Grupo Pinto Brasil billing in 2017 was 40.1 million, of which 89.2% are exports to more than 30 countries.

The Portuguese export champion sector does not have the glamor of fashion or the history of Port wine, but it is in engineering with international competitors like Germany and in price with the astute Turks.

Pinto Brasil Group has increased its turnover 22% per year, on average, since 2014, to the 40.1 million euros forecast this year. Of this value, 89.2% will be exports in 2017 to more than 30 markets worldwide, especially Germany, France, the USA, Eastern Europe and North Africa.
In 2018, Pinto Brasil Group expects to grow more than 20% in turnover thanks to the expansion of the Guardizela factory (Guimarães) and plans to build a new factory in Santa Maria da Feira in the next two years. To the 600 people that today work in “Pinto Brasil” will soon be joined by another 200.

“One of our key drivers of success is the development of new and innovative products, such as a storage system with more than 12m in the USA or the latest generation electric test systems made especially for Airbus,” said Manuel Brasil, CEO of the group. The R&D department has 30 employees dedicated exclusively to innovation “both in internal manufacturing processes and in launching new product families”.

Although the national production is at the level of the best and at competitive prices, Manuel Brasil says that they cannot compete only for price or quality. “Working exclusively for the price is too dangerous and reductive, since the capital return is very small, and because there will continue to be countries whose local situation is more favorable to this type of manufacturing,” said the Chairman.

“Quality is something that has to be innate to all products and services. The premise that must be guaranteed is not to fall into situations of “excess” quality, everything that is included in a product that does not have value to the customer is in fact a cost to the manufacturer,” he explained.

Considering that the sector is able to continue to grow in the short and medium term, essentially due to the merit of our business fabric, Manuel Brasil fears only the threat of a lack of qualified human resources. “If there isn´t a stategic national plan for training schools in this area, I do not know for how long this growth can be sustained,” he warned.

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