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


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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MLA staff had extremely successful exhibition at the annual Security and Policing Exhibition in Farnbourough at the beginning of March. They met with delegations from all over the world and were able to meet with customers old and new. Shown left to right – Simon Shepherd, Michael Lupton, Natalie Deerlove, Colin Noel and Mimi Rawlings.

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Mimi and Lauren, from our design, production and contracts department, have just returned from a really successful trip to Paris on the hunt for new and sustainable fabrics. They visited Premiere Vision as part of our on-going commitment to ensure we keep up-to-date with developments and advances in the fabric market.

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Two members of MLA’s production team have just returned from Norway as part of our ongoing commitment to customer service. Our production manager, Colin Noel. visited Oslo, where he went to upgrade helmets for the Norwegian Police together with Lee O’Connell from the MLA helmet team. They visited the biggest police force in Norway, where... Read more »

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MLA can announce the release of a brand new Flame Retardant AEP Vest. The vest has 24 baton round pouches and 15 rows of Molle. One size of the vest fits all, with elasticated side adjusters allowing the vest to be increased to 66 inches. Other features include: * 12 baton round pouches on the... Read more »

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