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Issue 3: January 2011

Manufacturers looking for inspiration about how to turbo charge their business are well advised to read about how small to medium-sized manufacturers in Germany have outperformed the rest of the German economy and become global success stories. It's not just LEAN manufacturing which is the answer – I recommend reading the full paper, their secrets to success are applicable here.

Catherine Beard

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Lessons from Germany - Manufacturing Export Domination

New Zealand manufacturers and the New Zealand economy could benefit a lot by learning from the manufacturing and exporting success stories of Germany. They've helped propel Germany to a bigger trade surplus than China.

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This is what I gleaned from a report that reveals "How Germany's Hidden Champions Stay Ahead in the Global Economy", but I highly recommend you read the full report too. C Beard


High-Tech R&D Showcase at AUT

This is a great opportunity to connect and collaborate with some of New Zealand's top research talent.

Special guest speaker is Ray Avery, New Zealander of the Year 2010 and CEO of Medicine Mondiale.

Wed 9 February from 5.30 - 7.30pm. Register here.


Accessing R&D

Remember you can find out what research is currently going on in our Universities and Polytechnics all from a single point on our website's home page.

Get help with product development, operational improvements and organisational change by clicking on INNOVATING NEW ZEALAND.

Tap into expert knowledge, R&D and educational information by clicking on MANUFACTURING KNOWLEDGE HERE.

There's nowhere else that you can access this information all in one place. I highly recommend you find out about the R&D that's going on - it could be just what you need to help solve your manufacturing problem and boost your business. C Beard


Accelerate your business growth

Accelerate 2011 is a one-day event for business owners, CEOs and entrepreneurs that want to grow their business FAST!

It's happening on 18 February in the Hawkes Bay. Rather than a lecture, it will be more about productive discussion, networking and sharing the things that really work.

Find out more


Rapid Product Development Conference

Time is money. This international conference at Auckland's University of Technology will cover a range of aspects in the convergence of technology in product design and rapid product development - including rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, computer aided design and engineering through to sustainable product development, management of innovation in NPD projects, virtual environments, simulation, and much more.

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Contract Manufacturing

Businesses are starting to list themselves in our online contract manufacturers' directory. It allows firms to search for the right contract manufacturers to help them with specific projects.

Check out the firms available for contract manufacturing here.

If you want your company listed in this directory, please complete this form


Performance of Manufacturing Index

The Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI) ending 2010 on a solid note, with its third consecutive month in expansion. Read more

View the full PMI


Hi-Tech Awards - entries now open

Time to put our talented Kiwi technology companies in the spotlight - the New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards Programme for 2010-2011 provides the premier showcase and networking opportunities for the producers of New Zealand's 'high technology'.

Judged by both a local and international judging panel, these awards are supported by the  ICT, electronics, software, bio-technology, creative, telecommunications and digital media industries.

Find out more and register


How to make your supply chain super-efficient

You can get hands-on experience to improve supply chain processes and management, and learn from real-life examples and projects, at this training event run by the Australia/New Zealand chapter of Supply Chain Council.

It will be conducting Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR®) Framework and Project trainings in Auckland from 14-17 February.

Register here


US-NZ Health Innovation Symposium

Supported by New Zealand's Ministry of Science and Innovation, this symposium includes a showcase of innovation, presentations and panel discussions from NZ and American researchers. It offers some great opportunities to build new collaborations between the two countries.

Find out more and register here


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