“Lasers for Productivity: a UK Strategy”

Joanna Cherry QC MP, delivering the keynote speech at the Laser for Produc­tivity, a UK Strategy launch (Source: AILU)

The UK laser industry has urged the UK Government to take up its recommendations as part of a strategy to grow a sustainable and competitive manufacturing sector, by ensuring all manufacturers have the skills, finance, knowledge and confidence to deploy lasers within their production processes, to substantially increase productivity.

Launching its “Lasers for Productivity: a UK Strategy” at Portcullis House, Westminster, on Tuesday, the Association of Industrial Laser Users (AILU) and its partners identified four key recommen­dations to accelerate the adoption of laser-based manufacturing and production: process demons­tration and customi­zation for SMEs; increase skills and training; laser sources and process inno­vation; and greater access to finance. The authors of the report include: industry stake­holders; AILU; Know­ledge Transfer Network (KTN); and EPSRC Centre for Inno­vative Manufac­turing in Laser-based Produc­tion Processes.

Speaking about the future of the laser industry as part of the wider UK industrial strategy, sponsor of the event, Joanna Cherry QC MP, who counts within her consti­tuency a number laser industry stake­holders, said: “The photonics industry is a growth industry. Insti­tutions are really helping to drive this forward with entre­preneur­ship and innovation within photonics.”

Mims Davies MP, speaking to members of her laser industry stake­holder consti­tuents (Source: AILU)

The launch of the UK laser industry’s inaugural strategy document heralds a new, forward-thinking drive towards a pan-industry approach to ensure that efficiency, innovation and technology are at the forefront of UK manufac­turing, production and services.

Talking about the recommen­dations of its strategy, Jona­than Black­burn, vice president of AILU said: “Our recom­men­da­tions are founded on the strong partner­ships we have with the UK laser and, more widely, the photonics indus­tries. Currently, the global laser industry contri­butes in excess of ten billion pounds to the world economy, and it is widely predicted to continue at its current growth rate of ten percent per annum. By adopting these recommen­dations, the UK Govern­ment and the UK laser industry can work together to ensure that the UK is leading the way in the digiti­zation of manufac­turing, produc­tion, health­care and research and develop­ment.” (Source: AILU)

Link: The Association of Laser Users, AILU, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

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