MLA is a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of public order equipment and clothing to police forces and prison services all over the world, established in 1993.

We are delighted to have lent the expertise of our design and development team to MLA Universal during the coronavirus crisis to assist them in the creation of a premium quality, anti-microbial, re-usable face visor.

Having produced high quality PPE for the biggest police forces in the UK, MLA were perfectly placed to assist Universal with this new project.

The Defender Face Shields have already been purchased by people from a huge range of industries, businesses and organisations including builders, dentists, hairdressers, health care workers and charity workers. For more information on the face shields please visit

MLA Ltd is still working hard to fulfil all our current orders and with our designated keyworker status we are operating fully and safely.

Bespoke Design Service

Our Bespoke Design Service puts you in control. A talented and creative team of product designers are available to work closely with you throughout the specification process. From initial design brief to final design selection we can offer professional guidance to ensure we meet your requirements.

So, your idea can be brought to fruition or your ideal solution can be found – whether that’s a ready-made product or a bespoke design for a specialist application.

Made In Britain LogoWe concentrate on quality and performance in the field. We are sure that this, coupled with the right choice of materials and construction, balances the robust with the practice and comfortable.

We’re confident in the pursuit of excellence.

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MLA are proud to have been a supplier to Essex Police for 20 years

MLA News

Public Order Protection & Riot Gear in the USA

MLA have for the past 25 years designed & made protective equipment for the police. We are proud to be the principle supplier of public order equipment for the officer in the London Metropolitan Police & supplier of riot gear to all 43 UK Police forces and to police in Canada, Australia, Europe & Asia.... Read more »

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Just to reassure customers that despite the latest Government announcement of the third lockdown in England, we are open for business as normal. Our team is working from home where possible and a shift system is operating with our production teams to ensure everyone can stay safe. Orders can be placed by calling (01759) 318557 or... Read more »

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With Autumn setting in and the colder weather upon us, our X600 Winter Motorcycle Glove offers the perfect protection for motorcyclists. The glove is made from full leather, has a Thinsulate lining and has reinforcement to areas of high wear on the palms and index finger. Knuckles are moulded and there is impact-absorbing foam on... Read more »

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Pre-production models for our NEW DEFENDER HYBRID Riot Helmet are currently being evaluated and we are very close to releasing a certified product. The Hybrid relies on the proven structure of the Defender shell with new technology that improves comfort and safety. Many of the new features are taken from the MLA Merlin helmet and... Read more »

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Our new, innovative, anti-microbial face shield aimed at protecting people against coronavirus is now available to buy online. A website,, has been created by MLA Universal to make it easier for customers to purchase the PPE. This new venture has been made possible thanks to the team at MLA Ltd, who have previously worked... Read more »

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  A FACE shield, with a revolutionary anti-microbial and anti-mist coating, has been developed by our team of designers and engineers, to help keep people safe in the battle against coronavirus. We have adapted our knowledge of police visors to design a special face-shield, which is reusable, abrasion resistant, chemical resistant and which is coated... Read more »

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Open For Business

We would like to let you know that here at MLA we are very much still open for business. Extra staff have been taken on to form a new department focusing on making face shields for hospital staff and care home workers. Our design and production teams are also looking into developing new products to... Read more »

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Clap for our carers…

It’s the third week that we’ve stood on our drives and in our doorways clapping for our carers. For our NHS and key workers. It doesn’t seem to get any less emotional either. Or maybe that’s just me. Everyone of us is affected by what is going but for my children, seen clapping in the... Read more »

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We are delighted to announce we have been awarded key worker status to enable us to continue protecting those working hard to protect those protecting us. We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure our team are operating in the safest working conditions. Wherever possible, people are working remotely at home. For those where home... Read more »

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COVID-19 (Corona Virus)

To Our Valued Customers, We would like to share with you an update on MLA’s ongoing business operations during this global health crisis. During this challenging time, we are proud that all the MLA team remain committed to our mission of delivering personal protection to police officers and all emergency services personnel operating in the... Read more »

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