Cosentino Opens 14th North American Design Center
by Jennifer Krichels | Monday, May 13, 2013 | 1 Comment
Natural stone, quartz, and recycled surfacing company Cosentino has opened its 14th North American design center in Westchester, New York. The company welcomed a crowd of more than 300 design professionals to festivities in the new 25,000-square-foot showroom and distribution facility, which was designed by Isabel Martinez-Cosentino, head of international expansion.
“It’s a place where the industry professional can bring the client to review color options and product selections, as well as receive continuing education through our Cosentino forums,” says Eduardo Cosentino, president and CEO of Cosentino North America. The new center, equipped with classrooms and kitchens, will support designer and fabricator education with a range of workshops and training sessions throughout the year.
Cosentino and colleagues emphasized the more than 70-year-old Spanish company’s increased focus on research and development over the past ten years, revealing the first stateside slabs of Dekton to the evening’s guests. The new large-format, ultra-compact material (available in 8 mm, 2 cm, and 3 cm thicknesses) can be used for counter tops and flooring as well as for exterior cladding and ventilated facades. It will be manufactured at a new factory in the Cosentino Group Industrial Park in Almería, Spain, with Particle Sintering Technology that combines fabrication technology from the ceramic, glass, and quartz surface industries to create thin, highly durable slabs.
Investment and expansion surrounding Dekton represent Cosentino’s most significant expansion since its development of Silestone in the early 1990s, and will aid its push to expand in the North American market in coming years—in addition to the Westchester center, the company is slated to open design centers in Philadelphia and Seattle later this year, in addition to one in Long Island at the beginning of 2014.