Toppan, Decotone and Tafisa ally to supply Italian RTF
September 29, 2021 | 12:04 pm CDT
Alfatherm Sommet RTF

The companies say the agreement will ensure that RTF door makers in the U.S. and Canada have access to a steady supply of Sommet decors made in Italy.

Toppan Interamerica Inc. (TIA), Decotone Surfaces Canada and Tafisa Canada Inc. jointly announced an agreement to form a market support alliance to ensure the availability of Sommet rigid thermal film (RTF) decors manufactured by Alfatherm Spa of Italy.

The companies said the agreement resolves supply chain issues.

Alfatherm prints and embosses 24 Sommet decors across three textures: Viva, Brava and Feria. The woodgrain decors match two-sided embossed and in register textured TFL panels produced by Tafisa under the same brand names.

Per the agreement, TIA will stock Sommet RTF films at its Elkhart, Ind., distribution facility. U.S. customers will be able to purchase products directly from TIA. Canadian customers will continue to work directly with Decotone, which will have access to TIA’s inventory.

Initial plans call for TIA to focus on stocking the Viva collection.

“We are excited about this alliance and look forward to providing uninterrupted supply to the RTF industry for the Tafisa VIVA collection,” the companies stated in their joint press release.

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