22 November 2018

AILU Laser Job Shop Business Meeting

  • Sector: Job Shop Business Meeting
  • Location: Bystronic UK Ltd, Wilsons Lane, Coventry, CV6 6NY



The 2018 AILU job shop business meeting is sponsored by Bystronic, Laser Trader and II-VI (Members of AILU since 1997)




About this Meeting

"Work ON your business not IN your business!"

Are you the owner or manager or a laser job shop? 

Would you like to double your profit next year? 
There are only three realistic strategies to do this:

  1. Reduce your fixed costs
  2. Increase your turnover
  3. Increase your prices

This meeting aims to address items 1 and 2 above – and that might enable you to achieve item 3. The Annual AILU Job Shop Business Meeting has a history of providing the owners of laser subcontract processing businesses with the tools they need to save time and money – we have many examples of cost savings made by attendees at previous meetings.  Whether it means a tax rebate from R&D Tax Credits, saving money on your process gas contract or taking advantage of green grants – there are opportunities to be taken advantage of.

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. 

The meeting is hosted by Bystronic UK, one of the leading suppliers of laser cutting systems to the subcontract and end-user market.  Bystronic provides laser cutting systems (fibre laser and CO2) as well as pressbrakes for bending.  Situated just outside Coventry (and 2 minutes from Junction 3 of the M6), Bystronic UK has a number of systems on display for demonstrations and there will be the opportunity to tour the site at the end of the day.


08:45 - Registration (Tea & Coffee)

09:30 - 11:00  Session 1 – Business Improvement

Introduction to the Day - Mark Millar (Essex Laser)
Welcome to Bystronic - Dan Thombs (Bystronic)

Presentations on Business Improvement
Mark Smith (Groundwork) - 
What has saving energy ever done for me?
James Isaacs (BCR Associates) - Challenges for the UK energy market & your business
Sarah Rhodes (Citation) - Outsourcing HR – how it can help your business

11:00 - 11:30  Refreshment Break

11:30 - 12:30  Session 2

What's new? – the latest in new technology from laser machinery manufacturers, including Amada, Bystronic, Mazak, Steel Scout, TLM and TRUMPF.

12:30 - 13:45  Lunch

13:45 - 15.30  Session 3 

13:45 - 14:00  Breakdown Response Satisfaction Survey Results
(Dave MacLellan, AILU)

14:00 - 15:30  Open panel discussion – Working ON your business not IN your business
Discussions on cost saving, efficiency, machinery and profit maximisation

15:30  Refreshments

16:00  Tour of Bystronic UK Limited (optional)




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 by clicking the button above, or contact the AILU office (01235 539595,

Registration fees are as follows:

AILU Member: £70.00

Non-Member: £95.00 

Prices exclude VAT and an Eventbrite booking fee.

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



Bystronic UK Limited 
6 Wayside Business Park 
Wilsons Lane

Parking available



Hotels nearby include:

Novotel, Coventry (M6, J3):

Premier Inn, Coventry East (M6, J2):



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