AILU AGM & NATIONAL STRATEGY MEETING: Steps towards a Sector Deal
Every year AILU holds its Annual General Meeting for members.
The election of the AILU standing committee for 2017/18 will take place at the Annual General Meeting. Followed by an opportunity to discuss the recommendations of the Draft Report “Lasers for Productivity – a UK Strategy” and the issues raised in the UK Industrial Strategy Green Paper to confirm how the Laser Material Processing Sector responds to these documents.
This event starts at 1:00 pm after a free buffet lunch (please register on Eventbrite in advance so we can plan for the number of attendees. The meeting will end at 4:30 pm.
Please note that the AILU AGM, Lunch, and National Strategy meeting must be registered separately.
11:00 - 12:00 - AGM (AILU Members only)
12:00- 13:00 - Buffet Lunch
13:00 - 16:30 - National Strategy Meeting & Workshop
Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering
There are some spaces available in the Institute car park. The access is off Beresford Ave and is a shared car park with Unipart Manufacturing. Report to security at the car park barrier. If the car park is full there is non-restricted parking on Beresford Avenue close to the venue.
**NEW** Download Minutes of the 2017 AGM
At this meeting, we will be looking at the recommendations from the report “Lasers for Productivity” which was issued in draft format in March 2017. There were 4 recommendations calling for implementation by the sector, as follows:
Skills & Training:
Significantly increasing vocational training, building laser processing into Further Education and funding more apprenticeships
Access to Finance:
Easing the purchase of capital equipment, perhaps through Innovate UK loans or other flexible and innovative funding models
Process Demonstration & Customisation for SMEs:
Demonstration of proof-of-concept and proof-of-process to help SMEs take sound Return on investment decisions based on Laser Materials Processing implementation
Laser & Laser Process Innovation:
Making sure the UK is at the leading edge of technology and process development to maintain a competitive edge
We will consider the detailed questions relating to the above recommendations and will link them to forecasts of the “ask” from funding bodies and the matched funding that the sector will put in. Also, there is an opportunity to look at the geographical issues and identify areas of deficit or surplus.
Presentations were given by John Lincoln and Duncan Hand. Please see the links below for PDFs of their talks.