“Plastics consumption will be on the rise” - published in the national newspaper "Jornal de Leiria"
The mold making sector is lacking designers, while the plastics sector is short on ijection technicians and machine operators - Pedro Colaço, Chairman of the Portuguese Plastics Industry Association (Portugueses acronym APIP)
APIP Chairman maintains the internactionalization is not only the work involving persistence, but also requiring greater boldndess and agressiveness. “Culturally speaking, we are somewhat passive people. We like it when customers walk intrough our doors. We enjoy staying in our own litle corner, doing, instead of selling”. He says Portugal is competitive within European space because of the Price, combined with good technical skills, in the automative sector. Confident in the future, he beliebes there is no room to grow in every área: tubing film, packaging, recycling, injection. “From the moment the materials is easy to use, it will incrasingly sought out”. Aware that the lack of skilled human resources is forcing companies to turn down business deals, Pedro Colaço promises to Foster aplied training in order to meet their needs. The mold making sector is lacking designers, while the plastics sector is short on ijection technicians and machine operators. As for the the transferof more experienced labor from some companies to others, he says this is the market in operation, and that we can’t ask a worker to stay with one Company while there are better opportunities in another. Convinced that the contact this región has with multinationals constitutes a greater challenge than in another regions of the country, the chairman of APIP points out the key constraints, wich include energy costs, Access to funding, taxation issues, enviromental legislation and occasionaly, problems with the supply of a few raw materials.