IPN - Instituto Pedro Nunes

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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.


Main objective:
To strengthen research, technological development and innovation.

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

Objectives, Activities and Results expected / achieved

 In update

Project Reference



Intervention Region

North (15.67%), Center (75,36%), Lisbon (5.94%), Alentejo (3.03%) of Portugal

Total Investment


IPN Investment


Total Eligible


IPN Eligible


EC Funding – Total

FEDER - 4.804.206,14

EC Funding – IPN

FEDER - 122.871,41


44 Months

Start Date


End Date


Approval Date



Abrantes H. Abrantes – Indústrias de Moldes e Plásticos S.A.
Centimfe – Centro Tecnológico da Indústria de Moldes, Ferramentas Especiais e Plásticos
Universidade do Minho
Instituto Superior Técnico
Instituto Politécnico de Leiria
Instituto de Ciência e Inovação em Engenharia Mecânica e Engenharia Industrial
Instituto Pedro Nunes
PIEP Associação – Pólo de Inovação em Engenharia de Polímeros
Centro de Nanotecnologia e Materiais Técnicos, Funcionais e Inteligentes
Universidade de Aveiro
Universidade de Coimbra
MPTOOL – Engenharia e Produção de Moldes, LDA
DISTRIM – Sistemas Integrados de Projeto e Fabricação Assistidos por Computador, LDA
DISTRIM 2 – Indústria, Investigação e Desenvolvimento, LDA
INTERMOLDE – Indústria Internacional de Moldes, LDA
Vidrimolde – Indústria Internacional de Moldes, LDA
TJ Aços, LDA
TOOLPRESSE – Peças Metálicas por Prensagem, LDA
GLNmolds, S.A.
GLNplast, S.A.
TECNIMOPLÁS – Indústria Técnica de Moldes, LDA
GECO – Gabinete Técnico e Controlo de Moldes em Fabricação, LDA
Moldes RP – Indústria de Moldes, Sociedade Unipessoal, LDA
MOLDIT– Indústria de Moldes, LDA
SETSA – Sociedade de Engenharia e Transformação, S.A.
Edilásio Carreira da Silva, LDA
IBER-OLEFF – Componentes Técnicos em Plástico, S.A.
PLANIMOLDE – Fabrico e Comércio de Moldes, S.A.
EROFIO – Engenharia e Fabricação de Moldes, S.A.
ínCentea – Tecnologia de Gestão, S.A.




Molds industry;
Zero Defects Manufacturing;
Industry 4.0;
Additive Manufacturing;
+ Functional Coatings;
Collaborative Robotics;
Artificial Intelligence.