News posted in Manufacturing.

NZAS John Stephens

April 11th, 2017

Does your qualification match your experience?

The processing and manufacturing sectors are fortunate to employ many people with extensive experience in Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, Theory of Constraints, TQM and other business improvement processes. While these processes and systems are recognised within their industries, they are...

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December 13th, 2016

Global manufacturing business keeps ahead of the game

From its humble beginnings in the late eighties to now an international company, Napier-based food display cabinetmaking company Food Products Group (FPG) have come a long way since owner Robert Darroch started the business in his garage. FPG are...

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Ben Ellis profile

August 16th, 2016

Plastics graduate’s hobby turns into his career

Ben Ellis decided early on he wanted do an apprenticeship; it was just a matter of which industry he wanted to train in. “I was told I could do an apprenticeship while earning an excellent income, so I decided...

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Niall Presland web

February 26th, 2016

Plastics apprentice is a natural born leader

For Niall Presland-White, working in the plastics industry was ‘being in the right place, at the right time.’ Niall is a NZA apprentice doing the National Certificate in Plastics Processing Technology Level 3 and Level 4 at RSS Plastics...

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manufacturing onshoring

February 15th, 2016

If it’s good enough for Apple: bringing manufacturing back home

Rising wages in China, soaring transport costs, and concerns over quality, intellectual property and delivery times are combining to cause manufacturers in the US and UK to consider bringing their outsourced manufacturing home (‘onsourcing their operations’). In the US, computer...

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Getting the best from your investment in training an apprentice

December 18th, 2015

Companies share their views on getting the best from an apprenticeship

New Competenz research, which summarises the views of 180 employers, has identified practical ways companies can gain the greatest return on their investment in an apprenticeship: a skilled, productive employee who adds value as soon as possible, and stays...

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Health and Safety web

October 16th, 2015

Getting ready for the new health and safety law

New Zealand’s new health and safety law, which comes in force on 4 April 2016, makes everyone involved in a workplace responsible for keeping others safe, sets clear standards of care, defines the activities businesses need to carry out...

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PPG web

October 5th, 2015

Training boosts manufacturing productivity, engagement and safety at PPG

A long-term investment in building competitive manufacturing skills, supported by a culture change programme which rewards productivity and innovation, is helping Auckland-based industrial coatings manufacturer PPG New Zealand save thousands of dollars and lift employee engagement, safety and environmental performance.  “In...

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Hon Steven Joyce apprentice graduation

September 4th, 2015

Hon Steven Joyce: “Training shows you what you can achieve”

Celebrating the achievements of 25 competitive manufacturing graduates at the Auckland plant of industrial coating supplier PPG was ‘the fun part of the job’ for Minister of Tertiary Education Skills and Employment Steven Joyce, and an opportunity to encourage...

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Matua Wines web

September 1st, 2015

Got a Trade Week: learning about a career in winemaking

Touring the West Auckland plant of award-winning winemaker Matua Valley Wines during national Got a Trade Week proved a good way for students like Ruhia Henare-Samuels to learn about a career in winemaking and gain tips for getting started. “Today...

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