May 14, 2019
In this episode of Stirring the Pot, we talk with Metals NZ Chief Executive Nick Collins, to gain clarity around government procurement and how metals as a material currently sits within their plans.
We delve into industry concerns around fair and free trade, imported steel and global competition against NZ fabricated steel and in the NZ context why government urgently needs to provide clear guidance on balanced decision making.
Nick is Chief Executive of Metals NZ – a co-operative initiative that represents and advocates for nine metals industry sector organisations and companies across the supply chains in the manufacturing and construction sectors.
April 29, 2019
In this episode of Stirring the Pot, we talk Industry 4.0. Helping our NZ metals industry make sense of it, understand the importance of adopting it into their business processes, and how they can evaluate its benefits and identify low hanging fruit for their specific needs.
We also give examples from Germany on how integrated technology has led to improved process optimisation and flexibility, greater customer relationships, efficiencies in workload and reduced operating cost. Showcasing how both larger companies and SME’s can implement Industry 4.0 into their operations to achieve shorter feedback loops and improved quality.
More about Holger:
Holger is HERA's Welding Engineer leading our Automation Innovation Cluster. He’s spent time at the Facility for Intelligent Fabrication to gain experience with the latest technology in 3D scanning & printing, virtual reality assisted fabrication planning and more.
New automation services at HERA: https://www.hera.org.nz/automation-welding/
More about Jan:
Jan is Coordinator of Industrial Projects and a Lecturer at the University of Auckland with a passion for end to end development of automated optimisation within production systems.
April 16, 2019
In this episode of Stirring the Pot, we talk with Maori Hydraulic Engineer at Norman Disney & Young, Byron Konia. We discuss what our metals industry can do to better facilitate Maori engagement with engineering – and why that’s so important for us to do in terms of extending our industry capacity to become more diverse and attractive to work in.
We also speak candidly with Maori Education Trust General Manager Evelyn Newman to understand why scholarships are essential in assisting students in their career pathway and the difference such opportunities make.
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Know someone that might benefit from HERA’s Whanake Scholarship? Find out more here:
Applications must reach the Māori Education Trust by 4.30 pm, Friday, 26 Paenga-whāwhā (April) 2019.
March 27, 2019
In this episode of Stirring the Pot, we talk with Metals NZ Chief Executive Nick Collins, SCNZ Manager Darren O’Riley and HERA CEO Troy Coyle about cooperation and support across the entire NZ metals sector. We clarify the roles and relationships between these three key metals industry organisations and discuss threats and opportunities within the sector as well as sustainability, advocacy and improving productivity.
More about Nick:
Nick is Chief Executive of Metals NZ – a co-operative initiative that represents nine metals industry sector organisations and companies across the supply chains in the manufacturing and construction sectors.
More about Darren:
Darren is Manager of Steel Construction NZ (SCNZ) – an organisation that promotes the benefits of steel solutions in building and infrastructure projects and advocates and supports its 300 members nationwide.
More about Troy:
Troy is CEO of HERA – an industry-owned body creating value through collaboration and education as well as acting as a catalyst for metals innovation internationally.
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March 27, 2019
In this episode of Stirring the Pot, we talk with Ross Pearce, programme manager design at Callaghan Innovation about how innovation is driving the global economy. We discuss Artificial Intelligence, robotics, blockchain as both disruptors and opportunities and how companies like Team Emirates and Rocket Lab have harnessed innovation to take on the world.
Ross Pearce is programme manager design at Callaghan Innovation whose passionate about achieving business success through applied innovation. Ross has more than 25 years of product design and innovation leadership experience focused on identifying, creating and delivering compelling value.
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March 27, 2019
In this episode of Stirring the Pot, we talk with Professor Goran Roos about the potential of the manufacturing industry to transform the New Zealand economy. We discuss the role of manufacturing in raising living standards, challenge common perceptions of the manufacturing industry and talk about the threats and benefits of new technologies.
Professor Göran Roos is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). He has been a member of the Prime Minister’s Manufacturing Leaders Group and held academic appointments at Nanyang Technological University, University of Adelaide and the University of Technology Sydney. Göran is the author and co-author of over three hundred books, book chapters, papers and articles specialising in strategy, innovation management, research policy and intellectual capital.
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