Manufacturers keen to develop a flexible digital production strategy are being invited to join free masterclasses being organised by METALL, the Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Alliance supporting businesses across Sussex and south Surrey. METALL launched its new masterclass series at its latest event, at the South Lodge Hotel, Horsham, where Asif Moghal from Autodesk outlined how digital systems have the power to transform traditional silo-based design, manufacture and sale of products into one single, connected discipline.
“Digitalisation opens up opportunities for a more collaborative, flexible and personalised approach to designing, making and selling products,” he said. “This enables businesses to deliver greater product customisation, which can be the springboard to a range of connected, insight-based services and lead to ‘competitive separation’…creating a unique position in the market place.”
Asif also outlined the Future of British Manufacturing Initiative, a collaboration between leading industry organisations like Autodesk, Lloyds Bank, Simon-Kucher and Partners, several universities, as well as MHA of which MHA Carpenter Box is a core partner. FOBMI offers practical help to small and medium size manufacturers who are interested in understanding how to make better products, sell more and generate greater profits in the so-called fourth industrial revolution driven by digitalisation (Industry 4.0). The programme includes free access to ‘digital catalysts’ – students from the UK’s leading design and engineering universities who can help companies fast-track the adoption of digital technologies.
METALL’s new masterclass series will also include sessions on top tax tips, employment and employee retention, as well as marketing for manufacturing and engineering businesses. The forum, supported by chartered accountants and tax advisors MHA Carpenter Box, asb law and technical recruitment specialists CBSbutler, will bring together Sussex coast and Gatwick Diamond manufacturing businesses to help them grow their businesses, network, share best practice and meet their challenges and take their opportunities.