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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.

The President's Message by Ric Allott

November 2016

 As I write this the value of the pound is dropping faster than the leaves from the trees and we are finally approaching the US election date. Brexit has certainly not gone away and I fear we are really only just beginning on that particular journey.

OK so that's the bad news out of the way, let’s reflect on a great summer of activity for AILU and the promise of a really exciting next few months.

I had the pleasure of attending the annual Job Shop workshop held at the MTC in Coventry in early October. This was a real mix of interesting technical talks, practical advice for business owners and lively debate. The more "formal" academic based events that I sometimes attend would do well to take a look at the format and opportunities for knowledge exchange and networking afforded by the Job Shop event format.

I also want to highlight to you our flagship event ILAS (22-23 March 2017) which is now fast approaching, certainly in my world March is about a week away so please book the date in your diaries now. 

In other news Dave MacLellan, has ambitious plans for the AILU website that were discussed and agreed at the last committee meeting. The new site will be slick and modern and importantly, easy to navigate. 

I would like to close on a very positive note. You may remember that 2015 was designated the International Year of Light and as a direct result of IYoL UK it was announced last week that a new All Party Parliamentary Group in Photonics has been put forward for formal approval by Westminster. This will be chaired by Carol Monaghan MP who is a strong and active supporter of photonics in the UK. This really is great news and offers a further opportunity to flag the importance of lasers and laser processing to Government, funding agencies, academia and industry. The key channel for contact to this group is through the Photonics Leadership Group (PLG), of which I am a member and attend regular meetings. Laser processing is already listed as a potential topic for discussion by this group and I am happy to help channel any suggestions and ideas you might have through the PLG. 


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.”


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%). 

See member benefits to review how membership could benefit you.

Cost of membership

There are two principle types of membership available: corporate and individual. The first member from an organisation whose activities are related to laser materials processing must enrol the organisation as a Corporate Member. Any additional employees of the Corporate Member, as well as with persons whose business activities is unrelated to laser materials processing, can join at a much reduced rate as an Individual Member. In addition, a concessionary rate is available for students, unemployed and retired persons. For 20012/13 the rates are as follows:

Corporate Membership: GBP 405 + VAT (@20%)

Individual Membership: GBP 100 + VAT (@20%)

Concessionary individual membership: GBP 60 + VAT (@20%)
Unemployed and retired persons.

Student Individual Membership:  GBP 60 + VAT (@20%). Available for full-time students.

If you are interested in joining the Association, you can apply for membership on line or by calling the AILU office on +44 (0)1235 539595. To apply online complete the AILU Registration Form and submit.  The AILU Registration Form can be used to apply to become a Member or to become a Registered Visitor.  Details of the benefits and privileges of Membership and Registration are described here.

Please note that membership cannot be approved immediately; but please telephone the office on +44 (0)1235 539595 and we may be able to email you any information you need quickly. Also, you may be pleased to hear that payment is not required at the time of applying for membership and that the annual subscription pays for a full 12 months, whatever time of the year you join.

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