Plate Making
Materials

We introduced the 3D Gel system over a decade ago, and were the first to bring 4D and Krystal Plates to the market in 2015 – Over 45 styles are available

Wholesale suppliers of number plate printing systems and materials. Including acrylic, 3D gel & 4D laser cut characters

We specialize in setting up businesses in becoming road legal number plate manufacturers by
offering number plate making equipment and all of the materials required to make number plates
for use in the UK.

If you would like to become a Registered Number Plate Supplier with the DVLA and would like
to retail made-up number plates, we can offer all of the number plate consultancy and
advice you need.

In order to begin selling number plates, you will need to complete the following steps:

Register.
Purchase your equipment.
Buy materials.

Register.

Register with DVLA RNPS by applying here: https://www.gov.uk/register-as-number-plate-supplier/dvla. This is a simple form which will have a number of questions. If you are applying by post or on-line, please contact us if you require any help in filling out the RNPS form.

Purchase your equipment.

There are two types of 2D number plate printing systems available: laser or thermal. Plate Factory are able to set you up with printing systems for whichever you prefer. If you want to read the differences between the two, you can click here.

Buy materials.

We are manufacturers and suppliers of materials for the thermal number plate printing systems, and so you can expect a high quality product at reasonable prices. Suppliers of number plate making materials are only allowed to supply number plate printing materials to registered number plate suppliers.

Once you are up and running with your 2d Number Plate Making System, you can then move on to manufacturing 3d Gel Resin and 4d Next Generation number plates using the characters (letters and numbers) which we manufacture and supply to the trade.

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Thermal Number Plate Printers

These printers will print black ink on to your yellow or white reflective, with a maximum reflective size of 520mm x 110mm (the UK Standard Size). These printers can also produce the prints for shorter number plates too.

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Laser Number Plate Printers

Our choice for printing larger number plates is a MONO laser printer. This is more stable and cheaper to run than the colour laser printers. The beauty of this printer is that it will still print on to yellow or white reflective, which is then laminated with 3mm of clear acrylic in the same way as our thermal systems.

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Number Plate Laminators and Rollers

We offer a variety of number plate rollers to help laminate your number plates.

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3d & 4d Character Placement Jig

Available for many Acrylic Sized Plates, our jigs are designed to allow you to place your 3d and 4d characters on top of your number plates with exceptional speed and accuracy.

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Number Plate Reflective

Available in Yellow and White, with or without pre-printed Euro Badges, we have a number of branded and non-branded products available, such as Nikalite, Kiwalite and Oralite. These are available in various sizes to suit shaped number plates, standard oblong number plates as well as 4×4 number plates.

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Number Plate Acrylics and Plastics

Our materials must be tested to meet the strict criteria of BSAU145d, and as such we steer clear of the un-tested imported materials which have flooded the UK market. Our tested materials are offered in a number of types, such as injection moulded, rounded and bevelled number plate blanks, machine cut rounded and bevelled number plate acrylics and laser cut rounded number plate plastics. These are usually available from stock in most number plate sizes.

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3d Black Gel Characters

These are UK made with long life vinyl and UV stable resin. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 4, and can be stuck on top of our rounded 4d laser cut characters. 4d Laser Cut Letters are also available which match the 3d gel characters with perfection.

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3d Carbon Brickwork Gel Characters

These are UK made with long life vinyl and UV stable resin. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 4, and can be stuck on top of our rounded 4d laser cut characters. 4d Laser Cut Letters are also available which match the 3d gel characters with perfection.

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3d Brushed Carbon Gel Characters

These are UK made with long life vinyl and UV stable resin. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 4, and can be stuck on top of our rounded 4d laser cut characters. 4d Laser Cut Letters are also available which match the 3d gel characters with perfection.

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3d Galaxy Carbon Gel Characters

These are UK made with long life vinyl and UV stable resin. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 4, and can be stuck on top of our rounded 4d laser cut characters. 4d Laser Cut Letters are also available which match the 3d gel characters with perfection.

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3d Look Gel Characters

These are UK made with long life vinyl and UV stable resin. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 4, and can be stuck on top of our rounded 4d laser cut characters. 4d Laser Cut Letters are also available which match the 3d gel characters with perfection.

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3d Hi-Line Gel Characters

These are UK made with long life vinyl and UV stable resin. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 4, and can be stuck on top of our rounded 4d laser cut characters. 4d Laser Cut Letters are also available which match the 3d gel characters with perfection.

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Premium Platinum Gel Characters

These are UK made with long life vinyl and UV stable resin. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 4, and can be stuck on top of our rounded 4d laser cut characters. 4d Laser Cut Letters are also available which match the 3d gel characters with perfection.

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3d Cosmos Gel Characters

These are UK made with long life vinyl and UV stable resin. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 4, and can be stuck on top of our rounded 4d laser cut characters. 4d Laser Cut Letters are also available which match the 3d gel characters with perfection. Please note that these characters are for sign making purposes only.

