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Offering our members the ‘FEA factor’

As crucial as it is to be able to identify problems experienced by engineers – solving those problems with the right tools is equally important. That’s because the element of uncertainty is there for the first part of the process, and for engineers – these problems are closely tied with design. Today, virtual design and…

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Call for interest – Get your business ahead of the pack!

Get innovating within your organisation by attending the Innovation Course starting June 2018! Asking yourself ‘why?’ Well, quite simply because innovation links to success! That’s because successful businesses not only respond to their current customer or organisational needs, but also anticipate future trends to develop ideas, products, services or tools to meet future demand rapidly…

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Call for attendance – The cost of ‘quality’ HERA seminar

As part of our commitment to deliver value to our membership our lead team has come together to develop a seminar addressing a call for more clarity around the ‘cost of quality’. Whether a SME or a large company – it’s become clear that the adoption of quality management systems into our members operations are…

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Notice – B1/VM1 Amendment 16 now published

Over the last 12 months, HERA have worked closely with SCNZ and MBIE to update steel industry standards referenced in the Acceptable Solutions and Verification Methods (B1/VM1) of the New Zealand Building Code. These amendments to B1/VM1 relate to minimum standards for fabrication and erection; structural steel products and expanding the choice of high strength…

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Call for attendance – NZSSDA seminar: protecting NZ’s infrastructure

The New Zealand Stainless Steel Development Association (NZSSDA) recognises that to provide sustainable infrastructure for the long term, we must look to the future. That’s why they’re committed to helping the metals industry understand what that will look like and the role stainless steel will play in this process. Running a technical seminar here at…

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Kickstart lean start up – and improve business!

Stop wasting time. Get products to market faster. Maximise success. These are the key outcomes from implementing The Lean startup methodology. Lean startup is transforming the way that businesses develop and launch new products. The handbook behind it is “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries and it is a must read for any Innovation Manager.…

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Backing winners – is tall poppy syndrome affecting Government innovation policy?

Recently our CEO Dr Troy Coyle was invited by the National Business Review to weigh in on our thoughts around New Zealand’s approach to supporting innovation research. An opportunity off the back of one of our ThinkTank pieces ‘LanzaTech: the one fish that shouldn’t have got away,’ published last year. This article reflected on the…

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HERA House comes alive to celebrate turning 40 and new directions!

Last Friday, HERA celebrated our 40 year anniversary as the metals-based industry’s research association. Also officially thanking outgoing Director Dr Wolfgang Scholz for his many contributions. It was a momentous occasion, well attended by over 100 people made up of our Executive Board, current and former staff, members and key stakeholders coming from across New…

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Notice – Receive co-funding to join a USA manufacturing Trek this June

Attend the Internet of Manufacturing Conference in Chicago and see first-hand how US companies are moving towards the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Through our relationship with Callaghan Innovation, we’ve been given the opportunity to let our membership know of the unique chance to gain co-funding to attend their ‘Internet of Manufacturing Trek 2018’ from…

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How does Trump’s stance on steel tariffs affect our local industry?

Recent news headlines around Trump’s stance on steel tariffs has likely got our members thinking about what it means for our New Zealand metal-based industry. And rightly so. It’s important to note, that the details of Trump’s plans to apply the proposed steel (25%) and aluminium (10%) tariffs are not yet clear. So with this…