About us

At CILS, we make durable industrial and laboratory labels for many applications, from industrial pipes and medical devices through to marine equipment and high-performance vehicles.

We offer blank and completely branded, ready-to-use labels – plus hybrid options where we part-print the labels, leaving you to add your own data via a standard desktop laser or thermal printer.

Our service – how we help

Choosing the right label is not a straightforward task. It requires an understanding of how a set of materials and adhesives combine with a chosen surface and how that label performs when exposed to the conditions in a target working environment. 

Instead of making a guess at what will be right for your identification needs, ask our experts. We save you time, money and effort by helping you choose durable labels that last the lifetime of your assets.

Whether you are a production engineer, a product designer or a lab manager, we can help you specify labels that save you time, money and effort while keeping your operation compliant and your reputation protected. 

Our promise – how we stand apart:

  • We will give you simple options – we will not confuse you with huge catalogues.

  • We will always consult you – we will not force label options on you.

  • We will deliver quickly – we will not keep you waiting for your labels.

Our story – how we created the best durable labels in the world

We started our business in 1987, selling equipment for low-resolution dot matrix printers. 

The advance of home computing and printing equipment meant we moved on to creating durable laser imprintable labels. And from there, we progressed to producing labels for thermal transfer printers.

When industrial businesses realised that durable labels were a cost-effective alternative to traditional metal rating plates, things took off and we were able to expand across Europe and the rest of the world. 

More than 15 years of research and development led us to create the CILS 3.0® print technology. This is durable full-colour, photo-quality graphic printing that produces the best labels in the business.

In 2018, we carried out what UL (Underwriters Laboratory) advised was the biggest single label approval project from any label manufacturer.

Now more than 30 years old, we have in excess of 10,000 customers worldwide. 

We serve some of the biggest companies and organisations, such as ABB, Boeing and Bayer. 

But we are not just about serving the mega corporations. Every day, our team helps small and medium-sized businesses and labs to choose best-in-class durable labels for a huge range of applications. 

Check out our Sectors page to learn more about how we can help you.

How can we help you?

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