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Benchmarking New Zealand’s performance in innovation and R&D

New Zealand’s R&D and innovation performance – can we do better? The answer is yes! NZ’s expenditure on R&D is benchmarking alarmingly low. This is the key takeaway from MBIE’s recently released 2018 Research, Science and Innovation System Performance Report.   But why does this matter? According to the OECD and Treasury, low R&D investment…

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Cost effective fire solution presentation arms industry with valuable knowledge

At the beginning of the month, HERA was honoured to sponsor a presentation on cost effective fire solutions for steel structures in collaboration with the Auckland Structural Group. We’ve found it’s a growing area of interest to many of our members and to the structural engineering fraternity. Particularly as it’s been captured in the new…

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Call for interest – tell us your problems you’d like us to solve with R&D!

It’s that time of year when we’re sending out our feelers for potential R&D project proposals from our membership. For us, it’s crucial that our chosen R&D focuses are industry driven. This is because we 100% want to deliver you value from the outcomes – and we can’t do that if you we don’t know…

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HERA sponsors University of Auckland Final Year Mechanical Engineering Project Awards

HERA is proud to continue our support in fostering student education. Once again stepping up to support this year’s University of Auckland Final Year Projects for Mechanical Engineering. We’re able to do this through our charitable trust HERA Foundation which is focused on the promotion of study and understanding of ferrous and non-ferrous metals in…

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Solving the housing crisis with a sustainable light steel framing multi-storey building option

The Greater Auckland region is facing a housing crisis that requires greater urban density to help fix it. That’s why our Structural Systems team has been conducting innovative research on a light steel framing (LSF) multi-storey building solution. An approach that answers the Auckland Unitary Plan’s calls to action to house a growing population. While…

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Could your company infrastructure be set to face a natural disaster?

In today’s digital age, traditional manufacturing companies must harness disruption before it engulfs them. If you aren’t prepared – your company infrastructure is a natural disaster waiting to happen through digital disruption. That’s because natural disasters aren’t just restricted to events of nature. Nature of events can run their course in businesses and markets as…

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Notice – demystifying HERA’s research levy & how all of industry can leverage it (including SMEs!)

In our 2018 membership survey, you let us know that you’re mostly very happy with our support. However, we consistently hear from SME’s that they believe we’re only here for the bigger players. And, that the way the levy is administered is unclear. So let’s start by saying that HERA is absolutely here to support…

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Our NZ metals industry is the first to assess ourselves against Treasury’s Living Standards Framework

A new report commissioned by HERA shows that the NZ metals industry is a strong contributor to the NZ economy and the living standards of New Zealanders. It was prepared by leading economic research and consultancy company Business and Economic Research Limited (BERL) using Treasury’s Living Standards Framework (LSF). We understand we’re the first industry…

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Assessing the NZ metals industry against the living standards framework

Oct32018 We’re proud to report that our NZ metals industry is an early adopter of the living standards framework in terms of assessing where we sit across the four capitals of human, social, natural and physical/financial. HERA commissioned Business and Economic Research Limited (BERL) to prepare this report – because it’s important to understand how…

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How valuable is your business to you? And, what are you willing to do to achieve business growth?

We hope a lot, and that you’re willing to do anything! Because growth is a critical key metric for any organisation to survive. Yet, time and time again, we see our members not giving the ‘time’ needed to focus on this in their day to day work. A likely reason being that growth and survival are…

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New floor product ComFlor SR now available for the NZ market via Steel & Tube

Every day, we’re driven to solve our members problems. So, when the opportunity to work with Steel & Tube came up to help develop their new construction product – we jumped! We spent 18 months driving R&D focused on getting their new composite slab product ComFlor SR market ready. Providing design of the test specimens,…