What Challenges Await New Zealand’s Manufacturers?

What Challenges Await New Zealand’s Manufacturers?

manufacturing plantThe Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) urged manufacturing companies in New Zealand to invest more in new technologies to maintain its growth streak and prepare itself for challenges in the future.

Some of these investments include Industry 4.0, which involves automation, cloud computing and the Internet of Things among other modern technologies, according to EMA CEO Kim Campbell.

Industrial Revolution

Many subcontractors in the country have decided to keep up with the changing landscape of industry practices. Shot peening, for instance, has become more efficient after using technology to determine the right technique for a certain manufacturing process.

Manufacturers should then think of how they take advantage of this development to improve productivity and quality of their products. Campbell said that the industry also faces a greater need to hire more skilled workers, despite salaries being 15 per cent higher than the nationwide average. Artificial intelligence could be the solution to this problem, as it would reduce the need for manpower and cut costs at the same time.

Sustaining Growth

If the industry fails to increase its investments in new technology, the pace of growth would be at risk. According to the Business NZ-BNZ’s performance of manufacturing index, the sector reached a score of 52.2 in March compared to 53.3 in February.

While this seemed to be lower, a reading above 50 indicates growth within the industry and a score below it means a contraction. In the next three months, many manufacturing companies remain positive about growth prospects that would mean more business for suppliers and service providers. Their outlook remains bright despite production, employment and new orders posting declines for March.

Conclusion

Investments in digital technology remain crucial since the manufacturing industry can no longer avoid the inevitable; the emergence of a new industrial revolution. What is your strategy to keep your business afloat in the coming years?

The Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) urged manufacturing companies in New Zealand to invest more in new technologies to maintain its growth streak and prepare itself for challenges in the future. Some of these investments include Industry 4.0, which involves automation, cloud computing and the Internet of Things among other modern technologies, according to EMA CEO Kim Campbell. Industrial Revolution Many subcontractors in the country have decided to keep up with the changing landscape of industry practices. Shot peening, for instance, has become more efficient after using technology to deter ...

Here’s How Teens Can Have Gadget-Less Fun with Their Friends in Cornwall

Here’s How Teens Can Have Gadget-Less Fun with Their Friends in Cornwall

a teenager surfingResearch shows that 1 out of 3 UK teenagers spends at least 6 hours a day online. These teens are part of a group called extreme internet users. If you have a teen at home who's always face to face with a screen, you might need to find creative ways to separate them from their gadgets. There are a lot of fun activities for your teenager to do that don't require gadgets. They can visit the interesting historical sites of Cornwall or spend quiet time in the heart of nature in its many valleys. Here are some fun activities your teenager can do with his or her friends that don't require screen time.

1. Go Surfing

Who doesn't love the sand and sea? Cornwall has many golden beaches that have the perfect waves to ride and rip. Each beach has their own set of well-trained surfing instructors for first-timers. Teenagers can always get a kick out of learning a new sport with friends.

2. Watch a Play in the Open-Air Theatre

For teens who have a passion for theatrical arts, watching a play at the Minack Theatre will definitely be an experience. This theatre is carved into a cliff of granite which offers a rustic and wonderful theatrical experience.

3. Experience a Festival of Arts and Literature

May is a wonderful month for your teen to brush up on their art and literature knowledge as the Isles of Scilly celebrate the arts of all 5 islands. There are art workshops, plays, and musical performances all month long, enough to entertain and educate your teen and his or her friends.

Remember that spending too much time on gadgets has numerous, proven ill effects on the brain and the social abilities of teens. Encourage them to step out of the house and spend time with their friends. Teach them that direct human relationships are still better than getting the most likes on social media.

Research shows that 1 out of 3 UK teenagers spends at least 6 hours a day online. These teens are part of a group called extreme internet users. If you have a teen at home who's always face to face with a screen, you might need to find creative ways to separate them from their gadgets. There are a lot of fun activities for your teenager to do that don't require gadgets. They can visit the interesting historical sites of Cornwall or spend quiet time in the heart of nature in its many valleys. Here are some fun activities your teenager can do with his or her friends that don't require screen time. 1. Go Sur ...

Types of Preschool Teaching Techniques

Types of Preschool Teaching Techniques

a teacher talking to a preschoolIf you imagined that teaching preschool is easy, imagine yourself having to guide young children, wildly out of their typical environment and instructing them on life skills.

Now imagine that these kids are different and not entirely in control of their persons making them prone to throw tantrums or just pee on themselves. That is what being a preschool teacher involves.

However, instructing preschool children in Salt Lake City is not only difficult; it is art at its best. It is an opportunity to be part of the formative years of a child’s life and to impart knowledge and skills that will last the little human for a lifetime.

As such, it relies on different methods to get the child to understand what you are teaching. Here are three conventional methods used.

Playway method

The underlying principle of this teaching method is that a child who is active is a learning child. As such, the teacher will include activities such as virtual games, role plays and singing to teach the children. Ideally, this method of teaching brings knowledge to the child in a relaxed environment and zooms in on the child’s needs. Kids only do activities they can perform.

