Director / Invited Guests' Comments

Reflections of the first week from our new CEO Dr Troy Coyle

Fri, 12 Jan 2018

Having just completed her first week on the job as the new CEO of HERA, Dr Troy Coyle takes the time to reflect on her experiences so far.

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Merry Christmas and happy new year! - Dec 2017

Thu, 21 Dec 2017

Our departing Director Wolfgang Scholz shares with us his take on the year and wishes all members and industry colleagues a merry Christmas and happy new year...

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Leading triple bottom line in New Zealand's outback - Calder Stewart Steel, Milton

Wed, 29 Nov 2017

Join our Director Dr Wolfgang Scholz as he shares his thoughts on fair trade. A commentary inspired by his recent visit to our member company Calder Stewarts innovative and forward thinking facilities. Triple bottom line reporting is the future!

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Welcome to the driver's seat Jacinda - but are you still driving the same car?

Wed, 25 Oct 2017

We’re on the verge of a new way forward - with Jacinda Ardern at the lead of a Labour, NZ First and Green coalition. But will they honour their election policies? Join our Director Wolfgang Scholz as he dares colour in the lines around this and unpack what it could all mean for our members!

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The Challenge of imported steelwork

Tue, 10 Oct 2017

Join our Director Wolfgang Scholz as he explores the recently announced liquidation of Christchurch Challenge Steel and highlights the risks associated with using imported fabricated steel in our seismic structures in New Zealand.

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Get off the grass, think and vote - Sept 2017

Thu, 21 Sep 2017

Our director reviews the most important R&D and innovation policy and our view is unshakeably in favour of a policy which supports local manufacturing in the framework of a free trade environment. So we urge all members to vote this weekend for the sake of our industry...

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Being part of transformation - HERA stream at Metals Industry Conference - Sept 2017

Wed, 20 Sep 2017

The HERA organised stream at the Metals Industry Conference in Christchurch focused on industry transformation for our members and HERA's role in it. We think it was very relevant and want to ensure that those who missed out can catch up on those important topics.

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HERA is seeking its new CEO - Aug 2017

Thu, 31 Aug 2017

Strategic leadership role opens for Chief Executive in New Zealand's metals engineering industry association as Director Dr Wolfgang Scholz steps down after 30 years in leadership positions at HERA...

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Two industry closures send a stern reminder - Aug 2017

Wed, 9 Aug 2017

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

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Research partnership fails to ignite industry buy in - July 2017

Mon, 31 Jul 2017

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

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LanzaTech: the one fish that shouldn't have got away - July 2017

Mon, 3 Jul 2017

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

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Innovation and risk clearly won us the America's Cup - June 2017

Wed, 28 Jun 2017

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

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

Thu, 18 May 2017

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

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Statistics House investigation - lessons learned - May 2017

Fri, 7 Apr 2017

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

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

Mon, 3 Apr 2017

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

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

Mon, 20 Feb 2017

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

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Fair and free trade for all - Feb 2017

Tue, 7 Feb 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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2016 - Engineering industry year in review - Dec 2016

Mon, 5 Dec 2016

2016 has been an encouraging year, fuelled by an exceptional demand in steel construction in response to rebuild and immigration pressures, while international steel price development has helped drop the value of landed heavy steel to as much as 25% this year. ...

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"Use it or lose it" - Pressure Equipment Workshop 2016 - Nov 2016

Wed, 2 Nov 2016

The Pressure Equipment Workshop 2016 provided a unique opportunity for a diverse industry sector to meet and discuss its issues. HERA Director Dr Wolfgang Scholz consulted with industry representatives on the future of the industry and presented its findings in the Opening Address...

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Chairman's Comment: HERA Executive update - Oct 2016

Wed, 5 Oct 2016

The new HERA Chairman Mike Lehan takes this opportunity to update on what is on HERA’s Agenda for the year ahead...

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Is 'protecting' our FTAs more important than supporting REMAINING local manufacturers? - Sept 2016

Thu, 1 Sep 2016

HERA member Ullrich Aluminium's CEO Gilbert Ullrich shares his views on the Government's position on supporting local manufacturing...

