July 2008 Vol.2 Issue 6 Steel Futures
Upcoming Sustainable Steel
NZ Metals Industry Workshop Series
Conference SCNZ recently launched the Sustain- With upcoming changes to legislation
able Steel Construction Charter, and tendering processes it is vital
benchmarked to the acclaimed sus- that our industry takes a position of
Sky City 29-31 Oct 08 tainability charter of the British Con- leadership and develops manage-
structional Steelwork Association. ment systems that will let us effec-
Sustainable Steel The Charter is a practical way to tively compete in tomorrow’s con-
manage and communicate improve- struction market.
ments in the sustainability perform-
Auckland - 12 Aug 08 ance of the steel construction indus- Contact us by 18 July at
try. This allows the steel construc- email@example.com or (09)263 5635 to
Auckland - 29 Oct 08 book in.
tion industry to effectively meet gov-
Christchurch - 5 May 09 ernment and consumer demands for
Auckland - 4 Aug 09 improved construction industry envi- Steel Keeps its
Christchurch - 20 Oct 09 Competitive Edge
To assist members in attaining char-
ter credits SCNZ have developed a Steel structures options have main-
series of workshops in partnership tained their competitive edge over
with Landcare Research. There will concrete multi-storey structural al-
be five Sustainable Steel Construc- ternatives as commodity price rises
Features tion workshops spaced over 14 hit all forms of construction around
months starting in August 2008. New Zealand.
• Sustainable Steel Con- Completion of these workshops will SCNZ Manager Clark Hyland speak-
give members the tools to achieve ing at the NZ Institute of Quantity
struction Workshops Surveyors Conference in Dunedin on
Charter gold status including the de-
velopment and implementation of an Friday, “A recent cost comparison by
• Mentoring Programme SCNZ on three equivalent 10 storey
Environmental Management System
Update that meets all requirements of structures showed that the option
ISO14001. with steel frames and metal decking
• Fletcher Easysteel with concrete topping was the most
The location of workshops will be cost effective option. This includes
Workchoice Day Christchurch and Auckland. allowance for all current steel price
increase to date.
• Steelwork Made in New This is an excellent opportunity for
members to be guided, step by step “Previous studies on speed of con-
Zealand through both the Sustainable Steel struction and carbon footprint have
Construction Charter and Environ- pointed to the same conclusion.
• Steel Advisor Online mental Management System
ISO14001. SCNZ has put together “Price rises in building commodities
• Members Event an unbeatable package for members have occurred across the board in
around these workshops in terms of the construction sector. However the
Switches to Plan B
both price and content. value offer of steel structures is still
better on all three counts.”
SCNZ CMe Mentoring Programme Pilot Underway
The SCNZ CMe mentoring programme is scheduled
to start in July 2008.
Fifteen eager students have been selected for this
pilot programme and while still enrolled at school,
for one day each week they will attend this course.
For the first 5 weeks they will train at Manukau
Institute of Technology (MIT), learning about site
safety, and basic welding and cutting skills.
During the second 5 week block, students will
complete work experience, 1 day per week, with
an SCNZ member company.
During the school holidays students will then have
one week of paid employment with their company
to gain further work experience. After the school holidays the students will spend another 3 weeks at
MIT being introduced to computer modeling techniques and reviewing their skills and work experience.
On conclusion of the course, SCNZ will arrange for a meeting of participating companies, schools and
MIT to discuss and review the pilot programme. The intention being that this be developed into a full
year programme for 2009.
Fletcher Easysteel Participate in Workchoice Day
Every year Fletcher Easysteel does extremely high value. A career in teel is a distribution company, so
its bit for youngsters interested in Fletchers’ supply chain beckoned those with an interest in logistics
careers in steel by hosting stu- those interested in the company’s could see opportunities in Des-
dents from two schools. First to network of global suppliers. patch.
arrive on the morning of May 20
was a group from Auckland Sev-
enth-Day Adventist High School,
under the watchful eye of their Ca-
reers/Gateway Co-ordinator, Colin
Hutchins, pictured on the right.
It was time for the company pro-
vided lunch and a chance to fire
some questions about magnetic
cranes, cutting heavy duty steel,
the company’s excellent work
safety record and its readiness to
Welcoming the party was Ken support employees keen to further
Hainsworth (holding his white hard their studies and develop their ca-
hat), Fletcher Easysteel’s Business reer paths.
