The Association of Industrial Laser Users
The Association of Industrial Laser Users (AILU) was founded in 1995 and is run by and for the laser community. Based in the UK, but with members in 12 countries, AILU is made up of around 300 members representing laser manufacturers, laser job shops and end users in manufacturing, researchers and academics working in the field of laser source design and material processing applications development.
AILU is unique in providing significant opportunities for academia and industry to meet, exchange ideas and disseminate information to form partnerships and business relationships.
Our members are listed on our website and in our Products & Services Directory which is available in print or online. We also prepare reports on the laser market and strategy.
Our activities can be summarised in the key areas below:
NEWS & INFORMATION
AILU publishes a quarterly magazine “The Laser User”, in print and online, a well-respected and quality publication featuring content highlighting advances in technology and applications as well as business news, research summaries, interviews and new product press releases. A monthly e-Newsletter is read by thousands, and the Association is active in social media, sharing news and event information with the wider community.
EVENTS & NETWORKING
AILU holds workshops in different locations and covering different areas of interest. Every 2 years, AILU organises the ILAS (International Laser Applications Symposium) which attracts 220+ delegates over 2 days. AILU participates in exhibitions and gives opportunities to members to gather in laser-specific zones at engineering and manufacturing events.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS (SIGS)
AILU has many active SIGs, for example the Job Shop Group arranges meetings to share information and know-how identifying cost saving opportunities for members in a non-competitive environment.
ADVOCACY & LOBBYING
AILU promotes the laser industry with governments and fund-holding bodies steering policy towards promoting laser material processing, improving competitiveness and raising the profile of lasers in manufacturing.