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NZ Heavy Steel Fabrication Sets New Record - Aug 2016

Tue, 2 Aug 2016

Every year we put together a diagram combining Statistics New Zealand and our internal data to better understand how our industry is performing – and this time around, it’s clear to see consumption of steel subject to the heavy engineering research levy has exceeded 2008 figures set just prior to the Global Financial Crisis (GFC)...

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Brexit highlights export access challenges into the EU - July 2016

Mon, 4 Jul 2016

The big breakaway that is Brexit happened, and it seems the immediate effects of the UK’s withdrawal have been limited when it comes to New Zealand. But, for those of our members in the export game or considering entering it (specifically the European one), knowing your options suddenly got very important...

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Budget 2016 - How does it affect innovation in our businesses? - June 2016

Tue, 7 Jun 2016

Everyone has their views when it comes to the 2016 Budget. Whilst the responses certainly give us hope, but what does it really mean for our largely SME-type manufacturing businesses?

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Preparing our industry for disruption - May 2016

Tue, 3 May 2016

You've heard there's materials out there other than steel - yet you still think it shouldn't concern you.  Think again.

Our HERA Executive Board Member Dr Troy Coyle shares her insight on emerging technologies and their potential to disrupt our markets.

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Questionable steel product conformance hits news headlines - Apr 2016

Fri, 1 Apr 2016

The Ministry of Business Inoovation and Employment (MBIE) and Commerce Commission announcement that some concrete reinforcing steel mesh supplied into the New Zealand construction market doesn’t comply with New Zealand standards has caused considerable concern. HERA’s fundamental message is that when NZ design standards specify NZS or AS/NZS product standards, the products specified for a project are required to conform to these standards, independent of product use - be it for steel, timber or concrete construction...

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Supporting the local steel supply chain? - Mar 2016

Tue, 1 Mar 2016

Local steel makers provide significant employment at high value wages to the New Zealand economy and also export a proportion of their products, assisting with our balance of trade. In my view, it is important that as New Zealand corporates, public sector or citizens procuring steel, we should be aware of the pressure on the local steel manufacturing industry and think carefully what we wish to collectively achieve in respect to future steel making in New Zealand...

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HERA members' views count - Feb 2016

Tue, 2 Feb 2016

The HERA Executive meets at least four times a year and discusses and makes decisions on HERA Strategy and the associated HERA Business Plan. Being a membership-based organisation, the majority of the Executive feels that getting involved in the details of decision-making is needed to ensure that members’ views are heard and their interests fulfilled...

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The 2015 Heavy Engineering Year in Review - Dec 2015

Tue, 1 Dec 2015

When our Director, Wolfgang Scholz, advised me it was time for another year’s review, it felt like it was just a short while ago that last year’s review was delivered. The pace has been relentless and it has been another year full of action for our industry and for HERA...

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News from Government's Innovation Front - Nov 2015

Tue, 3 Nov 2015

October saw Minister Steven Joyce in overdrive on Innovation Policy releases. First as Minister for Science and Innovation, he launched the National Statement of Science Investment 2015-2025 and a little bit later, as the Minister for Economic Development, he also launched the “Building Innovation” Chapter of the 2015 Business Growth Agenda. Both documents have a consistent message for our industry and show the benefits of being driven by One Minister’s voice...

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Contractor's Appointment for Christchurch Hospital Job Raises Procurement Rules Application Questions - Oct 2015

Wed, 7 Oct 2015

The late September announcement that Australian company Leighton Contractors has been appointed as preferred contractor for the pre-construction phase of Christchurch Hospital's new acute services building, has local manufacturing industry members question if the tender process applied by the Christchurch District Health Board (CDHB) followed the Government Procurement Rules as required by law...

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Metals Week 2015 in Review - Sept 2015

Mon, 14 Sep 2015

Metals Week 2015 was held at the Aotea Centre Auckland 1st - 4th September. In 2014, The Metals New Zealand Executive had the idea to create a significant and overarching event involving as many member associations in the metals industry as possible...

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Our Metals Industry's Future is Promising and in Our Hands - Aug 2015

Thu, 6 Aug 2015

At the HERA Stream of the Metals Industry Conference, HERA will be presenting some fascinating and insightful reports into various sectors and how the NZ metals industry can tap into the future opportunities they present, from manufacturing innovation to IP development to IT enhancement of existing systems...

