News: Largest apple exporter expanding cool store capacity

apples2Fruit and vegetable logistics company Scales Corp says it will boost its cold store network capacity by 16% with construction beginning onsite at a South Auckland inter-modal freight hub.

The company is New Zealand’s largest apple exporter, and also owns businesses across the primary sector including, sea and air freight services, cold store operations, and food ingredients, including pet foods and juice concentrate businesses.

Its new 8,700 square metre Polarcold plant will be constructed at the Ports of Auckland inter-modal freight hub in South Auckland. Continue reading “Largest apple exporter expanding cool store capacity” »

News: Truck and trailer jumps F1 car, Seriously!

Formula one team Lotus have come up with a unique way to promote their partnership with sponsor EMC – jumping an F1 transporter truck over their race car.

The F1 car lives, the truck does not come off completely unscathed. Continue reading “Truck and trailer jumps F1 car, Seriously!” »

News: Agribusiness workforce needs greater skills says Fieldays

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The New Zealand National Fieldays Society (NZNFS) has announced the theme for Fieldays 2015 – ‘Growing our capability in agribusiness’.

It stems from the need to build on New Zealand’s position as a leader in agriculture, and recognises the challenges in maintaining and growing a skilled workforce.

The challenge to attract New Zealand’s best to the agricultural and primary sector highlights the demand for advancing education around agribusiness, and NZNFS, believes ‘growing our capability in agribusiness’ to be a crucial theme for New Zealand’s agri sector. Continue reading “Agribusiness workforce needs greater skills says Fieldays” »

News: Disposable income up 8.2% in 2014

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In more good news for vehicle and equipment sales, it was revealed today that in the year to March 2014, New Zealand earned $14.4 billion more as a country than in 2013, National disposable income was up 8.2% to $189.2 billion.

The growth was led by business profits, while income from employment also grew. Business profits were up $9.0 billion (9.8%), due to large growth in the dairy, construction, and financial services.

Compared with the strong growth in national income, growth in final consumption expenditure was modest (3.6%). This resulted in growth to national saving, continuing its upward trend since 2009. Continue reading “Disposable income up 8.2% in 2014” »

News: Minister says women a good fit for trades

For-Website--Women-in-Trades-281112-008At at event launching new personal protection gear for women involved in the Christchurch rebuild, the minister for women Louise Upston also launched a handbook for local employers to encourage more women into the trades.

The event launched the Stronger Christchurch infrastructure rebuild team’s new personal protection gear for women – with the theme, It’s a great fit.

“As well as helping to keep women safe on the job with appropriately fitting clothing, this new range of gear is about increasing their visibility and participation,” says Upston. Continue reading “Minister says women a good fit for trades” »

News: Trolley bus project recognised as award finalist

4590636235_6bd4280f42An electrical fault protection project that enhances safety for workers and the public near trolley bus overhead wires has seen Wellington Cable Car Limited (WCCL) join the finalists in the IPENZ New Zealand engineering excellence awards (NZEE).

NZEE judges described the WCCL trolley bus overhead protection (TBOP) project as “an example of New Zealand engineering at its best.”

WCCL operates and maintains 80km of Wellington’s trolley bus overhead electrical network on behalf of Greater Wellington regional council. Continue reading “Trolley bus project recognised as award finalist” »

News: New fire fighting technology developed by student

0c65dc57b63e6b066241A final year WelTec engineering student has designed a prototype electronic control unit for Hutt Valley fire appliance manufacturer Fraser Engineering, that allows fire fighters to direct hoses from the safety of their cab.

George Francis designed the prototype electronic control unit for a remote control fire fighting nozzle known as a Monitor which mounted to the front bumper of a fire fighting appliance.

“It’s been sold to an Australian customer and by the end of this project will be in service ready for the busy bushfire season,” says Francis Continue reading “New fire fighting technology developed by student” »

News: Mitsubishi unveils 2015 Triton and future Fiat utility

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has just launched the 2015 model year Triton utility in Thailand where the vehicle is built for global markets.

In 2016 the Thai factory will also start producing a Fiat-dedicated version of the Triton for sale in Europe and Latin America under the Fiat Professional banner says Automotive New Europe.

The non-binding memorandum of understanding between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and MMC to develop and manufacture the truck will see 150 to 170,000 vehicles produced from the Thai plant over a six year period but numbers are yet to be finalised says a September news report from Automotive News Europe. Continue reading “Mitsubishi unveils 2015 Triton and future Fiat utility” »

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