Spanish architectural surfaces supplier Cosentino plans to invest more than $420m in robotics during a four-year period to increase production of design products Silestone and Dekton.
The business produces stone surfaces for architects and interior designers from a factory in Spain and will invest approximately $421m (€380m;AED1.5bn) in automation between 2016 and 2020, Francisco-Martínez Cosentino, Cosentino’s president, told Commercial Interior Design.
“Cosentino has been investing, during the past five years, in the automation of Silestone and Dekton. This includes the robotisation of some sections and the company plans to continue to invest in automation to increase productivity,” he said.
The family-run business, which was formed by three brothers in 1979, has been investing in automation and robotics technology for five years to increase throughput at its factory.
It has also filed an administrative request in Spain to build a solar farm at the site, with a view to this project starting in 2020 and providing the company with a renewable energy supply.
Silestone and Dekton are two of Cosentino’s most popular brands. The former is made from 90% natural quartz and is used for kitchen and bathroom design. Dekton, meanwhile, is a large-format slab made from a blend of natural stone, porcelain and glass.
Earlier this year, Cosentino unveiled the latest range from Dekton. The six-strong Dekton Stonika Collection is a range of faux marble and stone surfaces that the business claims is its most advance product offering the date.
This is because the ultra-compact collection – designed especially for architects and interior designers – is highly resistance to sunlight, thus does not lose its colour easily.
It is also robust against stains, scratches and thermal shocks, meaning the six-strong range of faux marble and stone surfaces that are harder to damage.