The trophies of the Portuguese-French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCILF) celebrated this year a quarter of a century, in an edition "in which the best forecasts were exceeded in terms of numbers of applications and dossiers for different trophies," said the organization . This reflection of the success of this initiative, Carlos Aguiar, president of CCILF, during the gala dinner of this initiative in the South of Lisbon, also added that the record of attendance at the annual dinner was beaten and stressed that in this initiative, "a great diversity of candidate companies continues to be affirmed, whether geographical, of size and turnover or of object".
Still on this edition, Carlos Aguiar did not fail to emphasize the debut of the Startups Trophy, created for being "very current, in the country that will soon host the third edition of the Web Summit and where, among many others, young French and Portuguese entrepreneurs create and digital frontiers and the new frontiers of Artificial Intelligence. " Thanking everyone involved, both participants and sponsors, the CCILF president left a special word to the jury of the contest, ensuring that the group "worked in a self-conscious and selfless manner", recalling that "there was a lively discussion, there was no unanimity in the finalists' choices and winners, but in the end the results of the votes, although with some disappointed faces along the way, were very well accepted by all.
Lastly, there was a commitment that the Chamber, "as a bilateral and of public interest, will always strive not only to affirm Portugal to the French and Portuguese-descendant communities here or in France but, within our capabilities, because it is also our mission to make known this magnificent country that is France to potential investors and Portuguese economic agents, "concluded Carlos Aguiar.
Recognized Success and Effort
The awards ceremony was held recently during a gala dinner in South Lisbon, attended by the Minister of Economy, Manuel Caldeira Cabral, the French ambassador to Portugal, Jean Michel Casa, and the Portuguese ambassador to France, Jorge Torres Pereira.
The first Trophy to be delivered was Innovation, won by Novadelta. The company responsible for the roasting, packaging and commercialization of coffee of the brand Delta Cafés stands out by the creation of RISE System, an innovative technological system that allows to extract coffee from the base, where the flow is directly injected by the bottom of the glass, not having coffee break. It is a complete paradigm shift and breaks down the traditional "coffee-making" barriers. The RISE system embodies Nabeiro Group's innovation objectives, creating value for the company and the market.
Novadelta also won the second prize of the night in the Sustainable Development category. This view is closely linked with the vision of Delta's founder, Rui Nabeiro, and is currently disseminated in the company's DNA through its organizational culture.
This was followed by the presentation of the Investment Trophy to Lauak Portugal, which operates in the component manufacturing sector for the aeronautics industry. This company stood out for its investment in the region of Alentejo Litoral and, above all, in the municipality of Grândola, with the implementation of a production unit of type 4.0; with the partnerships with the IEFP and CENFIM training centers to host trainees in Lauak Setúbal; and with the protocol signed between the Municipality of Grândola and the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal for the training of senior technicians in aeronautical production and superior technicians for the tourism area.
Domingos Diniz & Filhos was the winner of the PME Trophy and the Export Trophy. This company, which manufactures and sells technical trap doors, responds to a need for this type of solution that was practically non-existent. Created the Revi-Clap® brand, which manufactures in Portugal and exports to the French market, among other francophone markets. Domingos Diniz & Filhos is headquartered in Vagos, in the district of Aveiro, and is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
The Startup Trophy has been received by Luxury Clovers, Ltd., which has been engaged in modular steel structure construction since April 2017. Luxury Clovers, Lda. Is a young company in the construction market, which stands out for its investment in rigorous, contemporary, avant-garde architecture characterized by innovation, product design and the quality of materials used. Headquartered in Póvoa de Lanhoso, it produces exclusively for the French market.
Lastly, the jury, composed of representatives of AICEP, IAPMEI, Foreign Trade Councilors, entrepreneurs, sponsors and partners of the event, distinguished Extruplás Lda. With the Jury Trophy. It is a reference company, since it recycles and recovers the mixed plastics from which it produces urban furniture, in 100% recycled plastic, thus avoiding that this waste has as final destination the landfill. Currently, it has factories in Seixal (headquarters) and in Maia. In its vast portfolio stand out the garden tables and benches, walkways and pavements, sun loungers and parasols, bridges, raised structures. These articles, made of 100% recycled plastic, prevent the use of natural resources such as wood.