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The ‘Wood First’ approach hasn’t hit the nail on the head at all!

The Coalition’s Wood First Policy when introduced under the current proposal tilts the level playing field for industry innovation. Adding value to our New Zealand grown trees through local business and high value jobs makes lots of sense. As does using government procurement as lead user innovation. But not when it   effectively picks winners likely…

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Call for papers – IIW Commission X meeting at HERA House, 12 – 13 March 2018

We’d like to invite researchers and practising engineers to submit abstracts for presentation at the upcoming meeting of the International Institute of Welding (IIW) Commission X Structural Performances of Welded Joints – Fracture Avoidance. The meeting will be held in Auckland at HERA House, 12 – 13 March 2018. The IIW is a not-for-profit organisation…

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#SS18 kicks off next week & our team will be there!

We’re proud to have our General Manager Structural Systems Dr Stephen Hicks invited to deliver a keynote address at the 13th International Conference on Steel, Space & Composite Structures. Hosted in Perth from 31 January to 2 February 2018, it’s expected to be attended by over 70 attendees from 18 different countries across design, fabrication and…

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Celebrating 40 years of HERA and a change of guard

40 years ago, HERA was officially constituted by future focused industry leaders using Government support providing a framework for stable funding from industry. A concept we believed worked and requires nurturing by looking back and celebrating its history and successes. Over the last 17 years, the direction was set by Wolfgang Scholz who handed over…

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Six year success story – AS/NZS 2327 is across the line!

After six years of hard work, we’re proud to announce that AS/NZS 2327 has been published in collaboration with our Australian colleagues. Steel-concrete composite construction has proved popular over the last thirty years, and has largely accounted for the international dominance of steel frames in multi-storey buildings. Its success being the strength and stiffness that…

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Marine energy is out there, but when will we start recovering it?

Last week HERA attended AWATEA’s AGM in Wellington as part of the Board. It was an opportune time for us to take stock of where New Zealand’s advances in wave and tidal energy are sitting in government agendas, what opportunities are out there for our fabricating members and also the association’s own focuses moving forward.…

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Leading triple bottom line in New Zealand’s outback – Calder Stewart Steel, Milton

Some may recall that Calder Stewart Steel was the winner of the prestigious industry excellence award ‘Metals Industry Innovator of the Year’ at the 2015 Metals Industry Conference. Achieving this by embracing new technology to improve and assure quality, increase productivity and reduce overall cost with their new 10,500sqm steel fabrication facility. It represented the latest…