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South Africa’s leading supplier of quality flooring, baths and other sanitary ware.
CTM is a brand of specialty homeware stores owned by the Italtile Group. The company was founded in 1969 by Giovanni Ravazzotti, an Italian-born immigrant. Ravazzotti found his niche sourcing and importing quality tiles from Italy to serve South African customers who, at the time, had limited choice. Italtile experienced great success; however, sensing that the political climate in the 1970s would lead to sanctions, Ravazzotti decided to set up local manufacturing to ensure his business would continue to thrive. The facility supplied Italtile and the new company, Ceramic Tile Market (CTM), that Ravazzotti introduced to the market as a standalone offering in 1983. The purpose of the brand was to serve the “cash and carry” market. As the name suggests, CTM started off supplying only tiles, but its product range started to expand rapidly in the 1980s. By the 1990s, the company was also selling sanitary ware, taps, baths, and other related accessories. CTM is an exclusive supplier of brands such as Tivoli Taps, Hygenix bathroom ware, Kilimanjaro tiles, and Elf Laminate Flooring. They also provide installation services.
In 1992, CTM became a franchise operation, leading to further growth, and also began opening stores outside South Africa. In the early 2000s, the company had stores in Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, and further afield in Australia. CTM prides itself on being able to provide good value for money for its customers by cutting out the middleman and working directly with the local and international designers and factories that supply it. There are currently 85 stores open throughout South and East Africa.
CTM is the biggest retailer in South Africa in its sector.