing resources...


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Christchurch Company Manufacture World’s Largest Mobile Cone-Crusher

Thu, 2 Sep 2010

Christchurch mining and quarrying equipment specialist Screening and Crushing Solutions (SCS) has manufactured the world’s largest mobile cone crusher...


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Government Funding Support for Wave Power on Chatham Island

Thu, 2 Sep 2010

The Government’s $2,165,000 grant for harnessing the power of the sea to produce electricity on Chatham Island is great news for the 650 residents on the island...


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Boost for Marine Energy Industry

Thu, 2 Sep 2010

The Chatham Island wave energy project is one of five in New Zealand...


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Electricity Sector Opportunities in the Pacific Islands

Thu, 2 Sep 2010

The World Bank’s ‘ Energizing the Pacific’ initiative could offer opportunities for New Zealand companies...


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Introducing Innovation Researcher Fern Evitt

Thu, 2 Sep 2010

PhD student Fern Evitt has joined HERA as a Research Fellow with the Industry Development division under a scholarship from HEERF (Heavy Engineering Educational and Research Foundation)...


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UK Expert on EU Compliance & Regulatory Systems to Host Two Seminars in NZ

Thu, 2 Sep 2010

Conformance Managing Director Nick Williams will be in New Zealand for a series of presentations on what new EU compliance requirements for Machinery, Electronic and Technical Manufacturers means to New Zealand manufacturers & engineering companies exporting, or who considering exporting to EU markets...


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NZ Manufacturer Carries NZ Heavy Engineering News Overseas

Thu, 2 Sep 2010

HERA contributes regularly to The NZ Manufacturer which is now digitally distributed to NZTE offices across the globe...


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Nero Fiddles While Rome Burns

Tue, 3 Aug 2010

The stakes are high and few countries can afford to follow the example of Nero and ignore what is happening around them but equally, the opportunities are many and there is still time for countries to invest...


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China Trade

Tue, 3 Aug 2010

Most of New Zealand’s exports to China are agricultural but that might be about to change...


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New Titanium Facility Opens Doorway to Billion Dollar Export Market

Mon, 2 Aug 2010

The Applied Powder Metallurgy Centre is a state-of-the-art facility designed to help launch a new billion dollar export industry in New Zealand opened in Tauranga...


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Three Things You Can Do to Change the Destiny of Your Organisation Forever

Mon, 2 Aug 2010

Download a free eGuide on three simple, counterintuitive things you can do to improve your organisation’s performance dramatically.  The eGuide is by Gary Bartlett of Prodsol...


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Howick Steel Framing Innovation Conference Registration of Interest

Mon, 2 Aug 2010

Howick Ltd will be hosting a  Steel Framing Innovation Conference in Auckland from the 20th to 24th September...


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Release of the Draft New Zealand Energy Strategy and Draft New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy for Public Consultation

Mon, 2 Aug 2010

The Minister of Energy and Resources has released the Draft New Zealand Energy Strategy and Draft New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy for public consultation...


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Destination UK

Thu, 1 Jul 2010

HERA Industry Development Manager Nick Inskip led a trade delegation to the UK with an itinerary built around the All Energy Conference and Tradeshow held in Aberdeen, Scotland between 19th and 20th May...


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Too Small for Big Ideas?

Thu, 1 Jul 2010

There was a time when we did not see ourselves as too small for big ideas and over the years the investment has paid off multifold in jobs, learning and building competence. There has also been the spin-off of building confidence as a country, which has also allowed us to take on other challenges...


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Across the Tasman

Thu, 1 Jul 2010

A positive outlook from 2010 on for heavy engineering demand in Australia is great news for New Zealand heavy engineering companies as Australia is New Zealand’s largest trading partner...


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Design and Build Project Radio-Astronomy Telescopes

Thu, 1 Jul 2010

Industry partners are being sought by the School of Engineering of AUT to design and build light and cost effective 15 m diameter telescopes...


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SA-2009 Subcontract Seminar

Thu, 1 Jul 2010

A working group comprising representatives of the Registered Master Builders Federation and the Specialist Trade Contractors Federation was formed to develop a new standard form of subcontract to replace SC1...


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Creating Wealth from Ideas Seminar

Thu, 1 Jul 2010

Commercialising innovation (converting ideas into profit) is a fundamental driver of business growth and success. This Forum will provide practical advice and case studies...


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The Metal Industry Interactive Guidelines – Safe Work

Wed, 30 Jun 2010

The “ Metal Industry Guidelines for Safe Work” have been re-developed into e-learning modules. The content is the same but the learning is brought to life so is more hands-on and interactive...


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Allied Industrial Engineering Wins Exporter Award

Wed, 30 Jun 2010

HERA member AIE took home the supreme award for the  2010 Exporter of the Year at the Export Bay of Plenty awards


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D&H Steel Opened New Steel Fabrication Plant

Tue, 1 Jun 2010

The Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Bill English officially opened HERA member D&H Steel Construction's new state-of-the-art steel fabrication facility...


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Steel Construction Industry Group Briefs Finance Minister Bill English

Tue, 1 Jun 2010

A group of representatives of the steel construction industry were able to meet with Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Infrastructure, Bill English...


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Scotland Sets on Offshore Renewable Energy

Tue, 1 Jun 2010

The windfall in Scotland’s grasp from offshore renewable energy has been unveiled for the first time in a major new report which reveals it could power the country seven times over within four decades....


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A New Zealand Model for Manufacturing

Tue, 1 Jun 2010

The key to New Zealand’s future wealth and economic well being is for businesses to learn how to create greater value, according to Dr Mike Pratt, Professor of Leadership and Sustainability at the University of Waikato...


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How Does New Zealand Management Measure-up?

