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Benchmarking New Zealand’s performance in innovation and R&D

New Zealand’s R&D and innovation performance – can we do better? The answer is yes! NZ’s expenditure on R&D is benchmarking alarmingly low. This is the key takeaway from MBIE’s recently released 2018 Research, Science and Innovation System Performance Report.   But why does this matter? According to the OECD and Treasury, low R&D investment…

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Call for interest – tell us your problems you’d like us to solve with R&D!

It’s that time of year when we’re sending out our feelers for potential R&D project proposals from our membership. For us, it’s crucial that our chosen R&D focuses are industry driven. This is because we 100% want to deliver you value from the outcomes – and we can’t do that if you we don’t know…

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Notice – demystifying HERA’s research levy & how all of industry can leverage it (including SMEs!)

In our 2018 membership survey, you let us know that you’re mostly very happy with our support. However, we consistently hear from SME’s that they believe we’re only here for the bigger players. And, that the way the levy is administered is unclear. So let’s start by saying that HERA is absolutely here to support…

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Our NZ metals industry is the first to assess ourselves against Treasury’s Living Standards Framework

A new report commissioned by HERA shows that the NZ metals industry is a strong contributor to the NZ economy and the living standards of New Zealanders. It was prepared by leading economic research and consultancy company Business and Economic Research Limited (BERL) using Treasury’s Living Standards Framework (LSF). We understand we’re the first industry…

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HERA offering welding productivity and automation assessments

Last month, our Welding Centre staff assessed welding productivity and automation capability for seven of our members. This was a feasibility study to test our Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and determine if such assessments could: a) add value to individual members; and b) identify common issues that we could assist members generically to address.  …

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Use of NZ fabricated steel aligns well with ‘Shaping the Future of Construction’.

Shaping the Future of Construction: Insights to Redesign the Industry is a white paper released by the World Economic Forum in 2017. This paper identified six challenges to the future of construction: Project Delivery – creating certainty to deliver on time and on budget, and improving the productivity, quality and safety of the construction sector.…

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Five megatrends you need to know to deconstruct construction risk

What are the big five megatrends in construction risk? And how do they relate to our members? Last week, I attended the launch of the Willis Towers Watson Construction Risk Index (CRI). The results reiterate what our members are already telling us. They also reiterate what we are asking our members to consider. That is,…

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Why lean startup applies to you – even if you’re not a startup!

Lean startup is an innovation process with an unfortunate name. Although it is based on lean principles, it isn’t the same. And, although it was based on startup evidence, it also applies to businesses of all sizes, Government agencies and not-for-profits. It also applies to well established businesses who are well past the startup phase!…

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Why isn’t manufacturing uptaking exponential technologies

There are many logical and psychological barriers stopping people from uptaking exponential technologies. In fact a study of US manufacturing firms’ adoption of exponential technologies has many similarities to feedback that HERA receives from its members. Key findings being, that companies are too focused on the day-to-day operations to respond to longer-term disruption opportunities. And,…