Everything You Need To Know About Nameplates

Everything You Need To Know About Nameplates

Nameplates serve an extremely important role in the day to day operations of business across the world. From looking at the average nameplate, it may be difficult to see just why they are so important, but it’s fair to say the world as we know it wouldn’t be the same without them.

In this blog, we take a look at exactly what nameplates are, how they can benefit your business and the materials the most popular nameplates are made from.

Etched Nameplates

What Are Nameplates?

A nameplate essentially identifies and displays information for a whole host of purposes, from displaying a company name to communicating key messages to the public around the country. Nameplates primarily serve as an information function or for commercial purposes and are mounted on to an object or physical space.

Nameplates are all around us in day to day life, for example, on your commute to work this morning you have probably passed by several nameplates without even noticing, from the branded breakfast you purchased from the shop to the nameplate identifying your company’s logo and name on your office door.

Benefits Of Nameplates

Regardless of the sector, your business works within, there are likely a whole host of benefits nameplates can bring to your business. Below we have listed just a handful of the most important benefits that investing in high-quality nameplates can bring for your business.

  • Brand Recognition – Nameplates are a fantastic way for any business to effectively market their brand thanks to their crisp finish. Logos and brand names are displayed perfectly either on your products as product nameplates or in and around your offices as equipment nameplates 
  • Professional Aesthetics – If you are looking to make an impact with your visual branding on either your products or in your warehouse and offices, nameplates offer incredibly professional aesthetics for your brand. You can rest assured that anyone who purchases your products or services will be impressed by the professional look and feel of your product.
  • Highly-Durable Product – Nameplates are extremely durable, so when purchasing from GSM Graphic Arts, you know you will be receiving a product that is sure to stand the test of time. Regardless of the environment our nameplates end up in the quality of the materials ensure the longevity of the product.

What Materials Are Nameplates Made From?

There are a number of highly durable nameplate materials available on the market, depending on the nameplate’s main use and application, you will want to choose from one of the following:

Anodised Aluminium –
Offering an extremely durable finish, you will find that the text detail on your nameplate is printed into the grain of the aluminium. The process of creating anodised aluminium nameplates is intensive, with the material being initially electronically charged within a sulphuric acid solution. This part of the process forces the surface of the material to oxidise in a controlled manner, whilst opening its pores. Following this step, ink will then either be silkscreen printed or digitally printed into the newly opened pores. Finally, time is allowed for aluminium to seal for a hard-wearing finish.

Etched Stainless Steel – If you are in the market for an extremely hard-wearing nameplate, we would suggest investing in etched nameplates. Capable of surviving in the harshest environments, for example, those faced within the Oil and Gas industry, where nameplates must be able to withstand extreme marine climates on a day to day basis. Produced by chemically etching the text detail from the surface of the material, the nameplate is then paint infilled to provide contrast to ensure the nameplate is easy to read.

Brass – Usually etched and infilled or screen printed, brass nameplates are a more traditional nameplate which could be lacquered for outdoor applications. The thickness of this type of nameplate can be changed to suit your requirements, with the material capable of providing a long-lasting finish.

Plastic – Plastic nameplates are under-surface printed onto a polycarbonate, polyester or acrylic to ensure a durable and aesthetically pleasing finish to the nameplate. Acrylic nameplates can be produced on to materials up to 10mm in thickness, and are laser cut to size to ensure there is a polished finish to each of the edges.


Here at GSM Graphic Arts, we are pleased to manufacture all nameplates in-house, which means you can rest assured they will be of the very highest quality. Since 1974, our experienced nameplate manufacturers have crafted a huge number of nameplates for a range of purposes. If you would like to find out more about any of the nameplates that we create at GSM Graphic Arts, please feel free to get in touch by calling 01845 522 184, or simply request a quote by filling in our online form. We look forward to hearing from you soon!