Return to Innovation: Ultra Dekton Surface
In a very near future, the new Dekton surface will uncover new and fantastic applications. It will be bigger, yet lighter with the capacity to flow without any cut or interruption. The new technological advancement will melt with new textures, creating new sensations. The surface will flow from inside to outside to adorn interiors and exteriors. Architects will be able to create without limits while interior designers will be able to imagine without limits.
Dekton by Cosentino is an innovative product that will revolutionize the market and become a great ally for architects and interior designers because it can be used in multiple high-value applications in public and private spaces. As an ultra-compact surface with superior technical characteristics, consisting of a mixture of inorganic materials, it can be used both indoors and outdoors because it is resistant to UV rays. The material’s uses and applications are astounding. It can utilized for floors (flooring), stairs, worktops, commercial work surfaces, and even cladding to ventilated facades. Furthermore, Dekton offers infinite design possibilities because it can be manufactured using a variety of colors and textures (rippled, leather, denim, slate, brushed or coated) to mimic wood, rust, natural stone, concrete, metal, and other solid colors. In response to the demand for large formats in different thicknesses by professional architects, it will be manufactured in a large slab format (320cm x 144cm) with thicknesses of 8mm, 2cm and 3cm. The new product-line will launch in the spring of 2013.
As a result of a $120M investment and 22,000 hours of R&D, Dekton is made using a patented combination of porcelain and float glass, and it combines technologies from the ceramic industry, flat glass industry and the quartz surface industry. The ultra-compact surface will feature the advanced technology of sintered particles (PST – Particle Sintering Technology) and is to be fabricated at a new factory located in Almeria (Cantoria). Though Dekton was a technological challenge to develop, it will be an immensely important development in the global commercial stone industry. The new technological advancement embodies a commitment to innovation and the future of the Cosentino Group (makers of SileStone). The new Dekton product and facility doubles Cosentino Group’s manufacturing capacity with another 580,000 square meters of industrial land. The initial production target is 1,500 large format (3.2m x 1.44m) slabs a day, and the new product-line will create 300 new jobs between the production site and facilities around the world.
The company’s new Intelligent Logistics Platform ($21M investment) is an automated distribution center which will provide services to subsidiaries and customers by supplying Silestone slabs, Dekton slabs, ECO slabs, and other products to markets around the world. The logistics platform will prepare all slab orders with automatic assets, including the transfer of racks and loading of trucks and containers. The Platform will use the control and management software of all the warehouses to achieve a new, elevated level of customer service. With a storage capacity of 115,000 slabs and 3,300 slabs loaded in each shift, this investment will substantially improve service.