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Industry Leaders’ Insights: The State of Design & Make in 2023 [Infographic]

Hagerman & Company

In an ever-evolving world, the landscape of design and manufacturing is experiencing a profound transformation. Autodesk recently released the "2023 State of Design & Make" report, offering industry leaders’ insights on how digital transformation is driving business resilience, sustainability, and talent management. Read on for a summary and infographic with the top takeaways from the report.

Business Resilience Emerges Amid Uncertainty

79% of surveyed business leaders and experts assert that the future global landscape feels more uncertain than it did three years ago. Embracing digitization is seen as a key driver of business resilience. Leaders are deploying technology to streamline operations, increase innovation, and diversify product and service offerings. In the pursuit of these goals, data automation and technological advancement are top priorities for investment.

The Competition for Talent Heats Up

72% of respondents agreed that their workforce has evolved more in the past three years than in the previous quarter century. With 67% of companies struggling to find skilled employees, the competition for talent is fierce. Responding to this challenge, 56% of companies are now hiring employees who may lack the immediate skills required for their positions but are willing to invest in training them on the job. 

Sustainability Drives Business Value 

82% of respondents revealed that customer influence plays a pivotal role in driving their sustainability initiatives. Also, 80% of those surveyed recognized that improving sustainability practices isn't just a good short-term decision but a compelling long-term business strategy. Nonetheless, only 17% strongly agree that they’re proud of their company's sustainability efforts. This suggests room for growth in aligning performance with customer demands and corporate goals.

State of Design & Make 2023 Executive Summary Infographic (EN)

In the full "State of Design & Make" report, you'll find a more in-depth exploration of these trends, as well as valuable research insights that point toward solutions. It's a roadmap for the future, a source of intel as you navigate the changing terrain of design and manufacturing.