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 2018

Following the success of LPM 2018 (Laser Precision Microfabrication), the next major event for AILU is the organisation of ILAS 2019 (6th Industrial Laser Applications Symposium) to be held on 20-21 March 2019 in Crewe, UK. This is a biennial international conference on laser materials processing which has been run by AILU since 2009, covering both macro processing and micro/nano fabrications.  I have the honour to be the general chair of next year's ILAS conference. I encourage academic colleagues, students, industrial engineers and entrepreneurs to join us and share your new findings and views at and learn from each other. Sponsorship is available and appreciated. The conference also offers the publication of a special issue of the journal Lasers in Engineering containing selected submissions of papers.

Our Early Career Research (ECR)group has grown rapidly and has been very active.  I encourage more young researchers and engineers to participate in the ECR events and activities to link up with their peers and also to engage with potential employers.

An important mission of AILU is to increase engagement with end users and help our members generate new business opportunities and research partnerships.  One approach is to develop joint workshops and events with other professional societies such as IMechE, IET, NAA and NWAA. This is currently being pursued. If you have contacts with other societies, we would be very interested to hear your suggestions on how to develop links.

Collaboration with professional societies in other countries (e.g. Germany, China, USA and Japan) is also being explored.  Members are encouraged to propose collaboration opportunities and contacts for the mutual benefits AILU members and the collaborating societies.


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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