Cosentino has won the National Innovation Prize, awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, in the Large Company category for developing a strategic R&D&I management model that places innovation at the heart of its value chain. In addition, the jury valued the fact that the company has achieved the position of world leader in the production and distribution of surfaces for design and architecture, based on the values of a family business that attaches great importance to the structuring of the territory in which it is rooted.
The purpose of these awards is to distinguish those people and entities that have made innovation an essential element in the development of their professional strategy and business growth. It also aims to recognise professionals and companies that have made a significant contribution to increasing the prestige of Spanish design and entities that, by incorporating it into their business strategy, have demonstrated that design is a powerful lever for innovation and competitiveness.
The company chaired by Francisco Martínez-Cosentino has based its business model on innovation and the development of disruptive products such as Silestone® or Dekton®, and applies this innovative vision transversally throughout the organisation. Thanks to constant investment in innovation and research, Cosentino has not only managed to create technologically advanced products, but also has the most cutting-edge and efficient production facilities, logistics systems and environmental manufacturing measures in the stone industry as well as in other industrial sectors.
In this line, it is worth highlighting the latest major milestone in this field developed by the company, which has largely supported the candidacy for these awards: the exclusive patented HybriQ® technology. HybriQ® represents an important qualitative leap in the evolution of the Silestone® brand, and translates into a new production process marked by the company’s environmental commitment and its commitment to the circular economy. Likewise, thanks to the research process carried out, a new formulation has been achieved in the composition of this product, where the presence of crystalline silica is greatly reduced.
The Awards have been decided by their respective juries, composed of leading professionals in the fields of innovation and design. The members of the Innovation Jury were Francisco Marín, Manuel Ausaverri, Mara Balestrini, Regina María Llopis and Humberto Matas. The Secretary General for Innovation of the Ministry of Science and Innovation, Teresa Riesgo, chaired both juries, and the secretary of both juries was the Deputy Director General for Innovation Coordination, Ignacio García Fenoll.