- 2009Start of our research and development journey of innovative surface solutions.
- 2011Company founded.
- 2012Launch of Smart Wall Paint, our first whiteboard paint product.
- 2015Rebranding from Smart Wall Paint to Smarter Surfaces, to meet the growing product range that now includes whiteboard, magnetic and projector functionalities.
- 2016Smarter Surfaces launches Partner Portal platform to support distributors and private label partners.
- 2017Increased range of magnetic, whiteboard and projector wallpapers and self-adhesive films developed and launched.
- 2018Distribution network established in 20 countries.
- 2019Serving customers in five languages supporting our direct sales across 10 websites.
- 2020Exporter of the Year Award, significant strategic investment in IT and ecommerce infrastructure undertaken to improve customer experience and international digital presence.
- 2021Relaunched ecommerce operation in 9 markets and expanded to UAE & Singapore
- 2022Completion of major R&D project delivering substantial range of projection paint products
- 2023Launch of new projection paint range and release of Matt Whiteboard Paint
- 2024Celebration of our chairman William McConnell’s 80th Birthday and his retirement from the position.
At Smarter Surfaces our purpose is to create innovative, collaborative and engaging modern working and learning spaces by adding functionality to surfaces.
While working in the construction industry, a customer asked Ronan our founder to cover an entire meeting room with whiteboards. Ronan quickly realized that this solution wouldn’t fit their needs and looked terrible with all the joints and unused surface area. Ronan had a better idea. What if you could write on the entire wall seamlessly? The idea for Smarter Surfaces was born.
Over the next few years, Ronan worked on developing a new whiteboard coating technology. This eventually led to the creation and launch of Smart Wall Paint, our first whiteboard paint, in 2012. Word spread quickly and the product took off, with businesses, schools and universities using and enjoying the benefits of whiteboard paint all around the world. Entire offices, meeting rooms, hallways, tables, desks and doors were being transformed into collaborative working spaces.
Smarter Surfaces is now the global leader and producer of truly innovative commercial wallcoverings, films, paints and plasters.
With the widest functional surfaces range of magnetic, whiteboard and projection products available we have gained a reputation for our ability to design and create innovative products through our ongoing R&D, ensuring we are at the forefront of the market.
Smarter Surfaces has a global presence, which currently extends to over 20 countries in five continents. Used by clients such as Microsoft, Google, Tesco, Coca-Cola, University of Sydney, University of Connecticut, Andrew Winch Designs, ECE Architecture, Hilson Moran and many more, the Smarter Surfaces™ brand is globally recognized and respected.
Ronan Clarke – Founder of Smarter Surfaces
Ronan is a successful entrepreneur with an original background in construction and property investment at home and overseas in later years his career has focused on R&D, product development, and international sales. In 1998 whilst still in school Ronan founded and grew a successful multi-million euro construction business, which employed fifty staff.
In 2011, Ronan founded Smarter Surfaces and proudly the Smarter Surfaces team have been recognised with awards such as the David Manley Business Award, PwC Innovation Award, Irish Exporters Association Small Exporter of the Year Award, and the Ulster Bank Business Achievers Award.
John Byrne – Financial Controller
John is a Chartered Accountant who trained with leading international accountancy firm, Mazars.
A senior financial executive with a proven track record of business development and relationship management, John has 25 years’ experience in a range of industrial sectors including transport, retail, manufacture and export. He has managed turnovers in excess of €30 million and staffing of 50 plus.
Audiola Lumnica – Supply Chain & Operations Manager
Supply Chain & Operations lead, Audiola holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Studies and is proficient in Supply Chain and Lean Management.
She has brought her service focused approach to her role in managing the Supply Chain and Operations Department in the company. Her main focus is the efficient delivery of all operational, logistics and supply chain activities while ensuring customer service and supplier relationships are maintained and developed.
Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, we manufacture our entire product range in the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe.
Browse our extensive range of products to see how you can reinvent your working space:
Create a writable surface in any color and finish you want with our range of whiteboard paint, whiteboard film and whiteboard vinyl wallpaper
Create a magnetic surface from our full range of magnetic products with a number of magnetic strengths including magnetic wallpaper, magnetic paints and magnetic plaster.
Projector Screen Solutions
Create a high-performance projector screen solution with projector screen wallpaper, projection self-adhesive film or any of our three projector screen paints.
Create a multifunctional surface with just one product. Use our all-in-one wallpapers with double and triple functionality or our self-adhesive films. You can also combine magnetic, projector and / or whiteboard products to create a surface that best suits your needs.
Routes to Market
Our mission at Smarter Surfaces is to improve the working and learning environment. We have a number of routes to market that enable us to trade globally:
Global distribution and reseller network - Private Label - Multilingual e-commerce sites
Distribution & Private Label
We reach customers and markets through our growing distribution network and seek to partner with great local distributors looking for an opportunity to bring an innovative range of products to their customer base and local market. Smarter Surface distribution relationships are based on a long term partnership approach. Our focus is on growing our partnerships, both new and existing, to develop their markets in a collaborative and supportive way.
We also offer the option to sell under private label for partners that are already well established in their market and would like to expand their range and consumer base.
You can learn more about the benefits of becoming a Smarter Surfaces distributor here.
Multilingual e-commerce stores
With multiple websites in 5 languages, we reach businesses and educational organizations across the world, empowering our customers with innovative surface solutions that bring real value and benefit to their teams and organizations.
Through first-class support, advice and service our goal is to provide our direct customers with trusted advice and guidance on the best solutions to meet their needs.