The winner of the 2013 AILU Award, established in 1997, to 'honour an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the industrial use of lasers in the UK' has been awarded to John Bishop.
Neil Main (AILU President) oresenting John Bishop with the Award
Back in 1979 John Bishop, proprietor of Flamecut Products Ltd., converted a computer-controlled water cutting machine into the UK's first moving optics laser profiler and established a spin-off company, Lasercut Products. He has been an evangelist for laser processing since and has been an active member of AILU and the laser job shop group. He retired from the laser business in 2003 but remained a laser processing enthusiast, only retiring from the job shop committee very recently.