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The Evolution of the NZ Steel Industry: Innovation Dinosaur or Drosophila? - Jul 2015

Wed, 1 Jul 2015

The New Zealand metals manufacturing industry employs around 26,000 Kiwis. Together, we contribute significantly to employment, import replacement and export. This means that investing a dollar in incremental transformation of the steel industry is likely to yield more value to the economy than investing a dollar in any radical innovation arising from an emerging high-tech but volatile IT industry...

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Budget 2015/2016: Nothing New on the Innovation Front - June 2015

Wed, 3 Jun 2015

New Zealand does not rate highly on R&D spend amongst developed countries and interestingly is one of the few countries that does not use tax measures to encourage and support R&D. Perhaps the two things should go together, especially if we really want to see transformation and the achievement of the Government’s goal of moving from 30% to 40% of our economy being based on exports by 2025...

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Growing the Future - May 2015

Tue, 5 May 2015

As a substantial player in the agricultural space, New Zealand lurches from issues with droughts to floods to kiwifruit vine disease, the ever present danger of importing fruit flies to the proclivities of the global price for milk solids that has seen the Fonterra forecast payout per kilogramme of milk solids drop to a jarring $4.50, resulting is a $7 billion hit to the NZ economy...

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Demonstrating Metals Industry Presence and Future Focus - Apr 2015

Tue, 31 Mar 2015

By any measure of our industry networking functions, the official re-opening of HERA House attended by the Minister for Research and Innovation Hon Steven Joyce was a great success. Despite having to defer the starting time by two hours, over 110 guests attended the celebration...

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A Rejuvenated HERA House - Celebrating Innovation - Mar 2015

Mon, 2 Mar 2015

HERA House was first opened in December 1985 by the then Minister of Science and Technology Hon. Bob Tizard. It was seen as an example of modern steel construction serving as the base for an industry-driven research association...

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Markets are Born at the Intersection - Feb 2015

Mon, 2 Feb 2015

By HERA Industry Development General Manager Nick Inskip - According to Matt Roberts, Executive Director of the Energy Storage Association in the USA, “markets are born at the intersection of policy, technology and opportunity.” This is a simple but fairly profound statement and highlights what should be obvious, which is that policy, technology and opportunity working together make things happen. It’s a bit like a three-legged stool - if one leg is missing the stool falls over but with all three in place, it is a solid platform on which to build a market...

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The 2014 Heavy Engineering Year in Review - Dec 2014

Tue, 2 Dec 2014

By HERA Chairman John Frear - The New Zealand heavy metals-engineering industry had an outstanding year of growth. The 12 monthly rolling total for heavy steel usage to the end of September stood at 151,000 tonnes p.a., while a year earlier it was 130,000 tonnes p.a., an increase of close to 16%. When drilling down to sub-sectors, steel construction was the winner with considerable market share growth particularly in multi-storey construction in Canterbury. Market studies indicate that 70% of buildings currently under construction in this region are going up with a structural steel frame...

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New Opportunities for Our Industry from NZ Joining the WTO Government Procurement Agreement - Nov 2014

Fri, 31 Oct 2014

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Trade Minister Tim Groser just welcomed the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) decision on the terms for New Zealand’s accession to the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) in Geneva...

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Steel Fabrication Industry Meets its Most Significant Challenge - Oct 2014

Thu, 2 Oct 2014

At its AGM last month in Hamilton, Steel Construction New Zealand (SCNZ) members used the opportunity to celebrate the introduction of the most visible industry transformation process in its sector’s history. Being intimately involved in its development, it gives me great satisfaction to see its introduction happen with such great industry commitment and industry leadership...

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Mechanical Engineering Qualifications Review - Sept 2014

Wed, 3 Sep 2014

By HERA Deputy Chairman Mike LehanAs general manager of Page & Macrae and employing some 180 staff including 18 apprentices, I have a great interest in getting our New Zealand trade-based engineering qualifications right. Being a board member of Apprentice Training New Zealand (ATNZ) and on the HERA Executive, I have taken up the HERA Director’s offer to contribute to this monthly column in the hope of mobilising some more industry feedback on the new qualifications...

