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2017

mike-lehan-executiveMike Lehan becomes Chairman in a particularly booming steel construction sector which benefited our strategic focuses. Our R&D saw many transitions with AS/NZS 5131 moving from draft to publication and the ending of our AGGAT program due to a lack of funding & industry support. SFC continued to grow from strength to strength. Fair and free trade and balanced decision making in government procurement continued to drive our advocacy works. And after 31 years of loyal service, our year closed out with the retirement of our Director Dr Wolfgang Scholz.

2016

john-frear-executiveUnder Chairman John Frear and a solid levy surplus – it was a productive year.  Our standards work saw the first joint Australian and New Zealand Standard 5100.6 Steel and Composite Construction and Draft AS/NZS 5131 Fabrication and Erection of Steel released for public comment. HERA ANB also issued 60 qualifications, with 21 members become certified under the SFC scheme. Now representing 75% of this capacity in New Zealand.

2015

Minister for Science and Innovation Hon Steven Joyce reopens our substantially refurbished HERA House. A great event reflective of a good year for our industry with heavy steel usage recording an increase of 9% due to the Canterbury rebuild.  During this year 16 companies also achieved SFC Certification – demonstrating an unprecedented commitment to quality assurance.  Also the first Metals NZ ‘Metals Week’ is held in Auckland’s Sky City.

2014

Renovations on HERA House start.  Amid this, much work in cooperation with SCNZ to launch the Steel Fabricator Certification (SFC) Scheme is done.  We also award 23 Welding Supervisor and 22 IIW Welding Inspector qualifications as an ANB.

2013

government-procurement-rulesParliament approves a new Heavy Engineering Research Levy maximum, raising it to $10 per tonne of heavy steel. During this time we successfully drive works in a joint Australian New Zealand Steel Concrete Composite Standard for public comment.  Also publishing a tender evaluation report considering whole-of–life costing and balanced decision making in partnership with BERL.  Due to being accredited as the IIW Authorised National Body (ANB) for New Zealand, we’re allowed the provision of internationally recognised welding qualifications for our education offerings.

2012

Our industry growth post GFC gets back on track with heavy steel consumption growth. With a good economic environment, we effectively lead our first trade delegation to America to advance our research in geothermal energy.  Also securing Government co-funding for our Above Ground Geothermal and Allied Technologies (AGGAT) program as well.

Our Structural systems division launches HERAVerified and our Welding Centre sees AS/NZS 1554.6 Stainless Steel Welding revised and published.

2011

Industry productivity becomes our focus, with renewable energy strongly on our radar.  However, a delay in industry supported research levy increases puts financial pressure on both us and the Government.
Despite this, the Sustainable Steel Council is established and Metals NZ is officially launched by Economic Development Minister David Carter.

2010

Peter Hutton becomes Chairman – amidst heavy steel volume drops and steel price adjustments back to pre-2005 levels.  Our research is focused on understanding the effects of free trade agreements and increasing opportunities from exports. Also, a revamp in our offering sees the introduction of a new website going live and the development of our ‘research roadmap’ service  to help members identify pathways to market.

Due to a lack of stable funding base, we request an adjustment to our Heavy Engineering Research Levy in an amendment to the HERL Act.  Metals New Zealand is also formed with us as Secretariat.

2009

The GFC hits our industry hard with a drop in steel volumes by 34%. With our Bridge Development Group (BDG) efforts bear fruit at a crucial time with new concept network arch bridges being implemented in several high profile bridges.

Not surprisingly, our membership suffers a small decline.  During this time our previous years Metals Institute set-back sparks an industry strategy review.  Focusing on heavy engineering and finding a sector-overarching advocacy pathway.

2008

Our industry records heavy steel usage of close to 170,000 tonnes. A high reflected internally as we welcomed a new division offering in Industry Development.  Our Composite Structural Assembly (CSA) research project successfully files a patent for an interlocking composite panel system.  And, we achieve ‘private training establishment’ status under NZQA.
Despite our best efforts, we’re unsuccessful in launching our Metals Institute concept. But continue to move forward with a record 667 members to support.

