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Smart welding – a practical research project

The fabrication industry is currently in a digital transformation – and understandably, many fabricators are cautious to invest. We get it. That’s why we’ve set up a quality and productivity research project to investigate this technology. And why we’re now inviting our industry to be a part of it. We want to investigate the implications…

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General Manager Boaz Habib on an exciting career journey

After almost eight years at HERA, we’d like to let our membership and industry know that our General Manager Industry Development is starting a new journey at IANZ as their General Manager – NZ Quality College. Boaz came onboard with HERA as a Research Engineer. This was a time when our Industry Development team had…

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Meet Reza Hamzeh – the researcher focused on Welding 4.0 for us!

Last month we let our members know what our strategic focuses for 2020 and beyond look like. Part of that strategy being to deliver solutions that supported our members in technical excellence and knowledge transfer. A major target to achieve this, is to drive industry understanding and adoption of automation, productivity and Industry 4.0 in…

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Our search is over! Sarah Lewis is our successful Whanake Scholarship recipient

We’re so excited to announce that Sarah Lewis is our inaugural recipient of the HERA Whanake Scholarship. Sarah is studying a Bachelor of Engineering, majoring in mechatronics at Massey University in Palmerston North. She is also a graduate of the Puhoro STEM Academy. After meeting her on a recent trip to the rohe (area), I…

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General Manager Structural Systems Stephen Hicks moving on to exciting new role

After 11 years at HERA, we’d like to let our membership and industry know that our General Manager Structural Systems Stephen Hicks will be heading back to the UK to pursue a career as Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Warwick. Stephen came to us from the Steel Construction Institute (SCI). He’d been…

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Call for attendance – Do you want to improve your fabrication business? See how bottleneck analysis can help!

If you want to know how to improve your business, then what we have brewing in June is sure to grab your attention! Because we have world renowned expert Arrie van Niekerk headed to New Zealand to talk all things ‘Theory and Constraint’. This concept works around bottleneck analysis and covers many aspects such as:…

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What’s the strategy for 2020?

What the heck is HERA about and what’s our plan for the future? Two very good questions – and we’re excited to tell you the answer! Because for the first time, we’re releasing our strategy publicly. We’re doing this because we are really focused on building a tribe within our industry. We want to create…

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Your current employees are the key to helping our industry promote itself!

What do you ACTUALLY do?  Your answer can help our industry better promote itself. There is no doubt that heavy engineering has an image problem. We’re consistently hearing how hard it is to attract and retain quality staff. Students are not choosing it as a study focus. Apprentices are hard to find. Women are not…

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Introducing ‘Whanake’ – a HERA Scholarship and step towards addressing the skills gap

At HERA we have a real commitment to help our members address the challenges that are facing them. One we hear often is the skills gap which is hindering our members from delivering what’s in their pipeline – particularly as we look to the future. As a research association, it’s often hard to find a…