10:00 AM, 4 September 2017

Can HERA drive industry transformation? @ MIC2017

HERA’s vision is to have a long-term sustainable industry which can compete globally. Its mission is to be the catalyst for innovation and therefore be a driver for industry transformation.

Industry transformation in the context of responding to disruptive challenges in an ever faster world of change is on everyone’s mind. HERA as an industry-owned research association has as its mission to be the catalyst for innovation of the New Zealand metals engineering industry.

But is HERA really able to drive industry transformation of an extremely diverse industry? The HERA Chairman and HERA Director have teamed up to try to answer this question.

Starting with some success stories where HERA has been influential in shaping industry transformation, the topic will then shift to a critical analysis of recent HERA initiatives which had industry transformation focus but did not achieve sufficient industry buy in to be called successful.

In concluding thoughts, the consideration of the discussed learnings on the HERA strategy are presented. The intention is to have some time for questions to get some feedback from members on how they feel HERA can assist them in being able to transform and remain sustainable businesses.


Dr Wolfgang Scholz is Director of the NZ Heavy Engineering Research Association. Since graduating from the Technical University of Stuttgart, Germany, Dr Scholz has specialised in the field of automation technology for manufacturing environments. This was also the subject of his PhD, which he completed at the University of Auckland. In 1987, he established and managed the New Zealand Welding Centre at HERA and since 1996, has been in a leadership role leading to his appointment as Director in 2000. He believes that research and development is a catalyst that drives our industry into the future and creates important opportunities to think outside the box to find smarter solutions.

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Mike Lehan is Chairman of HERA’s Executive Board and General Manager of Page Macrae, leading a company with 60 years in delivering engineering solutions. Mike joined Page Macrae Engineering in 2000 as Contracts Manager running the Projects Department and have recently taken on the General Manager’s role from Ian Macrae. Mike have over 25 years’ experience in the engineering industry spanning Australia and New Zealand which has included chemical process, mechanical engineering and implementation of capital projects.  

Masterclasses for members
HERA has a gold list of speakers to inform and help our members better understand the current business environment and how our industry can adapt to and even shape the future.






9.15 – 10.00am

Keynote  -  Geoff Crittenden
Chief Executive, WTIA
The Australian submarine project and the welding fabrication industry

10.00 – 10.30am

Dr Michail Karpenko
Welding Centre General Manager
The cost of quality


Morning Tea

11 – 11.30am

Keynote - Prof Brian Uy
Head of School, School of Civil Engineering
University of Sydney
From design to reliable structures

11.30am – 12pm

Dr Stephen Hicks
Structural Systems General Manager
Product conformity assessment options

12 - 12.30pm

Steve Scott
CEO, Rivet Engineering
Len Lye Centre – A New Plymouth icon 



1.30 – 2.15pm

Mike Lehan                  Dr Wolfgang Scholz
HERA Chairman          HERA Director
Can HERA drive industry transformation? 

2.15 – 3.00pm

Dr Boaz Habib                   Dr Kenneth Husted
Industry Development      University Auckland
Manager                             School of Business
Disruptive innovation and survival of the fittest 

3.00pm – 4.00pm

Dieter Adams
CEO, NZ Manufacturers and Exporters Association
Using Industry 4.0 & other advanced manufacturing technologies

to improve productivity & customer experience