In pictures: Innovation and technology at EMEX 2014

The 2014 Engineering, Machinery and Electronics Exhibition (EMEX) is taking place in Auckland between the 27th and 29th of May 2014. EMEX, which has been around since 1980, is built around the principle of showcasing engineering innovation to NZ businesses and the world. The show, which is taking place at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland has businesses, covering everything from software, computerisation and automation, to environment and waste management, exhibiting their products and solutions, besides a seminar schedule that covers all three days.

  • EMEX, which has been around since 1980, is built around the principle of showcasing engineering innovation to NZ businesses and the world.

  • Design Energy, a Christchurch-based provider of robotic technology, was at EMEX for the first time. Mike Shatford, founder and MD of the firm, was keen to show off the features of the Universal Robots UR5, which he states are ideal for SME manufacturing environments.

  • Design Energy also had on display the Nachi robot that it deals with in NZ.

  • According to the team from Design Energy, they might soon be adding an Austrlian firm to their list of manufacturing customers, besides the ones that they already have in New Zealand.

  • The team from Eplan A/NZ was out in force at the EMEX show. Eplan, which operates as subsidiary of Rittal, is a design automation solution for electrical systems

  • Keith Swasbrook, business development manager at Jenlogix was showing off the products that the firm deals with at the EMEX show. A 25-year old Kiwi firm, Jenlogix designs, configures, sources, builds and assembles systems, including industrial computers, embedded systems, communications servers and a variety of display technologies for heavy industrial and agricultural environments.

  • In the seminar area, a KiwiNet representative stressed that the manufacturing industry in NZ should get its act together and realise that working togethrer is better than working separately.

  • Catherine Beard from Business NZ spoke about the latest NZ manufacturing report, highlighitng that around 17 per cent of manufacturing output is now the result of the use of services, including IT. According to her, this trend is only likely to continue.

  • Andrew Lamb from Callaghan Innovation discussed the critical nature of the funding and resources that the organisation provided to startups, especially tech startups, which are traditionally considered high-resk and high-reward ventures.

  • Carl Andrews from Immigration NZ spoke about the ways in which the current policies can help firms hire from outside NZ and add to their skill base at home.

  • Craig Armstrong from the NZTE highlighted the help that the organisation can provide Kiwi firms as the government aims for a 30 to 40 per cent contribution to GDP from exports by 2025.

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