leading the molds industry
With more than 70 years of experience, the Portuguese Molds cluster is the 3rd largest plastic injection mold producer in Europe and the 8th worldwide.
The automotive industry is the primary customer of Portuguese mold production, including high-quality injection parts from a broad range of polymers. However, the medical devices industry is increasing the demand for 3D printing and plastic injection solutions.
An 85% export rate, its high quality, a strong specialization, and the track record of the Portuguese companies are some of the factors why one should consider the Portuguese mold industry.
Plastic injection molding is used in several industrial applications and is the most commonly-used plastic formation technique. Portuguese custom-made plastic injection mold manufacturers offer turnkey and flexible solutions for industries striving to produce a significant volume of high-quality and cost-efficient components.
With the help of state-of-the-art technology and a highly skilled and highly specialized workforce, the Portuguese mold companies support their customers from the beginning of a project, participating in every phase of the product development. The excellence of Portuguese molds is a result of their high precision standards.
Portuguese companies continuously invest in R&D, providing the global market with advanced manufacturing technologies such as LSR (Liquid silicone injection), IMD (in-mold decoration), IML (in-mold labeling), CIM (ceramic injection molding), and multi-component layers.
Together with Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Poland, and Mexico, the United States has always been one of the strategic markets for the Portuguese molds industry.
Now is the time to discover why you should choose Portugal as your strategic partner.
Meet the five major trends currently impacting the molds industry in 2021 and likely shaping the direction of mold-making in Portugal with one key idea: a global shift towards sustainability.
PLASTIC INJECTION MOLDING IS INCREASING FOR MEDICAL DEVICES
The Medical industry is replacing metal components and complete equipment with high-quality plastic injection molded products.
6.5% ESTIMATED GROWTH RATE OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS IN THE US
Mold creation, 3D printing, rapid prototyping, and engineering design are the major trends driving growth in the industry.
Improved software and technology, which will continue to develop, allows manufacturers to save time, reduce waste and increase throughput. Programming is simplified, maintenance is becoming more efficient, cycles are getting faster, and downtime is significantly lower.
The mold industry needs to adapt to new green technologies like green raw materials, engineered resins, or bioplastics to stay relevant and fulfill new customer demand, focusing on waste and the environment.
INCREASED FOCUS ON SUSTAINABILITY
New Product development is highly focused on sustainability, biodegradation of final production, and bioplastic solutions. The goal is to cut industrial emissions and decrease the waste heading to landfills. Recycling concerns are still a challenge to pursue to reach the ambitious goal of 100% recyclability of final products.