Engineering & Tooling from Portugal at Industry 4.0 Summit & Expo

The Portuguese Engineering & Tooling Cluster, which integrates the Tooling and Plastics Industries from Portugal will be present, showcasing their capabilities as engineering providers to support global clients with advanced and Innovative technologies, representing a one-stop-shop for product engineering and development.

As part of the process of digital transformation and in particular the digitization of Industry (Industry 4.0), Pool-Net: Portuguese Tooling & Plastics Network will represent the Cluster Engineering & Tooling at the Industry 4.0 Summit & Expo held in Manchester, United Kingdom, on 10th and 11th April 2019. This event is the main meeting place for executives from the manufacturing industry interested in developing digital strategies in their companies. Pool-Net will attend the Summit and will have its own booth - C19 - at Industry 4.0 Expo.


The Portuguese Engineering & Tooling Cluster, which integrates the Tooling and Plastics Industries from Portugal will be present, showcasing their capabilities as engineering providers to support global clients with advanced and Innovative technologies, representing a one-stop-shop for product engineering and development.

Portugal exports more than 90% of its national Tooling production and in the last six years the Portuguese Tooling Industry has grown more than 100%, integrating more than 3.500 qualified workers. Innovation is one of strategic pillars for the development of this Industry, considering its involvement with a large set of research and innovation project (representing more than 42M€, 100 SME and 50 RTO's).

In this context, Pool-Net - Portuguese Tooling & Plastics Network, representing the Portuguese Engineering & Tooling Cluster, will be present at the event with a booth, assuring the promotion of the Cluster collective's brand:


The main competences to support global clients of the Portuguese Industry for Mouldmaking, Special Tools and Plastics, are quality, know-how, technology and innovation, social sustainability, networking and reliability.


Considering the recognition of this Cluster's Industries importance by the Portuguese Government (because they are within the critical path for product development, have multisectorial impact and are examples for the Industries of the future (Industry 4.0) ), this participation at Industry 4.0 Summit & Expo represents also a good example for the public and private partnerships, because the action integrates also the HIGHSPOT Project, co-finaced by PORTUGAL 2020 programme, contributing to reinforce the global competitiveness of the portuguese Industry.

CENTIMFE( the Portuguese technological center for moulds and special tools), as a member of the "Engineering & Tooling" cluster, and in collaboration with Pool-Net, will represent Portugal at the Open Technology Forum of the Summit and will make a presentation titled: Simoldes4.0 - Smart System for Plastic Injection Molds. An efficient mold with advanced data acquisition systems, capable of communicating across a global network, in the principle of Industry 4.0, with integration of production technologies and instrumentation.

At the same time, Pool-Net is organizing a Technology Business Mission, integrating several Portuguese business men, that will be held from 9th to 12th April, which program includes participation in Industry 4.0 Summit & Expo, B2B meetings with English companies in the automotive, packaging and medical sectors, as well as visits to companies such as Bentley, Unilever, Sanko and Rolls Royce, allowing participants in the mission to have direct contact with Industry 4.0 in the UK.

Portugal is the world's eighth-largest mouldmaking country and currently exports over 90% of its production to more than 80 countries. This industry is highly internationalized and technologically updated having made huge investments during the recent years on innovative technologies and processes, namely in modern five-axis machines & software, automation, paperless sollutions, lean management methodologies, additive manufacturing, environmental sollutions, etc. These strategic investments are reinforcing the Cluster capacity, specialy on Design for Manufacturing and Zero-Defect Production, positioning these Industries at a global high level standard.
At the same time, education, training and skills development have been considered fundamental for the Cluster development, and initiatives like "Thinking Industry" (involving more than 20.000 students from secundary schools), and the "CPD - HUMAN CENTRED MANUFACTURING" (developed with Manchester University, targeting industrial managers), demonstrates the focus on atracting and promoting talents to Industry.
Finaly, the complementary competences of these portuguese industries, from design to product, reinforce the Cluster capacity to suport global advanced products development, taking advantage of several moulding technologies and specialy, plastic injection solutions, contributing to its international leadership.
We are at your disposal! Come to meet us at Stand C19. It will be a pleasure to welcome you and give you to know more about the skills of the "Engineering & Tooling from Portugal".
Information: Pool-Net / info@toolingportugal.com
www.toolingportugal.com / +244 351 570 420

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