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3d Ruby Gel Characters

These are UK made with long life vinyl and UV stable resin. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 4, and can be stuck on top of our rounded 4d laser cut characters. 4d Laser Cut Letters are also available which match the 3d gel characters with perfection. Please note that these characters are for sign making purposes only.

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3d Topaz Gel Characters

These are UK made with long life vinyl and UV stable resin. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 4, and can be stuck on top of our rounded 4d laser cut characters. 4d Laser Cut Letters are also available which match the 3d gel characters with perfection. Please note that these characters are for sign making purposes only.

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3d Emerald Gel Characters

These are UK made with long life vinyl and UV stable resin. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 4, and can be stuck on top of our rounded 4d laser cut characters. 4d Laser Cut Letters are also available which match the 3d gel characters with perfection. Please note that these characters are for sign making purposes only.

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3d Bike Gel Character

These are UK made with long life vinyl and UV stable resin. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 4, and can be stuck on top of our rounded 4d laser cut characters. 4d Laser Cut Letters are also available which match the 3d gel characters with perfection.

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3d Bike Carbon Fibre Look Character

These are UK made with long life vinyl and UV stable resin. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 4, and can be stuck on top of our rounded 4d laser cut characters. 4d Laser Cut Letters are also available which match the 3d gel characters with perfection.

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4d Black Laser Cut Characters

These are UK made with long life adhesive and UV stable materials. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 20. These have sharp edges which give a very crisp look.

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4d Carbon Fibre Effect Laser Cut Characters

These are UK made with long life adhesive and UV stable materials. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 20. These have sharp edges which give a very crisp look.

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4d Silver Characters

These are UK made with long life adhesive and UV stable materials. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 20. These have sharp edges which give a very crisp look. Please note that these characters are for sign making purposes only.

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4d Gold Characters

These are UK made with long life adhesive and UV stable materials. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 20. These have sharp edges which give a very crisp look. Please note that these characters are for sign making purposes only.

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4d X 5mm Thick Characters

These 5mm THICK characters are UK made with long life adhesive and UV stable materials. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 20. These have sharp edges which give a very crisp look.

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4d Sparkle 5mm Thick Characters

These 5mm THICK characters have a subtle glitter effect and are UK made with long life adhesive and UV stable materials. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 20. These have sharp edges which give a very crisp look. Please note that these characters are for sign making purposes only.

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4d Chrome Characters

These are UK made with long life adhesive and UV stable materials. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 20. These have sharp edges which give a very crisp look. Please note that these characters are for sign making purposes only.

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4d Hi-Line Characters

These are UK made with long life adhesive and UV stable materials. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 20. These are designed to be stuck on top of our 4d laser cut character range.

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4d Ghost X Laser Cut Characters

These are UK made with long life adhesive and UV stable materials. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 20. These are designed to be stuck on top of our 4d laser cut character range.

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4d Ghost Clear Laser Cut Characters

These are UK made with long life adhesive and UV stable materials. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 20. These are designed to be stuck on top of our 4d laser cut character range. Please note that these characters are for sign making purposes only.

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4d Black Bike Character

These are UK made with long life adhesive and UV stable materials. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 20. These have sharp edges which give a very crisp look.

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4d Rounded Characters Krystal Clear

These are UK made with long life adhesive and UV stable materials. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 20, and are designed to have 3d Gel characters stuck on top of them with perfection, to offer an enhanced 3d look. Please note that colours other than black and clear are for sign making purposes only.

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4d 5mm Krystal X Characters

These are UK made with long life adhesive and UV stable materials. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 20. These have sharp edges which give a very crisp look, and are designed to have 4d laser cut letters stuck on top of them. Please note that colours other than black and clear are for sign making purposes only.

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4d Black Rounded Laser Cut Characters

These are UK made with long life adhesive and UV stable materials. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 20. These have rounded edges to allow our gel range to fit on top.

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4d Ruby Coloured Characters

These are UK made with long life adhesive and UV stable materials. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 20. These have sharp edges which give a very crisp look, and are designed to have 4d laser cut letters stuck on top of them. Please note that colours other than black and clear are for sign making purposes only.

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4d Topaz Coloured Characters

These are UK made with long life adhesive and UV stable materials. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 20. These have sharp edges which give a very crisp look, and are designed to have 4d laser cut letters stuck on top of them. Please note that colours other than black and clear are for sign making purposes only.

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4d Neon Yellow Characters

These are UK made with long life adhesive and UV stable materials. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 20. These have sharp edges which give a very crisp look, and are designed to have 4d laser cut letters stuck on top of them. Please note that colours other than black and clear are for sign making purposes only.

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4d Neon Green Characters

These are UK made with long life adhesive and UV stable materials. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 20. These have sharp edges which give a very crisp look, and are designed to have 4d laser cut letters stuck on top of them. Please note that colours other than black and clear are for sign making purposes only.

