Smarter Surfaces named as SFA’s Exporter of the Year

28th July 2020

Smarter Surfaces
L-R Ronan Clarke, Founder of Smarter Surfaces, Audiola Lumnica of Smarter Surfaces, John Byrne, Smarter Surfaces, Sven Spollen-Behrens, Director of the Small Firms Association, Marta Giovannini, Smarter Surfaces and Enterprise Ireland, Regional Director for Dublin, Eoghan Hanrahan

Dublin based company, Smarter Surfaces has been named as this year’s Small Firms Association, ‘Exporter of the Year’ sponsored by Enterprise Ireland.

Now in their sixteenth year, the annual Small Firms Associations’ awards celebrate the achievements, innovation and excellence of businesses across a wide range of industries in Ireland and to recognise their vital contribution to the Irish economy.

Founded in 2011, Smarter Surfaces is now a leading manufacturer of innovative commercial wallcoverings, films, paints and plasters designed to help businesses increase collaboration and productivity by making walls writable, magnetic and projectable. Its exports to 25 global markets account for over 95% of its business, and clients across a variety of industries include Microsoft, Coca Cola, AirBnB, NASA and Deloitte. The company is continuing to expand direct sales, distribution partners and e-commerce websites in 5 different languages.

Commenting this morning, Founder of Smarter Surfaces, Ronan Clarke said,“I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of the entire Smarter Surfaces team as well as our customers worldwide. To be recognised among so many other successful Irish companies and to receive this award is a boost for us all particularly during these challenging economic times.

“Our business will continue to focus on designing products that help encourage collaboration, teamwork and productivity in work and learning spaces. As organisations, schools and workplaces look to examining how to make a return to operation during the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a renewed emphasis on promoting meaningful engagement, better planning and communication. Smarter Surfaces can be a part of the solution going forward.

“I would like to thank the Small Firms Association for putting together a brilliant programme this year despite constraints and I wish to extend my congratulations to each of this year’s finalists.”

Enterprise Ireland Regional Director in Dublin, Eoghan Hanrahan added, “Over the past 9 years, Smarter Surfaces has steadily expanded its business and boosted its global presence with its innovative solutions. In being recognised at this year’s ‘Exporter of the Year’, the Smarter Surfaces team are demonstrating that entering overseas markets and exporting can lead a business to new heights of success.

Enterprise Ireland is committed to ensuring that these companies are supported and encouraged to generate world beating products and services. This award reflects the tireless work and effort that Irish entrepreneurs invest into forging a strong and resilient business. Well done to Smarter Surfaces on a well-deserved recognition.”


*Notes to Editor:

Company background

While working in the construction industry, a customer asked Ronan, the founder of Smarter Surface, to cover an entire meeting room with whiteboards. He quickly realised 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.

In 2009 the research and development process began for their initial product, Smart Whiteboard Paint, before launching the product in 2012. The success of Smart Whiteboard Paint enabled the company to expand their product range and include a selection of wallpapers, self-adhesive films, paints and plaster. Research and development has been a key component in the product creation process. It has remained core throughout the Smarter Surface’s rapid growth as the company continues to innovate and introduce new products.

Smarter Surfaces is now the world leader in providing innovative whiteboard, magnetic and projection surface solutions, promoting collaboration, teamwork and productivity, to a global range of customers. Their products include a functional surfaces range of magnetic, whiteboard and projection paints and wallcoverings.

Bio on Ronan Clarke, Founder

Ronan is a proven entrepreneur with a background in construction and property investment at home and overseas. From 1998 to 2008, Ronan founded and managed a successful multi-million euro construction business, which employed fifty staff. In 2011, Ronan founded Smart Wall Paint. Ronan's entrepreneurial talent has been recognised with the awarding of the 2013 David Manley Business Category Award and the 2013 PwC Docklands Innovation Awards. In 2015, Smart Wall Paint rebranded to Smarter Surfaces to reflect the growing range of products.

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