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.

The President's Message
Prof Lin Li, University of Manchester

August 2018

AILU had its first, and very successful, international collaboration with the Japan Laser Processing Society in June: the 19th International Symposium on Laser Precision Microfabrication (LPM).  The conference at Heriot-Watt University, attracted over 350 delegates, the largest in LPM conference history. The high quality presentations from both academic institutions and industry highlighted the latest findings and practices in advanced laser micro/nano fabrication of materials.

The vendors' exhibition attracted a large number of visitors, promising sales of products and services and collaboration opportunities for the exhibitors.

AILU’s international agenda will continue.  We are exploring collaboration opportunities with Laser Institute of America on laser safely on-line education and with German colleagues for joint workshops in 2019.   

I hope through these international collaboration activities, AILU members will have a better opportunity to immerse into a large scientific community and market potentials and allow us to position AILU on the international stage.

The AILU’s own conference, 6th Industrial Laser Applications Symposium (ILAS) 2019 is coming soon.  It is to be held on 20-21 March 2019 in Crewe, UK.  This is a biennual event that typically attracts more than 220 delegates.  So this is another opportunity to showcase your new scientific findings, new technologies, new processes, new products, new services and new applications.

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%). 

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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