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NZ Manufacturer November 2013

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill

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DEVELOPMENTS

East Tamaki company opens most modern manufacturing facility

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any businesses provide warranties on their products, but there canít be many that are required to provide a 100year warranty on their work. Thatís one of the challenges facing Wilson Tunnelling when it comes to the Waterview Connection project. The East Tamaki-based company has been involved in the project since the very beginning and will be producing the more than 24,000 concrete segments that are needed to line the motorway tunnels. All of them will be produced at a brand new, 6000m2 precast concrete manufacturing facility in East Tamaki, using a lot of locally produced aggregate and cement. Since 2009/10, the project has increased the companyís workforce from 90 to around 200, 70 of whom have been employed specifically to run the new factory and have been drawn almost exclusively from the local area. “We’ve been in East Tamaki for about 10 years now,” says Wilson Group business manager Dan Wilson. “So being able to employ local people is quite a big driver for the business.” Waterview’s twin tunnels are the key feature of the new six-lane, 5km motorway being built to connect the southwestern and northwestern motorways, completing Auckland’s

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The Waterview Connection project involves very big numbers, especially when it comes to the amount of concrete components it requires, and producing those components is Wilson Tunnellingís job. To do this, theyíll be utilising their brand new East Tamaki factory.

48km-long Western Ring Route. It has been deemed one of the governmentís seven ‘Roads of National Significance’. The lining of these tunnels comprises 2414, 14m-diameter rings of concrete which each include 10 individual segments. Production of these rings began in August and itís expected that 180 of them will be completed by the time ‘Alice’ – the project’s tunnel boring machine – is

launched later this year. A new ring will be installed after every 2m is excavated. It is a huge undertaking and Wilson says the international exposure that Wilson Tunnelling is getting is a major plus. “For a private company of medium size to be involved with large multi national companies and international groups – it’s fantastic for us.”

The precast factory is the largest of its kind in Australasia and includes some of the most up to date concrete batching and moulding equipment in the world. ‘Alice’ is the ninth biggest tunnel boring machine in the world. The factory will also manufacture 2400 culvert units to go beneath the motorway that will run through the tunnels and 279, 1500mm deep bridge beams for new ramps at the Great North Road motorway interchange on State Highway 16. The Waterview Connection project is expected to be completed in 2017. By the numbers – • 2.4km twin Waterview tunnels • 2414 concrete lining rings • 14m ring diameter • 24,040 tunnel lining segments • 93,000m3 of concrete needed • 70 new jobs created. • 2406 culvert units to be manufactured.

company is renowned through its global network of Subsidiaries, Joint Ventures and Sales Partners. Delcam’s status in the CAM industry was confirmed in the latest NC Software Market Analysis Report from leading US analysts CIMdata. The Report showed that, in 2012, Delcam again had the highest vendor revenues and received the highest end-user payments of all the CAM-centric companies. This meant that the company had completed thirteen years as the world’s leading specialist supplier of CAM software and services. The CIMdata report also confirmed that Delcam continues to employ the largest development team in the CAM industry, with over 200 people working on the company’s manufacturing software. Both Delcam and Autodesk invest around a quarter of their turnover in product development, a reflection of the importance the companies place on ensuring that their programs represent the industry-leading solutions for their customers. Commenting on the planned acquisition, Carl Bass, President and Chief Executive Officer of Autodesk,

said: “We are taking an important step on our path towards delivering a better manufacturing experience. Together Autodesk and Delcam will help further the development and implementation of technology for digital manufacturing.” Clive Martell, Chief Executive Officer of Delcam, added: “I am very

excited by the opportunities from combining Delcam with Autodesk to create a compelling platform from which to service both companies’ manufacturing clients. The added strength and status that we will gain from being part of the Autodesk Group will benefit our customers, our staff and our sales channel.”

Autodesk announces intention to acquire Delcam

utodesk has announced its intention to acquire Delcam, one of the world’s leading suppliers of advanced software for manufacturing industry. The companies offer complementary ranges of software, with Autodesk’s programs for design, engineering and entertainment able to be combined with Delcam strengths in manufacturing. Headquartered in Birmingham, UK, Delcam has more than 30 offices worldwide – including Australia and New Zealand - and approximately 700 employees. The company’s range of design, manufacturing and inspection software provides automated CADCAM solutions for a variety of industries, ranging from automotive and aerospace to footwear and sports equipment. On completion of the acquisition, Delcam will become a subsidiary of Autodesk. It will maintain its focus on accelerating the growth of its market share in the manufacturing sector, with the added strength that will come from being part of a larger organisation. Delcam customers will continue to be supported by the skilled and experienced engineers for which the

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