Reggio Emilia technique

Started in Italy, this approach also teaches through activities. However, in this case, the activities are designed to teach the child to be an active community member. They can communicate and form relationships after successfully going through this method of teaching.

Waldorf method

This teaching method focuses on growing the child’s imagination. The idea is to help the child develop their creativity enough to be able to use it to create. As such, the children are taught through stories, they play games and go for walks; anything that helps to grow their wonderment.

Different teachers will adopt different teaching methods based on the institution they are at. However, it is not always that the methods are compartmentalized. Some institutions combine techniques to help bring up all rounded children.

If you imagined that teaching preschool is easy, imagine yourself having to guide young children, wildly out of their typical environment and instructing them on life skills. Now imagine that these kids are different and not entirely in control of their persons making them prone to throw tantrums or just pee on themselves. That is what being a preschool teacher involves. However, instructing preschool children in Salt Lake City is not only difficult; it is art at its best. It is an opportunity to be part of the formative years of a child’s life and to impart knowledge and skills that will last the litt ...

Why Millennials Are Not Buying Houses

Why Millennials Are Not Buying Houses

Millenials on the beachMillennials – young people born after 1980 – are delaying marriage and can’t afford to move into their first home because of soaring house prices. 36% of adults aged 18 to 31 still live at home with their parents.

Fewer young adults are leaving home early, getting married or buying their first home. More are still living with their parents in their 20s and even early 30s.

Why the Young Aren’t Flying the Nest

One of the main reasons for this is the huge cost of tuition. Once they graduate from college and university, they are saddled with a large debt that take a chunk out of their disposable income. They cannot spare any to save for buying a house. 71% of recipients of bachelor’s degrees leave university with a loan to pay off.

A poor job’s market is also to blame. There are fewer jobs available today than there were in the 1960s. The unemployment rate for people in their 20s with a BA is 13.5%.  For those in work, wages are comparatively lower. The starter rate given to young workers makes it difficult for many to raise enough for a down payment on a home.

Down Payment Help

Wasatch Peaks Credit Union explains that down payment assistance in the Ogden area is available to local young adults to help them purchase their first home. Down payment assistance programs offer loans or grants to cover the cost of a down payment.

For example, if a first-time buyer wants a $200,000 home, they would need $6,000 for a 3% deposit on the property, an amount that would take five years to accumulate if they could save $100 a month. An assistance program might offer a 2% deposit that would either eliminate the cost or cut it down to a period of months.

Poor job prospects, low wages, student loans and high house prices are keeping young adults in the parental home longer, but a down payment assistance program can help them own their first home.

Millennials – young people born after 1980 – are delaying marriage and can’t afford to move into their first home because of soaring house prices. 36% of adults aged 18 to 31 still live at home with their parents. Fewer young adults are leaving home early, getting married or buying their first home. More are still living with their parents in their 20s and even early 30s. Why the Young Aren’t Flying the Nest One of the main reasons for this is the huge cost of tuition. Once they graduate from college and university, they are saddled with a large debt that take a chunk out of their disposable incom ...

Badger Shaving Brushes: Know the Different Types

Badger Shaving Brushes: Know the Different Types

Man getting beard shavenOne of the crucial tools of a successful barber shop is a shaving brush. It helps you exfoliate the client’s skin and adequately lift and soften his stubble to get the closest and most comfortable shave. The shaving brush also enables you to create a more luxurious lather than one created by hand.

Several factors should guide your shaving brush choice when looking around a barber shop equipment store. One of these is the type of bristle and badger bristles are the most common types available. Here are the various types of badger shaving brushes:

Pure badger

This is the most common and least expensive badger shaving brush made from hair from a badger’s underbelly. A pure badger shaving brush initially has a coarse texture beneficial for exfoliating skin and lifting the client’s beard. It also agitates soap and builds lather better than other shaving brushes. Black badger is a variety of pure badger brush with an overall stiffness and made of the darkest hairs.

Super badger

This brush is made of hair from the badger’s back and has little or no scratchiness. Super badger brushes are soft and dense with a more luxurious feel compared to the pure badger variety. They also hold in water and lather better compared to pure badger brushes but are more expensive.

Silvertip badger 

These are the highest-grade badger shaving brushes. They are made from hair from a badger’s neck. Silvertip shaving brushes are extremely delicate and need utmost care to keep their hairs from breaking. These brushes are slightly better than super badgers in water absorption and building of lather. Silvertip brushes are the softest and gentlest among the badger shaving brush varieties but also the most expensive.

A badger shaving brush is among the best quality ones. Proper care is essential for its longevity. Wash your brush with warm soapy water and let it dry with its bristles facing down to avoid damaging the handle.

One of the crucial tools of a successful barber shop is a shaving brush. It helps you exfoliate the client’s skin and adequately lift and soften his stubble to get the closest and most comfortable shave. The shaving brush also enables you to create a more luxurious lather than one created by hand. Several factors should guide your shaving brush choice when looking around a barber shop equipment store. One of these is the type of bristle and badger bristles are the most common types available. Here are the various types of badger shaving brushes: Pure badger This is the most common and least expensiv ...