Portugal is perhaps not a very big country, but it has a highly reputable mould making industry that is spread across two clusters: Marinha Grande and Oliveira de Azeméis. These clusters together have over 500 businesses involved in the industry.
Instead of functioning in a competitive environment, it is a network of businesses that cooperate with one another and support each other. This is one of the fundamental reasons why the industry is where it is today. Despite the current global climate, the Portuguese mould making industry continues to be active, adaptable and competitive with its international counter-parts.
It Starts with a Strong Foundation
One of the reasons why the Portuguese mould making industry has a high reputation, is because it is innovative and technology driven. This assertion stems from the seventies when the glass making industry transitioned into plastics due to the growing demand of the automotive industry. Mould making came to the forefront and there were a lot of investments in research and development. In fact, Portugal was the first European supplier to implement CAD/CAM technology into its workflows.
Complex Parts with High Precision
Moving ahead to more recent times, the industry is constantly adapting and is focusing on integrating digital systems. For example, VANGEST has a Digital Factory! We are constantly investing in the latest technologies, R&D, and increasing autonomous operations. Our know-how in technology and innovative thinking is why we supply some of the most complex, yet absolutely reliable moulds with highest accuracy and high productivity. In both Marinha Grande and Oliveira de Azeméis, companies are investing in modern infrastructures and state of the art machineries to provide time to market solutions. But advanced technology has to be supported by knowledgeable people who have experience.
Heritage Combined with Evolution
The heart of the industry, the people, come from generations of families who worked in the glass making industry and thereafter they started working in mould making. You could say that mould making is in their DNA. The mould making industry uses its heritage as inspiration to keep evolving and adopting new technologies.
The growth of the mould making industry is the result of the innovative spirit of its people. It is the result of our adaptability and being able to evolve with new technologies. It is the result in our investments in research and development to foresee challenges and market demands and to consistently deliver with highest quality and service. During its ups and downs, the industry remains resilient and looks to a positive future. During these unprecedented difficult times we live in, we feel even more responsible to support the industries we serve and the society at large, and we continue to be the leaders in the global mould making industry.