Cardel is a leading manufacturer of specialist components and materials used in the production of a wide range of products including secure ID documents, payment cards, printed circuit boards (PCB), fuel cells, wooden furniture and other laminated solutions – as examples around 60% of identity cards / passports and 40% of Smart Cards utilise a Cardel product in their manufacturing processes.
Established 27 years ago, the business has a team of skilled engineers, designers and production technicians based in the UK, Germany and Malaysia.
Backing an international expansion plan
LDC invested in Cardel in 2017 to support the business’ international and domestic growth plans. Today, the company has a truly global client base and serves more than 250 customers in over 55 countries. To support this, the business also has on the ground technical support and representation in countries including North America, Brazil, China, Germany, Italy, Mexico and Spain.
In 2022, LDC helped Cardel to acquire Hannover based VTT a market leading supplier of components into the global security markets of identity cards, driving licences, passport data pages and PCB bare board lamination. The acquisition further increases Cardel’s international footprint and extends its product range into wider sectors.
This acquisition gives Cardel an EU based manufacturing presence and opens doors to utilise advanced manufacturing technologies into existing and new sectors for Cardel.”