10:00 AM, 18 August 2017

Uni AKL Dr Kenneth Husted tells us why the innovative survive @ MIC2017

Innovation is what HERA is about, whether in research or industry education. Our speakers will highlight the disruption happening around the world and in New Zealand, and what that all means for our industry, as well as challenges ahead and lessons learnt so far.

Traditional industries, such as primary, manufacturing, engineering, and service industries are widely recognised as the backbone of economies in developed countries. Innovation has - from being an activity mostly associated with high tech industries - increasingly become a must for survival of firms in traditional industries.

Businesses need to either apply principles of innovation in their organisations to develop an internal culture of innovation or risk being disrupted by the next wave of innovation.

Value, challenges and the way forward
In their talk, Professor Kenneth Husted and Dr Boaz Habib will reflect on issues related to innovation in traditional industries. Prof Husted will in particular emphasise the unique competencies needed within firms for finding innovation opportunities, managing the innovation process and not least, some of the challenges in capturing value from innovation in traditional industries.

Dr Habib will reflect on the application of innovation in traditional industries and how these need to be interwoven with industry drivers to secure a sustainable future. He will be particularly speaking on experiences gained with the recently government funded and now completed Above Ground Geothermal and Allied Technologies (AGGAT) research programme championed by HERA and lessons for our heavy engineering industry.

Dr Boaz Habib is Manager Industry Development at HERA. Boaz led the Above Ground Geothermal and Allied Technologies (AGGAT) research programme for HERA which was a disruptive initiative for the heavy engineering industry in clean energy developments around the Organic Rankine Cycle. Before this in his 11 year career, Boaz gathered process and R&D experience in pulp and paper, dairy, clean energy and heavy engineering industries. Boaz has a PhD in Chemical & Materials Engineering and is an IChemE accredited chartered chemical engineer. He is passionate about the application of innovation in industry.

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Professor Kenneth Husted is professor of Innovation and Research at the Business school of the University of Auckland. His special interests include Corporate Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Research Management, Knowledge Management, Management of R&D and Research Commercialisation. He is head of the commercialisation and entrepreneurship programme at University of Auckland Business School. His research work focuses on the role of disruptive innovation in low-medium tech industries.  

Masterclasses for members
HERA has a gold list of speakers to inform and help our members better understand the current business environment and how our industry can adapt to and even shape the future.






9.15 – 10.00am

Keynote  -  Geoff Crittenden
Chief Executive, WTIA
The Australian submarine project and the welding fabrication industry

10.00 – 10.30am

Dr Michail Karpenko
Welding Centre General Manager
The cost of quality


Morning Tea

11 – 11.30am

Keynote - Prof Brian Uy
Head of School, School of Civil Engineering
University of Sydney
From design to reliable structures

11.30am – 12pm

Dr Stephen Hicks
Structural Systems General Manager
Product conformity assessment options

12 - 12.30pm

Steve Scott
CEO, Rivet Engineering
Len Lye Centre – A New Plymouth icon 



1.30 – 2.15pm

Mike Lehan                  Dr Wolfgang Scholz
HERA Chairman          HERA Director
Can HERA drive industry transformation? 

2.15 – 3.00pm

Dr Boaz Habib                   Dr Kenneth Husted
Industry Development      University Auckland
Manager                             School of Business
Disruptive innovation and survival of the fittest 

3.00pm – 4.00pm

Dieter Adams
CEO, NZ Manufacturers and Exporters Association
Using Industry 4.0 & other advanced manufacturing technologies

to improve productivity & customer experience