Ricardo joined our team earlier this year, and boy are we pleased to have him! Hailing from Portugal, Ricardo is actually an Aeronautical Engineer. He worked for multinational companies in South Africa and Germany before coming to New Zealand in search of surf and snow. And now that he’s off the computer and on the tools, he’s loving it.
We love him because he’s sharp and witty. He’s making our days a lot more fun. But best of all, he has a wealth of engineering knowledge from his corporate days. He’s an awesome problem solver and is helping us improve efficiencies. That way we can get products to our customers faster!
“I got sick of being on the computer all the time, just a cog in the wheel and only doing theoretical stuff. It’s great to be doing physical work. And to be working for a family business where I can really make a difference. Then when I finish work each day — I can jump on my bike or go for a surf. I love the Bay lifestyle”
“Ricardo brings awesome engineering nous into our business. He’s obviously very sharp, but he’s also very proactive and practical. He’s really going to help us step it up a notch and is already bringing in efficiencies and process improvements. Plus he’s a great guy and super quick on his mountain bike!”
Ever been to EMEX?
This year three people from our team went along to check out EMEX 2018 in Auckland.
EMEX is New Zealand’s largest engineering, technology and manufacturing expo. You get to see all the industry supplier innovations and developments in one place.
It was so worthwhile, that next time we think we’ll take the whole team. It’ll be a great learning experience and also good for team building and comradery. Yes, that’s quite an expense when you take into account a whole day of lost production, plus the costs of travel and sustenance, but we believe it will be an investment
And here’s why.
Time away from day to day business looking at the latest developments and technology is inspiring. We all got to see and experience the bigger picture of what’s out there (and not just in our industry). It inspires the whole team, focussing everyone on the future.
If you go to the expo alone you only see things one way. Going with team members with different skill sets and experience opens opportunities. You might walk past or dismiss something but a team mate might see the opportunities.
Spending the day together seeing and talking about innovation and technology builds bonds between team members. You have a shared experience. And one that keeps giving long after the show. It gets your team more invested in the business. Especially if their opinion is being heard and implemented.
And lastly, it’s more fun with people to talk to. As much as there is exciting stuff to see at these events they can also be dull in parts. So it’s good to share.
If you’re planning a visit to a trade show such as EMEX in the future, here are a few tips from our team.
Although it’s not big compared to international expos, there’s still a fair bit to see (and there are many distractions and ‘toys’ that can eat up your time if you’re not careful.) If you’re going to the show to research particular equipment or expertise then mark out your route in advance. Download a floorplan and highlight your must stop stands. That way you’ll be sure to cover off what you planned (then you can look at the ‘toys’ later)
With multiple sets of legs, you can divide and conquer. Split up and scout out the stands of most interest. Then get back together and share your intel. That way no one misses out on any of the good stuff.
We had a great debrief in the car on the way back to Tauranga, but you may prefer a nice cold Ale at a nearby pub. Make sure you get the most out of your day by capturing any actions and learnings. That’s best to do while it’s fresh in your mind.
And one last tip - bring your own food! One criticism of the event would be the food. It wasn’t that great, it was pretty pricey and there were long queues. We reckon next time we’re going to pack our own lunch.