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Maximising Industry R&D From Government Science Investment - Aug 2014

Fri, 1 Aug 2014

“High-quality science and innovation can have a transformational effect on a nation. High-quality research offers the power to increase economic productivity and competitiveness…” This is the opening statement from Minister of Science and Innovation Steven Joyce to the Draft National Statement of Science Investment currently being consulted on.

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Looking Ahead - July 2014

Wed, 2 Jul 2014

July starts the new HERA financial year and it is opportune to give an outlook on HERA’s planned activities. HERA strategic direction remains unchanged within the 5 focus areas Leadership, Growth and Innovation, Research & Development, Training and Education and Business Model. However implementation focus will be adapted in line with need and priority changes...

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Establishment of WorkSafe New Zealand - June 2014

Wed, 4 Jun 2014

By Metals NZ CEO Gary HookIn June 2014, WorkSafe NZ is piloting a range of new Assessment Tools which will be used by their inspectors to support site visits. They will be testing the tools in New Plymouth, Tauranga, and Auckland over a 2-week period. I have seen the injury statistics and the metals-related industry sector has the highest reported injury rate per 1,000 employees than any other sector…. higher than even forestry!! I can advise our members that our metals industry will be a key focus...

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Deja Vu or Real Change? - May 2014

Fri, 2 May 2014

Last month I was privileged to be invited to Labour’s Manufacturing Economic Upgrade Policy launch in Auckland. Together with a group of manufacturing sector stakeholders, we listened to Labour leader David Cunliffe, and the Deputy Leader and Finance Spokesperson David Parker outlining their plan for the manufacturing sector to create better jobs and wages...

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Being Competitive and Trusted - April 2014

Mon, 31 Mar 2014

Those following my comments will not doubt be aware that I am a strong advocate for buying from the local industry but I am also advocating that this has to be on competitive and fair and equal trade terms. I am regularly reviewing tender battles involving competing heavy engineering industry bids from overseas and especially from China. And thanks to the support received from industry members on both the supply and purchasing side I believe I obtain a balanced view of what is happening...

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Getting What You Pay For - March 2014

Mon, 3 Mar 2014

By HERA Structural Systems General Manager Dr Stephen HicksNon-compliance is often identified when a failure occurs, or when inferior quality products are substituted and are delivered to site. In these cases, it can be a very costly exercise for everyone involved to undertake remedial measures, reject products when they are delivered or implement separate quality assurance measures. As a consequence of this, it is in everyone’s interest to get things right first time by ensuring that construction products comply with the standards specified by the designer through conformity assessment...

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2014 From Frowns to Smiles - Feb 2014

Mon, 3 Feb 2014

In respect to the new Government Procurement Rules, we have to start a serious debate on the requirement of delivering best value, including really considering the economic and social impact of procurement decisions. We need to explore what types of benefits from local purchases will justify a premium for the local offering while complying with our procurement rules? Considering quality is equal, New Zealand’s heavy engineering item costs are most of the time not too far out from the competition. Knowing the economic and social impact of a decision most of the time will be able to justify a premium of at least 20%...

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End of Year Review - Dec 2013

Tue, 3 Dec 2013

By HERA Chairman Mr John FrearFrom a productivity perspective, steel-based fabrication remains very competitive against other building materials and also against imports. While overall building and construction costs may have gone up, steel prices have actually gone down during the year as indicated by New Zealand landed steel cost statistics, and on-going competitive pressure in the market. Looking ahead to next year, volume increases are anticipated with possible steel price adjustments being as much driven by exchange rate movements as other factors...

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Germany's Energiewende - Nov 2013

Fri, 1 Nov 2013

To realise the combined aims to achieve meaningful renewable energy goals and, more importantly, to future-proof our industry with high value manufacturing jobs requires real commitment by all, Government and industry stakeholders...

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Letting Standards Slip - Oct 2013

Thu, 3 Oct 2013

International Standards help to harmonize technical specifications of products and services, making industry more efficient and breaking down barriers to international trade. Conformity to International Standards helps reassure consumers that products are safe, efficient and good for the environment...