2007

David Moore takes over as Chairman – in a year that sees our Metals Institute concept advance for consideration with full industry endorsement. Our own strategic focuses also see changes in our structure.  Which sees SCNZ take over the steel construction market development and commit to a separate heavy engineering industry development effort.

2006

We become accredited as an IIW Authorised Training Body under WTIA as an approved national body for New Zealand.  We also see the Metals Institute of New Zealand proposal launched under a revision of our Heavy Engineering Research Levy Act.  And, in collaboration with the Auckland University of Technology our first metal forming activity is established.

2005

We discontinue our CBIP examination services and SCI-NZ transforms into what is now known as Steel Construction New Zealand (SCNZ).

2004

A big jump in steel volumes sees New Zealand’s annual heavy steel usage top nearly 150,000 tonnes.  This comes amidst a strong return where we’re able to secure a $6million R&D grant over six years to establish a new export focused manufacturing sector around steel based Composite Structural Assemblies.
We also initiate the Steel Bridge Development Group to increase the use of steel in bridges.  During this time Foundation HERA Chairman Keith Smith is also recognised at our second Metals Industry Conference.

2003

Noel Davies takes over as Chairman.  During which time SCI-NZ formally becomes a division of ours and the welding levy increases to 5 cents per kg of welding consumable.

2002

The first New Zealand Metals Industry Conference “United to grow the industry” is held in Rotorua and attended by over 300 people.  In collaboration with SSAS and SCI-NZ we also promote the Code of Practice for Structural Steel Work Documentation.

During this time SCI-NZ separates as an independent interest group.  And we form our Inspection & Quality Control Centre division – effectively separating our training from examinations.

2001

Graeme Ridley is appointed Chairman – and our Executive Board goes on to approve its first five year strategic plan.  The adoption of a new HERA logo and tagline “Innovation in Metals” creates a new era for our branding. Also, SSAS launches an on-line connection guide and we support NZSSDA to publish their Blue Book “Code of Practice for the Fabrication of SS Plant & Equipment.”

2000

wolfgang-scholz-heraDr Wolfgang Scholz becomes Director – steering in a year that sees our seismic steel construction program produce a new moment resisting connection ‘the sliding hinge joint.’  SSAS also double the tonnage of steel work proposed to 10,000 tonnes, and our membership reach 531.  Additionally, our accreditation as an IPENZ training provider is achieved.

1999

Our report R4-100 Structural Steel Work Connections Guide published by SSAS boosts the use of structural steel throughout New Zealand. Which is complimented by our new team expertise in Finite Element Analysis.  We also see our Steel Design and Construction Bulletin increase to six issues per year as our most highly ranked communication source by members.

During this time we become Secretariat of the newly formed New Zealand Stainless Steel Development Association (NZSSDA) as well.

1998

Duncan Fraser takes over as Chairman for our 20 year anniversary.  Which sees us hit a training record of 8 seminars and 11 courses in 36 session in 7 towns attended by 614 people.  A total of 14000 copies of the welding training modules are also sold and the first networkable version of PROWELD released.
We also publish the R4-96: Structural Steelwork Estimating Guide as part SSAS to help designers make easier and more favourable decisions to use steel.  Supporting the formation of the Steel Construction Industry New Zealand (SCI-NZ).

1997

Our Welding Centre celebrates its ten year anniversary – extending its metallurgy consulting based research to the casting area. We also start our most significant government co-funded structural steel research project on welded moment-resisting steel frames.  During which time we publish a substantial revision of NZS 3404: 1977 in collaboration with the Steel Structures Panel and target the steel bridge market with SSAS.
JV96 consulting activity now represents 50% of our market research activity, and our membership has grown to 511 companies.

1996

Dr John Meikle is appointed Director – ushering in a year where the biggest welding convention in New Zealand is held in collaboration with IIW – the Asian Pacific Welding Congress.  The universal use of our welding training modules throughout NZ polytechnics and companies is also achieved.  And, our metallurgical expertise are also introduced to our offerings.  Unfortunately, Force Five initiatives come to end, but are taken over by JV96 to identify Australian market opportunities.

1995

David Band becomes Chairman.  Celebrating the sale of our first Welding Training Modules for 13 unit standards, and the comeback of steel above 100,000 tonnes to be close to pre-share market crash days.  Our membership also hits over 400 companies.

