About Us


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.

AILU President

Dr Jon Blackburn, TWI

President's Message
From AILU's quarterly magazine The Laser User
Issue 95 Winter 2020.

Hello and Happy New Year! I hope you all had an enjoyable festive period with family and friends, and the memories are not too distant a memory by now. Also, Happy New Year to readers who celebrate the Chinese New Year. I’m aware that for many AILU members China is a very important market, and the recent Coronavirus outbreak in China is causing some uncertainty about the supply and demand for lasers in 2020.  I hope that the Year of the Rat turns out better than current predictions at the time of writing…

2020 promises to be an exciting year for AILU, with the launch of our new website and the special ILAS symposium in Daventry on 20th and 21st May to celebrate 25 years of AILU. Historically, it is worth noting that 2020 also marks the 60th anniversary of the first laser demonstration by Theodore Maiman.

ILAS 2020 will have a similar format to the previous symposia, with parallel technical sessions, a central exhibition space, and a conference dinner. The symposium has a ‘past, present, and future’ theme, with plenary speakers including Dirk Petring, Bill O’Neill, Silke Pflueger and Tatsuaki Furumoto already committed to the event. We also have a number of keynote speakers from a wide range of organisations and around 70 oral presentations over the 2 days. I’d encourage you to head across to the ILAS website (https://ilas2020.co.uk/) for further details.

As well as being the leading UK technical conference on industrial laser applications, ILAS is the leading UK event to grow your professional network in this field. Seasoned ILAS attendees will testify that much of the best networking happens after hours, so be sure to register for the event and on-site hotel early to avoid missing out.

Another date for your diary is our workshop on lasers for e-mobility. As the automotive industry is transformed, battery technology presents new challenges for laser material processing. This workshop will be on 9 July at TWI, Cambridge, chaired by Paola de Bono. If you are a buyer, supplier or researcher in this market you should register for this topical event.

I wish you all the best for success in 2020, and look forward to catching up with you in Daventry in a few months’ time if not before.


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.”


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%). 

To find out more about AILU membership click here.

See member benefits to review how membership could benefit you.

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