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Firm manufactures LEDs in UK for 40 years

Marl International has been designing and supplying LEDs for 40 years.


In that time the Cumbria-based manufacturer has upplied more than 500 million LEDs and manufactured by its 100-strong British engineering and manufacturing team based in Ulverston.

“The secret of our success is that our products are designed, assembled, tested and shipped from one manufacturing complex in Ulverston,” said Adrian Rawlinson, managing director at Marl International.

Marl has recently spent £270,000 doubling manufacturing output and speed up the delivery of prototypes.

“Our manufacturing strength is such that customers are now asking us to design and build other electronic systems for them that don’t include an LED light,” said Rawlinson.

The company directly and indirectly exports around 70% of its output.

Marl was formed in Ulverston in 1973 and originally distributed medical equipment and manufactured safety systems for the chemical industry. Marl began design and manufacture of LED assemblies in the late 1970s when it was realised that these products (including high performance and custom variants) were required by the telecom and defence industries.

Some of the world’s first solid state light bulbs were made by Marl in the 1980s and today these are still enhancing the operational performance and reliability of host equipment in countless defence and aerospace applications.

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