James Wilson Engravers


 With 37 years of experience we understand our customers' requirements and take pride in offering a solution tailored to their needs.

Based in Poole James Wilson Engravers are specialists within Industrial Engraving, we service both national and International clients in a multitude of industries. We are ISO 9001:2008 accredited and currently working towards SC21 bronze award (Aerospace and defence industry accreditation).

Single Source
At James Wilson we can offer a complete service, we can manufacture from drawing, take care of treatments and offer a suitable marking solution whether that be machine engraved or laser part marked. We can read almost any file types and offer artwork creating service utilising the latest design software.

We are supplied various control panel doors and proprietary control boxes which we machine and engrave to specification. Some combinations involve machining the component and then manufacturing and engraving a suitable fascia plate in materials such as stainless steel, aluminium, laminate etc.

We also machine and engrave a variety of electrical components – switchplates – single to multi gang, sockets – in plastic or steel, push buttons, fuseboxes etc. Customer supplied cast, fabricated and machined components in all engineering materials and coatings – anodised, zinc plated, and painted are precision engraved and colour filled to applicable specification as required.

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Aerospace Engraving

The aerospace industry requires a great deal of labelling, usually in short runs. Many of Mattblack Systems larger customers require Aerospace Engraving. Photosensitive anodized aluminium nameplates, our specialty, have been tested and used by Airbus as well as many others. You will find this process specified on drawings because the customer knows they will receive a longer lasting nameplate that can withstand challenging environments. Short runs and prototypes can be produced economically and with a shorter lead time.

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Aerospace Engraving

Laser Engraving

We are an established leading supplier to the aerospace industry for Laser Engraving and have naturally amassed an array of state of the art technology which we have used to service many other industries. In addition to machine engraving we have two in house lasers which allow us to utilise laser engraving on almost any material you care to mention.

So what is Laser Marking and Laser Engraving?
Unlike conventional engravers we use an intense beam of light instead of a rotating or vibrating tool, this beam can either vaporise a small area of the surface ( laser engraving ) or cause a change in the colour of the surface of the material ( laser marking ) this beam is controlled by a computer at very high speeds and accuracy to give outstanding quality at a very cost effective price. Almost all materials can be laser engraved / laser marked. Because no inks are used the laser marking services are both permanent and the process is kind to the environment.

With advanced software we can laser engrave practically anything from Bar Codes photographs and company logos. Some times laser marking is referred to as laser etching, unlike conventional etching, laser etching needs no masks or chemicals, Laser etching gives a better quality finish as there is never any bleed out and the marking is more permanent. Laser engraving can be used for most of the jobs currently being carried out by conventional industrial engravers.

In House Artwork Facility
All artwork can be created in-house using the latest design software.


Laser Engraving

Light Engineering

Varying services including folding, bending, profiling, milling, drilling and slotting – in house shot blasting and finishing – allowing polishing and graining of material. Fabrication and machining components to customer specification or machining modification to customer supplied free issue part finished material/ components.

Some general product categories include -

Bending, milling, drilling, slotting, laminating and joining facilities available on site to allow specific customization of appropriate original plastic products. Sheet material available cut to size and drilled/machined as required.

In October 2003 we relocated to a 10,000 Sq. Ft. purpose built facility in Poole, England. Since relocating to these spacious and well-situated premises, we have been able to increase the range of facilities and services on offer.

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Light Engineering

Rapid Prototypes

We offer the following in-house facilities and technical capabilities

• Unique design service • Advisory service

• CNC machining • High quality laser precision engraving service.

• An automated and manual spraying and coating services offer finishing to a wide range of rigorous Military and Aerospace standards.

Rapidly produced prototypes.

• Management of development and certification of new products

• A dedicated, fully equipped dark room that allows photometric testing & evaluation on-site

• Management of full qualification through external resources.

We are fully certified to ISO9001:2008.

Rapid Prototypes

Screen Printing

We can screen print in wide variety of colour combinations and on a large range of substrates. We can print on almost anything, from the smallest self adhesive vinyl sticker to large external signage. Vinyl cut text and graphics and large format digital printing are also available.

Typical applications include either face or reverse printed pvc/polycarbonate facias, self adhesive vinyl stickers in all sizes, printed aluminium or stainless steel machinery data plates.

Screen Printing

Label Printing

Mattblack can offer most grades and Thicknesses of Material for Label Printing. Finishing processes include matt and glossy combinations, selective lacquering, screen and digital printing. Variable information can also be incorporated, such as sequential serial numbering and barcodes. Precision cutting equipment enables label printing to close tolerances, achieved when appropriate with purpose made tools.

Minimum quantity:
Product specific but typically no MOQ.

Anodised aluminium, PVC, Vinyl, Polyester, Polycarbonate, Suregrave products, Traffolyte, Tesa labels, Steel, Titanium. We will try anything!

Supply format
Dependent on product, in individual plates, strips, blocks or rolls

Standard thickness:
From 0.05mm

Fixing methods
Self-adhesive, from a range of high specification alternatives to suit every application.

We have an in house artwork facility to convert your drawings into the correct format or we can accept artwork directly in a variety of formats including JPEG, Adobe- Illustrator , Corel Draw and AutoCAD just to name a few.

Common applications
Rating, instruction plates and barcode labels, warning plates, dials, scales and decorative trim.

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Label Printing

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