ManufacturingNZ -

Issue 1: November 2010

Manufacturing is alive and thriving. It's the biggest employer in the Auckland region and the second largest employer in the country. It contributes to around 50% of our exports.

It's time we all got behind manufacturing, celebrated it for the success story it is, and put some thought into how we get this sector to double in size.

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Send an email to Catherine Beard, BusinessNZ Executive Director Manufacturing 



Technology Transfer Vouchers now up for grabs

The Foundation for Research Science and Technology (FRST) Technology Transfer Vouchers are now available. The vouchers provide 50% funding towards business R&D projects to enable firms to access research services and expertise from accredited research organisations.

The vouchers will be awarded on an on-demand basis to firms with modest in-house R&D capability.

Find out more about Technology Transfer Vouchers here.


IRL is helping firms with R&D

Industrial Research Ltd (IRL) has been selected as one of six Accredited Research Organisations for the first phase of the Technology Transfer Voucher funding scheme.

Businesses are invited to contact IRL to see whether they qualify for the vouchers and, if so, work with them to develop a research plan for their project and make an application for a voucher.

You can call 0508 225 5475 to talk to an IRL Industry Engagement Account Manager. Vouchers are allocated on a first in first served basis.


LEANSTEP tool now available to you

Leanstep is a free online tool to help your business improve its productivity performance and eliminate waste through the use of lean manufacturing techniques.

It’s been developed specifically for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in New Zealand by ManufacturingNZ, in collaboration with business and lean organisations.

Find out more


IRL invests $19 million in linking science & engineering with NZ firms

BusinessNZ is thrilled about the news that IRL is investing $19 million to foster New Zealand's science and engineering talent.

Initially IRL will offer five Industry Research and Outreach Fellowships for talented scientists and engineers to work with industry to conduct research and technology transfer activities.

The aim behind the initiative is linking world-class science and engineering with the needs of New Zealand firms.

Find out more

To make an enquiry or register your expression of interest please phone Professor Shaun Coffey on +64 4 931 3087.


High Tech R&D Showcase at AUT

Seven universities from around NZ are showcasing their high tech R&D to business and industry. Part of a TEC funded programme of events to strengthen ties between universities and business. The latest high tech R&D will be on show at AUT's Wellesley Street Campus Conference Facility in Auckland 5:30pm-8:00pm on Wednesday 9 Feb 2011.

See "CF" on this map for the location.

Ray Avery, New Zealander of the Year, is confirmed as guest speaker.

The overall theme of "High-Tech R&D" will have sub-themes including:

  • Rapid Product Development
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Technology & Innovation Management
  • The SKA Megascience Project
  • Measurement & Control
  • Digital Content
  • Design

The date for the event was chosen to coincide with the NZ Rapid Product Development Conference 2011, held on Feb 7-8.

For more information email: or call 0800AUTRESEARCH (0800 288 73732724) or visit


Need help to innovate?

Tap into expert knowledge to help with your R&D and innovation challenges.

Innovating New Zealand is a group of New Zealand's foremost Institutes of Technology, providing training, expert advice and services to help your business grow. Find help here.

Access a wealth of manufacturing knowledge, research and exchange through NZ universities here.  


Green shoots for manufacturing sector

October's manufacturing activity saw little change from September, as the sector remains fairly static.

However, there are small green shoots in some areas according to the latest monthly BNZ-BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI).


Contract manufacturers

We are in the process of compiling a directory to allow businesses to find contract manufacturers who may be able to assist them with a particular project.

If you are interested in being listed in our directory, please complete this form to list your company in our Contract Manufacturing Directory to allow those interested in employing your services to find you.

Download the Contract Manufacturing Directory form here.


Signs of US trade policy leadership

The New York Times recently published an opinion piece by Barack Obama in which he talks about the US exporting its way to economic stability, finding "new customers in new markets for American-made goods".


GoGlobal for success

We recently had our second GoGlobal conference, and the strong line-up of speakers and topics saw a great turn-out from exporters. Highlights were many and varied, but David Mahon, one of our foremost experts on China and Andrew Ferrier, Chief Executive of Fonterra were both obvious crowd pullers... Read more

Watch a short video of GoGlobal 2010.

Hear what delegates and speakers had to say.


Your sector - the facts on manufacturing

Manufacturing may not always get the recognition it deserves.

Did you know, manufacturing accounts for:

  • nearly 50% of NZ’s exports
  • the largest employer in the Auckland region
  • the second largest employer in New Zealand (12% of employees)
  • 12% of the country’s GDP ($16.312 billion and second biggest contributor behind Property and Business services) in 2009 manufacturing.

Further facts about manufacturing...


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