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AILU Annual Jobshop Business Meeting: New Technology For Your Business

November 24, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm GMT

£75.00 – £95.00


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The combined effects of political uncertainty, global pandemic and warfare in Ukraine have had a huge impact on recent supplies of energy and raw materials. AILU has an active community of Laser Job Shops that assist each other in collaboration for sharing best practice in Business and Technology.

This year’s Annual Business Meeting is the perfect place to catch up on lots of ways to address the challenges such businesses face in 2022.  Practical help for your business – to become more efficient, to save money and to find and retain key employees are address at the meetin:

Steel supply: UK Steel’s Gareth Stace outlines the current challenges in the steel supply chain facing the sheet metal industry in the UK.

Energy Costs: Liam Conway from CEC advises on the market trends and optimum strategies for negotiating energy contracts and Nigel Price of Regenerco outlines options for solar panels and CHP systems that save money from day one.

Staffing: Rowland Travis from Nottingham University describes the Degree Level Apprenticeship – hire and retain key staff who work as they learn and end up with a debt-free degree and a footing in your business.

Tax Rebates: James Cameron from ABGI outlines how R & D Tax Credit rules are changing in April 2023 – and what to do now to claim whether you made a profit or loss in the last two financial years.

New Technology: Hand Held Lasers for Welding & Cleaning are presented by David Pope of IPG and Sinan Bilgin of SSLS – and other suppliers give updates on the latest technology of interest to Job Shops.


09:30 – 10:00   Registration & refreshments

10:00 – 10:10   Welcome & Introduction
Mark Millar (Chair of AILU Jobshop Group)

10:10 – 10:30 Current Challenges Facing Steel Supply in the UK
Gareth Stace (UK Steel)

10:30 – 10:50  Energy Cost Uncertainty – What is the best policy?
Liam Conway (Control Energy Costs, CEC)

10:50-11:10 Degree Level Apprenticeships – Finding & Retaining Future Skilled Staff
Rowland Travis (University of Nottingham)

11:10-11:40  Refreshments

11:40-12:00  R& D Tax credits – new legislation & opportunities
James Cameron (ABGI)

12:00-12:20  What’s the Current situation with Commercial Solar Power?
Richard Wakeford (Evoenergy)

12:20-12:35  An Introduction to High Power manual laser welding in sheet metal
Gary Broadhead (IPG Photonics)

12:35-12:50  Laser Cleaning – a practical introduction to the process & equipment
Sinan Bilgin (SS Laser Solutions)

Lunch – -12:50-13:50

13:50-14:50  What’s new – short commercial presentations
6x company pitches (5 mins each) from MSS, Amada, Nitrogen Supply Co, BLM, SS Laser, TRUMPF

14:50-15:00  Survey results feedback
Dave MacLellan (AILU)

15:00-15:45  Open Discussion Forum

15:45  Close



Recommended Hotel:

Premier Inn West Bromwich Town Centre (New Square)
Congregation Way,
West Bromwich
B70 7PU


Premier Inn West Bromwich
New Gas Street,
West Bromwich,
West Midlands
B70 0NP


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November 24, 2022
9:30 am - 4:30 pm GMT
£75.00 – £95.00
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National Metalforming Centre
47 Birmingham Road
West Bromwich, B70 6PY
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+ 44 (0) 1235 539595
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