About Us

Background

The Association of Laser Users (AILU) was established in 1995 as an independent, non-profit making organisation run by and for laser users involved in activities including manufacturing, healthcare, academic and industrial research; as well as suppliers of laser-related products and services. Our current corporate members include leading players in the UK laser materials community.

The aims and objectives of the association are set out in its Memorandum and Articles of Association.

They include, in particular, the fostering of co-operation and collaboration and the dissemination of information, experience and expertise relating to industrial laser technology, laser materials processing; its applications and related technologies.

AILU President

Dr Jon Blackburn, TWI

President's Message
From AILU's quarterly magazine The Laser User
Issue 96 Spring 2020.

"First and foremost, I hope you and your family are keeping as safe as possible in the current situation. The world has changed significantly since the last issue of The Laser User, with Covid-19 and national lockdowns affecting the global economy, but our top priority, whether at home or work, should continue to be our safety and wellbeing.

Like many others around the world, I've been working at home for the past few months. We're all living with different pressures right now, and will have our own unique stories to tell when we come out the other side. Balancing childcare and work is proving difficult for myself and Mrs B (to be honest, we're not sure what day of the week it is most of the time, and our appreciation of nursery workers has increased exponentially), but fortunately we're both still gainfully employed and the kids ensure there's never a dull moment in the house.

Looking forward, laser technology is well placed to support the upcoming economic recovery - with its ability to reliably and repeatedly perform high quality processing, at high throughput rates and at low cost. Furthermore, there are positive signals from leading European economies (including the UK), that green initiatives should be the focus of our recovery from the pandemic, which will further accentuate the need for clean, low energy technologies, such as laser-based manufacturing.

AILU is adapting to the changing times and the upcoming e-mobility webinar in July will be a low-cost virtual event, which I hope makes it accessible to more of our community than normal. If this format is successful, we may look to do further events like this in the future. Following this, we hope to return to the usual physical format of our workshops towards the end of the year.

AILU recently held its Annual General Meeting, virtually, and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the AILU team (Dave, Cath and Liz) and the AILU Steering Committee for their hard work over the past 12 months. Also, a warm welcome to the new members of the Steering Committee - Ceri Brenner, Paola De Bono and Tom Chaffer.

Stay safe and hope to see you in the virtual world in July."

 

Organisation

The organisation of AILU is under the direction of an elected standing committee made up of representatives from the UK industrial laser community. Elections are held annually at the Annual General Meeting. (See Joining the AILU committee and Officers and Committee)

AILU provides a wide range of general services to laser users and suppliers and hosts a number of special interest groups (SIGs) to better support members who have particular interests in common. These include a Job Shop SIG (established in 1995, with 86 members*) for subcontract laser-based engineering companies; a Market Development SIG  (established in 2005, with 240 members*) for suppliers of laser-related products and services; a Medical SIG (established in 2007, with 55 members*) for clinicians, manufacturers using lasers for manufacture of medical devices and suppliers of laser-related products and services; and the Micro:Nano SIG, AILU’s newest, launched in mid 2008 at AILU's 10th microprocessing workshop.”

Activities

The current activities of AILU include:

AILU’s Membership

Application for membership of AILU is open to the industrial laser community worldwide, and those with an interest in this community and its activities. We currently have approximately 300 members, made up of mainly manufacturing industry including laser job shops (40%), suppliers of laser-related products and services (30%) and research and consultancy organisations (25%). 

To find out more about AILU membership click here.

See member benefits to review how membership could benefit you.

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