Dekton by Cosentino
The result of a 128 million Euro investment and 22,000 hours of research and development by the Cosentino Group, Dekton is an ultra-compact surface, which is a sophisticated mixture of inorganic raw materials that are used to manufacture glass, porcelain and quartz surfaces. A completely new and innovative category of surfaces, Dekton is the perfect material for designers, architects, house builders and developers as it can be used both indoors and outdoors thanks to its resistance to UV rays and large formats, which make it easy and quick to install.
Dekton offers huge capacity for decorative solutions of large areas and infinite design possibilities, allowing designs to flow indoors and outdoors and at all levels both horizontally and vertically. It can be used for a variety of applications, including bathroom floorings and coverings; kitchen worktops, floorings and coverings; furnishings; exterior facades where Dekton covers the walls of any building like a layer of skin; floors and swimming pools.
Dekton offers superior technical characteristics, which include an extremely high resistance to staining, scratches, impact, abrasion, compression, extreme temperatures, heat, frost and thermal shock, as well as low water absorption and dimensional and colour stability.
The initial Dekton range is available in 12 different references grouped into three collections: Solid Collection, Natural Collection and Tech Collection. These three collections fully identify with the natural references of the material. Solid colours, natural stone, slate, cement and rust are some of the finishes and colours that Dekton® will be manufactured in. Dekton will also be available in three finishes, polished, matte and slate
Dekton by Cosentino is manufactured with advanced TSP (Technology of Sintered Particles), which has been developed exclusively by the Group's research and development team. TSP uses an accelerated version of the processes of high pressures and high temperatures that Mother Nature applied for thousands of years to produce natural stone. With Dekton, the manufacturing time is reduced to four hours and the result is a product that will last a lifetime. This process sinters mineral particles so that they link up and change their internal structure. A new mass is obtained that is subjected to a process of ultra-compaction at high temperatures, which results in the Dekton material that has an outstanding resistance and an extreme level of compaction.
Dekton is manufactured with a mixture of inorganic raw materials that are found in glass, porcelain materials and natural quartz. These materials are mixed with several aggregates and water to create the new Dekton material. During the production process, 84% of the water used is evaporated, recycled and reused for the production of Dekton slabs. The ultra-compaction process consists of the raw materials being pressed to remove the air from the mass to achieve the ultra compact surface. The press has a capacity of 25,000 tons, six times more than what has been regarded as the world’s largest press up to now.
The slab is then baked at high temperatures where a chemical reaction converts the mass particles into crystals. As the temperatures increase a glass mesh is formed. At the point of maximum temperature – 1,200 degrees Celsius – the entire slab is liquefied just like the magma found hundreds of kilometers below the earth’s surface. As the temperature drops at the end of firing, the slab solidifies.
Dekton by Cosentino will be manufactured in a large slab format (320x144cm approximately) with thicknesses of around 1cm, 2cm and 3cm at a new factory located in the Cosentino Group Industrial Park in (Cantoria) Almeria where 600, 2cm thick slabs can be manufactured per day. A new logistics platform will serve Cosentino subsidiaries and customers worldwide.