As you may be aware, UKCA marking came into effect on 1 January 2021. However, to allow businesses time to adjust to the new requirements, you will still be able to use the CE marking until 1 January 2022 in most cases.

If you placed goods on the UK market (or in an EU or EEA state) before 1 January 2021, you do not need to do anything for these individual goods.

EEA states include any country in the EU, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

They can continue to circulate on either market until they reach their end user and do not need to comply with the changes that took effect from 1 January 2021. This guidance explains what you need to do for any goods you are placing on the GB market after 1 January 2021.

Goods that are lawfully CE marked will be accepted in the UK until 1 January 2022 for certain products. You must be ready to use the UKCA marking from 1 January 2022 at the latest, although you should look to use the UKCA marking as soon as possible.

If you’re a Northern Ireland business, you can place qualifying Northern Ireland goods on the GB market with an EU conformity assessment marking, such as the CE marking.

The table below illustrates the accepted markings on each relevant market.

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The CE marking is only valid in Great Britain for areas where GB and EU rules remain the same. If the EU changes its rules and you CE mark your product on the basis of those new rules you will not be able to use the CE marking to sell in Great Britain, even before 31 December 2021.

In terms of how this affects the serial plates you purchase from Alpha, in most cases it will be a case of adding the UKCA mark to the existing artwork.

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Our metal utility washers are used for a range of applications. To warn others about cables or water pipes beneath a surface or to notify construction workers about potential dangers or hazards.

They are available in a range of materials including brass, aluminium and stainless steel. Nameplates 365 also offer a full customisation service so you are not limited to just text but can also incorporate company logos for the professional look. These are fully bespoke so can be made in a range of sizes.

Valve Tags are used in a variety of industries such as pharmaceutical, fabrication, engineering and more. Once again, they are available in a wide range of materials, shapes and sizes. Stainless steel wire and crimps are also available.

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Nameplates 365 provide a range of solutions for the oil and gas industry.

We manufacture customised stainless steel, brass and aluminium nameplates and tags using a wide variety of processes such as etching, laser marking, stove enamel printing, engraving and more.

We can also supply blank plates and tags, along with 5mm alphanumeric hand punches and freehand engraver pens. Stainless steel and Teflon coated wire and crimps are also available.

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Nameplates 365 are industry leaders in the manufacture of chassis, VIN, MPV, semi-trailer and agricultural trailer plates for the automotive and agri-industry.

We also manufacture AVBB and Stage conversion plates for vehicle body builders.

All the above come in standard generic versions or can be customised to include your company logo and contact details for the professional look. We also provide an engraving service to mark the plates should you require, along with the supply of 5mm hand punches and freehand engraver pens. Pricing available on request.

All of our plates comply with VCA regulations in the United Kingdom and with RSA regulations in Ireland.

In addition, Nameplates 365 provide a wide range of other products for the automotive industry including speed limiter labels, service labels, replacement VIN plates and reverse printed car stickers.

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Keep track of your assets using our Asset Tags. These can be customised to include your company logo, contact details, barcodes and QR codes. Fixings include holes for riveting and self-adhesive.

Available in a variety of materials to suit an array of applications.

  • Anodised Aluminium – Long life and outdoor grade material from .3mm to 2mm thick. The print is subsurface (anodic finish).
  • Etched / Laser Marked Stainless Steel – Suitable for corrosive environments.
  • Etched Brass – suitable for explosive environments.
  • 3M Foil - Made with 3M foil. The advantage of this material is that when foil is written on the material indents to make the asset number permanent.

They are used in numerous industries including construction, pharmaceutical, IT, pipe tags, plant equipment, facilities management and many more.

We also provide a range of asset tag labelling solutions on our sister website:

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Generic CE plates can be used as a cost-effective way to provide the necessary information on small batches of machinery to show compliance with the requirements of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.

The variable data can be engraved, punched or scribed in house by us or by the customer. We also stock 5mm number punches and freehand Spyder engraver pens.

Our CE Plates conform to the below specifications:

  • Fast Delivery
  • 1mm Anodised Aluminium Blank CE Plates (100mm x 50mm)
  • Ex Stock
  • Comply with the machinery directive requirement

Available in packs of 50. Cost £200 + VAT
Spyder Engraver £85.00 + VAT

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We can put your company logo and address on the plates. MOQ100.

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One of our biggest selling products, the CE and serial nameplates we produce can be made in Anodically printed Aluminium from 0.3mm up to 2mm thick. We can also provide them in stainless steel.

These plates are extremely durable with scratch resistant print and they comply with the requirements of the Machinery Directive and can be customised to your company's requirements.

Nameplates (Etched)

These plates are available in 304 & 316 Grade Stainless Steel or Brass from 0.5mm to 3mm thick. They can be chemically engraved and infilled with the colours you require or left without infill to give a contrast where the use of infill is not possible due to extreme conditions.

Nameplates (Anodically Printed)

It is a requirement that the 'CE' mark, under the machinery directive 1995 that the mark be "permanently and indellably marked " on a machine manufactured or supplied within the European Union. This requirement is completed with when an anodically printed nameplate is used as in the plate shown below.

The process of anodic printing is also known as subsurface printing. This is achieved by opening the pores in a sheet of aluminium, immersed in an electrolyte. The open pore aluminium is then printed with a copper dye, which is absorbed into the aluminium shee. The product is then sealed in boiling water.

The net effect is the print is impervious to steam cleaning and is not affected by any petroleum products. This process is used also for chassis plates for vehicles and has been harnessed to produce fine quality architectural signage using the "Anocolour" digital equipment for the ultimate full colour outdoor architectural market.

We can customise your CE plates to your unique specifications and can incorporate your company logo and contact details. Please contact our Sales Team for more information.

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Nameplates 365 are one of the most prominent nameplate manufacturers in the farm machinery and attachments industries.

From idea to finished product, our experienced team have a wide knowledge of practices and protocols in these sectors.

Most plates in the industry are anodised aluminium. These plates are extremely durable with scratch resistant print. They comply with the requirements of the Machinery Directive and can be customised to your company's requirements.

We also provide a wide range of labelling solutions for this industry including ISO 11684 safety labels, pre-spaced lettering, decals and much more. Contact our Sales Team for more details.

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We manufacture a range of plating solutions for the boiler, stove and beverage systems industry.

Our team has worked with some of the largest boiler and stove manufacturers in Europe and can produce distance plates, installers plates, fascia panels and overlays and branding. All products are produced to the industry standard.

With regards to beverage systems, whether you manufacture coffee machines, supply hot water dispensers or services water coolers we have a range of products for your industry. We produce serial plates, service labels, ID labels and more in a wide range of materials. Contact us on the link below to see what we can do for you.

Do you own a café, supply coffee or beverages to the trade? Want to increase your brand awareness? Visit

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