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Credibility Leap in Local Steel Construction Conformance - Sept 2013

Fri, 30 Aug 2013

Demonstrating non-conformance in steel construction after a failure is relatively easy as all what needs to be done is to provide solid evidence of what has not been done in line with the standards. HERA knows this well as it is involved in failure analyses and has just completed a MBIE guidance document for investigators of steel construction failures...

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Chinese / Arrow International JV Will Deliver Benefits - to Whom? - Aug 2013

Thu, 1 Aug 2013

Our industry wants to be a sustainable and competitive one with high-value jobs for our children. Pressure from the announced China deal will challenge local industry to accelerate the innovation game and come up with responses which will make our own packages more competitive. And in my view, herein lies the real long-term benefits to all New Zealanders, the building owners and users, and the local economy that will rebuild Christchurch...

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Busting Canterbury Steel Construction Myths - July 2013

Tue, 2 Jul 2013

If the overseas competition uses complying steels and welding consumables, which would likely cost the same as to New Zealand fabricators, and if they also follow the required qualified welding fabrication procedures, then the cost will be very close between the New Zealand and the presumably complying overseas offering...

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Chairman's Comment - June 2013

Wed, 5 Jun 2013

By HERA CHairman Peter Hutton - HERA wants to support our industry to move from lowest-cost tender-based services providers to a higher-value products and services industry based on IP generation but also on different business models in the way of packaging and presenting our services...

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New Government Rules of Sourcing: Encouraging Words with Implementation Now the Focus

Thu, 2 May 2013

Previously, the need for a shift in Government attitudes to procurement to take account of balanced decision-making was highlighted strongly. The Government has now delivered on that and we need to assist them to get the implementation phase right...

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Your Opportunity to Help Shift the Goal Posts - April 2013

Thu, 4 Apr 2013

2013/14 sees the closure of the Government Procurement Reform Programme with a set of new Procurement Rules and it is pleasing to note that there appears to be great alignment between what the Government Procurement Reform wishes to accomplish and what our industry has been advocating for...

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Director's Update - March 2013

Tue, 5 Mar 2013

Metals NZ Conference Tauranga: We have secured a great line-up of speakers including Australian Steel Industry Advocate Dennis ONeill, Catherine Beard from the Manufacturers and Exporters Association, and former All Black Coach Sir Graham Henry...

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2013 A Year with Challenges But Also Opportunities - Feb 2013

Mon, 4 Feb 2013

By HERA CHairman Peter Hutton - HERA's main focus is indeed on R&D; however, industry advocacy based on sound research and analyses is also part of the activities we undertake. Understanding the value propositions behind government policies which influence the prosperity of our sector are part HERA's research focus...

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Users Lead Innovation - Dec 2012

Mon, 3 Dec 2012

Developing sustainable, profitable industries to increase employment and the general wealth of New Zealand is acceptable and achievable government policy. There is no reason that we cannot perfect the art of lead user innovation; all it takes is the leadership to say thats what we are going to do...

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High Value Growth = Jobs - Nov 2012

Fri, 2 Nov 2012

If we dont invest now, our children will be sitting at another job summit in 20 years time, having the same debate...

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Best Under Pressure - October 2012

Mon, 1 Oct 2012

Right at the moment our nationwide steel construction industry is crying out for work and is able to offer the cost competitive high quality offering needed to rebuild Christchurch, and i t would be tragic to see a city already ravaged by disaster short-changed on quality by procurers buying cheap offshore materials...

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Business Growth Agenda - Building Innovation Report Released - Sept 2012

Fri, 31 Aug 2012

As an industry we have to continue to advocate that the business growth agenda needs to include aspects of growing import substitution and at the same time growing the industrys ability to export...

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Metals NZ Industry Conference Next Year - August 2012

Wed, 1 Aug 2012

The 2013 Metals NZ Industry Conference theme Better Business = Better Profits responds to the Number 1 priority of our industry members to sustain their businesses through improved profitability...

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A World of Contrast - July 2012

Mon, 2 Jul 2012

By HERA CHairman Peter Hutton - Its time for real accountability to building New Zealand infrastructure...

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Budget 2012 An Opportunity for Innovation? - June 2012

Fri, 1 Jun 2012

For New Zealand to catch up economically, it has to increase industry R&D spending and it has to get industry in the driver's seat for new R&D investment...

