On 9 October 2013, President Alberto Fabra of the Generalitat Valenciana awarded the founders of the Valencian company Porcelanosa with the highest recognition that the autonomous Valencian government honours to businesses and professionals based in its community; la Gran Cruz de la Orden de Jaume I el Coqueridor. Manuel and Héctor Colonques, expressed their “great pleasure” in receiving the award (former president José Soriano received posthumous honour) and are now, in their own words, “encouraged to work even harder”. The council’s decision to award the businessmen from Villarreal with this prestigious accolade came as a result of their “impeccable career”.

Porcelanosa is a Valencian ceramics and tiling company with more than 40 years experience. With over 5,000 skilled professionals, it is present in almost 100 countries worldwide and is considered as one of the most internationally esteemed Spanish companies, according to a report published by the reputable Financial Times and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The company’s product diversification strategy has been fundamental to its growth over the past four decades, and has resulted in eight businesses that now make up the Porcelanosa Group: Porcelanosa, Venis, L’Antic Colonial, Gamadecor, Systempol, Butech, Noken and Urbatek. In recent years, Porcelanosa has reasserted its commitment to design by collaborating with famous architects and ateliers such as Fran Silvestre, Joaquín Torres and estudi{H}ac.


Photographs provided by Fotoagencia Valencia.