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Call for interest – A niche research and development opportunity

Like many other renewable energy technologies, grid connected wave and tidal energy seems poised ready for the kind of global build-out we saw in wind, which will bring a range of market opportunities. There are also emerging niche marine energy opportunities which are disconnected from the wholesale price of a kilowatt of electricity which governs…

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Questionable steel product conformance hits news headlines

The Ministry of Business Inovation and Employment (MBIE) and Commerce Commission announcement that some concrete reinforcing steel mesh supplied into the New Zealand construction market doesn’t comply with New Zealand standards has caused considerable concern. Resulting in HERA staff recently being the target of extensive media attention with varying degrees of accuracy in being quoted.…

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Steelmaker Arrium goes into voluntary administration

On the 7th April 2016, Arrium Limited announced that Voluntary Administrators have been appointed to oversee the affairs of the company. Staff from Grant Thornton have been appointed to act as Voluntary Administrators for each of the relevant companies including OneSteel. HERA understands since this announcement that the administrators have changed to KordaMentha and Grant…

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Update – The role of the Welding Supervisor in quality management schemes

A SFC fabricator has demonstrated that all their welding and related activities are managed under a quality management system that fully complies with the requirements of AS/NZS ISO 3834; specifically for NZS 3404.1 Steel Structures Standard, and AS/NZS 1554 Structural Steel Welding. A quality management system relies on competent people: the fabricators welding co-ordination team. A key…

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Call for comment – Register essential skills in demand for your business

The NZMEA are compiling a list of occupations for consideration to the first round of the 2016 Review of Essential Skills in Demand lists (ESID). They are seeking input from companies who are experiencing labour shortages that could be classed as either an Immediate Skill Shortage or a Long Term Skill Shortage. If you are experiencing specific areas of…

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Notice – Draft policy on building product conformance

Over the past few years, there has been a growing body of anecdotal reports by business about the availability and use of Non-Conforming Products (NCP) in the New Zealand market across many product groups, including steel. Background to building conformance issues The March 2016 MBIE and Commerce Commission announcement that some concrete reinforcing steel mesh supplied into the New…

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Update – Results of our survey on NZQA Level 5 training

Thank you to all members who completed the February HERA survey on the questions: Should HERA Support a New Zealand Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Level 5 Program? The 83 responses demonstrated great membership interest in the issue. And in summary there was an overwhelming positive response to the two main questions that our industry wants a…

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Registration open – IWE & IWT qualification course: a pathway to career success

HERA is pleased to support the International Welding Engineer (IWE) and International Welding Technology run by the University of Wollongong, in cooperation with the WTIA in a newly restructured form. Successful completion of this course will see graduates obtain the globally recognised qualification, International Institute of Welding (IIW) – International Welding Engineer (IWE) or International…

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Registration open – 69th IIW annual assembly and international conference in Melbourne

The 69th IIW Annual Assembly and International Conference will be held at Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre, 10 – 15 July 2016. The IIW Annual Assembly & International Conference is a unique global forum that provides the opportunity for professionals from around the world to share and develop scientific and technical knowledge of welding and related…

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Notice – Design of composite beams with composite slabs using profiled steel decking

Rules for evaluating the design resistance of headed stud connectors through-deck welded within steel decking are provided in NZS 3404.1, 13.3.2.2. Due to the pitch of the ribs in the deck, it is normally not possible to provide enough shear connectors to provide a resistance equivalent to the lesser of: the tensile resistance of the…

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New program bridges the innovation gap for industry

In 2009 HERA put a proposal to Government to work with companies to transition them to being innovative and match fit for a competitive export market. While the proposal was not successful, HERA took up the challenge in establishing the Above Ground Geothermal and Allied Technologies (AGGAT) programme which is part funded by MBIE, and…