Collaborative approach key to success of steel industry

Marking the 10-year anniversary of industry organisation Steel Construction New Zealand (SCNZ) has been a good opportunity to reflect on the progress of the steel sector in New Zealand, says manager Alistair Fussell. “It wasn’t long ago that steel lagged behind other construction materials in multi-level construction. Now it has a 50 percent market share in New Zealand, with around …

Steel Construction New Zealand celebrates 10-year milestone

Around 110 SCNZ members, their partners and clients attended the organisation’s 10th Anniversary Members’ Forum and Social at Queenstown in April. SCNZ manager Alistair Fussell opened the general forum sessions with a presentation celebrating the history of SCNZ and the “remarkable” people who contributed to its success. The organisation existed under several different incarnations (under the guidance of HERA) before …

Imported steelwork biggest threat to local market

The rise of fabricated steelwork imported from low costs economies is the biggest challenge facing the structural steel industry in New Zealand, says Steel Construction New Zealand manager, Alistair Fussell. “Learning to live with this challenge is a key focus of SCNZ and the industry moving forward. Clients have choices in a global market. Our industry has to continue to …

Christchurch Adventure Park progressing

Construction is progressing well on the new Christchurch Adventure Park, which is expected to bring international attention as well as numerous social and economic benefits to the Canterbury region. When she turned the first sod, to mark the start of construction at the park back in March Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel said the park would attract young people to the …

BCITO welcomes new Chief Executive

The Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO) is delighted to welcome Warwick Quinn as its new Chief Executive starting this week. Mr Quinn is the former Chief Executive of the Motor Trades Association (MTA) and was the Chief Executive of the Registered Master Builders Association for seven years. He is well known and well respected in the building and …

The Fire Protection Association has forged closer ties

The Fire Protection Association of New Zealand (FPANZ) has forged closer ties with the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) over the last year, with the two organisations working together on several key initiatives, says Scott Lawson, FPANZ executive director. “MBIE is actively engaging us as industry experts. We are sitting with them on a number of working groups …

Fire plan critical in multi-tenanted buildings

All business owners need to be aware of their fire safety responsibilities something that is especially critical in mixed used buildings. While a building’s fire safety features are clearly outlined in the Building Warrant of Fitness (BWOF) and compliance schedule, in multi-tenanted buildings identifying who is responsible for maintaining certain fire safety features designed to protect the building’s occupants can …

Supporting the frame and truss sector

Dedication and commitment to ensuring New Zealand builders and building owners get the very best quality finished product is the aim of the Frame and Truss Manufacturers’ Association of New Zealand (FTMA), says chairman, Robert Grimmer. “We represent the majority of the prefabricated timber framing industry in New Zealand, and are leading the way to ensure that prefabricated timber wall …

Keeping members informed

Regular communication with its members around legislative changes is one of the key roles of the Frame and Truss Manufacturers’ Association, says chairman Robert Grimmer. “The vast majority of our members are small operators, with anywhere from five to 20 staff. They are not always in a position, or have the time to investigate and understand the implications of legislative …