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 100 Spring 2021.

"AILU has recently published the 100th edition of The Laser User, its quarterly magazine. That AILU has reached this milestone is testament to the high regard The Laser User is held in by the laser community. The combination of industry news, new product launches, focus stories, and light touch technical articles makes it particularly accessible to those unfamiliar with the laser industry, as well as those looking for their quarterly ‘fix’ of laser-related knowledge.

Congratulations to all involved at AILU, past and present, for achieving this significant milestone. Of course, the 100th edition would not have been possible without the continued efforts and contributions from all of you in the laser community. A big thank you, on behalf of AILU, to all those who have contributed to The Laser User over the years.

In March, AILU held ILAS 2021. Those of you with a sharp mind will remember this was originally scheduled for 2020, to celebrate another AILU milestone (AILU’s 25th anniversary), but was rescheduled to March 2021 and held virtually for obvious reasons. With a dedicated conference platform, the feedback from attendees was that ILAS 2021 managed to re-create much of the experience of a physical ILAS, with there even being a virtual social evening for AILU members to share some of their hidden talents! ILAS 2021 success aside, I know I am not alone when I say ‘I hope the next ILAS is a physical event’.

And with that, my two-year tenure has come to an end and I sign off as AILU President in April. It’s fair (and probably obvious) to say it has not been the Presidency I envisaged, and has not been straightforward! However, I’m proud of the way we have navigated the turbulence of the last 15 months, and migrated AILU’s activities into the virtual world. I’ll still be engaged in the laser community and look forward to supporting AILU and Adam Clare, the new AILU President, when needed. There's more on the new AILU committee line-up on page 5. Stay safe."



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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