Development Manager. One of the
first points he made was that there Ken Hainsworth is passionate
are plenty of careers for women in These rolls of small gauge steel about his industry, which is just as
steel, in sales for example. The are known as coils and can be well, because in the afternoon he
female student duly took note; no used to make many steel compo- would be doing it all over again
dirty hands; building customer re- nents, such as steel decking rolled with students Kelston Boys High
lationships and managing those to special profiles for composite School. “I’ve been 40 years in
with smart computer software. flooring in multi-storey buildings. steel,” says Ken, “and loved every
minute!” It’ll make them think,
Ken’s guided tour soon had the The steel coil can also be cut and Ken, so good on you!
students looking at Fletcher’s spe- palletised to order. Essentially, the
cial steels and hearing about their students realised, Fletcher Easys-
Buy Steelwork Made in New Zealand
The Commerce Commission defines “A place of ori- With an increase on project specifications requiring
gin” as the country or region where the product was New Zealand made goods are sourced before looking
created in its final form from its raw materials or overseas, stating your New Zealand made status on
constituent parts. In other words, it is the country or tender documents should ensure you are provided
region where the product's 'essential quality' was opportunity over imported products
Benefits of New Zealand Made Steelwork
Objects such as framework for buildings, bridges,
and grandstands are created, where the steel has to • The products will meet the industry standards for
be, welded and painted to transform it into the end
NZ and the evidence of compliance will be easily
The end product is not called steel it is called some- • The steel and the welding techniques used to
thing else such as frames, trusses, building supports
make their structures are designed for our condi-
etc where the steel has gone through a manufactur-
ing process and has been transformed; therefore the
end product can be labelled New Zealand made. • NZ Made steel work will provide contractors the
flexibility and faster turn around times with quick
response times and modifications
• It helps to maintain employment and therefore is
good for the economy.
SCNZ has negotiated a discount for SCNZ members
wishing to join Buy New Zealand Made. If you are
interested please email us firstname.lastname@example.org and we will
send you out some information.
Steel Advisor Online
Steel Advisor publications are now available on the SCNZ website to
subscribers making it easier to access information and search for top-
Steel Advisor is a series of reference articles that are published regu-
larly. The range of topics reaches into pretty much every corner of
steel construction. Many of the articles are written by SCNZ staff in
response to questions or issues that arise from members enquiries
and requests for information. There are also articles from other recog-
nised experts in the various areas.
If you subscribe to Steel Advisor you will receive the Steel Advisor
folder together with all the previously published articles. You will also
receive future articles as they are written so you can update your
Over time we believe that Steel Advisor
will become an essential reference tool
in every business that is involved with
the specification and use of steel in
construction. You will also have access
to Steel Advisor Library online allowing
you to search and download articles
directly from the SCNZ website.
Steel Advisor subscription is
$50.00+gst per year for SCNZ mem-
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hard copy updates and online access.
If you would like to subscribe please
SCNZ Members’ Event Switches to Plan B
More than 30 members responded to the Motordrome Dare,
and the first eight lined up on the grid to get the May 22 Mem-
bers’ Event underway with a roar. Suzette Meroiti gives last
Fletcher EasySteel’s Ken Hainsworth drove the fastest circuit
but never stepped onto the podium because forecasted rain
compelled the racers to abandon the Schumacher karts and
take shelter in a shipping container. What was to have been a
track-side lunch became a standing-room-only affair bravely
delivered by Country Catering.
Refuelled and still ready for some competitive action, the lads
got word that there was, in fact, a Plan B: rendezvous at Gar-
den City Bowl, don the mandatory red-and-black footwear, and
show us what you got! Tim Watkins (pictured) showed lots of
Auckland Steel style, but top scorer was 4D Steel Detailing’s
Luke “Strike” Thomson.
Actually, everyone scored because of the networking and the
banter and it put them in a good mood for the meeting to fol-
At the Holiday Inn on Avon, Trina Snow, of Buy NZ Made Ltd,
spoke on promoting benefits of NZ made steelwork. Mike
Drummond of Canterbury Finance, talked about the global
credit crunch. SCNZ Chairman John Frear of One Steel Market
Mills, updated on the global steel market,. Charlie Bartlett from
Environmark, talked about how members could develop an en-
vironmental management scheme, and John Kotoisuva, SCNZ’s
newly appointed Mentoring Development Officer. talked about
his vision of taking the steel industry into schools and giving
students a vision of a career in steel. SCNZ Manager Clark
Hyland brought the members up to speed with updates on con-
ditions of subcontract and Licensed Building Practitioners.
Phone 09-263-5635, Fax 09-263-5638
L2, 17-19 Gladding Place, PO Box 76403
Manukau City, Manukau 2241, New Zealand