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Sappi Launches Acrylic Textured Laminate for Cabinetry and Panel

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April 29, 2022 | Bill Esler

Boston, MA—In a major market entrée, Sappi launched Arrio, a decorative laminate surface solution that delivers high definition aesthetics, premium haptics, and scratch and fingerprint resistance for high-wear surfaces. Sappi will show Arrio at IWF 2022 in Booth C823.

Sappi says Arrio serves unmet needs of customers, and that it will now become the only company that provides high-fidelity, 100 percent replicated textured finished flat surfaces, then expand to include a growing 3D textured library.

Arrio decorative laminate surface material integrates manufacture of a high definition image decor paper print, a high-wear acrylic coating, and and a textured finished surface.

With its durable acrylic surface, Arrio provides detailed, realistic finished surfaces that will eventually support multiple textures and décor colors, gloss effects, varying depths, and visible contrast. Sappi’s high-precision manufacturing process generates the exact same surface finish over time without variation or loss of definition. Arrio offers a surface that’s superior to conventional melamine in aesthetics and performance, and is applicable for decorative and functional surfaces on furniture, work surfaces, kitchen cabinetry, and more.

Toppanintergroup will distribute Sappi’s new Arrio finished surface.

“Arrio comes from Sappi’s spirit and core competence: we make texture, we drive texture,” says Mark Hittie, director of release strategy for Sappi Casting and Release. “It’s a high-quality and innovative product that outperforms traditional options, reduces cost and opens up a range of possibilities for consumers. We’re also proud that Sappi created Arrio with sustainability in mind. The durable acrylic surface extends product lifetime and does not require application or removal of protective film layers, thus reducing manufacturing costs and waste.”

Unlike surfaces produced with an excimer process, Arrio will offer a uniquely customizable surface texture, including various flat finishes and textures with multiple gloss levels, such as wood or stone designs. The manufacturing process provides 100 percent consistency, order to order, in texture, gloss, touch and function. Arrio provides a superior solution over existing concepts because of its endless potential for customization. It also provides superior haptics, including super matte, smooth touch and high-color intensity surfaces, and it is suitable for single radius wrapping applications.

Arrio also offers significantly lower investment costs for glued and pressed finished surfaces due to manufacturers’ savings and efficiencies in the handling, shipping, and layup processes. Offered initially in a supermatte, fingerprint resistant, soft touch texture called Matte Haven on black décor, the Arrio platform will continue to develop with additions of texture and décor color options.

Sappi established a new strategic partnership with Toppan Interamerica as the exclusive distributor of Arrio in the U.S. and Canada. Headquartered in McDonough, GA and well-established in the North American market, Toppan has more than 30 years of experience delivering materials and services in the decorative laminate industry.

“We feel this exclusive arrangement will enhance Sappi’s capability to deliver Arrio and assure its seamless delivery, support, and market availability,” says Patrick Page, director of sales at Toppan. “This new partnership with Toppan provides Sappi access to a wider customer base for ready-to-assemble furniture and kitchen cabinetry and is a major step forward in building early awareness of Arrio in the North American marketplace.”

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