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

 Laser Process Ltd
 John  Powell  Laser Expertise Ltd
 Neil Main  Micrometric Ltd
 Phil Carr  Carrs Welding Technologies Ltd
 Cirrus Laser Ltd
 Fimark Ltd
  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 2107)

October saw the ever-popular AILU Laser Jobshop meeting, this time hosted at BOC in the Midlands. It was wonderful to see many of you there, to meet some of our newest members and touch base with some of the more regular faces. For those that didn’t make it, you missed out! There were several very interesting talks which included how to save money, not waste money and even get free money! On top of the business advice there were laser-specific talks detailing what new kit is out or coming soon.

As is often the case with this event it is not just the talks that were of interest. It is a great opportunity to ask questions of other job shop owners as we all face similar day-to-day issues and between us there are often some creative and unusual solutions. Also it is a great opportunity to network. I found companies which you would have thought were our competitors but who actually specialise in niche parts of the market. The overlap means we often get enquiries better suited to them and by the same token, they are getting enquires better suited to us.

We managed to make it all the way to 2pm before anyone even mentioned Brexit which I think must be some sort of record for a business networking event in 2017. The general consensus, like everything surrounding Brexit, was that opinion was divided upon whether the future was looking better or worse. At the moment though most companies said they were not being noticeably affected.

Overall I would strongly encourage those who didn’t make it this year to try and get to next year’s meeting. It is only one day out of the office and always pays for itself in either money saving tips or increased business. At the very least we all had an informative and entertaining day. Look forward to seeing more of you there next time!

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