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.

The Beginning

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

1976

Gerber Graphix 4

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

1983

3M™ Partnership

Beginning of a business relationship with 3M™

Visit 3M 1984

Avery Dennison® Partnership

Beginning of a business relationship with Avery Dennison®

Visit Avery 1984

25,000 Sold!

Spandex sells 25,000 Gerber cutting systems in Europe

1986

Manufacturing plant

Spandex acquires materials manufacturing facility in Lancaster, UK

1987

Brunner

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

1988

Orafol® Partnership

Beginning of a business relationship with Orafol®

Visit Orafol 1989

The Gerber EDGE™

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

1993

ImagePerfect™ Launch

Spandex launches the ImagePerfect™ brand of signage materials

Visit ImagePerfect 1998

Gerber Scientific

Gerber Scientific, Inc. acquires Spandex

1999

Calibration Centre

Spandex establishes its Calibration Centre in Switzerland

2004

Affordable UV Printer

Gerber Solara UV2 becomes the first affordable UV printer

2005

Gilde Buy Out Partners

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

2011

LMV AG

Spandex acquires LMV AG in Switzerland, distributors of rigid 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

Qualsign and Plas Image

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

2013

OTS

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

Visit OTS 2014

€200 million

Spandex reaches over €200 million in revenue

2014

ImageBond™ Launch

Spandex launches ImageBond™ Aluminium Composite Material range

2014

Polynorma

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

Visit Polynorma 2014

Proga Plastics

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

Visit Proga Plastics 2015

Spandex Headquarters

New Spandex Head Office opens in Switzerland

2015

Chequers Capital

Management and Chequers Capital acquire Spandex from Gilde Buy Out Partners

2016

Webshop and Customer Portal

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

Spandex 24/7 2016

Bibiemme

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

Visit Bibiemme 2016

40 Years

Spandex celebrates 40 years in the sign and graphics industries

2016

Schneidler Grafiska

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

Schneidler (Sweden) Schneidler (Norway) 2016

Skangraf AS

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

Visit Skangraf 2017

ImageFoam™ Launch

Spandex launches ImageFoam™ foam PVC sheet brand

2017

Spandex continues to evolve.

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