THE ETERNAL PASSION FOR TWO-WHEELS
Polisport was born of enthusiasm and passion for two-wheels. Passion that is still one of the company's core values today.
The Polisport Group exports 95% of its production, and today it is made up of approximately 250 employees spread across 5 companies, which allow it to work on the various brands in its portfolio and to a large extent cover the entire production process of the Group.
We specialize in off-road and bicycle accessories and the manufacture of customized two-wheeler products. We are currently the world leader in the production of child bicycle seats with more than half a million units per year and are official suppliers of first equipment (OEM) for major brands such as KTM, HUSQVARNA, TRIUMPH and DECATHLON.
We export 95% of our production and our brands can be found in 60 countries.
Our 33 patents, 10 trademarks and 26 design registrations have garnered recognitions and awards from worldwide organizations.
In 2008 we won our first IMDA (Inmold Decoration Association Award) for Best Injection Molding with IPD. In 2009 we received two more IMDA awards for Best Injection Mold Part and Best Durable Product IMD.
In 2010 we were recognized as the Most Innovative Portuguese Company of the Year, with the COTEC-BPI SME Innovation Award, in addition to winning the Portuguese SME Excellence Award.
In 2012, we received an honorable mention in the INSEAD Entrepreneurship Awards. Our Guppy bicycle child seat has won the Taipei Cycle Award, and we have also won two IF Design Awards: “Product Design” for the Guppy Baby Carrier and “Material Design” for the Corky Water Drum.
In 2015, Guppy Junior was awarded the prestigious If Design Award.
In 2017 the lift bike stand wins the prestigious red dot award with the category “Best of the best 2017”.
Passion, Innovation and Globalization. This is what inspires our daily work, makes us who we are, and of course has enabled us all the recognitions listed above.
PASSION FOR TWO-WHEELS - HOW IT ALL BEGAN
It all started in 1978, when getting new replacement parts for the bikes was a huge challenge and took longer than we were willing to expect. During a summer vacation, I got a part-time job to earn enough money to buy a bucket of polyester resin, which at the time cost the equivalent of € 90. As soon as I managed to collect that money, the school had just started and the resin would have to wait until the Easter holidays.
At that time, the resin had no value, so I decided that the only thing I could do was take a chance on “mass production” of mudguards and then try to sell them. Imagine 300 wings spread across my garage and the garden. A valuable memory.
I contacted the stores where I used to go to buy the plastic parts and they were very interested in the products I showed them. The first orders appeared. The business was established! Focused on this vision and passion for motorcycles, I started to manufacture fiberglass molds. In Spain he bought the pieces, in Portugal he made replicas of the molds he manufactured
1978 was the year that the company started producing motorcycle parts, and it was these that transformed Polisport into an international brand. In 1988, the first bicycle accessories left the production line. First the bicycle chairs, followed by fenders, drums and helmets for the next eight years.
Nowadays, each new project is carried out with the same joy and enthusiasm as those memorable bike and off-road bike tours. No matter how hard it takes, we know that this is the approach that will give us the satisfaction of reaching our goals. Since the beginning our company has grown to very high standards and so I am sure that we will continue. It is part of our DNA.
Several times throughout its history, Polisport has innovated, learned, competed and achieved.
And so it will continue to do.
CEO & President
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