Since Portugal joined the EU in 1986 it has become a major supplier for injection mold making. The industry is centered in two main areas: Marinha Grande, which is about 90 miles north of Lisbon, and Oliveira de Azemeis, which is about 150 north of Lisbon. Mold making in Portugal enjoys a long tradition of skilled European craftsmen.
This concentration of over 250 mold makers makes for an interesting cooperation between many companies. The ability to use specialized shops for various aspects of building plastic molds enables suppliers to attain quick deliveries while maintaining high quality.
Portuguese moldmakers supply quality injection molds to companies all over the world. Molders find that communication and reliability set Portugal apart from suppliers elsewhere.
Portugal has a long tradition of craftsmanship
With the backdrop of the age-old skills of glass blowing and figurine making, Portugal has embraced new technology to advance into the forefront of the global economy.
It quickly becomes evident for visitors that Portuguese mold makers have invested heavily in high-tech equipment. CNC EDM, WEDM, CMM’s for inspection of components and parts, robotics, lights out operations, SLA/SLS prototyping of samples, etc.
There are engineering companies that specialize in the project management of injection moldmaking and plastics molding. Because of the rather unique working relationship the various suppliers enjoy, this management has become refined to be very effective.
Service and Delivery
The mere fact that hundreds of global companies continue to buy plastic injection molds from Portugal demonstrates the high level of service and delivery. On-time delivery of a trouble-free mold is crucial to make a profit. Buying a cheap mold that requires many hours of frustrating rework before it can run reliably is not a good way to reduce mold making costs.
Offshore outsourcing to Portugal might be less risky
An added benefit of outsourcing to Portugal is the wonderful climate and delightful people! Plus, the labor laws and environmental regulations ensure that human rights are regarded and pollution standards are in place and observed.
Advanced Engineering Services For Molds is a highly developed company with many capabilities. They have a working relationship with various companies in the moldmaking areas of Portugal and excel at managing your project from the initial contact to final delivery and approval.