Tue, 1 Jun 2010

Effective management practices are closely related to higher productivity and output in New Zealand manufacturing firms, according to an international comparative study...


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An Export NOT to be Proud of

Wed, 5 May 2010

The research vessel  Tangaroa operated by NIWA would be heading to overseas for an overhaul and conversion work. The vessel, which could have been ably handled by Devonport-based VT Fitzroy, is instead being sent to a Singaporean shipyard... 


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Imposed Iron Ore Contracts will have Negative Impact on Recovery of Global Economy

Wed, 5 May 2010

The steel industry expressed renewed concern at the inevitable consequences of imposed pricing settlements and possible abuse of dominant positions by the main iron ore suppliers.


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Where is our $1 Billion?

Wed, 5 May 2010

The reality is that  the fastest growing market in the world is the Clean Technology sector and many countries' Governments are actively driving the development of such technologies and enthusiastically providing support...


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Blue Energy Conference

Wed, 5 May 2010

On 19th & 20th of April, the fourth Aotearoa Wave and Tidal Energy Association (AWATEA) Conference entitled ‘ Blue Energy’ was an international event, with speakers from around the world giving reports on the progress of marine energy in their countries...


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NZTE Prize Helps Beca Grow Innovative International Business

Wed, 5 May 2010

A $100,000 prize from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) will be used by award-winning engineering consultancy and HERA member Beca to nurture innovation among its 2,500 staff and to build relationships with new international clients...


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MEAssist - Trades Scholarship Opportunity

Wed, 5 May 2010

The New Zealand Craftsman Training Foundation provides travel scholarships for young tradespersons who have recently completed their trade training, apprenticeship or recognised trade qualification...


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Is the Recession Nearly Over for the Building Industry?

Thu, 1 Apr 2010

This heading is used in the Department of Building and Housing (DBH) March 2010 quarterly Building and Construction Outlook. The document makes interesting reading...


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Building Act Review Discussion Document Open for Submissions

Thu, 1 Apr 2010

A discussion document with the title “  Cost-effective Quality – Next Generation Building Control in New Zealand” has recently been released by the Department of Building and Housing (DBH) with the purpose of seeking feedback from the industry stakeholders.


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Government Response to CRI Task Force Report

Wed, 31 Mar 2010

The Minster for Research Science and Technology, the honourable Dr Wayne Mapp, just released the government’s response to the Crown Research Institute (CRI) Task Force. The CRI report was very well-received by business and by members of the NZ science community and the Government plans to adopt most of the recommendations made.


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HERA Member Wins Project to Construct LPG Bullets

Wed, 31 Mar 2010

HERA member Tenix was recently awarded a contract to fabricate and deliver four mounded pressure vessel bullets for Transfield Worley Services Ltd. The pressure vessels are for a new Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) Recovery, Storage and Load-out project at Todd Energy's Mckee Oilfield Production site in Taranaki.


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How Valuable is New Zealand Industry?

Fri, 19 Mar 2010

Without using the tools that other countries use to support their industries, how will NZ compete? The fact that productivity in New Zealand trails many of our international competitors is hardly surprising, if we and our Government don’t have the foresight to support our industry.


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HERA Meets John Key at Ullrich Plant Opening

Fri, 5 Feb 2010

HERA received a visit from the Prime Minister and HERA Director Dr Wolfgang Scholz took the opportunity to explain HERA’s role and mission in detail to John Key.


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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Fri, 5 Feb 2010

The resulting financial turmoil of 2008 created a loan drought as banks became risk averse and money to loan was harder to acquire. But what did this mean for global crude steel production?


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The Amazing Mr Lee

Fri, 5 Feb 2010

A recent incident where a domed end on a pressure vessel was found to be of a different material to that specified caused a closer examination of the heat certificate which was signed by a “Mr. Lee”.


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Wave and Tidal Energy EXPO

Fri, 4 Dec 2009

The Aotearoa Wave and Tidal Energy Association (AWATEA) will be hosting a two day Conference and EXPO on 19 - 20 April, 2010, in Wellington with the theme of ‘ New Zealand in the World', highlighting New Zealand's role in the wave and tidal energy sector...


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Australia Takes Anti- Dumping Action

Fri, 4 Dec 2009

The Australian Government has imposed a 16% tariff on aluminium extrusions manufactured in the People's Republic of China (PRC) following industry complaints that some aluminium extrusion prices being quoted were below normal commercial values...


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If It's Not Broke - Fix It

Fri, 4 Dec 2009

The heavy engineering industry in New Zealand is certainly not ‘broke'... Many HERA members are highly skilled and progressive businesses who - if you ask them what they have improved in the last five years - can rattle off a list of new equipment, new products and new ways of operating or of doing business...


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New Zealand Losing Its Leadership

Fri, 30 Oct 2009

Our heavy engineering companies have an unparalleled depth and breadth of knowledge in the fabrication of geothermal plants and New Zealand has abundant geothermal resources. So, why are we no longer leading?

 


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Underpowered Exports

Fri, 2 Oct 2009

Finance Minister, Bill English, commenting on sustainable jobs and growth, said that we have an "underpowered export sector". This caused me to wonder what exactly an "underpowered export sector" meant...


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Simple Answers Are Sometimes Best

Thu, 17 Sep 2009

Industry Development Manager Nick Inskip looks at what could be an example of best practice procurement, providing an excellent model for New Zealand companies to follow.


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Clean Energy - A Time For Leadership

Mon, 6 Jul 2009

Commentary by HERA Industry Development Manager Nick Inskip on the state of the Renewable Energy sector in New Zealand


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World-class and Substandard

Wed, 1 Jul 2009

A world-class desalination plant arrives in Western Australia, a core drill in Bolivia, a bio-gas compressor in Japan and a super-yacht on its way to the Mediterranean. What do these all have in common?


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