Job Shop Special Interest Group


What is a Laser Job Shop?

We define a laser job shop as ‘any commercial organisation that uses industrial lasers and complementary techniques for profit.‘ Membership of AILU automatically entitles such
laser users to free membership of the Job Shop Group.

The Job Shop Special Interest Group

We believe that making a success of running a laser job shop is more of a challenge than ever and the growth of the laser job shop group (established in 1999) to its current level of over 80 members has clearly demonstrated that there is a need and much to be gained from the group’s activities.


Mark Millar, Essex Laser
Job Shop Committee Chair



Job Shop Member Quotes

"The Association has much to offer any company involved in laser profiling technology" says JS SIG founder member David Lindsey .  “For the membership costs each year, AILU represents excellent value for money,” Mr Lindsey advocates. “I personally sit on the Jobshop sub-committee and find it an invaluable resource for the sharing of ideas and networking but as is the case with many industry associations, it would be even more effective if we could increase membership levels. As a result of an AILU gas survey, a little brow- beating and threats to move supplier we managed a saving of £80,000 over a twelve month period."

“Visits to other AILU Job Shops have allowed us to implement some simple organisational and layout changes to the way we operate”
Neil Main, Micrometric Ltd.

“Our Electricity Survey highlighted that 2 members spending the same monthly amount on electricity had an 11% difference in overall cost per unit – highlighting a potential annual saving of almost £20,000”
John Powell, Laser Expertise Ltd.

“The annual AILU Breakdown Response Survey allows us to hold the laser suppliers to account for their level of customer support.  Pressure from AILU Job Shops has resulted in positive improvements from the suppliers.”
Mark Millar, Essex Laser Ltd.


Benefits of membership include:

  • Networking opportunities

We run at least one informal business meeting a year for group members and invited guests, with key presentations on topics of common concern and interest.    

  • Advice on technical and safety matters

We offer a Job Shop Forum on the web site for posting questions and answers plus a free over the phone consultancy service.      

  • Sales leads

Sales leads from our web-based Products and Services Directory are automatically forwarded to all job shop members.      

  • Free surveys

We conduct at least two surveys a year on commercial value to laser job shops. These surveys are free to participate in, and only participants receive the survey results, with total anonymity. Recent topics have included gas, electricity and breakdown satisfaction.


Jobshop SIG Committee Members

 Jonathan Horne  Laser Process Ltd
 John  Powell  Laser Expertise Ltd
 Neil Main  Micrometric Ltd
 Phil Carr  Carrs Welding Technologies Ltd
 Cirrus Laser Ltd
 Fimark Ltd
 Mark Hannon  Midtherm Laser Ltd
 Mark Millar  Essex Laser Job Shop Ltd
 Jamie Sharp  Laser Engineering UK Ltd


Chair's Report by Mark Millar

From AILU's The Laser User magazine (November 2019)


Yay, another rollover! Well that’s normally what people think about the lottery, not so much when it comes to Brexit. The latest deal, another extension and now an election just means more delay, uncertainty and pain. The only overwhelming opinion about Brexit is that we are all quite bored of it.

The election is just the next instalment of the gripping 3 year saga we have been enduring. Expect politicians to claim they will magically have more money than one another to lavish upon the various under-funded institutions of the nation, with the NHS used as the central pawn. In reality everyone knows there’ll be no extra funding and will vote based upon what they think each party is going to do about Brexit, but still having no clue. Can’t wait !

Job Shop at the MINI Plant
October saw this year’s Annual Job Shop meeting at the Mini plant in Oxford. As always it was a highly successful meeting. There was plenty of info for everyone with very useful talks and discussions. Personally think I will be saving £13,000 for my company on a tip gleaned during the day regarding quality certifications. The latest laser technology was presented and there is always something new to learn about. If that wasn’t enough, this year the day was completed with a tour around Mini’s Body-In-White assembly facility. Over 1000 robotic arms were going about their surprisingly quiet work of churning out all types of Mini bodies with beautiful grace and efficiency. It was hard to come away without being highly impressed and inspired.

The Job Shop meeting was awash with the leading figures of the subcontracting world, so if you missed the annual meeting you really are missing out on something special. It’s a great opportunity to meet other people in the industry, find ways to save money and learn about the latest technology. I know it is hard to get out of the office, but you never know, that one day in the year could make such a difference. If you didn’t make it I hope to see you there next year. How can you afford to miss it?

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