Product Details Supplier Info More products

A survey by Autodesk has revealed that UK manufacturers see increasing margins, improving quality and accelerating speed to market as the three most important drivers of business growth.

The survey polled the views and opinions of more than 100 senior decision-makers primarily working for mainstream manufacturing companies in the UK.

It revealed that 48 per cent believe increasing margins is a key driver for business growth, while 30 per cent opted for improving quality and 29 per cent said accelerating speed to market.

The most important barrier identified is the cost involved in achieving this growth (highlighted by 62 per cent of respondents), followed by market conditions (cited by 58 per cent).

‘This emphasis on cost is significant, particularly when you consider that manufacturers believe that the same commercial drivers seen as critical to their growth will also require the largest increases in design technology investment to achieve,’ said Amina West, sales director at Autodesk Manufacturing Solutions Northern Europe.

Eighty-three per cent of those surveyed felt that it would take a rise of more than 10 per cent in annual investment in design technology solutions to achieve ‘improved margins’, while 37 per cent felt that an increase of more than 50 per cent in annual investments would be required to deliver ‘accelerated speed to market’.

Thirty-three per cent thought that a similar increase would be the minimum needed to attain ‘reduced product development costs’ (ranked as the fourth most important driver).

West said: ‘These perceptions are understandable but they do not reflect the reality – that streamlined and efficient design technology solutions do not have to be expensive to implement and operate.

‘At Autodesk, we believe we can address the inaccurate perception that they do – both through our cost-effective, easy-to-use digital design solutions and our focus on digital prototyping.

‘With the UK government now showing a renewed focus on the manufacturing sector and the market showing positive signs of recovery, it is important that outmoded attitudes to design innovation do not hamper this upturn.

‘We need to highlight the message that the benefits of digital prototyping not only address the perceived drivers and barriers identified by the survey but also manufacturers’ concerns about the high investment levels needed to achieve them.

‘Digital prototyping allows manufacturers to optimise and validate their ideas before creating a product, helping to remove time and costs from the product development process, and get the “right” product to market faster.

‘Delivering quality is clearly as important here as speed.

‘The market cost of poor quality is clearly illustrated by recent high-profile product recalls,’ West added.

Autodesk products are used by 9 million professionals in 185 countries to save time and money, gain competitive advantage, and change the way ideas are brought to life.

Building Information Modelling

Autodesk building information modelling (BIM) software solutions facilitate a new way of working that involves the creation and use of co-ordinated, consistent information–enabling faster decision-making, better documentation and the ability to predict performance before ground is ever broken.

Sustainable by Design

As a global 2D and 3D design software leader, Autodesk believes in the importance of driving sustainable design awareness and adoption. We provide technology, education, and support for programs that inform and promote innovations addressing current and future sustainable design challenges.

We are committed to partnering with the private and public sector, industry leaders, educators, and environmentally focused organizations to create a forum to initiate sustainable design dialogue and increase awareness among the global community. It is our hope that through these collective efforts and Autodesk’s technology, we will help architects, engineers, and designers create a more sustainable world.

View full profile