Metall #8 signposts the future of manufacturing

At the July meeting of the Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Alliance (METALL), guest speaker Asif Moghal from Autodesk invited manufacturers across Sussex and south Surrey who are keen to develop a flexible digital production strategy to join free METALL Masterclasses designed to give them key skills to move their businesses forward.

Asif 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 manufacturing,” 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 ‘separated advantage’…creating a unique position in the market place.”

Asif also outlined how the Future of British Manufacturing Initiative (FOBMI) works. ( It is supported by government, leading businesses, banks and universities as well as by MHA of which MHA Carpenter Box is a member. FOBMI gives practical help to small and medium size manufacturers who are interested in understanding how Industry 4.0, (the so-called fourth industrial revolution driven by digitalisation) can be relevant to their business. 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 also 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.

To find out more about the upcoming masterclass series, visit