The Main Industries Which Benefit from Industrial Labels

Industrial signs and labels are essential for communicating important instructions, safety information or product details to customers and staff. But there are some industries that benefit more than others from durable, high-quality labels. Here are six of the main industries which can benefit from industrial labelling, signage and nameplates, and the properties each sector needs to consider.


The automotive sector is a broad industry that requires a lot of signage and labelling, from cleaning products and car manufacturers to Formula 1 and public transport. The labels used in this sector can be found in virtually every part of a vehicle, both on the exterior and under the hood. The applications for industrial labelling in this industry range from starter motors and cables to pumps, motors and engine management systems. Industrial labels for vehicles need to be able to tolerate high temperatures, oils and grease, as well as internal and external environments. There’s also a demand for steel or aluminium nameplates and labels too, for contemporary motors and classic vehicles.


Durable labels play an important role in aerospace manufacturing and technology, as each component needs to be identifiable, traceable and easily tracked throughout the supply chain. From engines and wing panels to security scanning devices and in-flight entertainment systems, there’s so much within this industry that requires carefully designed and high-quality labels and signs. The labels for this industry need to be able to deal with frequent temperature changes and have self-extinguishing properties, as well as be resistant to aviation fuels and oils.

Road and Rail

Roads and railways around the world have labels and signs, including train carriages and information signage, signalling equipment, street lamps and illuminated signs, and crash barriers. To withstand exterior environments, road and rail labels should be resistant to harsh weather conditions, UV exposure and abrasive conditions. It’s critical that road and rail signs have excellent levels of clarity so that they’re clear for drivers to maintain safety.


We interact with electronics every day, so it stands to reason that the electronics sector will be one of the leading industries to benefit from industrial labels. Labels are effective in identifying components, as well as in their ability to withstand harsh production processes and assembly lines. Labelling for this sector needs to be able to resist high temperatures, abrasion and solvents, as well as feature flame-retardant and anti-static properties in order to stay in place and display important health and safety information. For this reason, plastic or polyimide labels are often utilised for electronics as they are cost-effective and suitable for such environments.

Health and Safety

Health & Safety plays a prominent role in so many other industries, to keep staff, customers and visitors safe from risks and threats. In fact, businesses must comply with all relevant health and safety legislation. From serial numbering and bar coding to track inventory to safety signs and warning labels that protect you and equipment, there are many aspects of health and safety labelling and signage. Health and safety signs and labels need to be tolerant to chemicals and solvents, as well as be durable and long-lasting.


The medical industry requires labels and nameplates in a range of materials, colours, shapes and sizes. From keychains for organisations to warning labels for products, medications and equipment, the medical sector requires durable labels that can cope with corrosion, wear and tear and be resistant to solvents and cleaning chemicals that are unique to medical environments. We offer signs and labels that can be used for both interior and exterior applications, with a range of adhesives for easy attachment.


Selecting the right label can be tricky without the help and guidance of an experienced label manufacturer. Southern United can help – we have over 70 years’ experience in the creation and supply of nameplates and labels in a variety of materials, sizes, colours and finishes.

If you need advice on the type of product required for your business or you’d like to learn more about the products we offer, please get in touch with our team today by emailing us at or by calling 01273 418636 and we’ll be happy to help.

What types of health and safety labels do you need?

Health and Safety Signs

There can be no doubt that health and safety is a key issue affecting businesses across the country. Not only does good health and safety practice help staff to feel safe and secure as they do their job, it is also important from a legal perspective as there are stringent health and safety rules that must be followed as laid down by the government.

Here we take a look at some of the types of health and safety labels that might be useful for you and your business.

Complying with regulations

A major part of good practice is the use of high-quality health and safety labels. These can include everything from fire safety information and emergency exit signs through to the types of labels required for dangerous or inflammable materials.

It may be the case that you require GHS-compliant labelling, or alternatively, you may need simper warning labels to help protect you and your team against potential issues with chemicals, machinery, or heat/weather resistant items.

High quality labels and signs

No matter what it is that you are looking for, it is vital to get the type of label that is suitable for your needs. Health and safety signs not only need to be clear and easy to read, but they must also be long-lasting and durable to ensure that they are always doing the job that you have put them up for.

