London Name Plate Manufacturing Co Ltd

The origin of The London Name Plate Mfg. Co. Ltd. goes back to 1810, when Thomas Malby founded Malby & Sons, globe makers and printers of maps and Admiralty charts.

In those days the intricate copper printing masters were painstakingly engraved by hand, a skill that Malby & Sons soon made further use of by offering engraved nameplates. In the late 19th century new photographic and acid etching techniques revolutionised master making and, adapted, these processes also proved ideal for manufacturing nameplates in much larger quantites.

Demand grew rapidly and in 1912 Henry Malby and his two sons launched The London Name Plate Manufacturing Company from new premises in Bedford Road, East Finchley.

The original litho printing business continued separately until .it was sold to HMSO in 1946. Meanwhile LNP had been incorporated (1920), moved to larger premises in Clerkenwell and established a small factory in Brighton. The Brighton factory was expanded during the 1930's and at the onset of "the Blitz" all production was transferred here from London. During World War II the company concentrated on making cockpit dials, bomb aiming devices, plotting and navigational instruments. Although the name remains unchanged LNP never returned to London, preferring instead Brighton's bracing sea air and the rolling Sussex Downs.

The 1950's saw the introduction of very thin, anodised self-adhesive aluminium labels (LNP's "Cal" products) and a further expansion of the Zylo Works. In the 60's traditional nameplate manufacture moved to a new site at Shoreham, 6 miles along the coast. Plastic label products were introduced in the 1970's.

Graphic overlays and roll-to-roll label products were added to the product range in the 80's and early 90's since when LNP has concentrated on computerisation, lead time reductions and quality system improvements.

Today LNP manufactures possibly the UK's most extensive range of high quality nameplates, self-adhesive labels and industrial graphics. It also makes many associated products, including prestige award plaques and badges, and supplies the Ministry of Defence with precision rulers, calculators and other manual plotting instruments.

With a staff of 100 in over 35,000 sq. ft. of factories and offices the company is still owned and managed by the Malby family, the 7th generation since Malby & Sons was founded nearly 200 years ago.

Summary of Standard Products

  Labels Nameplates Graphic Overlays
Materials: aluminium
pvc, vinyl,
stainless steel
acrylic sheet
Thicknesses: 0.05mm >
0.3mm >
0.15mm >
Fixing: self-adhesive self-adhesive
screws, rivets
Optional: serial numbering, bar coding, other variable data
matting, surface texturing & finishing
alternative special purpose adhesives
protective films and overlaminates
Supplied in: single plates
strips or blocks
single plates single plates
Min. quantity: normally 50 > 1 > 10 >

Name Plates

Minimum quantity:

From 1 upwards
Materials: Aluminium, Brass, stainless Steel, and many types of plastic.
Supply format: Individual plates, wrapped or bagged to suit.
Standard thickness: From 0.3mm to 3.0mm (0.012" to 0.12").
Fixing methods: Screws, rivets or supplied with self-adhesive.
Artwork: No additional charge unless unusually complex.
Common applications: Rating and instruction plates, front panels, badges, dials, scales and decorative trim.

Aluminium remains the most popular material and LNP stocks 9 standard thickness in different grades to suit requirements of purpose and finish. Brass, stainless Steel and various plastic materials are available in a similar range of thicknesses.

Numerous surface finishing processes may be used in different combinations. These include anodising, etching, polishing, selective graining and spinning, chrome and nickel plating, screen and litho printing, machine engraving and the deposition of paints and lacquers by a variety of methods. Delicate surface finishes may be supplied with a removable protective film.

Precision cutting equipment enables production to close tolerances, achieved when appropriate with purpose made tools.


Minimum quantity:

Normally from 50 upwards, dependent on product type.
Materials: Aodised aluminium, PVC, Vinyl, Polyester, Polycarbonate and various grades of paper.
Supply format: Dependent on product, in individual plates, strips, blocks or rolls.
Standard thickness: From 0.05mm to 0.25mm (0.002" to 0.010").
Fixing methods: Self-adhesive, from a range of high specification alternatives to suit every application.
Artwork: No additional charge unless unusually complex.
Common applications: Rating, instruction plates and barcode labels, warning plates, dials, scales and decorative trim.

LNP labels stock of every thicknesses and grades of material. 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 production to close tolerances, achieved when appropriate with purpose  made tools.

Graphic Overlays

Minimum quantity:

As few as 10 off can be manufactured economically.
Materials: PVC, Polyester, Polycarbonate.
Supply format: In individual plates.
Standard thickness: From 0.15mm to 0.25mm (0.006" to 0.010").
Fixing methods: Self-adhesive, from a range of high specification alternatives, which may be laminated selectively around "windows" and LED's.
Artwork: No additional charge unless unusually complex.
Common applications:

Front and control panels.

 LNP manufactures these high quality overlays and front panels sub-surface printed in up to 9 colours, using gloss, textured and hard coat plastic materials.

Options include selective surface texturing, dead fronting, translucent pads for backlighting, embossed (raised) pads and selective lamination of adhesive.

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