In 1940, Eduarda and Eduardo Cosentino, parents of the current owners of Cosentino Group, started quarrying and carrying out basic marble processing in Macael (Almería).
The experience the Cosentino family had in the marble sector led to the second generation – working in the same field – to the create Mármoles Cosentino, S.A. in 1979. The company, an initiative of Francisco Martínez-Cosentino Justo and his brother Eduardo Martínez-Cosentino, was set up with 17 workers. Some years later the third brother, José Martinez-Cosentino, joined the company. They had one small warehouse in Barcelona, run by Eduardo, which stocked marble.
During the ’80s, Mármoles Cosentino S.A. expanded its business to other parts of Spain and Europe. But the Martinez-Cosentino brothers realised that their activity could not limit itself to just extracting and processing ‘White Macael’ marble, and so they decided to adopt a strategy of diversification and international expansion by investing in research and innovation.