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From the Government’s innovation front

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…

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Contractors appointment raises procurement rules application questions

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. Oct52015 An…

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#MIC2015 HERA stream – determining our industry’s fututre

The HERA session 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. HERA was gratified to see that many leaders of our industry participated and are recognising the need…

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Our metals industry future is promising and in our hands

I have just come back from a study tour to Germany with the theme “Factory of the Future”. This gave me a fantastic insight into what is going on in Germany in future focused research in the metals-based manufacturing industry. The trip to Germany was sponsored by FRIENZ (Facilitating Research and Innovation co-operation between Europe…

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Notice – HERA Executive elections now running. Have your say and vote!

HERA Ordinary Member contact people will have received their voting papers for the nominees to the vacant HERA Executive position. Voting closes on the 12 August. In line with HERA rules only Ordinary members are entitled to vote. Should your organisation be an Associate HERA member and you would like to take a more active…

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Against the trend? New Steel Construction returns to print format

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 as from the Structural Steel Design Awards special issue in July/August. Following numerous requests from subscribers and advertisers, SCI has decided…

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Notice – New Government rules of sourcing third edition

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. The extension means that Crown Agents such as District Health Boards and independent Crown entities are now mandated to apply…

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Call for interest – Structural steel fabricator benchmarking study confirmed

As mentioned previously, our Executive supported an ongoing research activity run by us 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. HERA wishes to confirm that thanks to…

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Update – Structural steel fabricator benchmark study participation

As mentioned in our February and March 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 sub-sectors subject…