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The End of Cheap China - May 2012

Fri, 4 May 2012

New Zealand cannot rely on the happiness factor to win the living standard race but instead we have to follow the Chinese Motto that 'efficiency is life'...

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Steels Role in the Rebuilding of Christchurch: Potential, Perception and Politics - Apr 2012

Wed, 4 Apr 2012

By Dr G Charles Clifton, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, The University of Auckland School of EngineeringExcellent support for structural steel and composite systems from HERA, SCNZ and the research work at the engineering schools of Auckland and Canterbury will help steel gain a greater foothold in the Christchurch rebuild effort...

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Dripping Water on a Stone - March 2012

Wed, 29 Feb 2012

We need to consistently and constantly communicate key messages regarding our industry to Government to support us...

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2012 Metals Engineering Industry Advocacy - Feb 2012

Thu, 2 Feb 2012

HERA, in co-operation with Metals New Zealand, has recognised the need to specifically speak out on behalf of the New Zealand Metals Engineering Industry and is embarking on a series of initiatives to increase local business opportunities in both public and private sector procurement...

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Looking Back and Going Forward - December 2011

Tue, 29 Nov 2011

By HERA CHairman Peter Hutton - In the year ahead, we need to differentiate ourselves from the competition by providing solutions based on IP and services which surpass the offering of the lowest cost competition...

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Election Start - What Does Our Industry Want from the Next Government? - Nov 2011

Tue, 1 Nov 2011

There is a gap between the rhetoric of building high-value export companies and reality; this is our chance to make sure we give the incoming Government every opportunity to close that gap...

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2011 HERA Annual Report - October 2011

Mon, 10 Oct 2011

The past year's achievements underline what we also observed at the end of Junes heavy engineering industry-based export statistics - an astonishing 25% increase in exports of our sector as compared to the previous year...

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Year Ending June Sees Export-led Recovery - Sept 2011

Thu, 1 Sep 2011

Looking ahead at the year to come, overall business confidence is up...

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Drive for Procurement Excellence - August 2011

Tue, 2 Aug 2011

It is essential to consider long-term maintenance very early in the design stage; most of the later costs is fixed through design decisions made during the early part of the design process...

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Metals NZ Requires Your Support to Support Our Industry - July 2011

Wed, 29 Jun 2011

If we want to tip the playing field back in our favour and overcome some of the issues facing our industry, we need to have a united voice - That voice is Metals New Zealand...

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Transforming Our Industry with the Budget? - June 2011

Wed, 1 Jun 2011

To really step change the industry’s behavior, we have to lead industry with incentives which make them jump on the transformational band wagon of using R&D to innovate...

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A Conference To Remember - May 2011

Thu, 5 May 2011

The Metals NZ Industry Conference was a great demonstration of the importance of our industry and an expression of being united, future-focused and forward-looking...

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Metals NZ Industry Conference – Register Now! - April 2011

Tue, 5 Apr 2011

We are pleased to invite you to the Metals New Zealand Industry Conference 2011 to be held on the 14th and 15th of April in Wellington...

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Christchurch Feb 22nd Earthquake: A Personal Report by Charles Clifton - March 2011

Thu, 3 Mar 2011

We owe it to all, especially those who have died, toimprove current seismic design best practicein order that the death and property destruction is lessened in future severe earthquakes...

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Growing the Pie for NZ Industry or Sell Out to Foreign Interest? - Feb 2011

Wed, 2 Feb 2011

The sale of Fitzroy to Dialog of Malaysia has the potential to provide Fitzroy with access to markets and the capital to pursue larger contracts to fuel its growth and development...

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2010: Year in Review - Dec 2010

Wed, 8 Dec 2010

In comparison with many countries, New Zealand industry has survived remarkably well, providing a good base to compete from as we explore new markets and opportunities...

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New Pathways to Economic Growth - Nov 2010

Tue, 2 Nov 2010

Our high-skilled, high-value metals engineering sector under the right leadership and guidance would benefit from a re-focus and thus make a very strong contribution to increased prosperity...

