Wolfgang Scholz

Director Emeritus | HERA Foundation Secretary

I have over 38 years’ experience in the metals industry, with 31 of those spent with HERA.  Beginning my professional career in Germany, I came to New Zealand to complete my PhD research scholarship – starting a cycle of career development between the two countries over the coming years.

I’ve a strong background in mechanical engineering, with my key area of focus being automation technology and welding – and it’s this expertise and work ethic that has led to my leadership role as Director. Today, I work closely with new CEO on strategic projects I can deliver value in. I also continue to advocate for the industry and support partner organisations I’ve helped to establish such as SCNZ, NZSSDA, NASH and Metals NZ.

In the process I’ve built a deep industry understanding and established crucial networks, holding several executive, board and advisory committee positions and registration as a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers NZ – all towards achieving my main goal of developing and growing our industry in a sustainable manner.

Research and development is a catalyst that drives our industry into the future and creates important opportunities to think outside the box to find smarter solutions.

Having collaborated with leading companies such as BMW, Mercedes and SEW in the early years of my career to shape innovative manufacturing environments – I understand this, and have since established the New Zealand Welding Centre at HERA and driven various research programs.

Key projects I’ve been involved with include improving welding productivity issues, understanding emerging processes and materials, and most significantly – research into the performance of welded connections under seismic loading to shape the success of steel construction both nationally and abroad.

I’m proud to have work at HERA, where my contribution made a significant impact to our industry and the New Zealand economy. Nothing showcases this more than the work we did in making a more resilient Canterbury through stronger performing steel structures – keeping New Zealanders safer and the building process more competitive.

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