Eduardo and Eduarda Cosentino, parents of Cosentino Group’s current owners, started their work in quarrying and carried out the basic processing of marbles in Macael, a municipality of the province of Almería (Spain), famous for marble production.
Armed with the experience in the marble sector, the second generation Cosentino created Mármoles Cosentino, SA, in 1979, which was initially staffed by 17 people. Mármoles Cosentino, SA, was the brainchild of brothers Francisco and Eduardo Martínez-Cosentino. They were later joined by their third brother, José Martinez-Cosentino.
By the time the third brother joined Mármoles Cosentino, SA, they already had one small warehouse based in Barcelona that was managed by Eduardo and was stocked with marble. Then, the 1980s saw the expansion of the company’s commercial activities into its neighbouring markets, Spain and Europe. In the same decade, the company began its activities in international markets.
However, the Martinez-Cosentino brothers later came to realise that their activities could not be reduced to simply extracting and processing “Blanco Macael” or “white Macael.” This led to the adoption of a diversification strategy and international expansion through the investment in research and innovation.
As a result of the company’s research and development activities, the company began the manufacture of Silestone® in 1990, its flagship product. Five years later, Silestone® became a huge success in the sector of kitchen worktops.
The company’s commitment to R&D gave birth to other leading materials, which triumphed in their respective sectors. ECO by Cosentino®, for example, is a product created from recycled materials. SENSA® is the company’s unique line of granite with exclusive anti-stain protection. The more recent Dekton® is the company’s innovative approach to ultra-compact surface aiming to revolutionise the international world of architecture and design.
The company’s determination to boost its international presence is driven by a strong commitment to creating innovative materials and offering high-value solutions in architecture and design.
The founding members of the Martínez-Cosentino family worked at the Macael marble quarry and manufactured the basic products from this natural stone.
Mármoles Cosentino S.A. was set up by the second-generation family members, The Martínez-Cosentino Justo brothers.
The first Cosentino retail outlets in Germany and France opened.
The Cosentino’s flagship product Silestone was developed.
C&C North America was set up as the company’s first branch.
Cosentino Northwest Europe (Holland) was created.
Cosentino Latina Vitória (Brazil) was set up.
Cosentino UK (London) was born.
Cosentino Süddeutschland (Southern Germany) was opened.
The antibacterial Silestone was launched, and US Stones was acquired.
Cosentino Porto (Portugal), Cosentino Göteborg and Cosentino Italy were set up. Additionally, Svenks Stemlijo (Malmö-Sweden) was acquired.
Logistics facilities and factories were set up in both Europe and the United States. Cosentino Mexico was opened.
Cosentino Swiss, Cosentino Belgium and Cosentino Scandinavia were created, while Manchester, Venice, Berlin, Düsseldorf and Göteborg centres were opened.
100% of the subsidiary in the United States was acquired.
The work on the expansion of Cosentino’s industrial park started, for future factory plans.
Cosentino Australia, the first centre in Sydney, opened.
The company expanded internationally, in the United States, Brazil, Norway and the United Kingdom.
Launch of the revolutionary Dekton® product. Cosentino has operations in more than 70 countries.
Cosentino City in Singapore was created.