Cosentino Opens Fort Lauderdale Center

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Last night, Cosentino, the global leader in natural stone, quartz, and recycled surfacing, opened its 29th North American Cosentino Center in Fort Lauderdale. More than 190 attended the grand opening reception, including building and design industry leaders and top Cosentino executives. The new Fort Lauderdale Center aims to enhance both the trade and consumer experience and underscores Cosentino’s position as a surfacing leader in the U.S. markets. 

The October 16th program included remarks from Eduardo Cosentino, President and CEO of Cosentino North America; Astor Paz, General Manager for the Fort Lauderdale Cosentino Center; and Brandon Calvo, Chief Operating Officer of Distribution. The grand opening celebrated the local culture as well as the company’s Spanish heritage with Spanish tapas and a flamenco dancer performance.

Now, all visitors to the Fort Lauderdale Center will be able to explore and engage in the kitchen and bath experience — from material and color selection to specification and fabrication. With more than 40,000 square feet, the Cosentino Center showcases the full portfolio of Cosentino brands, including: Silestone natural quartz and Dekton, a new, innovative ultra-compact surface with interior and exterior architectural applications. Also on display and showcased in full slabs is ECO by Cosentino recycled surface; SenSa® Granite; Scalea Natural Stone; Marlique™ Marble; MURO™ Mosaics; and the Prexury™ Collection, a semi-precious stone line handmade by expert craftsmen.

The Cosentino Center is more than a showroom and distribution center. It’s designed to support, promote, and educate trade professionals by integrating distribution facilities, exhibition areas, and workspaces for designers to bring clients, classrooms for continuing education and fully functioning kitchens and event space for demonstrations. The centers create a unique interactive environment for architects, designers, distributors and fabricators to view the latest products and design trends, attend educational workshops, hear from visiting expert speakers and receive training on new product innovations and installation techniques.

The Cosentino Group strengthens its position in Australia with the addition of two new Centers

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Cantoria, 15 October 2014. The Cosentino Group, world leader in the production and distribution of innovative surfaces for architecture and design, has strengthened its position in the Australian market this year with the opening of two new Centers, in Melbourne and Brisbane.

These two Centers, as well as one Cosentino Center in Sydney, (Cosentino’s first entrance into the Australian market in 2011) and the additional showroom that was opened in Sydney last year, have allowed the company to raise their projections for this market. As such, the company expects to close 2014 with sales up over 60%, doubling their turnover in 2015.

These four fully-functioning facilities make it possible for the Cosentino Group to meet the demands of the Australian market with flexibility and efficiency. Australia is an important market for quartz surfaces, with great potential for the future.  Together, these three Centers and one Cosentino City cover a combined area of 7,500m2. This allows for a storage and distribution capacity of nearly 25,000 slabs, presided over by 22 employees.

Within the framework of this expansion and strengthening, the official opening of the Melbourne Center took place today. The Spanish motorcycle racer Jorge Lorenzo attended the event, which coincides with the Australia Grand Prix this coming weekend.   Lorenzo, sponsored by Dekton®, was the guest star at a spectacular event, attended by over 150 customers and prescribers, as well as many different journalists.

With the likes of Ginés Navarro, Sales Director for the Asian and Pacific markets, and Direct Sales for the Cosentino Group; Santiago Alfonso, Director of Marketing and Communication and Gary Isherwood, Director of Cosentino Australia attending the event, the opening marked the company’s presence in the Victoria region, widely known as the “State of Design”.

“Since our arrival in 2011, the Australian market has become increasingly important within the Cosentino Group each year. This year, with the opening of our Centers in Melbourne and Brisbane, we have the capability to cover the needs of the entire country with maximum efficacy. We are now closer to our clients and can provide service of the highest possible quality.” Ginés Navarro affirms.

Gary Isherwood also underlined the importance of today’s event. Melbourne is at the heart of design in Australia. The new facilities opened today by Jorge Lorenzo represent a great qualitative leap in our efforts to offer architects, designers and consumers of this region a space where they can appreciate the direct forms of beauty and functionality that our materials represent.” 

 

Cosentino launches two online design tools: “Cosentino 3D Home” and “Cosentino HD Home Viewer”

Cantoria, 9th of October, 2014.- Cosentino Group, a global Spanish company and leader in the production and distribution of innovative surfaces for architecture and design, is launching two new online tools that will allow users to design and create customised rooms. Using attractive visual elements, these simulators quickly combine colours and furniture finishes, countertops, floors, tiling, and other such elements pertaining to the room’s architecture and design.

