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.

The President's Message
Prof Lin Li, University of Manchester

November 2017

In October this year, AILU held the first Early Career Researchers (ECRs) committee meeting in Birmingham, attended by 12 representatives from 9 universities in the UK.  The main purpose of setting up this committee or forum is to promote ECRs’ participation in AILU activities, hearing their voices, and promoting their communications and better engagements with other laser users. This is a very good start and I encourage AILU members to give strong support to this forum.  After all, the ECRs are the future of our research and industrial laser user community.

Recently I attended the AILU Workshop on Laser Cleaning, chaired by Tony Jones of Cyan Tech Systems, and delivered my presentation on The University of Manchester’s work on laser cleaning of Al alloys for automotive component manufacture, in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover. 

In October I attended the 36th ICALEO (International Congress on Applications of Lasers & Electro-Optics) conference in Atlanta, organised by Laser Institute of America (LIA).  Over 340 attendees were present.  ICALEO is the longest running laser materials processing conference in the world and probably the best known.  As the past President of the Laser Institute of America, I presented the LIA awards and extend congratulations to Jack Gabzdyl from SPI Lasers who was elected as an LIA Fellow.  Next year’s ICALEO in Orlando will celebrate the 50th year anniversary of LIA.

AILU is to co-hosting the 19th LPM (Laser Precision Microfabrication) Symposium with the Japan Laser Processing Society at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 25-28 June 2018. This is a well-established international conference with typically 200-300 attendees. This conference will bring many researchers and companies from all over the world to the UK to present their latest findings in laser micro/nano fabrication.  I hope AILU members and the UK industrial laser community will use this opportunity to showcase our research, innovation, and applications to the world and learn the latest developments from other countries.


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%). 

See member benefits to review how membership could benefit you.

Cost of membership

There are two principle types of membership available: corporate and individual. The first member from an organisation whose activities are related to laser materials processing must enrol the organisation as a Corporate Member. Any additional employees of the Corporate Member, as well as with persons whose business activities is unrelated to laser materials processing, can join at a much reduced rate as an Individual Member. In addition, a concessionary rate is available for students, unemployed and retired persons. For 20012/13 the rates are as follows:

Corporate Membership: GBP 405 + VAT (@20%)

Individual Membership: GBP 100 + VAT (@20%)

Concessionary individual membership: GBP 60 + VAT (@20%)
Unemployed and retired persons.

Student Individual Membership:  GBP 60 + VAT (@20%). Available for full-time students.

If you are interested in joining the Association, you can apply for membership on line or by calling the AILU office on +44 (0)1235 539595. To apply online complete the AILU Registration Form and submit.  The AILU Registration Form can be used to apply to become a Member or to become a Registered Visitor.  Details of the benefits and privileges of Membership and Registration are described here.

Please note that membership cannot be approved immediately; but please telephone the office on +44 (0)1235 539595 and we may be able to email you any information you need quickly. Also, you may be pleased to hear that payment is not required at the time of applying for membership and that the annual subscription pays for a full 12 months, whatever time of the year you join.

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