New manager for SCNZ

After 11 years working for Steel Construction New Zealand and the last six-and-a-half as manager, Alistair Fussell has left to run his own business. Bob Hawley, chairperson of SCNZ says it soon became apparent after commencing as acting manager in 2009 that Alistair had the skills to take on the position full time. “He has been a strong leader and …

More engineers urgently needed

By Jo Bailey Engineering is an ‘incredible’ profession for young graduates, particularly in the current climate, says Dr Charles Clifton, a Professor who educates the next generation of structural engineers at the University of Auckland’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. “The demand for engineers is probably the highest I can remember. It is an exciting time for students and …

Steel sector calls for third party verification across entire construction sector

Recent concerns around the compliance of some concrete reinforcing steel mesh products and other critical building materials entering this country has seen the New Zealand Heavy Engineering Research Association (HERA) call for third party verification of all safety critical building work, regardless of the sector or type of building materials involved.  HERA Director, Dr Wolfgang Scholz says the initiative came …

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 …