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Time Line

Welcome. Step into Polisport Group history.

1978

Established by Pedro Araújo as a sole trader selling homemade fiberglass motorbike mudguards.

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1982

The sole trader becomes a partnership firm under the name Pedro e Paulo Araújo Plásticos, lda. The production of plastic mudguards begins.

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1984

First presentation at an international exhibition at IFMA Show, Cologne. First exports to Spain.

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1988

First bicycle baby seats launched. Polisport acquires a 50% share of Oliveira & Silva, lda., an injection plant. Polinter is born.

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1989

Polisport starts producing its own molds.

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1990

Launch of the first bicycle mudguards.

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1991

First plastic bottles for bicycles.

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1993

Opening of Polisport Plastics current facilities.

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1996

Release of the first bicycle helmet collection.

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1998

Introduction of the quality management system according to NP EN ISO 9001.

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1999

Polisport becomes a joint stock company.

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2000

Release of DGP technology (durable gloss polypropylene).

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2002

Begins car baby seats production.

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2004

Polisport Group becomes the sole owner of Polinter’s capital.

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2005

Building of second production unit. Development of IPD (Inmold Plastic Decals) technology.

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2006

Establishment of Marketing, Logistics and R&D departments.

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2008

Polisport wins its first IMDA (Inmold Decoration Association Award) for best injection mold part with IPD.

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2009

Polisport wins two IMDA awards for “Best Injection Mold” part and “Best IMD Durable Product”. Polisport is Awarded with an honorable mention by COTEC, (Portuguese Innovative SME Association), as being one of the most Innovative Portuguese SME.

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2010

Polisport is recognized as the Most Innovative Portuguese Company of the year by COTEC-BPI SME Innovation Award. Polisport wins the Portuguese SME Excellence award.

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2011

Polisport gets the Innovation Management System Accreditation according to the NP 4457:2007 norm.

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2012

Polisport receives an honourable mention at the INSEAD Entrepreneurship Awards. Guppy baby seat wins the Taipei Cycle Award. Polisport wins two IF Design awards: “Product Design” for Guppy baby seat and “Material Design” for Corky water bottle. Polisport Molds is the third company in Polisport Group, along with Polisport Plastics and Polinter.

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2013

Headgy Helmets is established as a spin-off from Polisport in partnership with Strategic Sports. Headgy Helmets first show presentation at Tóquio. Polisport acquires 100% of the Dutch company Bobike - once a competitor – and becomes world leader in the bicycle baby seat market.

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2014

Establishment of Polistar, Polisport’s subsidiary in Brazil.

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2015

  • Structured commercial activity - Headgy helmets sell more than 300,000 helmets
  • Organization and implementation of production conditions; and planning of commercial circumstances in connection with the strategy of the Subsidiary Polistar – Brasil.
  • Launch of the Bobike One baby –seat (mini and maxi) – first Bobike model produced by the Polisport group after acquiring the brand.
  • Guppy junior received an if Design award in the design Category, in recognition of its Functionality and appearance.

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2016

Guppy Junior wins a German Design Award in the category Best Design.

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2017

Foldable Lift Bike stand wins "best of the best" design award Polisport Plásticos was awarded the Red Dot Award for Product Design for its Foldable Lift Bike Stand, released in 2016 and included in the "Best of the Best" exclusive list. For the first time, Polisport receives this highly-coveted award.

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2018

STIFTUNG WARENTEST Polisport Guppy Maxi+ FF and Bilby Maxi FF awarded with GUT The well-known German Consumer Organization and Foundation - Stiftung Warentest - conducted a specific batch of tests in several child bicycle seats in the market. Polisport models were also tested and awarded excellent results in the top categories evaluated – safety, comfort, functionality, usability, durability and chemical tests, which granted both Guppy Maxi + FF and Bilby Maxi FF the prestigious GUT label.

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