Laser-based manufacturing is a global multi-billion dollar industry with significant business opportunities. The past 25 years have seen industrial lasers replace conventional tools in many diverse areas of manufacture, enabling increased productivity, functionality and quality.

The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Laser-based Production Processes, supported by £5.6m of funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and £4.8m from 31 UK manufacturing industry partners, opens the door to a diverse range of new laser-based production processes and technologies, helping UK industry to take maximum advantage of these advances by bringing together a multi-disciplinary team of leading UK researchers and key industry partners.

The Centre runs a wide-ranging programme of coordinated research and network building activities, enabling significant business growth opportunities, stimulating the broader UK community, providing leadership in the development of UK public policy, providing access to infrastructure for SMEs, and education and training for industry.