News: Thieves steal equipment donated to earthquake relief

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Some of the items stolen by thieves from a Civil Defence facility in Sockburn, included goods which had been donated by overseas countries, local and national businesses following the Christchurch earthquake in February 2011.

Christchurch Police are investigating the burglary of equipment from a vacant store next to the Civil Defence facility which occurred sometime between last Thursday October 16 and Monday October 20.

A large quantity of equipment including 20 generators (some of which were a distinctive red ‘Saint Meilan’ brand), several large aluminium ‘coffin’ style tool boxes and approximately 540 welfare blankets packed in 27 boxes were removed from the property. Continue reading “Thieves steal equipment donated to earthquake relief” »

News: Trucking firm aims to save 2 million litres of fuel a year

7620625790_ac298713fdNew Zealand’s largest transport operator, the HW Richardson Group (HWR), says that joining the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority’s (EECA’s) heavy vehicle fuel efficiency programme, is not just about saving money, its also about protecting lives.

HWR’s managing director Scott O’Donnell says that it was important to the company that the programme’s focus was not solely on fuel efficiency gains but also the safety of it’s staff and the general public.

“Getting our people safe home every night and ensuring that we do not put the public at risk from our operations is key to us,” says O’Donnell. Continue reading “Trucking firm aims to save 2 million litres of fuel a year” »

News: ‘Sheep sliding away’ – for tunnel boring machine

lanolin-sheepTurning Alice, the Waterview Connection’s tunnel boring machine (TBM), around in a tight space is going to be no easy matter, which is where 200 litres of locally produced lanolin comes into play.

Some of New Zealand’s 30 million sheep are providing the wax extracted from their wool that will be used to help slide Alice position so that it can start excavating the second of the twin motorway tunnels.

“Shifting Alice is probably one of the most technically challenging tasks of the whole Waterview project,” says NZTA highway manager Brett Gliddon. Continue reading “‘Sheep sliding away’ – for tunnel boring machine” »

News: Mining giant gets rid of human drivers

8643387624_54505be526_zMining giant Rio Tinto wants to use technology to get the most value from its operations and it has started with the use of 900 driver-less mining trucks in the Pilbara region of Western Australia which are controlled from an operations centre in Perth.

At the recent Internet of Things World Forum in Chicago, the mining giant’s head of innovation John McGagh presented Rio Tinto’s ‘Mine of the Future’ which will see greater use of connectivity and data to better utilise both mobile and fixed mining infrastructure.

McGagh says Rio Tinto wants to use technology to get better value from its mining operations. The bottom line is the bottom line, and that will become one which sees more automation and less human interaction in the mining industry. Continue reading “Mining giant gets rid of human drivers” »

News: Downer moves into electricity, gas, and water sectors

tenixInfrastructure firm Downer EDI Limited (Downer) has signed an agreement to acquire all of the shares in Tenix Holdings Australia Pty Limited (Tenix) for A$300 million.

Downer has acquired the company as it seeks to form a new core business dealing in electricity, gas, and water utilities. It says there are strong prospects for future growth in the Australian market.

Downer chief executive officer Grant Fenn says there is little overlap between the two companies, and the acquisition of Tenix will be the foundation of Downer’s utility business. Continue reading “Downer moves into electricity, gas, and water sectors” »

News: Naked Bus predicts 25% growth in 2015

nakedbus_bus1Naked Bus has marked its eighth year of operation by predicting that passenger numbers will grow by at least 25% in 2015, due to the cost of domestic air travel.

CEO Hamish Nuttall says more than 2.5 million passengers have boarded a Naked Bus since the service launched on 17 October 2006.

“Bringing the ‘low-cost airline concept’ to New Zealand roads was designed to meet demand for affordable, accessible travel,” says Nuttall. Continue reading “Naked Bus predicts 25% growth in 2015” »

News: Toll depot faces $100,000 tagging bill

Toll_Blue_Scope_TrucksToll New Zealand is offering a reward for any information in regards to the recent spate of graffiti that taggers have sprayed on to vehicles parked overnight in it’s Hastings freight depot.

The depot holds a number of company-owned as well as privately-owned truck and trailer units, which have been repeatedly vandalised in the past three weeks.

Toll New Zealand Group national manager Mark Allan told Hawke’s Bay Today that the graffiti would be a massive financial hit to the depot. Continue reading “Toll depot faces $100,000 tagging bill” »

News: Focus on mixed ports paying off

JADE_(programming_language)_logoA focus on mixed cargo ports and terminals has paid off for Christchurch-based Jade Software, as the company has secured 19 new terminals across the Middle East, Europe, and Africa (EMEA) in the last quarter.

The software developer says mixed cargo ports are faced with increasing complexity and the need to react more quickly to remain competitive.

Jade master terminal software is currently used by mixed cargo ports and terminals from New Zealand to Norway. Continue reading “Focus on mixed ports paying off” »

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