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Metals Industry Conference and Industry Awards Gala Dinner 2017 is a GO

It's time to book your flights as the next Metals Industry Conference is confirmed to be held at Christchurch’s Addington Racecourse, on September 15th 2017...

Lack of Govt action and clarity puts primary industries at risk - Mar 2017

NZ primary industries are at risk in geographies where dumping and subsidsation are evident, and for steel and aluminium products these threats are real with more than one investigation currently under way at MBIE, and others being considered...

Aussie Govt changes a win for steel industry? - Dec 2016

A release out of Australia in some ways is a surprise given the country’s intention to seek ascension to WTO’s Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA)...

Cost of steel on the rise?

After several years of continued decline there are signs that steel cost may be on a turning point. Steel & Tube Holdings boss Dave Taylor says “a dramatic upswing in coking coal prices and higher iron ore prices has meant there needs to be a hike in domestic steel prices in New Zealand next year.”

The movement towards sustainability - Nov 2016

Internationally, there is significant movement towards creating more sustainable buildings to reduce our environmental impact, increase social and economic benefits, and meet the needs of the future...

CEO’s report - Oct 2016

The Metals Industry Conference for 2017 in Christchurch will be a great chance to engage with the South Island members of the various industry associations and explore the progress of the city’s rebuild, which by reports has now passed its peak. Wellington was a close second in voting...

NZ trade policy strategy review - Sept 2016

New Zealand is refreshing its Trade Policy Strategy and they would like to hear your views on how it should be shaped. Our existing Trade Policy Strategy is more than 20 years old. It has delivered significant benefits for New Zealand and New Zealanders, but the way business is done today and the global environment that we operate in have changed. This means that we need to adapt to continue getting the best deal from international trade...

Construction contract procurement - Aug 2016

I attended a workshop recently where the NZ Government Procurement Branch (GPB) of the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) collaborated with the Construction Strategy Group and the NZ Construction Industry Council.

Best value for everyone...?? - July 2016

Sixteen hundred tonnes of steel from China were found to be non-compliant to design standards for use in four bridges on the $450 million Huntly bypass that forms part of the new $2 billion Waikato Expressway. Contractors Fulton Hogan and HEB Construction last week admitted to RNZ News the steel tubes were not good enough and they did not comply with standards for structural steel..

The Perception of Manufacturing in New Zealand - May 2016

Metals NZ has also in the last month been meeting with an ever increasing number of industry association representatives concerned about the perception of manufacturing in NZ seemingly held by our politicians and by the general public...

Non-Conforming Reinforcing Steel Products

This subject has received a lot of press since March/April as a result of the Ductile Reinforcing Mesh investigations by the Commerce Commission and Metals NZ has been working closely with relevant parties...

Spotlight on Non-conforming Building Products - Apr 2016

Earlier this month, the Commerce Commission halted the sales of two imported steel reinforcing mesh products manufactured in China and Malaysia. We have an excellent opportunity right in front of us to review and formulate changes to assurance systems and frameworks to tighten up on the application of products to Standards and therefore further preserve the integrity of our Building Code...

Manufacturing in New Zealand - Mar 2016

It is clear that manufacturing sector remains vital to the economy - it is the largest economic sector in New Zealand, contributing 11% percent to the country’s GDP in 2014/15 employing about 12% of the nation’s workforce with circa 200,000 jobs putting it at the fourth largest employer. Metals product manufacturing in 2014 contributed to a little over 1% to New Zealand’s GDP...

Primary Steel Producers in Crisis - Feb 2016

As the new year kicks away, amongst the news of world stock markets weakening came further announcements about the plight of a number of primary steel makers particularly in UK, Europe and China...

Boron... Chromium... What Next? - Dec 2016

Rumors are circulating in the market that the Chinese Government will withdraw the current tax rebate on exports of chromium-added steel products...

Safety Concerns Over Fabricated Chinese Steel Flooding Australian Market

The Australian steel industry has issued a warning about the safety standards of steel products being imported from overseas. An oversupply of Chinese steel is plaguing the industry worldwide and Australian steelmakers are struggling to survive, as cheap raw and fabricated Chinese product floods the market..

Public Sector Procurement Must Provide Benefits for ALL New Zealanders

The announcement that Leanne Dalziel has signed a letter of ‘co-operation and friendship’ on behalf of the Christchurch City Council with Guoxin International will have most members of the New Zealand construction industry asking, “What sort of benefits will they bring and to whom?”. I would suggest it will be a lot more than private funding...

Metals Week 2015 in Review

Metals Week 2015 was held at the Aotea Centre Auckland 1st - 4th September. In 2014, The Metals New Zealand Executive had the idea to create a significant and overarching event involving as many member associations as possible...

Metals Week 2015 Gaining Momentum

Unlike the dairy, agricultural and ICT industries, New Zealand’s metals industry is the quiet hero working in the background of the GDP, employing over 26,000 Kiwis and contributing $7.3 bn a year, more than a third of which is for products and services for export...

Metals Week 2015 - May News

The arrangements are now well advanced for Metals Week 2015. The core events making up the Metals Week 2015 program at Auckland’s Aotea Centre are now progammed with the Industry Awards Gala Dinner being held at the adjacent Rendezvous Hotel...

Metals Week 2015 - A Celebration of the NZ Metals Industry

We are soft launching Metals Week 2015 in the March edition of Engineering News and other media, so look out for the flyer as pictured. A full launch, with more information about the concept and the main events, will happen in the April edition of EN...