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4d Sunset Orange Characters

These are UK made with long life adhesive and UV stable materials. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 20. These have sharp edges which give a very crisp look, and are designed to have 4d laser cut letters stuck on top of them. Please note that colours other than black and clear are for sign making purposes only.

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4d Glass Look Characters

These are UK made with long life adhesive and UV stable materials. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 20. These have sharp edges which give a very crisp look, and are designed to have 4d laser cut letters stuck on top of them. Please note that colours other than black and clear are for sign making purposes only.

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4d Grey Characters

These are UK made with long life adhesive and UV stable materials. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 20. These have sharp edges which give a very crisp look, and are designed to have 4d laser cut letters stuck on top of them. Please note that colours other than black and clear are for sign making purposes only.

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4d Royal Blue Characters

These are UK made with long life adhesive and UV stable materials. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 20. These have sharp edges which give a very crisp look, and are designed to have 4d laser cut letters stuck on top of them. Please note that colours other than black and clear are for sign making purposes only.

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4d Baby Blue Characters

These are UK made with long life adhesive and UV stable materials. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 20. These have sharp edges which give a very crisp look, and are designed to have 4d laser cut letters stuck on top of them. Please note that colours other than black and clear are for sign making purposes only.

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4d Red Characters

These are UK made with long life adhesive and UV stable materials. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 20. These have sharp edges which give a very crisp look, and are designed to have 4d laser cut letters stuck on top of them. Please note that colours other than black and clear are for sign making purposes only.

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4d Violet/Purple Characters

These are UK made with long life adhesive and UV stable materials. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 20. These have sharp edges which give a very crisp look, and are designed to have 4d laser cut letters stuck on top of them. Please note that colours other than black and clear are for sign making purposes only.

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4d Yellow Characters

These are UK made with long life adhesive and UV stable materials. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 20. These have sharp edges which give a very crisp look, and are designed to have 4d laser cut letters stuck on top of them. Please note that colours other than black and clear are for sign making purposes only.

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4d Onyx White Character

These are UK made with long life adhesive and UV stable materials. We are so confident about their quality, that we offer a lifetime warranty for all of our characters. These are supplied from stock in multiples of 20. These have sharp edges which give a very crisp look, and are designed to have 4d laser cut letters stuck on top of them. Please note that colours other than black and clear are for sign making purposes only.

Our Materials

All of our 3d gel and 4d laser cut characters are UK made, and backed by our lifetime warranty, giving your customers the confidence that their number plates won’t fail. Our materials have been tried and tested over the years, and unlike our competitors we do not compromise on quality over cost. 3d Gel Resin characters have rounded corners to aid the manufacturing process, whereas 4d laser cut letters have sharp edges to give that crisp look.

Not all Gel Characters are the same! If you are offered the characters at a lower than standard market rate, you must know that there are a number of variable factors when it comes to making the Gel Characters which can be tuned to decrease the price. Suppliers can use cheap vinyl to lay their resin on to, or they can use a non-uv stable resin, or they can place less resin on the characters to cut down on cost, or they can make the characters at home using a DIY kit, thereby not guaranteeing the quality and repeatability of their supply. Some even source from countries outside the UK and save by using cheaper labour and materials. Our 3D Resin¬†characters use the highest quality vinyl, and are made in the UK using an industrial process and UV stable resin. To be sure – ask if your supplier can offer a lifetime guarantee for the characters not falling off the number plates, or going dull over time. If they can’t – you have your answer. All of our characters have a lifetime guarantee as long as they haven’t been damaged or drilled through.

Similarly – not all 4d Laser Cut characters are the same either! You’ll come across new suppliers who have purchased a laser cutter and begin offering characters at ridiculously cheap prices. Again – there are many factors to consider! The acrylic they use may be of inferior quality, and the glue (which is the most important part) must be chosen correctly (it’s expensive stuff!). When a supplier says “We use 3M Glue”, that can be one of hundreds of different glues which 3M make – cheaper glue for less demanding applications or more expensive glue for harsher applications (such as road use!). Again – ask if their material has a lifetime guarantee, and if it doesn’t, ask why.

It’s important to note that it is not possible to buy the 3d gel characters from one supplier and expect them to fit on top of 4d characters sourced from another supplier. There is not just one “Charles Wright” font, which further adds to the confusion.

At plate factory, we use a standardized Charles Wright font, and so all of our 4d characters fit perfectly on top of each other for when your customer requests extra layers. We also supply rounded 4d laser cut characters for customer who like to stick their 3d gel characters on top with perfection.

Our experience in the Number Plate Manufacturing market, as well as conversations with the DVLA and Road Traffic Police ensures that we can guide you to work within the framework of BSAU145d and the law.

Would you like to start making number plates?

Simply call our Technical Support Help Line on 07843 907908 to discuss your requirements.
You can also visit our wholesale showroom in Birmingham Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm
(Saturdays Half Day) for further advice.