Cosentino Group Collaborates with Tennis Player Rafael Nadal

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Eduardo Cosentino and Rafael Nadal

Cantoria, Spain – 28 October 2014 Cosentino Group, the world leader in the production and distribution of innovative surfaces for architecture and design, is collaborating with world-renowned tennis player Rafael Nadal, one of the top Spanish athletes of all time. As part of this alliance, Cosentino will develop various promotional and philanthropic programs with Nadal.

Cosentino will sponsor the “Rafael Nadal Academy by Movistar” project, a tennis academy that the athlete will soon open in his hometown of Manacor (Majorca, Spain). The Academy will promote tennis among youth by teaching the sport, shaping values, and developing new talent. The complex will include a school, an International Tennis Centre, a fitness centre, and will be home to the headquarters of the Rafael Nadal Foundation as well as a museum dedicated to the tennis player.

Cosentino Group supports this high-performance educational and sports complex through its flagship products Silestone®, world leader of quartz surfaces, and Dekton®, the Group’s new ultra-compact surface that is leading the international architecture and design markets. Dekton by Cosentino® will be used throughout the facilities of the “Rafael Nadal Academy by Movistar,” including facades, flooring and other surfaces. The kitchens and bathrooms of the complex, designed by two architectural firms from Majorca and Barcelona, will include Silestone®. 

According to Santiago Alfonso, Cosentino Group’s Director of Marketing and Communications, “collaborating with Rafael Nadal is a source of great pride for us all. Nadal is so much more than an exceptional athlete. His desire to achieve, his strength and ability to lead are some of the values that have made him a global celebrity, recognised and admired everywhere. At Cosentino, we have always committed ourselves to continually improve, innovate and search for leadership to succeed, this partnership represents great satisfaction for all our employees, partners and customers worldwide”.

“The fact that this union begins with the sponsorship of the Academy perfectly reflects our common understanding of all those values. This really can be called a Social Responsibility initiative, as it focuses on youngsters in our society. For us it is an honor to work together on this educational project, and for our best products to be present in all its facilities and spaces”, says Alfonso.

Rafael Nadal has expressed his excitement for this new collaboration with “a Spanish company that is a world leader in its sector, encompassing a series of values with which I fully identify, in addition to supporting sport in Spain for a long time. I am sure that this collaboration project with Cosentino, starting with its help in the construction of the Academy, will be a long-lasting one and be productive for both parties”.

The collaboration with Rafael Nadal, reached with the participation of Evolution BCN, continues the theme of the Cosentino Group’s policy of partnerships and sponsorships with professional sports. Silestone® became the first Spanish brand to produce a spot to be shown at the Super Bowl in 2005, the world’s largest advertising event. Since then, Silestone® has also been one of the main brands of the NBA Houston Rockets team.  In addition, Silestone® was a sponsor of the Formula 1 world champion, Fernando Alonso, for four seasons. Since June 2011, through its Dekton® brand, Cosentino has also sponsored Jorge Lorenzo, the four time world champion for motorcycle racing.

 

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Cosentino Hosts International Student Design Challenge With ASID

9th Edition of Cosentino Design Challenge Features International Architecture and Design Talent

New York, NY (October, 2014) – Cosentino, the world leader in the production and distribution of innovative quartz, natural stone and architectural surfaces, has opened the call for submissions for its 9th International Cosentino Design Challenge (CDC) for students in two categories: Architecture and Design.

For more than eight years, the international competition has fostered the development of future architecture and design professionals by providing students the opportunity to showcase original concepts for innovative approaches to design and material integration featuring surfaces by Cosentino. As a reflection of their continued relationship, Cosentino has partnered with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), who will hold a voting seat on the esteemed jury.

“Cosentino North America is thrilled to bring our international student design competition to the talented pool of ASID student members once again,” said Lorenzo Marquez VP of Marketing for Cosentino North America. “The competition gives participants a chance to showcase their creative design concepts to other students both in the US and around the world.”

In its ninth year, the competition will extend its reach to include students from the US, UK, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The full list of 16 partner organizations and prestigious international schools includes:

  • American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)— USA
  • University of Technology Sydney — Australia
  • Design Academy Eindhoven — Netherlands
  • HTWK Leipzig School of Architecture —Germany
  • IED School of Design — Italy
  • École Supérieure des Arts Modernes – France
  • Lasalle College of the Arts – Singapore
  • The Superior Technical School of Architecture in Madrid (ETSAM) — Spain
  • Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB) — Spain
  • Seville School of Architecture (ETSAS) — Spain
  • Almeria School of Art (EAA) — Spain
  • Alicante School of Superior Art and Design — Spain
  • Escuela de Arte numero 10 de Madrid – Spain
  • The Superior Technical University of Navarra – Spain
  • The Superior Technical School of Architecture in Valencia – Spain
  • University of Zaragoza – Spain

This year, students participating in the Cosentino Design Challenge Design category, “Cosentino and Celebration,” are tasked with creating a concept that takes into consideration the relationship between space, the observer and the Cosentino materials. In the Architecture category, “Playground: Fun with Surfaces,” submissions should focus on spaces intended for recreation and leisure, using any Cosentino materials in imaginative and experimental applications.

Student submissions will be evaluated by a jury of prestigious architecture and design leaders based on a number of criteria including: Creativity, innovation, analytical research, product adaptation, feasibility, conceptual and technical quality, and presentation.

“Being a part of the Cosentino Design Challenge is a wonderful opportunity to witness inspiration at work,” said Randy Fiser, CEO, ASID.  “Programs like these connect design students with creative challenges, encouraging the out of the box thinking so critical to the business of design. We very much appreciate the opportunity to be involved with a tenured program that has such an important reach.”

The Cosentino Design Challenge is open to all students enrolled in the 2014-2015 academic year, studying design or architecture at any college or university around the world. All CDC entries require conceptual drawings and plans, and a report explaining the design solutions and can be submitted online. The call for entries begins October 7, 2014 and runs until June 1, 2015. The Cosentino Design Challenge will award 1,000 euros each to the top three submissions in both categories. In the United States, winning designs from any student members of ASID chapters are eligible for an additional $1000 cash prize and a trip to Cosentino’s headquarters in Spain.

Complete submission requirements, additional contest information, and previous winners are detailed on the competition website: http://www.cosentinodesignchallenge.org

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