1994

This year we establish a Steel Analysis Service (SSAS) supported by BHP NZ Steel. Also starting our Steel Design and Construction Bulletin and releasing our welding expert system PROWELD to membership as well.

1993

HERA contributes to the new Building Control System becoming operational – a fully performance based national system. And, our Limit States Design Seminar becomes the most successful structural steel seminar series in industry.

1992

Our charitable trust the Heavy Engineering Education Research Foundation (HEERF) is established to drive metals engineering as a career. During which time our membership is also widened to include designers and consultants – taking us up to 241 members.

1991

Peter White-Robinson is elected Chairman.  With HERA successfully carrying out a trade mission to Australia to drive export opportunities and submit the first draft of the Limit States Steel Structures Code DZ 3404 for review.  We also establish ties to the Australian Structural Steel Welding Committee to achieve joint standards between our countries.

1990

Our Welding Centre drives the development of a Modular Training Scheme for Welding in New Zealand.  Which eventually is used by most welding training providers.

1989

Bill Fraser becomes Chairman – in a year where we publish the first Design Guide and Guidelines on the safe erection of multi-story building steel work.  This later establishes us as the centre for preparing national design codes for adoption through the SANZ process. We also hold our first full time three week welding course outside of Auckland and obtain a reciprocity agreement with the American Welding Society.  Force Five  also hold an international trade fair in Papua New Guinea to drive offshore business opportunities.

1988

Keith Smith is appointed for his second term as Chairman.  He oversees major government research funding changes from a subsidy base to allocation on a competitive basis.  A drop in import tariffs also makes steel construction more competitive.

1987

Dr W. Lew Richards is appointed Director – where the research levy on welding consumables of $0.02/kg becomes effective.  The share market also crashes creating a major down turn in the construction industry.  During this time our training centre is established to coordinate all courses and seminars offered by HERA and CBIP. We also see the formation of Force Five – a joint venture between five member companies driving offshore market research.

1986

David Jones takes over as Chairman and sees the First Pacific Structural Steel Conference held.  During this time the introduction of import licencing of abandoned steel for more competitively priced steel sparks steel fabrication work.  Also, the adoption of our Welding Centres Panel and first Manager Dr Wolfgang Scholz starts.

1985

Cyril Baker becomes Chairman – signing a contract to build HERA House, which is later opened by the Minister of Science and Technology.

1984

Our steel levy increases from $3 to $5 per tonne and a Japanese connection with Professor Kato and Takanishi inspires a seismic steel construction research program. We also hold our first Heavy Engineering Industry Development Conference.

1983

Tom Just takes over as Chairman – supporting our first research fellow at the University of Canterbury.  We also co-found the Certification Board for Inspection Personnel (CBIP) to improve the quality and reliability of NDT testing of steel vessels and structures.  Establishing a comprehensive training program to support skills training.

1982

Our first Steel Design Award in collaboration with the newly formed Steel Promotion Council (HERA, NZ Steel Merchants Stockholder Association, NZ Steel Ltd and Pacific Steel Ltd) exposes and promotes steel to architects.

Our Information Centre records holding over 50 journals and 500 publications.

1981

A steel levy increase from $1.50 to $3 per tonne grows membership to 99 companies and our first research policy is created with four research projects underway.

A driving focus to connect sees us join the International Institute of Welding (IIW) to develop science, art and skills of welding.  We also create our Market Research Panel, HERAnews and HERApublication offerings for members.

1980

New team members offer greater expertise in mechanical engineering and market research.  During which time our Information Centre, Structural Engineering and Pressure Vessel Panel are established and Gavin Fletcher takes over as Director.  We also sponsor our first public seminar on structural steel design.

1979

A year of firsts.  The first report published, 34 companies are registered as members and Dr Robin Shepperd is appointed our first Director – leasing our first office premises.

Delve more into our history!

A history of our first 25 years was presented to members at the second Metals Industry Conference in 2004. The first part written by the late Gavin Fletcher who was our Director from 1980 to 1986, and the second section by our Founding Chairman – the late Keith Smith.

 

25 Years of HERA – an account from the beginnings