At Southern United, we offer a wide range of labels available in both metal and plastic. These can be used to create health and safety labels that are ideal for your business. Our labels are available in a wide range of sizes – contact us if you are interested in learning more about the range of labels that we can offer you.

What do you need from your labels?

A variety of sample metal signs

As experienced makers of labels, at Southern United we understand that there is a label to suit every need. But not every type of label is perfect for every job, it’s a great idea to consider what you need from your labels before you buy.


If you need a label that is cheap and suitable for a range of uses, a plastic label might be the best choice. The plastic labels that we offer at Southern United are ideal for a wide range of companies across a variety of industries.

Our plastic labels are versatile and offer unrivalled flexibility – they are often used across sectors including catering and electronics as well as many more. Plastic labels are preferred for their low cost and robust design; they can also be most easily customised to your exact needs.


If you need a label for an outdoor application, then you’ll need one that has weatherproof qualities. This is something we can offer; our plastic labels are weatherproof and long-lasting, whilst we also have highly durable metal labels.

If you’re not sure about which label might be right for you, it’s a great idea to get in contact with the team at Southern United.


It may be that the feature you are most interested in is durability. If this is the case, we offer a wide range of metal labels that could be perfect for you. Our labels can be made using aluminium, stainless steel or brass – both provide long-lasting labels that are suitable for a variety of industrial applications.

At Southern United, we’ve got years of experience in making labels for a whole range of industries and sectors. We can help you decide which type of label could be perfect for you.

Three uses for metal labels

Metal labels and nameplates are strong, durable and long-lasting, making them an ideal choice whether they are going to have to survive outside against the elements, or you just need a high-quality product that is going to last for many years.

There are actually a wide range of uses for metal labels – at Southern United, we are specialists in their manufacturing. Here are some of the uses our clients get from metal labels.

A stunning sign for your business

Our metal labels are often used as signs displaying the business name on the outside of a building. The labels make for an eye-catching sign that can remain in use or a number of years. Using the latest manufacturing techniques, these labels can be cut to virtually any size or shape, making it easy to customise them for your business.

Example hand crafted sign

For important information

It is a great idea to display important information on metal labels. For example, any important health and safety details or specific instructions on electrical equipment should be put on labels that will last and not wear down.

Metal Caution sign

Rally plaques

It is not just in the workplace that metal labels find their uses. If your organisation or club takes part in rally events and you want to display it on your vehicle, metal labels can be used as rally plaques.

If you are interested in learning more about how metal labels can be used, or if you would like to make a purchase, please get in contact with the team at Southern United today. You can call us on 01273 418636 or email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Polyamide Labels Vs. Polyimide Labels: What’s The Difference?

Here at Southern United, we know all too well that using the wrong material or adhesive on a label could cost a substantial amount of time and money – for both us and the client.

After all, labels need to be able to withstand a lot – from temperatures of up to 500°C to chemical washes which require specialist materials.

Having labels with little or no heat resistance will, over time, cause them to disintegrate and their print to fade. In essence, they won’t really be worth having and you’ll need to replace them pretty soon after getting them.

Therefore, knowing the difference between the types of labels you can purchase is vital. If, for instance, you’re looking for a label that can put up with high temperatures and the harsh environments typically encountered during the manufacturing process, you’re going to need labels that are heat, cold water and UV resistant.

However, depending on your budget and the exact use of the label, you’ll need to choose between the two main options: polyimide and polyamide. We have outlined the key differences between the two for you below.

Polyimide Labels.

If you’ve heard of the brand name Kapton, you’ll have encountered polyimide labels before.

Primarily used for component labelling in printed circuit boards, polyimide can withstand temperatures of up to 300°C, allowing it to be used for a wide range of applications.

Polyamide Labels.

With a synthetic polymer structure, polyamide labels are made from synthetic resin.

In essence, they’re not a lot different to polyimide labels, as they can withstand similar temperatures. However, they’re typically less expensive to manufacture.

Here at Southern United, we offer a huge variety of materials and services. Whether you’re looking for a bespoke metal engraving service or help deciding which labelling material is the right choice for your needs, do not hesitate to contact our team for expert advice. Simply give us a call on 01273 418636 or click here to request a quote.