Agfa and GPMI sign distribution agreement for Agfa’s synthetic paper Synaps

The agreement completes GPMI’s portfolio of print media and is to contribute to the further global growth of SYNAPS synthetic paper.

  • Press release
  • Mortsel, Belgium
  • October 4, 2016 8:00 AM CET

Mortsel, Belgium, and Dublin, Ireland, (October 4, 2016) – Agfa Specialty Products, and Graphic and Paper Merchants Ireland (GPMI) have reached an agreement for the distribution throughout Ireland of SYNAPS, Agfa’s polyester based synthetic paper.

Their agreement includes SYNAPS OM for Offset and HP Indigo printing systems, SYNAPS XM designed for toner based digital printing and two pressure sensitive options, SYNAPS AP with permanent adhesive and SYNAPS AR carrying a removable adhesive that allows repositioning.

SYNAPS is available in sheet and large format reel options, designed for a wide range of end use applications. Spanning all key market sectors, commercial print, packaging, and display, SYNAPS is a truly versatile ‘synthetic paper and board’.

With its inherent qualities of stiffness, SYNAPS is waterproof and both oil and grease resistant. It also has unrivalled tear resistance, making it highly durable, it is easily wiped clean and capable of maintaining its appearance even after extensive handling and outdoor exposure.

For the printer, SYNAPS OM prints like a normal paper, with no need for any special inks, or machine adjustments. For the digital printer or office user SYNAPS XM can be used confidently on any toner based engine. Because of its construction, consistency, and unrivalled ink and toner adhesion SYNAPS can be used as a cost efficient alternative to post print lamination.

GPMI are stocking an extensive range of SYNAPS OM, XM and Self Adhesive specifications and can supply Wide Format specifications to order.

Commenting on the agreement GPMI’s managing Director Enda Brophy said: “SYNAPS is an outstanding product offering both offset printers and dry toner print users a substrate that performs on press just like paper but has the benefits of polyester for the end user.” He continues: Reprocentre have sold Agfa machines for many years and we are now delighted to be working with them on print media.”

Agfa’s global sales manager of SYNAPS Ivo Thys said: “Agfa is pleased to welcome GPMI as our distribution partner across all of Ireland. With GPMI’s highly specialised media product range, and one stop, solution focussed, service offering, we are convinced that together we will make SYNAPS a highly sought-after and successful product in this market.”

About Graphic & Paper Merchants Ireland Ltd.

GPMI is Ireland’s largest independent paper and signage merchant. Following their recent acquisition of Reprocentre they are now the biggest supplier to the print industry in Ireland. They are also the only stockist of papers, board, packaging and signage materials in Ireland with a dedicated sales team in both Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. Together with Reprocentre they offer printers an unrivalled choice of substrates, printing supplies and machinery. GPMI work effectively with customers to discuss, design and deliver effective bespoke solutions tailored their customer’s specific needs. Their comprehensive range provides a one stop solution whatever the customer’s business and requirements.

To provide their customers with a high standard Customer Service, GPMI offer dedicated Account Managers that will be assigned dependent upon the customer’s industry sector and specific requirements.

Your local GPMI Account Manager will be happy to provide samples and more information, or please call Dublin 01 62 33788 e-mail salesireland@gpmi-ltd.com or Belfast 028 9034 2742 e-mail salesbelfast@gmpi-ltd.com

About Agfa

The Agfa-Gevaert Group is one of the world’s leading companies in imaging and information technology. Agfa develops manufactures and markets analogue and digital systems for the printing industry (Agfa Graphics), for the healthcare sector (Agfa HealthCare), and for specific industrial applications (Agfa Specialty Products). Agfa is headquartered in Mortsel, Belgium. The company is present in 40 countries and has agents in another 100 countries around the globe. The Agfa-Gevaert Group achieved a turnover of 2,646 million euro in 2015.

SYNAPS, Agfa and the Agfa rhombus are trademarks of Agfa-Gevaert N.V., Belgium, or its affiliates.

Visit agfa.com/synaps to learn more and discover the full SYNAPS portfolio.



Werner Vandevelde
Marketing Manager SYNAPS
Septestraat 27
2640 Mortsel
tel++32 (0) 3 444 8004
werner.vandevelde@agfa.com

Enda Broph
Managing Director GPMI
10 Fonthill Business Park
Dublin 22 Clondalkin
tel+353 1 427 4942
enda.brophy@gpmi-ltd.com