Conceived as much for the final client as for the professional, these tools are a great help for anyone involved in the process of creating interior or exterior spaces.

The catalogue for both applications includes the entire range of colours and finishes of Silestone® quartz surfaces, Dekton® ultra-compact surfaces and recycled Eco by Cosentino® surfaces, as well as the complete Cosentino Bath Collection catalogue.

The Cosentino 3D Home simulator, created using advanced technology, allows users to move the camera and focus on details from various different angles and under varying light conditions. It is a design application for rooms, exclusive to iPad users, created using high-definition images. It allows real-time, 3D movement of the room, which the user can directly interact with by moving the camera and zooming in on details.

The user can incorporate elements onto six different styles, including a clean-cut modern kitchen, a classic kitchen, an exterior kitchen, two different bathrooms and an exterior space where Dekton may be applied to the façade. Users can navigate through these areas and experiment with their designs by customising countertops, floors, wall coverings and furniture, they can change the edges on the kitchen countertops and even choose among seven different shower trays and ten sink models to customise the bathrooms. 

Cosentino 3D Home is an application that is exclusive to iPads and allows you to save the designs in a library where you can edit them later on or share your creations on social networks. It is available at the App Store.

The online design tool Cosentino HD Home Viewer, is a new Internet version of the application “Design your space”. Conceived for use from mobile phones, tablets and any personal computer, it is a multiplatform simulator with high-definition images that enables the combination of different spaces.

Six styles, among which are a modern kitchen, a classic kitchen, two complete bathrooms with sinks and shower trays that may be customised, an exterior space where Dekton may be applied on the façade and a store with a large floor area, serve as a basis for the final user to build on and customise the chosen style according to his/her preferences.

 

This new tool allows users to directly change the materials by clicking on countertops, façades, wall coverings, floors, furniture and bathroom elements. 

Cosentino HD Home Viewer is based on HTML5 and, as such, is compatible with Smartphones, Tablets, Smart TVs featuring the Android system, iOS and Windows Phones, as well as with all personal computers.

Available at: http://HDViewer.cosentino.com and on all the Cosentino websites.

The Cosentino Group sets up in Turkey and opens three new “Centres”

The Cosentino Group, world leader in the production and distribution of innovative surfaces for architecture and design, has set up in Turkey with the opening of a new subsidiary and three Centres, located in the cities of Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, and which will service the whole country.

As part of its geographical diversification strategy the Group has set up logistics centres and comprehensive service centres — called Cosentino Centers. With its own assets, the multinational has entered a growing market, and one that has great growth potential.

Until now — and since 2009 — the Cosentino Group operated in Turkey via an exclusive distributor. From the middle of this year, the company will directly control distribution thanks to its three above-mentioned Centres, consolidating its presence in Turkey with the Group’s system of international expansion. Currently, Cosentino distributes its products in over 80 countries and has its own facilities in more than 20 of them. 90% of the Group’s turnover is already generated by its international markets.

Setting up the three Centres involved an initial investment of 2.5 million Euros. Together, these facilities have a combined total area of 3,150m2. This allows for storage capacity of over 10,000 slabs, the largest and most important storage facility being that in Istanbul measuring 2,000m2.

The sales forecast for this year for Turkey is 2 million Euros, and the company’s goal is to almost double that figure in 2015 and reach 3.5 million. In turn, the forecast for this year for the Cosentino Group as a whole is to achieve total sales of 575 million Euros, which would mean an increase of 16% over sales for 2013 (488 million).

The new subsidiary in Turkey currently has a team of 15 people led by Area Manager, Alper Sensan, who has been Cosentino’s exclusive distributor in Turkey for the past four years. The subsidiary comes under the direction of Ginés Navarro, Sales Director for the Asian and Pacific markets, and Direct Sales.

According to Ginés Navarro, “Turkey is another example that shows that our commitment of establishing ourselves — with our own assets and using our own expertise — in new markets, continues to forge ahead. It is a key strategy for our international operations as well as for the growth of the Group”.

“Turkey is clearly experiencing a process of growth as it has 73 million inhabitants with 50% of the population under 30. We have already had an initial presence here in recent years which has enabled us to achieve a market share of about 5%. There is, therefore, plenty of room for expansion and, with our strategy, we hope to seize the opportunities of a market with great potential regarding the areas of remodelling and renovation, and where the construction sector is expected to grow at 5.3% a year over the coming years”, says Navarro.

Cosentino Opens Long Island Center

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Last week, Cosentino, the global leader in natural stone, quartz, and recycled surfacing, opened its 27th North American Cosentino Center in Long Island. More than 300 attended the grand opening reception, including building and design industry leaders and top Cosentino executives. The new Long Island center aims to enhance both the trade and consumer experience and underscores Cosentino’s position as a surfacing leader in the U.S. market.

