18 October 2017

Annual Job Shop Business Meeting 2017

  • Sector: Job Shop Business Meeting
  • Location: BOC, Wolverhampton
  • Attendees: AILU members and all laser job shop owners


18 OCTOBER 2017




Although the current political and economic climate in the UK holds a lot of uncertainty, there is a healthy future for the job shop sector.  Manufacturing with lasers is efficient, flexible and fast – and sharing information with other businesses in the same sector allows the AILU Job Shop Group to assist business owners to improve their performance.  This annual meeting is open to members and non-members and continues a tradition of addressing issues to improve performance in the sub-contract market.  Three particular themes are addressed in the meeting this year:

  • Understanding the latest technology on machines and applications to grow your business
  • Saving money through prudent procurement and effective R&D tax claims
  • Making the most of your online marketing and avoiding wasted spend

The meeting is hosted by BOC, a member of the Linde Group, at their Wolverhampton site.  BOC provides process and lasing gases for the laser material processing market as well as for a wide range of industrial and medical users.  At the end of the meeting, there will be an opportunity to tour BOC, with a choice of either:

  • Touring the gas cylinder test shop where cylinders are inspected, measured, cleaned and painted.
  • Visiting the Manufacturing Technology Centre for an interactive live demonstration of cryogenic gases and an overview of next generation cylinders and Industry 4.0.


BOC Gas & Gear
Lower Walsall St


Parking will be at Monmore Green Racecourse Stadium, Sutherland Avenue, Wolverhampton, WV2 2JJ from 8.15am. Free shuttle buses will run to and from the event​. There is no on-site parking at BOC.


08:45  Registration

09:30 - 11:00  Session 1

Introduction to the day
Mark Millar, Essex Laser

Introduction to BOC
Stuart Wilders, BOC 

Running a sub-contract laser welding business under AS9100
Phil Carr, Carrs Welding

What is the future of CO2 lasers?
John Powell, Laser Expertise

Avoiding the pitfalls in internet marketing
Dave MacLellan, AILU

11:00 – 11:30 Refreshment Break
11:30 - 12:30 Session 2

What's new – short commercial presentations 
Bystronic, Mazak, TRUMPF, Amada, IPG Photonics

Breakdown Response Survey Results
Mark Millar, Essex Laser

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13.30 - 15.00 Session 3

Understanding R&D tax credits – what to claim for
Paul Kerrigan, Cost Care

Planning ahead: Why your energy strategy should reflect more than just market activity
James Isaacs, BCR Associates

Open panel discussion – the Future of the Job Shop 
Discussions on cost saving, efficiency, machinery and marketing

15:00  Refreshments followed by tour of BOC site (optional). Choice of tour:

Tour A – Cryogenic Gas Demonstration & Next Generation Cylinders
Tour B – Cylinder Test Shop

(N.B. If you have your own safety footwear please bring them with you for the tour)

16:00 Close


This year’s annual business meeting is open to all AILU members and to non-member laser job shops and SMEs that use lasers for materials processing in general.

Please register here or contact the AILU office by phone (01235 539595) or email ( 


AILU Member    £75.00 + VAT
Non-member    £100.00 + VAT

If you later wish another employee to attend in your place simply let us know; there is no extra charge.


The recommended hotels:

Novotel Wolverhampton   Union Street, WV1 3JN 
Holiday Inn   Gorsebrook Road,  WV6 0PE
Ramada Park Hall Hotel   Park Drive,  WV4 5AJ
Premier Inn   Broad Gauge Way,  WV10 0BA 


Back to top