Instituto Pedro Nunes
IPN     IPN Incubadora

Advanced Tools for Smart Manufacturing


The mold Industry is on the critical path of global product development and therefore, is a strategic infrastructure for Portugal, allowing the industrialization of any global product, inducing foreign investment, growth and employment.
The Portuguese mold industry is now ranked in the eight largest exporters in the world, it is the 10th largest tooling producer, and presents itself as one of the most dynamic national sectors in the acquisition and endogenization of new technologies. In fact, in order to create differentiation among customers, it is not only necessary to acquire the technology, but also to assimilate it, dominate it and put it at the service of developing new tooling solutions.
However, Tooling companies face significant margin losses. The reason for this is the increased competition, especially from Eastern Europe, as well as Central and South Asia. The quality of the tools in these regions has increased strongly and their prices, although growing, are still relatively low.


The TOOLING 4G project fits into CLUSTER ENGINEERING & TOOLING, which integrates an extended value chain (from design to final product) to answer to global customers, that looking for key-in-hand solutions. Portugal intends with this mobilizing project, to reinforce its value chain, integrating itself as part of the supply chains of global products (automobile, medical devices, aeronautics, packaging, electronics, etc).
This project represents a collective dynamic and strategic for Portugal, by adding companies and entities of the scientific and technological system, around of an Industry and strategic Cluster, seeking to anticipate and accelerate capacity, knowledge and a new offer in the international market, as an innovative answer to the challenges of INDUSTRY 4.0, INDUSTRY SCANNING, and in particular, the " Zero Defects Manufacture ".
It is in this sense that the national Tooling industry must be able to create differentiation by approaching systematically and continuously of the five dimensions (not necessarily independent) of the Tooling value:
• Costs
• Time-to-Market
• Quality
• Innovation
• Productivity

Project Reference



PO Lisboa + Compete2020 + Portugal2020 + EU (logotipo do FEDER)
PO Lisboa + Compete2020 + Portugal2020 + EU (logotipo do FEDER)


Portugal (Marinha Grande, Leiria, Coimbra, Guimarães, Lisboa, Porto, Vendas Novas, Pombal, Batalha, Vila Nova de Famalicão, Oliveira de Azeméis, Aveiro)

Total Cost


IPN Cost


EU financial support



36 meses


1. Abrantes H. Abrantes – Indústrias de Moldes e Plásticos S.A.
2. Centimfe – Centro Tecnológico da Indústria de Moldes, Ferramentas Especiais e Plásticos
3. Universidade do Minho
4. Instituto Superior Técnico
5. Instituto Politécnico de Leiria
6. INEGI – Instituto de Ciência e Inovação em Engenharia Mecânica e Engenharia Industrial
7. IPN – Associação para a Inovação e Desenvolvimento em Ciência e Tecnologia
8. PIEP Associação – Pólo de Inovação em Engenharia de Polímeros
9. CENTITVC – Centro de Nanotecnologia e Materiais Técnicos, Funcionais e Inteligentes
10. Universidade de Aveiro
11. Universidade de Coimbra
12. MPTOOL – Engenharia e Produção de Moldes, LDA
13. DISTRIM – Sistemas Integrados de Projeto e Fabricação Assistidos por Computador, LDA
14. DISTRIM 2 – Indústria, Investigação e Desenvolvimento, LDA
15. INTERMOLDE – Indústria Internacional de Moldes, LDA
16. Vidrimolde – Indústria Internacional de Moldes, LDA
17. TJ Aços, LDA
18. TOOLPRESSE – Peças Metálicas por Prensagem, LDA
19. GLNmolds, S.A.
20. GLNplast, S.A.
21. TECNIMOPLÁS – Indústria Técnica de Moldes, LDA
22. GECO – Gabinete Técnico e Controlo de Moldes em Fabricação, LDA
23. Moldes RP – Indústria de Moldes, Sociedade Unipessoal, LDA
24. MOLDIT– Indústria de Moldes, LDA
25. SETSA – Sociedade de Engenharia e Transformação, S.A.
26. Edilásio Carreira da Silva, LDA
27. IBER-OLEFF – Componentes Técnicos em Plástico, S.A.
28. PLANIMOLDE – Fabrico e Comércio de Moldes, S.A.
29. EROFIO – Engenharia e Fabricação de Moldes, S.A.
30. ínCentea – Tecnologia de Gestão, S.A.





Molds industry, Zero Defects Manufacturing, Industry 4.0, Additive Manufacturing, Functional Coatings, Collaborative Robotics, Artificial Intelligence