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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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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…

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Opportunities don’t fall from trees. You create them.

Mahatma Gandhi once stated, ‘The future depends on what we do in the present.’ Obvious, yet so profound. Its connotations have far reaching implications for how we think about our present. It mandates deliberation in planning and purpose in action. Such thinking, that likely shepherded Gandhi to achieve the major task of delivering India from…

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Research partnership fails to ignite industry buy in

As an avid reader of our news updates you’ll be aware of the unique opportunity we offered to leverage significant government co-funding for research activities through our Research Partnership Proposal. Sadly, we report the Research Partnership Proposal has stalled from progressing. Insufficient levels of industry co-funding stopping us from submitting a credible and workable bid…

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There’s an art to picking the right turbo-expander technology for your project

Turbines and volumetric expanders are the most common devices used for energy conversion of fluid heat into mechanical energy. However its numerous applications in power generation, and across a range of industries means there are many models to choose from to power projects. Several could be fooled into thinking that any turbo-generator you pick will…

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Innovation and risk clearly won us the America’s Cup

If you’re like a few other million ‘bleary eyed’ Kiwi’s – you’re still in the throes of recovering from a series of early mornings spent clambering to the TV screen to watch the America’s Cup. There’s nothing that swells the pride more than this 35th regatta. Emirates Team New Zealand finally earned redemption, and it was…