- Project Designation: Inovação produtiva
- Project Code: CENTRO-02-0853-FEDER-000823
- Main Objective: Reinforce the competitivity of small and medium-sized enterprises
- Area of intervention: Center of Portugal
- Beneficiary: DRT Rapid – Protótipos e Moldes, Lda
- Date of approval: 07/08/2015
- Start: 23/06/2015
- Conclusion: 31/08/2017
- Total Elegible Cost: 1.736.360,00€
- UE Financial Support: 868.175,00€
DRT Rapid dedicates itself to the production of moulds, directed mainly to the automotive industry answering to the strategic interest of affirmation and specialization of DRT Moldes (Group company) in the supply of moulds for this market segment, diminishing the dependency on third parties. This specialization enabled the company to answer specific needs from the market. Currently the company dedicates itself to engineering and production of prototypes and moulds for the automotive industry, doing the injection for them with gas and/or bi-component (plastic and rubber or two different kinds of plastic), providing its costumers the possibility of production of plastic parts for testing (in several cases, with recourse to subcontractors). The injections of small series with several types of material clearly demonstrate DRT Rapid position in the automotive industry.
The transition of DRT Rapid to new facilities, built from scratch, was a decisive milestone in the company history and the rise to a new level of technological qualification and recognition, which translated in a drastic evolution of its sales and requests from the market. On the other hand, the level of demand and new requests compelled to an effort of technological updates to keep the offer to the state of art level.
This candidature foresaw the increase of the company production capacity, giving the company new technical and technological capabilities, through a strategy of growth and technical specialization, with the implementation of new methods that secure the development of new products and more efficiency in the use of resources, throughout the acquisition of equipment’s that will provide and increase in productive capacity and diversify our offer, with particular focus to moulds for high polished parts (as an example: automotive optics, chrome grilles or other demanding applications in the fields of aeronautics or medicine).
These improvements represent a drastic change for the company technologically and correspond to the introduction efficient and innovative productive equipment’s, as well as the integration of top informatic systems.
Thus, DRT Rapid was able to specialize technically in this business area, enabling the diversification of production and, cumulatively, secure a greater advantage towards the competition, and enhance costumer recognition.
Underlying the central objective, the following objectives were also established:
Increase of production capacity and efficiency; incorporation of new technology capable of developing new products, with a high level of innovation and technical specialization; increase of know-how regarding high gloss molds; increase in client recognition of excellency and quality of the product; increase of export potential; general improvement of energy efficiency and use of resources.