Jointly organized by CEFAMOL – Portuguese Association for the Mould Industry, CENTIMFE – Technological Center for the Mouldmaking, Special Tooling and Plastics Industries and POOL-NET – Portuguese Tooling Network, the "Moulds Event 2016" took place from September 26 to 30, in the cities of Marinha Grande and Oliveira de Azeméis.

Embracing the competitiveness challenge imposed by a global economy, the "Moulds Event 2016" comprised the consistent integration of added value seminars, conferences and workshops, towards the edification of an environment prone to innovativeness, evaluation of markets and technologies trends, launching new innovation and R&D projects and new businesses and promoting networking among attendees.

Over 800 delegates from nine countries attended the several initiatives promoted under the "Moulds Event" umbrella, including the eight edition of the RPD – Rapid Product Development Conference, held on September 26 and 27, under the theme "Factories of the Future – New Industrial Paradigm", was a privileged forum for the discussion of themes such as zero defect production, automation and robotics, next generation technologies or connected and adaptive production.

In the afternoon of September 27 was organized the Brokerage Event "Key Enabling Technologies and Horizon 2020". Foreseeing new calls for R&D and Innovation projects, within National, Regional and European programs, this event was instrumental in the establishment of international consortia towards the launch of RTD and Innovation projects, exploration of business opportunities and networking.

During the week several other Technical Seminars and Workshops took place in Oliveira de Azeméis and Marinha Grande gathering entrepreneurs, managers and senior technicians of companies.

"Moulds Event 2016" final day was dedicated to the International Conference "Moldes Portugal 2016" a forum for reflection and debate on key trends and prospects for the sustainable development of the Tooling Industry worldwide.