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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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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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First-party welding inspection to AS/NZS ISO 3834 and AS/NZS 1554.1 standards

For structural steel products to be free from serious problems in production and in service, it is necessary to provide a suitable level of quality management from the design phase, through material selection, into fabrication, and subsequently inspection. Requirements for welding/fabrication activities are given in the Code of Practice of the NZ Steel Fabricator Certification…

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Non-standard products

There is an increasing dialogue out in the market place about non-standard products being sold into the building and construction industry in NZ. The alleged numbers being reported are significant and almost somewhat unbelievable. But if they are anywhere near reality, we do need to be taking some form of action otherwise ‘Standards creep’ will…

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The evolution of the NZ steel industry – innovation dinosaur or drosophila?

We have an image problem. In experimental evolution, Drosophila (the humble fruit fly) is often used to demonstrate evolutionary processes. It is used because genetic changes for the fruit fly can be observed very quickly in response to natural selection. In business, the equivalent of the fruit fly is the IT or information technology company,…