The September 18th program included remarks from Eduardo Cosentino, President and CEO of Cosentino North America; Dawn Patroni, General Manager for the Long Island Cosentino Center; and Brandon Calvo, Chief Operating Officer of Distribution. The grand opening celebrated the local culture as well as the company’s Spanish heritage with Spanish tapas and an acrobatic act.

Now, all visitors to the Long Island Center will be able to explore and engage in the kitchen and bath experience — from material and color selection to specification and fabrication. With more than 27,000 square feet, the Cosentino Center showcases the full portfolio of Cosentino brands, including: Silestone natural quartz and Dekton, a new, innovative ultra-compact surface with interior and exterior architectural applications. Also on display and showcased in full slabs is ECO by Cosentino recycled surface; SenSa® Granite; Scalea Natural Stone; Marlique™ Marble; MURO™ Mosaics; and the Prexury™ Collection, a semi-precious stone line handmade by expert craftsmen.. The Long Island Cosentino Center is the first to showcase Dekton as an exterior façade, highlighting the material’s durability and versatility.

The Cosentino Center is more than a showroom and distribution center. It’s designed to support, promote, and educate trade professionals by integrating distribution facilities, exhibition areas, and workspaces for designers to bring clients, classrooms for continuing education and fully functioning kitchens and event space for demonstrations. The centers create a unique interactive environment for architects, designers, distributors and fabricators to view the latest products and design trends, attend educational workshops, hear from visiting expert speakers and receive training on new product innovations and installation techniques.

 

Silestone Launches Nebula Alpha

Four New Colors Unveil the Latest Color Technology 

NEW YORK, NY (September, 2014) Silestone (www.silestoneusa.com), the world leader in quartz surfacing, has expanded its most popular color series with the introduction of Nebula Alpha, a stunning collection of four colors inspired by the sleek sophistication of marble. Illustrating the unexpected beauty of nature with soft, deep and balanced tones, Nebula Alpha is an evolution of Nebula and Nebula Code, two color series that have received an overwhelming response worldwide.

The unique aesthetic of the Nebula Alpha utilizes groundbreaking color technology to create four complex colors: Ariel, Orion White, Calypso and Phoenix. These natural hues are subtle yet distinctive, featuring an original pattern of colored veining throughout the surface that never repeats. Ariel offers a combination of creamy white with light grey veining conveying a soft, sophisticated aesthetic; Orion White’s stark white base combines with a rich palette of subtle greys offering vibrant movement; Calypso utilizes warm chocolate hues punctuated by subtle creamy veining; and Phoenix presents a buttery, neutral background lightly sprinkled with rich coffee-colored veining. 

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“The launch of the Nebula Alpha Series underscores Cosentino’s continual commitment to design and innovation,” said Lorenzo Marquez, VP of Marketing for Cosentino North America.  “We are pleased to offer designers, architects, builders and homeowners four new sophisticated colors, creating more options for those interested in the natural stone look and feel without the required maintenance.” 

As with all Silestone natural quartz products, the Nebula Alpha series is naturally non-porous and never needs to be sealed. It is easy to clean and has high scratch, stain, and heat resistance. Silestone also offers the assurance of GREENGUARD certification for clean air quality, and the National Sanitation Foundation certification (NSF 51) for safe food preparation.

The Nebula Alpha series retails from $58 to $94 per square foot depending on thickness and finish. It’s available at kitchen and bath dealers and home improvement centers nationwide. Silestone quartz offers a 15-year limited manufacturer’s warranty.  For more information, visit www.silestoneusa.com.

Cosentino Group, new GOLD sponsor of the World Sustainable Building Conference “World SB14 Barcelona”

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Cosentino Group has become the latest GOLD Sponsor of the World Sustainable Building Conference (World SB14 Barcelona), which will take place from October 28-30th in the Catalonia Congress Centre (Palau de Congressos de Catalunya), Barcelona, Spain.

The Collaboration Agreement was signed last Friday July 11th in Madrid by the Marketing Director of the Spanish multinational, Santiago Alfonso, and Green Building Council España (GBCe) CEO, Luis Álvarez-Ude.

The World Sustainable Building Conference is the largest gathering, on a global level, on sustainability in building and construction, where the leading and most influential international institutions in the field shall meet. This year’s edition, organised by GBCe, aims to promote the adoption of an adequate response to the social and environmental global challenges that the sustainable building sector faces.

