Job Shop Special Interest Group


What is a Laser Job Shop?

We define a laser job shop as ‘any commercial organisation that uses industrial lasers and complementary techniques for profit.‘ Membership of AILU automatically entitles such
laser users to free membership of the Job Shop Group.

The Job Shop Special Interest Group

We believe that making a success of running a laser job shop is more of a challenge than ever and the growth of the laser job shop group (established in 1999) to its current level of over 80 members has clearly demonstrated that there is a need and much to be gained from the group’s activities.


Mark Millar, Essex Laser
Job Shop Committee Chair



Job Shop Member Quotes

"The Association has much to offer any company involved in laser profiling technology" says JS SIG founder member David Lindsey .  “For the membership costs each year, AILU represents excellent value for money,” Mr Lindsey advocates. “I personally sit on the Jobshop sub-committee and find it an invaluable resource for the sharing of ideas and networking but as is the case with many industry associations, it would be even more effective if we could increase membership levels. As a result of an AILU gas survey, a little brow- beating and threats to move supplier we managed a saving of £80,000 over a twelve month period."

“Visits to other AILU Job Shops have allowed us to implement some simple organisational and layout changes to the way we operate”
Neil Main, Micrometric Ltd.

“Our Electricity Survey highlighted that 2 members spending the same monthly amount on electricity had an 11% difference in overall cost per unit – highlighting a potential annual saving of almost £20,000”
John Powell, Laser Expertise Ltd.

“The annual AILU Breakdown Response Survey allows us to hold the laser suppliers to account for their level of customer support.  Pressure from AILU Job Shops has resulted in positive improvements from the suppliers.”
Mark Millar, Essex Laser Ltd.


Benefits of membership include:

  • Networking opportunities

We run at least one informal business meeting a year for group members and invited guests, with key presentations on topics of common concern and interest.    

  • Advice on technical and safety matters

We offer a Job Shop Forum on the web site for posting questions and answers plus a free over the phone consultancy service.      

  • Sales leads

Sales leads from our web-based Products and Services Directory are automatically forwarded to all job shop members.      

  • Free surveys

We conduct at least two surveys a year on commercial value to laser job shops. These surveys are free to participate in, and only participants receive the survey results, with total anonymity. Recent topics have included gas, electricity and breakdown satisfaction.


Jobshop SIG Committee Members

 Laser Process Ltd
 John  Powell  Laser Expertise Ltd
 Neil Main  Micrometric Ltd
 Phil Carr  Carrs Welding Technologies Ltd
 Cirrus Laser Ltd
 Fimark Ltd
  Midtherm Laser Ltd
 Mark Millar  Essex Laser Job Shop Ltd
 Jamie Sharp  Laser Engineering UK Ltd


Chair's Report by Mark Millar

From AILU's The Laser User magazine (May 2018)

I’m sure you have heard of GDPR by now, if not you’re going to be in for a shock. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the new regulation the politicians have dreamt up to try to keep personal data safe and easy to control. As with most new regulations the intention is good, however the execution leaves a lot to be desired.

So why all the hype? Well the reason for mentioning it here is that GDPR applies to anyone who holds or uses personal data for any EU citizen. Essentially, this covers almost all UK companies in a single stroke. Also, the punishments include some very hefty fines.

So what is GDPR all about? Politicians have realised that personal data is both a valuable asset and a dangerous tool in the wrong hands. We do increasingly more online and the more unscrupulous people out there could use personal data for their own gains, like Cambridge Analytica may have done in relation to the Trump election and Brexit using Facebook data. Even if you are not using Personal Data to “profile” people, politicians are worried that most companies are not keeping personal data safe. Now these are good points and they need to be addressed. Really they are worried about companies like Facebook who hold a huge amount of personal data. The problem comes in that these rules now apply to anyone who holds or uses personal data.

What’s different? Lots which you’ll need to research, but…one of the main differences is Active opt-in. No more pre-ticked boxes or burying the terms in small print, now you have to actually read all that boring nonsense, and worse, actively agree to let companies use your personal data. To be fair this will become more like the Cookie policies on websites, which we are already familiar with.

What does MY company need to do? Again lots, which I won’t bore you with, but updating your Privacy Policy is the first thing. Hence, if you are anything like me, your inbox is currently swamped by Privacy Policy Update emails. Next you need to go through and see what personal data your company holds or uses i.e. what data you are the “Controller” or “Processor” of. Once you start down this path you’ll realise the depth of this red tape!

Other important points are that people may request to see, or erase, any personal data you hold about them, for free.  Also, if you have a data breach or might have been hacked, you have 72 hours to inform the authorities. Unless you are Facebook I can’t see many hackers being interested in personal data from most companies, however GDPR insists all such data is up to date. Apparently the politicians wouldn’t want those hackers getting any out-of-date data! Personally I think good old-fashioned mis-information would be much better, where we have thousands of out-of-date records which wouldn’t be worth the time stealing as it’d take too long to find the occasional correct piece. Oh wait that’s what we had already…. until 25th May!

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