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
 Dave Lindsey  Laser Process Ltd


Chair's Report by Mark Millar

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



Welcome to the first issue of the AILU magazine of 2019! I was lucky enough to see some of you at the AILU meeting on 22nd November, it was a really great meeting - for those that didn’t make it, do try to make the next one as information gleaned at this event really pays dividends. 

So what’s new this year? Well unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last few years, you’ll know the Brexit deadline is rapidly approaching. Yes, I know it’s practically a swear word these days and everyone is sick to death of hearing about it, but we are heading to crunch time at the moment. However, despite months of uncertainty, we still don’t know for sure what the arrangement is going to be or how it will affect our daily lives. 

I have no love for Theresa May but I do feel sorry for her, she is in an impossible situation. Her deal has been rejected by a landslide, but she still won the vote of confidence in her despite having no other ways forward. The problem with Brexit is twofold. Firstly there is no way to make everyone even vaguely happy, no matter what the deal is. Secondly, all of this uncertainly is also bad for the country and the economy. The only way forward at the moment is to try to extend the deadline for leaving, whilst we think of another plan, one that we couldn’t come up with in the last 3 years, which just leads to more uncertainty. I feel like someone remade Groundhog Day! 

Before the Referendum our economy was one of the strongest in the EU and showed decent growth, this has tailed off since the Referendum. We are currently sitting only just above Italy in the G7, and they have some serious economic issues of their own. No-one knows the true economic cost of leaving the EU but estimates range from £100 billion a year worse off with May’s deal to £140bn per year with no deal. Joy! (take these numbers with a pinch of salt though as this estimate comes from a study commissioned by Vote Leave).

According to the Guardian November 2018, Philip Hammond has said that the UK will be worse off “in pure economic terms” under all possible Brexit outcomes – including the Prime Minister’s own deal. He goes on to say that this is a prediction and not an analysis, however May’s deal is the best way forward in his opinion to get most of the things we are negotiating for. 

If we don’t extend the leaving date everything is going to have to be rushed through parliament, which also sounds like a bad plan to me. Kind of makes you think, why are we bothering to give more power back to our politicians if they can’t agree on anything? Either way it looks like any type of Brexit is going to take our economy a long time just to get back to where we were before the Referendum. The only good news is maybe by 29th March we might have an idea of what is going on? We can only live in hope. 

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