Cosentino Group, first world producer of quartz surfaces with its brand Silestone® and creator of the revolutionary ultra-compact surface Dekton®, has always developed its activities following the principles of innovation, state-of-the-art design, internationalisation and environmental respect.

Demonstrating this commitment towards sustainability, Cosentino has not missed the opportunity to be present at the World Sustainable Building Conference 2014, enjoying highlighted presence in this global building stakeholders meeting.

In becoming a GOLD sponsor, the Group will immediately become directly involved in the Conference’s preparation. Furthermore, Cosentino Group will enjoy an exhibition space in the Innovation Fair that will take place simultaneously with the Conference, as well as sponsoring two debate sessions, choosing the 4 speakers that will answer each of the questions posed by the Conference Scientific Committee.

Santiago Alfonso, Marketing Director of this multinational company, showed his satisfaction on the sponsorship agreement reached: “for us, both the sponsorship and collaboration agreements prove our commitment to the challenges and objectives that the Conference is going to debate on, and that are part of our company values in the continuous search for new materials, systems and solutions; more sustainable, energy efficient and respectful towards the environment”.

The international character of the Conference, which will address the challenges that the sector faces on a global level, has also been determining for a company with great international ambitions. “90% of the Group’s income is generated in international markets, and we want to be fully involved in one of the main global issues that future society must tackle”, Mr Alfonso said.

On the other hand, GBCe’s CEO, Luis Álvarez-Ude, showed his satisfaction on the Group’s support for the Conference: “Cosentino has already collaborated with us in many initiatives as GBCe members, and we take pride and happiness in counting with their presence in the Conference. Being able to learn from their experience, I am sure that they will contribute greatly and give us their views, from the industrial perspective, enriching for all”.

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Cosentino Presents Innovative Products at AIA Expo 2014 Chicago, June 26-28, Booth #831

NEW YORK, NY. (June 26, 2014) – Cosentino, the global family-owned company and leader in the production and distribution of innovative surfaces for architecture and design, announces an exciting lineup of new and innovative products to be displayed at the American Institute of Architects Expo 2014 in Chicago on June 26-28 (Booth #831.)  Cosentino’s exhibition booth will highlight the newly launched Dekton® by Cosentino, as well as Silestone’s leading Nebula Code series.

“For our exhibition at AIA Expo 2014, Cosentino will highlight our continued growth and success in North America through our well-diversified product offerings. This past year, we have been able to further expand distribution, opening many new Cosentino Center showrooms and distribution points, as well as expand our surfacing options, most notably with the launch of Dekton by Cosentino. Whether innovative or traditional, all products meet the Cosentino standard of exceptional performance and design. AIA Expo is the perfect venue to showcase our growth and diversification to the architectural trade community,” said Lorenzo Marquez, VP of Marketing for Cosentino North America.

One of the highlights of the booth will be Dekton by Cosentino, an innovative new ultra-compact surface. The result of extensive research and development, Dekton is capable of seamless indoor and outdoor use, and features advanced technical properties and functionality. By utilizing Particle Sintering Technology, a proprietary technique that mimics the metamorphic change that rocks and stone undergo in nature when subjected to heat and pressure over thousands of years, Dekton offers UV and thermal shock resistance, superior strength, high resistance to impact, scratches and abrasion, and low water absorption. Produced in large format slabs, measuring approximately 126 inches x 56 inches, Dekton allows for large-scale interior and exterior applications.  Dekton is available in 10 white, gray, black, and natural stone hues and in three (polished, matte, and slate) finishes.  For more information on Dekton by Cosentino, visit www.dekton.com

In addition, Cosentino will present the most recent color series to its Silestone natural quartz line – Nebula Code. Silestone Nebula Code, an evolution of the popular Nebula series, is composed of five neutral hues that are subtle yet distinctive, inspired by the appearance of natural stone, and feature an original pattern of brilliantly colored veining throughout the surface that never repeats. At the forefront of design, Nebula Code utilizes the most advanced color technology to offer exotic movement, adding depth and sophistication to any kitchen or bathroom, while meeting the needs of both traditional and modern aesthetics.

The Nebula Code series retails from $58 to $94 per square foot depending on thickness and finish. It’s available at kitchen and bath dealers and home centers nationwide in 63” x 128” slabs in 1.2 cm, 2 cm, and 3 cm thickness, in both the polished and suede finishes.  For more information on Silestone by Cosentino, visit www.silestoneusa.com

The Jury of the Competition for Future Professionals Cosentino Design Challenge 2014 Reveals Its Winners

Three first prizes have been awarded for the two categories in the competition: architecture and design. Each winner was awarded 1000 Euro, total award money amounted to 6000 Euro.

