Almería, (EFE).- The Cosentino Group announced this Monday that one of the objectives that the multinational based in Cantoria (Almería) has set for this year is to lower the crystalline silica rate of all your products.
This was stated in statements to the media by the director of Innovation and Product of the Cosentino Group, Valentín Tijeras, during the presentation at the University of Almería (UAL) of the ‘Free Advanced’ project, and stressed that one of the objectives of this The initiative that is being developed together with the Almeria campus is precisely to reduce crystalline silica.
He has maintained that one of the “big milestones” that the company has achieved is that “the entire portfolio” of materials that it currently offers has a maximum of 50% crystalline silica, which is now intended to be reduced to 40%.
He pointed out that Cosentino’s “star” product, ‘Silestone’, is nearly 30 years old with a “long history in the market”, so they are working to make it “increasingly safer and more sustainable”, since technology allows progress towards new solutions.
Good and sustainable product
“Basically, what it is about is replacing some of the minerals that we use to make the product with others that have a lower carbon footprint, that have a more circular component, that can be reused. This implies also using other greener chemicals (…), with processes that require optimization in the use of energy, water”, he added.
“It’s about making a product as good as ‘Silestone’ but in a more sustainable and safe way for the entire supply and value chain,” said the Cosentino representative about silica.
He has also specified that it is also sought to be able to use recycled materials that replace others from the pure and simple extractive industry, although he has insisted that benefits cannot be lost for this and the resulting product must be the same or better, efficient and competitive in costs. . “It requires changing the chemistry (…) Many times developing knowledge that does not exist.”
Tijeras, on the other hand, has declined to comment on the sentence that sentenced the president of the Cosentino Group for five cases of silicosis in Vigo, or for his condition regarding the possible IPO of the multinational, considering that he is not the right person to it.
joint innovation unit
On the other hand, Tijeras has announced together with the Vice Chancellor for Research, José Antonio Sánchez; the vice-rector for Postgraduate, Employability and Relations with Companies and Institutions, Juan García, and the Andalusian government’s Economics delegate, Guillermo Casquet, the future launch of a joint innovation unit between the UAL and Cosentino.
An initiative that will allow the creation of a stable physical space in which the UAL will contribute its knowledge and experience to the researchers of the campus and the company, to develop solutions to the problems and needs that the company has. A common research nexus that will allow the projects that are developed to not be “one day’s bloom”.
The intention is to generate added value and also allow the auxiliary industry around Cosentino to grow, which already has 5,800 workers, “many of them graduates” from the UAL, as Tijeras has pointed out.
For his part, the delegate of the Treasury Casquet, has indicated that the Andalusian Government has subsidized this project with 1.3 million euros, which represents 60% of the total budget thanks to which this joint innovation unit will be born. EFE