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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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AGGAT progress update for September

This month, we update you on our research themes of Heat Transfer and Materials/Fluids undertaken in the AGGAT programme. One of the Research Aims under Materials and Fluids is RA1-3 – Geothermal Fluid Scaling and Corrosion, led by AGGAT team member Dr. Sadiq Zarrouk (University of Auckland). The other theme of Heat Transfer has two Research…

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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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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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Notice – Temperature distribution in typical composite slabs under standard temperature-time fire condition

Temperature-time (T-t) curves and temperature contour plots due to the ISO 834 standard fire loading curve for typical New Zealand composite floors have been calculated and presented in tabulated format. The temperatures in 10 minute intervals up to the requested fire resistance rating have been reported for the slab top face and along the thinnest…

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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,…