AILU Membership

Suppliers of Lasers and Laser Related Products and Components

AILU relies on suppliers of laser equipment for advice on the direction of development in the industry and to support workshops and other AILU initiatives. Key benefits of membership to suppliers of laser equipment include:

'The Laser User’ Magazine

The Laser User, first published in 1995, is a quarterly publication. It has attracted the highest praise from the UK and international laser community, is distributed only to members and is generally regarded as one of the key benefits of membership. The Laser User addresses all general aspects of laser processing and machine technology; it is packed with useful information and stimulating discussion for both the novice and experienced user and aims to keep the reader up to date with developments and to provide a clear, balanced approach to the subject material, not favouring a particular supplier or technology An extensive ‘expert comment’ section is provided to help broaden the scope of the technical articles and to present a balanced view of the material, It is widely circulated and well read within Corporate Member companies. It has a hard copy circulation of over 400, mainly to member and since 2010 as an electronic version with a growing on-line readership. The growing library of articles from past issues, fully categorised, is available for members to download.

AILU’s monthly e-newsletter provides a useful update on news, events, summaries of magazine articles, and notice of up and coming events.


Members enjoy a discount to attend workshops and to exhibit at these events. During the planning stage members receive advanced notice and may submit suggestions for speakers, venues and subjects that they would like to hear Workshops are a great opportunity to network, to be introduced to new developments and to present ones own products and services.
Most AILU Workshops include an exhibition at which members receive a generous discount.


Members are encouraged to submit items of news and editorial; these will appear in the magazine and website. Such postings, which are free of charge, enhance the visibility of organisations within the laser community and provide a degree of advertising.
Members can also place advertisements in the magazine, the e-Newsletter, on the AILU website and on exhibition stands taken at AILU workshops. A members discount is provided on advertisements placed in the magazine, the AILU website and on exhibition stands taken at AILU workshops.

Product and Services Directory

As a supplier, you will be listed (free of charge) in all appropriate categories of the Products & Services (P&S) Directory. Through its high search engine rating, members included in this directory enjoy an enhanced internet presence.

Sales leads

As well as being listed in the products and services directory, members enjoy AILU’s free enquiry service whereby potential sales enquiries to the AILU office are forwarded to all members in the appropriate section of the P&S directory.

Member Directories

Members have free entry to the individual and (for corporate members only) corporate members directories, providing a valuable reference source for member networking and links with research organisations, suppliers and consultants. The members’ directory provides contact details and background information on all members.

Links with funding bodies

AILU is kept abreast of UK funding initiatives through its close links with the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN). At the European level, the Association is made aware of funding opportunities through its members active within in Photonics21 (the European Technology Platform for photonics) and its status as a supporting association of EPIC (European Photonics Industry Consortium).

AILU is among the largest and most active European laser materials processing associations, and thereby it can have a direct influence on funding bodies in the areas of laser technology and applications. The Association can also: Assist organisations find partners for collaborative projects in the area of laser materials processing; provide letters of support; and, during and at the end of a project, provide an important route for dissemination.


AILU members automatically qualify for access to the Technical Forum, through which they can make contact with visitors to the AILU website who have posed technical or business questions. In many cases, these enquiries are sales leads at the same time.


Over-the-phone practical advice is offered on a wide range of subjects from safety to technical and business enquiries. And where there is an element of sensitivity, questions (sent in by telephone or email) can be forwarded to selected AILU members groups by the AILU office without divulging the name of the enquirer. By involving the whole membership in the consultancy activity, The enquirer is assured of practical advice
To submit an enquiry, contact us through our web form or by email now.

The Market Development Group

The market development group ‘The Design for Laser Manufacture’ initiative provides direct advertising opportunities as well as offering a means of displaying pictures of your laser-related products at work. Its general aim is to increase the number of industrial laser users in the UK.
The MDG also addresses issues of common interest to its members, such as Machine safety and complying with laser standerds.

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