ABK Group acquires a 49% stake in Arbe Stolanic
The invisible Cooking Surface Prime hob, integrated with large porcelain stoneware slabs, is being launched onto the international market under the ABKSTONE and MATERIA brand names.
ABK Group, one of Italy’s largest ceramic manufacturers specialising in high-performance large porcelain slabs, has acquired a 49% stake in the Spanish company Arbe Stolanic, owner of a number of patents and models, for the purpose of developing the innovative Cooking Surface Prime invisible induction cooking system in combination with ABKSTONE and MATERIA slabs. This alliance brings together the innovation and design of Italian products with the Spanish system that won the award for best innovation in the sector at the SADECC 2019 kitchen design show in Paris.
The “invisible” induction cooking system is installed directly underneath the 20 mm thick slabs without the need for further machining operations, thereby optimising the kitchen space and transforming the entire countertop into a workspace while allowing for unlimited functionality and creativity. The latest version, Cooking 3.0, is also capable of cooking more quickly than conventional systems and optimises energy consumption.
ABK Group sees the acquisition of a stake in the Valencia-based company and a presence on the board of directors as a key strategy for accelerating its international expansion in the furniture sector. The system will be sold by Arbe Stolanic under the new brand name Cooking Surface Prime in Spain, Portugal and France and distributed exclusively by ABKSTONE and MATERIA in the rest of the world.
“In keeping with ABK Group’s longstanding goals of innovation and design, we consider Arbe Stolanic to be the ideal partner for supplying the market with a technologically unique, versatile and durable product that I am sure will become an essential feature of the kitchens of today and tomorrow,” commented CEO Alessandro Fabbri.