Cosentino Group’s international competition for students aims to foster the talent promoting research into layout of spaces, materials and construction systems.

Cantoria (Almería), 24 June 2013.- The Cosentino Group, world leader in the production and distribution of innovative surfaces for architecture and design, is pleased to announce the jury’s verdict of the 8th edition of the international competition Cosentino Design Challenge, in its two categories: architecture and design.

Cosentino Design Challenge, a competition for design, architecture, interior architecture students or similar areas of knowledge anywhere in the world, aims to foster the talent of students, promoting research into the different conceptual approaches to the layout of spaces, materials and the construction systems that define them, using materials made by Cosentino Group.

This year’s competition has received a total of 212 applications, 72 projects for the architecture category and 140 projects were presented for the design category.

A total of twelve prestigious institutions, schools and international universities have actively participated in Cosentino Design Challenge 2014: Design Academy Endhoven (Holland), University of Technology Sydney (Australia), Istituto Europeo di Design (Italy), Domus Academy (Italy), American Society of Interior Designers (USA), Escuela artediez de Madrid (Spain), Escuela de Arquitectura de Madrid (Spain), Escuela de Arquitectura de Sevilla (Spain), Escuela de Arte de Almería (Spain),  Escuela Superior de Diseño de Alicante (Spain), Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain) and Escuela Superior Técnica de Arquitectura de Barcelona (Spain).

The winners of the Architecture competition (awarded € 1,000 each), who had to take a historic or iconic building anywhere in the world, change its primary use to another of the participant’s choice, affording special attention to its skin, were:  

Cosentino Design Challenge Architecture Acknowledgements:

The winners of the Design prize (awarded € 1,000 each), who were asked to focus on “Cosentino and art”, giving careful consideration to the relationship between art, space, the observer and Cosentino products, were:

Cosentino Design Challenge: Design Acknowledgement:

The competition’s verdict took place today 24th of June in the cultural center CaixaForum in Madrid. The jury was composed of representatives from some schools and universities that have collaborated in the competition: Mr. Rudolf Arnout van Oosterhout from the Dutch school Design Academy Eindhoven, Ms. Endriana Audisho from the Australian University of Technology Sydney, Mr. Giacomo Bertolazzi from Istituto Europeo di Design, Ms. Isabel Plaza de la Escuela artediez de Madrid, Mr. Raúl Fraga from Escuela de Arquitectura de Madrid, Ms. Carmen Galán from Escuela de Arquitectura de Sevilla, Mr. Jose Ramón Gonzalez from Escuela de Arte de Almería, Mr. Jorge Marín from Escuela Superior de Diseño de Alicante, Ms. Taciana Laredo, from Universidad de Zaragoza and Mr. Félix Arranz from Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona.

Likewise, the architect Héctor Ruiz Velazquez was also invited to take part in this jury. Santiago Alfonso, Director of Communication and Marketing represented the Cosentino Group.

This meeting also discussed various proposals for the theme of the ninth edition of Cosentino Design Challenge, to be presented later this year.

The posters of the winners are available on the website of the International Competition Cosentino Design Challenge: www.cosentinodesignchallenge.org


Silestone Expands Basiq Collection With Two New Colors

NEW YORK, NY (June, 2014) – Silestone® by Cosentino, the world leader in natural quartz surfacing, introduces an expanded Basiq series with the addition of two new colors, Noka and Lena. The two new colors feature finely grained neutral and cream tones that offer a universally appealing palette for large-scale commercial and residential projects.

The new colors are designed to meet the needs of extensive commercial and residential construction projects, such as hospitality, healthcare, multi-unit buildings, developments and communities. The Basiq series combines the high-quality performance capabilities of quartz and a sophisticated design aesthetic at a competitive entry-level price point.

The Basiq series now consists of a total of eight colors: Blanco City, Niebla, Marengo, Crema Urban, Toffee, Amarillo Monsul, and the newly added Noka and Lena. The addition of Noka and Lena, both available in a polished finish to offer a more intense and attractive shine, offers endless creative possibilities for professionals in the commercial and residential design fields.

As with all Silestone natural quartz products, the Basiq series is naturally non-porous and never needs to be sealed. It is easy to clean and has high scratch, stain, and heat resistance. Silestone is also proven to be a cleaner and safer countertop. It offers a unique combination of built-in antimicrobial protection that safely fights the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew along with the assurance of GREENGUARD certification for clean air quality, and National Sanitation Foundation certification (NSF 51) for safe food preparation.