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NZ Manufacturer November 2013

BUSINESS NEWS

When a man has put a limit on what he will do, he has put a limit on what he can do. – Charles M. Schwab

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Major new event for Canterbury

major new industry event for Canterbury will take place over three days, 31 July to 2 August 2014, thousands of construction, building and design professionals from all over the country are expected to flock to Christchurch for buildnz designex Canterbury. Modelled on the hugely successful and two decade old Auckland buildnz designex, the new trade show has been timed to take advantage of the huge pipeline of Christchurch work emerging for the build, construction and design industries says buildnz’s managing director Brent Spillane. “It’s important that those involved in the rebuild have access to the latest industry technology and information. buildnz designex Canterbury will give trade visitors the opportunity for direct dialogue with key industry suppliers, ensuring that not only are they up-to-date with the industry developments, but can also negotiate great deals and take advantage of the many show-only specials. “This launch is strongly supported by the industry. 78% of exhibitors at the 2013 Auckland event said that they would seriously consider attending a 2014 buildnz designex in Canterbury. Many were so enthused that they made a firm commitment to attend, and 20% of the space is already sold.” One of those early birds is HPM legrand. “The Christchurch market is hugely important. With the widespread devastation that was caused as a result of the earthquakes,

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Christchurch has a unique opportunity to ensure that the best building practices are employed during the rebuild in order to create future proof buildings which utilise products that will stand the test of time,” says Tom Eyles. Among the innovations that visitors to the HPM legrand stand will see are a track based power system which allows the user to add and remove power outlets as they see fit, to an emergency lighting solution, Axiom, which is monitored from a central computer and cuts out costly and time consuming manual unit testing. buildnz designex Canterbury sales manager Rob Lavender says the Canterbury event is no second cousin to the Auckland one. “This is important to us, the region and the entire South Island. It’s also vital to the industry and its suppliers. We’re taking what we’ve learned from more than 20 years of experience and using it to create something fantastic.

“We’re also working hard to build a key focus around apprenticeships and trade recruitment – wider employment opportunities for industry professionals in Christchurch.” CERA estimates that 50% of the cost of earthquake damage is residential, a quarter commercial, 15% government and community assets and the remaining 10% infrastructure. All of these provide an opportunity to create quality, long-lasting, efficient and environmentally friendly structures, buildings and interiors. “It’s important to remember that buildnz designex Canterbury is a trade-only event and therefore unique for Canterbury. While there are a number of consumer focused home shows in the region, this is the largest trade event the industry will possibly ever see in Christchurch. An event that is very much focused on new products, professional development and knowledge transfer, networking and trade sales.

Among the professions covered are building and construction, design, architecture, property development, sustainability, energy, facilities management, surveyors, maintenance, engineering, plumbing, lighting and landscape design. The Registered Master Builders Federation’s Tracey Bree says, “buildnz is a key event on the New Zealand construction calendar that Registered Master Builders Federation leverages to cement its position as one of the country’s industry leaders. The move into Christchurch is a superb opportunity to network with the construction fraternity in a central location over a good few days. We have always had a positive experience with the show and enjoy a fantastic working relationship with the highly professional team at XPO. We are definitely supporting the Christchurch initiative in 2014 as this will be a significant platform to reinforce our support of the city.”

Xero releases farming blueprint

ero has released its Farming Integration Guide, a blueprint that helps rural solution providers connect to Xero and deliver integrated farm management and accounting solutions. Xero CEO Rod Drury says this is a great example of technology bringing an industry together. “This guide is the key step towards full integration between farmers, rural accountants, rural suppliers, banks and software providers. The innovation we’re experiencing in the tech sector is being applied directly now to the rural economy, the backbone of the NZ economy.” “We have a vision for how the farming sector could work and have been able to work with industry leaders to develop a framework that will make life better for all participants. This foundation will see increased investment in technology

to improve farm performance.” Developers who use the Farming Integration Guide get everything they need to integrate with Xero. It has a full process flow so developers know exactly what they need to do, and when. Two farming solution providers, MyFarm, and Cashmanager RURAL are already involved. MyFarm Director Andrew Watters says “We are excited to have built great software so Xero can do great things for farmers and their advisors. The product is in beta testing and we are looking forward to unveiling it at Xerocon in February.” Cashmanager RURAL director Brian Eccles says “Our online strategy is all about making the sharing of data a natural part of our applications to ensure farmers and accountants don’t have to enter data twice. The development path Xero

has outlined shows great promise for simplifying the process.” Glenn Morley, Partner at Xero Accounting Partner BDO. says “BDO is pleased to have assisted with the

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Xero Farming integration guide. Real-time accurate information, with a platform enabling stronger collaboration with our farming clients is key.”

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