28 October 2009

Job Shop 09: Surviving the Recession

  • Location: Amada, Kidderminster
  • Attendees: AILU Members and all Laser Job Shop Owners



The Job Shop Group's annual business meeting takes place this year at Amada's facility in Kidderminster.

Download a flyer here


09:30 – 10:00 Registration and refreshments

10:00 – 11:10 Introduction to the day
Dave Connaway Chair of the AILU Job Shop Group

Session 1
Costs of the recession
John Houseman Confederation of British Metalforming

Metals recycling in the UK
Ken Mackenzie British Metal Recycling Association

Supply Chain (SC)21: transforming the aerospace and defence industry
Cliff Johnson Manufacturing Advisory Service

11:10 – 11:40 Refreshment break

11:40 – 12:40 Session 2
THE RECESSION: what laser job shops have done, what they’re doing and what they’re going to do to survive and grow
An open forum discussion
led by Martin Cook (Cutting Technologies) and John Powell (Laser Expertise)
Discussion themes could include: getting/maintaining credit; credit insurance; cost reduction; price calculation & margin improvement; process improvement; cutting wages/hours; keeping customers; new markets; effective marketing; realistic pricing.

12:40 – 13:25 Lunch break

13:25 – 14:40 Session 3
Job Shop AGM
Dave Connaway Chair of the AILU Job Shop Group

New products and services
Short (5 minute) presentations

Process integration: maximising profits
Ian White  Amada

14:40 - 15:40 TOUR - Amada Technical Centre

15:40 Departure

Workshop Information


Amada UK Ltd
Spennells Valley Road
DY10 1XS

Ample parking is available.


AILU members - £45.00 plus VAT (=£52.87)
Including those attending as an employee of a current AILU Member Company.

Non-Member Job Shop - £65.00 plus VAT (=£74.75)
Note: Join AILU within 10 weeks of the workshop and a £20.00 +VAT discount will be given on your first year's membership.

30% DISCOUNT for applications before 30 September

Please register, either by completing and mailing or faxing the registration form to the AILU office (click here to get the registration form) or by e-mail to

To register your interest if you are a Laser Job Shop owner please contact the AILU Office on 01235 539595.

Non members - If you would like to attend, please contact the AILU Office for special deals on 01235 539595


The recommended hotel is the Gainsborough House Hotel, Bewdley Hill, Kidderminster, DY11 6BS. It is close to the event venue and offers a special Amada rate of £60 B&B. T: 01562 820041, quoting 8955


Amada are south of the centre of Kidderminster being about 2km from the railway station and just off the A448.  A map of the location is shown here.

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