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What is a whiteboard?

A whiteboard also known as a marker board, dry-erase board, dry-wipe board, and pen-board is a glossy surfaced, usually white for making nonpermanent markings (essentially a modern-day blackboard). Whiteboards offer the same functionality as blackboards allowing rapid marking and erasing of markings on their surfaces. Whiteboard use increased rapidly in the mid-1990s where they have become a fixture in offices, meeting rooms, school classrooms, and other environments. The term whiteboard is also used to refer to computer software that simulates whiteboards. "Virtual whiteboards" allow one or more people to write or draw images on a simulated canvas. This is a common feature of many virtual meeting, collaboration, and instant messaging applications. The term whiteboard is also used to refer to interactive whiteboards.

History of whiteboards

In the early 1960s, an ad for "Plasti-slate", the first whiteboard/dry erase board invented by Martin Heit which was a combination of a whiteboard and a cork bulletin board. Credited with the invention of the whiteboard, Martin Heit, a Korean War veteran and photographer along with Albert Stallion, an employee of an enameled steel production company (Alliance).

Office whiteboards

Whiteboards became available commercially in the early 1960s, but didn’t become widely used until 30 years later by businesses in the 1990s. Early whiteboards needed to be wiped with a damp cloth and markers had a tendency to leave marks behind, even after erasing the board. Dry-erase markers for whiteboards were invented in 1975.

Whiteboards in schools

Whiteboards became more common in classrooms during the 1990s too due to concerns over health problems associated with dust allergies and chalk dust potentially causing damage to computers. By the late 1990s, about 21% of school classrooms had converted from chalkboards to whiteboards.

Whiteboard prices

The first whiteboards were very expensive and were made of an enameled steel. Cheaper versions were then produced, including laminated chipboard, high-pressure laminates and steel boards with a matte-finished or glossy white, usually polyester or acrylic, coating. Today, other types of dry marker boards are also available, such as high gloss vinyl and coated paper, which can be rolled up, high-density two-part high gloss paints, glass and coated acrylics and polypropylene magic whiteboards which use static electricity to cling to walls, windows, and doors.

Magnetic whiteboards

Whiteboards come in various sizes and either non-magnetic or magnetic enabling the user to create a project with other materials. Magnetic whiteboards allow for custom projects such as dry erase wall calendars, whiteboard tables, cupboard grocery lists, indoor games for kids, and more

Custom print whiteboards

Our Custom Print Whiteboards are manufactured using our Flat Frame Premium profiles. We can pre-print your magnetic whiteboard to your specification, with tables, grids, headings, lists, check boxes, branding and messaging. This new and innovative way of managing information, which is regularly updated, helps keep important information prominent. Ideal for shift or performance patterns, sales information or other key objectives. Choose from a range of frame colours, including our stylish satin silver frame, with streamline design for easy fixing.

All of our whiteboards come with a warranty, the length of the warranty varies per product so please visit the product page to view this information.

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