In October, we were invited by Cosentino to visit their industrial park in Almeria, a part of Spain so obscure no one really knows where it is exactly.
We explored the vast factories of Silestone and Dekton, the two surface materials produced under Cosentino. While the former was one of their first products and a response to the porosity of flooring materials in the market then, the latter is their newest surface innovation that comprises a range of characteristics that makes it possible even for outdoor use. We also had a rare opportunity to meet Francisco Martinez- Cosentino Justo, President and CEO of Cosentino Group. Already more than 40 years in the industry, and the 64-year-old is still as passionate about surface materials as when he first started out in 1979.
There’s something about seeing things for yourself that offers you another perspective. Our visit to Cosentino in Almeria has certainly given us a new understanding of the surface manufacturer.
- How has the idea of the kitchen changed since you started out in the 1970s?
The kitchen has now become the centre of the home. In the past, kitchens were an area of the house which was more private. Silestone didn’t exist back then. With Silestone, we have brought design and colours into the kitchen.
“Innovation and internationalisation are the keys to success. But what’s most important is having the best team as possible.” -Francisco Martinez-Cosentino Justo
- Cosentino’s development is tied very closely with the province of Almeria in Spain. Tell us more about that.
We are the biggest industrial enterprise in Almeria and therefore the biggest employer in the province. We are very proud of keeping all our Silestone and Dekton production here. My wish is to give back to this community part of our success, which is also Almeria’s success.
- What are some challenges you’re facing as a company right now?
We are always trying to find something new, something different. We’re trying to get out the polished surfaces from Dekton. We’re also pushing forward new colours for it. There is a demand now for slabs that are 3cm in thickness, which the market has yet to provide, so we’re looking to get into that too.