8 July 2014

Innovations for economic growth: The UK uptake of Laser Materials Processing

  • Location: Manufacturing Technology Centre, Ansty Park, Coventry CV2 2TF
  • Attendees: All Welcome


Lin Li
Clive Grafton-Reed



Lin Li, Professor of Laser Engineering, Director of Laser Processing Centre LPRC; Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering
Clive Grafton-Reed
Global Process Owner - Laser Processes at Rolls-Royce

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  • Case studies of industrial uptake
  • State-of-the-art in laser-based subcontract engineering
  • Recent examples of Industrial-laser installations
  • Technology transfer activities
  • Current status of UK uptake of LMP
  • Status of UK LMP roadmapping


Lin Li  University of Manchester

EPSRC opportunities for laser based manufacturing
Karen Brakspear  EPSRC

First steps in producing a UK Roadmap
Duncan Hand  Heriot-Watt University

Industrial exploitation of Additive Manufacturing – Present and Possible Future
Peter Brown  TWI

R & D funding from idea to prototype:- a round up of all the people who would love to help you
Roger Hardacre  ALT

... Refreshment break ...

Steel development and applications in laser welding
Alan Thompson and David Crowther  TATA Steel

Lasers for aerospace applications in the UK
Clive Grafton-Reed  Rolls Royce

Industrial fibre laser welding
Stuart Dutton  Graham Engineering

From the Road to the Rail: Novel applications of 3-d laser beam welding in rail car manufacturing
Holger Alder  Photon AG

... Lunch break ...

Support for innovators in laser based manufacturing
Robin Wilson Technology Strategy Board

Lasers in manufacturing for the medical sector
Martin Sharp  Liverpool John Moores University

High power high energy diode pumped green, UV and pico-second lasers for display manufacturing
Young Kwon  Powerlase

Advanced Laser Micro Processing: Software and Hardware Solutions
Stefan Dimov  University of Birmingham

... Refreshment break ...

Laser welding of metallic foils
Ali Khan  TWI

Commercial applications of laser cladding technology for UK industry
Paul Goodwin  Laser Cladding Technology

The integration of lasers in Art and Design
Sarah O’Hana University of Lincoln

Open forum Theme: UK LMP current activity and near-term outlook

MCT tour and departure


The workshop will be held in the Tillie Shilling room at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, Ansty Park, Coventry, CV2 2TF. The Centre aims to establish an ambitious new vision for a globally competitive manufacturing sector that leads the world in capturing higher value components of the global value chain. For more information click here.


On arrival you will receive a delegate pack containing a name badge and essential notes for the day, including a detailed programme and a delegate list. The pack will also include a name and password for downloading PDFs of the presentations, which will be made available on the AILU web site as soon as possible after the event.

A buffet lunch (including vegetarian options) will be provided together with refreshments throughout the day. Please advise us of any special dietary needs.


A small exhibition, refreshment and lunch breaks will all take place in The Street, a wide ground floor corridor adjacent to the seminar room. There are spaces for 10 exhibition tables, each 1.8 m long. Exhibitors can bring their own backdrop but the 1.8 m limit will be strictly applied. Tables (~1.8 x 0.75 m) will be provided. Most spaces have 240V mains power. Access to the building is from 07:30 on the day. All exhibition material must to be brought in through the main entrance.

Click here for a plan of the exhibition space.


Air: Birmingham and Coventry international airports are 16 and 7 miles away, respectively.

Rail: Coventry mainline station is 5 miles away. The Ansty Park x30 bus departs from the train station.

Car: The venue is close to junction 2 of the M6 and the end of the M69 motorway. Set Sat Nav systems by GPS coordinates: 52.432886, -1.413288. At the entrance to the car park, press the intercom button to raise the barrier. For full directions by road visit

Click here for full directions to the venue and a map


There are lots of hotels in Coventry and near the M6 junction 2, including the Holiday Inn (0871 423 4917) and Premier Inn Ansty, Coventry (0871 5278266). For more hotels in Coventry please click here


* AILU and supporting organisation members: GBP 95 plus VAT

* Non members: GBP 110 plus VAT

* Concessions: GBP 45 plus VAT (retired, unemployed); GBP 35 plus VAT (full time students)

* Exhibitor (AILU and supporting orgiansation member): GBP 100 plus VAT

* Exhibitor (non-member): GBP 130 plus VAT

* Exhibitor/delegate discount: GBP 35 plus VAT

Fee includes a delegate pack, access to PDFs of key slides, lunch and refreshments.

Cancellations will be accepted up to 1 week before the event; otherwise the full fee may be charged.

For more information please contact us.

You can register on line by credit card at Alternatively, with the option of being invoiced and paying later, you can complete the registration form on the flyer or contact the AILU office (T: 01235 539595; E:

AILU members and members of supporting organisations for this event receive a registration discount. Delegates who pay the full price and who decide to join the Association within 10 weeks of the event will receive this discount on their first year’s corporate membership subscription. For further information on the benefits of AILU membership go to and look for the link to ‘about us’.

The AILU desk will be available throughout the day to arrange informal introductions with appropriate experts at the workshop, for discussions on any technical or business matters that delegates would like to raise.

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