Company Info

When pottery worker Brian Ireland decided to join forces with a friend and take a chance on a new business venture in 1970, the ceramics’ industry loss became the engraving industrys’ gain. Brian asked a bank if he could borrow £150 to help start the business but was refused, a second bank also refused to lend £150 but instead offered £2,000! and the company began its journey! In November 2005 Brian sold the company to Tony Latham (who had been with the Modrn Engraving & Screen Printing for over 20 years) and Martin Wakefield (Director of Colour concepts). Brian stayed on as a consultant until he retired in December 2007 aged 70!

Starting with a Taylor Hobson CX
The company started with one reconditioned machine – a Taylor Hobson CX, (now Newing-Hall of course) costing £300 – a veritable fortune in 1970 – the machine was put to good use and within 18 months the company had taken on its first employee and had moved to bigger premises! At present the company employs around twenty people and from its humble beginning has moved with the times with its engraving department now boasting two PNC machines, the company also has a Chemical Etching department, a large Screen Printing section, its own Graphics department and another string to the bow is the Digital printing offered by Colour Concepts who are housed within the building.

Company catchword
The company catchword “always creating the right impression” is as true today as it was when the company started back in 1970. priorities include a fast turnaround, adherence to deadlines. Loyalty to customers and helpful friendly staff. in 1990 Modern Engraving & Screen Printing was accredited with ISO9002 and still has these quality systems in place today.

Complete nameplate service
At Modern Engraving & Screen Printing the “complete nameplate service” is no idle boast. With a wide range of screen printing, precision engraving, etching, photo-anodising, Digital printing coupled with an in house graphics studio we offer the complete service from artwork right through to delivery. We do as much in-house as possible from new nameplates to restoring and matching of older nameplates from years gone by.

Range and variety
The range of goods is enormous with languages in anything from Russian to Arabic and plates destined for torpedoes, guided missiles, power stations, etc. In addition to anodised aluminium, brass and stainless steel plates, the company also offers vinyl and polycarbonate signs and labels including a full range of health and safety signs. Tyre moulds, cake moulds and much more. Such variety means the company is not reliant on any single trade or industry for their work; whilst one department may be quiet another can be very busy. In additional, most of the staff are fully experienced in several areas so they can interchange to fit the company’s demands.

A little extra touch
Modern Engraving & Screen Printing tries to give the same priority and service to new companies just starting up as it does to its largest customers which include JCB Excavators, Converteam, ERF but to name a few

Loyal customers and suppliers
The company boasts a customer base in excess of 2,000 and pays tribute to both loyal customers and loyal suppliers who have given tremendous support along the way.

Fast turnaround
The standard turnaround time for the company is 7 to 10 days, but more often than not a ‘rush job’ may be turned around on the same day. Both engravers and printers alike will tell you how they have been left tearing their hair out after a customer has built a machine or piece of equipment only to discover at the eleventh hour, that they have failed to order a nameplate to go on. On one occasion we were actually screwing a nameplate onto a machine while on the back of a lorry with the driver waiting to pull the tarpaulin over it.

Free local delivery is offered as the company has a large van and several company vehicles at its disposal, for customers further afield jobs are sent via carrier next day delivery. Modern Engraving & Screen Printing also deal with companies in the USA, GERMANY, FRANCE, HOLLAND, ISLE OF WIGHT, GUERNSEY, JERSEY,SOUTHERN & NORTHERN IRELAND AND BELGIUM.


Tony and Martin are the company directors.

KAREN ROWE – Karens responsibilities include progressing customer orders, processing work sheets and liaise with customers on the screen printing side of the business. To contact Karen please email:

IAN WALKER – Ian is an experienced engraver and fabricator. He also screen prints on site on customers free issue panels and has vast experience in all production areas. He also creates artwork within our graphics department. Ian has been with the company for over 25 years. To contact Ian please email:

STEVE BROWNSWORD – Steve is one of the longest serving employees, with vast experience in all aspects of engraving. He operates the PNC machine which is constantly in us in our busy engraving shop.

ROBERT BUTLER – Bob is another of the company’s longest serving employees with vast experience in all aspects of engraving, from the manual machines through to the PNC. Bob specialises in free issue products such as moulds and dies.

DARREN SPENDER – Darren is our screen maker and is responsible in making both direct and indirect stencils for our six printing machines, he also stretches new meshes in house and helps out in the fabrication department.

CHRIS WOODINGS – Chris is the companies quality control inspector and is also responsible in the upkeep of work sheets and materials In and out. To contact Chris please email:

KATH KNAPPER – Kath is the print department supervisor and has over 25 years experience under her belt.

JACKIE BRADBURY – Jackie is the company wages clerk and is responsible for credit control, invoice queries, proof of deliveries etc. Jackie also helps out on the reception desk as and when required. To contact Jackie please email:

KATH BARBER – Kath is the front of the company so to speak as she is usually the first point of contact in the busy reception/showroom. Kath has been with the company for over 27 years and her duties include invoicing, liaising with customers and despatch. To contact Kath please email:

MARK WAKEFIELD – Mark is manager of the digital printing department which creates large format digital printing, pre spaced vinyl decals, factory signs, vehicle graphics, billboards & hoardings, shop frontage and exhibition images to name a few.To contact Mark please email:

JOHN STEEL – John is an experienced screen printer. He comes from a ceramic background having worked for Royal Doulton Printing and Roffenmark.

STEVE RIGBY – Steve has been with us for 18 years and is the Company Production Manager, he also helps out in the screen print and fabrication departments. To contact Steve please email:

NIGEL TOWEY – Nigel is our delivery driver and is also an experienced screen printer and fabricator.