Do metal nameplates last?

Metal nameplates are incredibly useful. We see them almost every day but it’s fair to say that our brain probably doesn’t even process this information – until you need it! You only need to look around your desk to find items such as laptops, keyboards or monitors with metal nameplates, or doors, pipework and electrics etc.

Metal nameplates not only brand products, but they also provide technical information that can be critical. So it’s important that when you have metal nameplates made, they last. Something as simple as a nameplate can have a ton of advantages. Used across a variety of various sectors, nameplates became a staple for many industrial businesses – so could your business benefit?

What is a nameplate?

Made with modern equipment and cutting edge technology, a nameplate identifies a product’s name and displays crucial information including limitations and serial numbers. They will often be two (or three) dimensional and are available in many materials such as brass, aluminium, copper, traffalyte and steel. Nameplates are found everywhere from the military to railways, security and medical services. They’re also used in harsh weather situations and if made of aluminium they are often anodised, which means the durable finish whereby the text detail is placed, is sealed within the grain of the aluminium.


Nameplates are often seen on many locomotives both within the UK and worldwide. Each train features a name etched into a metal plate, which is bolted to the side. They will offer a standard or retro aesthetic compared to their plastic counter arts. Remember that plastic wasn’t readily used in the nameplate sector until the late 21st century.


Compared to plastic nameplates, metal will deliver a ‘higher-end’ appearance, so it’s capable of reflecting your business in a positive light, showing your class and professionalism. With many metals available, looks are often tailored as it depends on the business or company and they’re the target audience. Brass is often used as an inexpensive alternative to gold, providing a classy yet polished look. For those companies and organisations attempting to find something durable and heavy-duty, chrome steel can be a wise choice. This not only showcases a fine reputation and is weather-resistant, but it’s also perfect for vehicles that are subjected to the harshest of weather.


Using a nameplate can also boast confidence and really flaunt a product or service. This is often because metal not only costs quite a bit more than plastic, it’s also more visually pleasing. Those that gaze on a metal nameplate are likely to assume that something is high-end and expensive. This will undoubtedly be beneficial for companies or businesses that sell luxury products or have rich clientele.

Most nameplate manufacturers now use innovative techniques like etching, engraving, screen-printing and anodising – which we talked about a little earlier on. With a variety of options available, there’s something for every business, and they will also most likely provide:

  • Laser cutting
  • Plating
  • Powder coating
  • Screen printing
  • Stove enamelling