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Steel Construction and Natural Hazards - Oct 2010

Thu, 30 Sep 2010

With the exception of some damage related to some proprietary bracing systems during the Canterbury earthquake, there were no apparent deficiencies with respect to current design guidance which would require immediate action...

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Striking Oil – A Local Procurement Plan - Sept 2010

Fri, 3 Sep 2010

On 1st June, the New Zealand Government granted Petrobras an exploration permit for the Raukumara Basin. It would be nice, however, to think that a local procurement plan for New Zealand companies was at least discussed with Petrobras before they were granted a license...

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HERA Voluntary Levy on Tubular Sections - August 2010

Tue, 10 Aug 2010

Following consultation with key users of tubular sections used for steel construction and with distributors of those sections in New Zealand, the HERA Executive adopted a resolution recommending the adoption of an interim  HERA Tubular Section Levy...

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Consultation on HERA Voluntary Levy on Tubular Sections Used in Steel Construction

Tue, 10 Aug 2010

Following the HERA Executive resolution to develop a procedure on how to collect a $15 per tonne levy on tubular section used in steel construction, a working group consisting of tubular section users and steel distributors developed a procedure for the collection of such a levy...

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HERA Misses Out in Bid for Government Research Funding

Tue, 3 Aug 2010

HERA learned that its research proposal with the title “ Transforming the Metals Engineering Industry – New Export Opportunities from Metals for Construction and Energy” has not been funded in the  High Value Manufacturing Processes, Products and Materials portfolio of the Foundation for Research Science and Technology (FRST)...

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Engaging Offshore Opportunities - July 2010

Thu, 1 Jul 2010

HERA organized a Trade Delegation to the UK with a mission of scoping the opportunities emerging in the clean energy sector and included visiting the All Energy Conference and Tradeshow in Aberdeen, in Scotland...

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2010 Budget and Its Influence on your Company’s Innovation Potential - June 2010

Tue, 1 Jun 2010

The 2010 Budget was generally well received by the business leadership but with some notable exceptions. What influence does the budget have on your business and your ability to innovate?

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Local Steelwork Benefits the New Zealand Economy & Justifies Support - May 2010

Wed, 5 May 2010

We have another interesting case study to add to the list of recently imported steel work: HERA’s statistical analyses showed that from 2008 to 2009, New Zealand experienced an increase of $43 million in the value of imported steelwork in the single category of articles used in steel structures...

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A Tale of Two Bridges - April 2010

Tue, 4 May 2010

It is time for everyone to get behind the concept of adding aesthetic value through design as shown with the Waiwhakaiho River footbridge...

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Future Focus on Export Products - March 2010

Fri, 19 Mar 2010

Research for industry must be driven by industry and not science providers. Would it not be better to reduce government spending on R&D and shift the money to industry to stimulate their spending in R&D?

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The 2010 Challenge - Feb 2010

Fri, 5 Feb 2010

The increased level of activity in our industry development programme and particularly in the advocacy role for local procurement rather than cheap imports will continue and has resulted in excellent membership feedback.

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HERA Research Concept Moves to Proposal Stage - Feb 2010

Fri, 4 Dec 2009

The chance for a successful FRST funding application has increased considerably and HERA's proposal can advance to the detailed planning stage. This is an outstanding multi-million dollar opportunity for the metal-based industry to focus on innovation for export and more generally, for productivity improvement...

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Productivity Taskforce Report - Dec 2009

Fri, 4 Dec 2009

Don Brash's Productivity Taskforce report has received a swift response. In my view there is good analysis in the report...

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Offshore Procurement: Threat & Opportunity - Nov 2009

Fri, 30 Oct 2009

The HERA Chairman reports on a breakfast meeting hosted by the Vietnam Association of Mechanical Industry, an industry body similar to HERA...

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Imported Structural Steelwork - Oct 2009

Fri, 2 Oct 2009

Recent reports indicate that there may be an increased level of imports of fabricated structural steel work originating from Asia and particularly China. There were imports in the past but they were exceptions...

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Government Announces Priorities in RS&T - Sept 2009

Wed, 23 Sep 2009

Following the abandonment of the previous government’s R&D tax credit scheme, I looked forward with great expectation to the Minister for Research Science and Technology’s announcement on the government’s priorities on research, science and technology (RS&T)...

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