Our History

Since 1976, it’s been our business to provide complete solutions for businesses that produce signs and displays, digital prints, speciality graphics, vehicle wraps and many other forms of visual communication. For over 40 years, Spandex has helped shape the modern sign industry.

3ó-DPG

Spandex acquires 3ó-DPG, a prominent distributor of signage and graphic materials in Portugal

2020

REGIONAL SUPPLY

Spandex acquires its first business in the USA: Regional Supply, the largest sign and graphics distributor in Utah and Alaska

Visit Regional Supply 2019

Seri Deco

Spandex acquires Seri Deco the leading distributor of materials and equipment to the Finnish and Baltic sign and display markets

Visit Seri Deco 2018

SERI SERVICE

Spandex acquires SERI SERVICE, a prominent reseller of media from leading brands, based in the French region of Rhône-Alpes

2018

ImagePerfect™ Foam Launch

Spandex launches ImagePerfect foam sheet range

2017

Skangraf AS

Spandex acquires Norwegian distributor Skangraf AS, an established distributor to the Norwegian sign and display market

Visit Skangraf 2017

Schneidler Grafiska

Spandex acquires Schneidler Grafiska, a leading distributor to the sign and display industries in Sweden and Norway

2016

40 Years

Spandex celebrates 40 years in the sign and graphics industries

2016

Bibiemme

Spandex acquires Bibiemme, the number one distributor for the graphics market in the North East of Italy

2016

Webshop and Customer Portal

Spandex introduces e-commerce system to enable on-line purchasing

Spandex 24/7 2016

Chequers Capital

Management and Chequers Capital acquire Spandex from Gilde Buy Out Partners

2016

Spandex Headquarters

New Spandex Head Office opens in Switzerland

2015

Proga Plastics

Spandex acquires Dutch supplier of rigid media products and bespoke cutting capabilities, Proga Plastics

2015

Polynorma

Spandex acquires Polynorma - a Spanish supplier of equipment, materials and inks

2014

ImageBond™ Launch

Spandex launches ImageBond™ Aluminium Composite Material range

2014

€200 million

Spandex reaches over €200 million in revenue

2014

OTS

Spandex expands its geographic reach with the acquisition of OTS, an established provider to the Turkish signage and graphics market

Visit OTS 2014

Qualsign and Plas Image

Spandex acquires Qualsign and Plas Image - Australian distributors of rigid materials and digital media

2013

Sanvido SRL

Spandex grows again with the Italian aquisition of Sanvido SRL, one of the largest distributors of architectural products in Europe

2013

LMV AG

Spandex acquires LMV AG in Switzerland, distributors of rigid media

2013

Gilde Buy Out Partners

Management and Gilde Buy Out Partners acquire Spandex from Gerber Scientific, Inc.

2011

Affordable UV Printer

Gerber Solara UV2 becomes the first affordable UV printer

2005

Calibration Centre

Spandex establishes its Calibration Centre in Switzerland

2004

Gerber Scientific

Gerber Scientific, Inc. acquires Spandex

1999

ImagePerfect™ Launch

Spandex launches the ImagePerfect™ brand of signage materials

Visit ImagePerfect 1998

The Gerber EDGE™

Spandex launches the world’s first digital printer for outdoor graphics – the Gerber EDGE

1993

Orafol® Partnership

Beginning of a business relationship with Orafol®

Visit Orafol 1989

Brunner

Brunner Folien in Germany merges with Spandex. During the 1990’s Spandex continues to expand into Europe and Australia

1988

Manufacturing plant

Spandex acquires materials manufacturing facility in Lancaster, UK

1987

Avery Dennison® Partnership

Beginning of a business relationship with Avery Dennison®

Visit Avery 1984

3M™ Partnership

Beginning of a business relationship with 3M™

Visit 3M 1984

Gerber Graphix 4

Spandex introduces the Gerber Graphix 4 in Europe, the world’s first sign making computer

1983

The Beginning

Charlie and Mary Dobson who created the first modular aluminium sign systems product founded Spandex (SPecialised ANodiseD EXtrusions)

1976

Spandex continues to evolve.