In July 2019, were delivered the first set of tubes developed to LEA – Large European Antenna developed under the Filtube project.
This is an important milestone since these are the first set of tubes produced by FHP and should be the start of a business area considered strategic for the Company future.
FHP is also expected to send a total of 120 tubes to the customer by the end of the year, thereby ending its participation in the LEA project and gaining structure to provide tubes in ESA future missions.
The visit of the Portuguese Space Agency committee led by its President, Chiara Manfletti, took place on last July 23 and was the motto to present the new FHP facilities and know- how in Thermal Hardware, Mechanical Hardware and Lightweight Mechanical Components.
Focused on the challenges of the aeronautical and space market, FHP - Frezite High Performance is now part of the consortium that won the contract of ESA (European Space Agency) for the development of the LEOB Project: the largest european antenna for space observation. The consortium will be responsible for the developing of this ambitious project, which involves advanced FHP´s engineering technologies to the "NewSpace" market. This is an unprecedented participation which opens new horizons to FREZITE Group.
On 15th July, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the arrival of Man to the Moon took place at the Gil Vicente Academic Theater, in Coimbra, Portugal. The event was held by IPN, University of Coimbra, Portugal Space, ANI, Ciência Viva and MCTES. This celebration also had the purpose to present the next phase of PT ESA Space Solutions (BICs, Brokers and ESA BUSINESS Applications), the "Portugal New Space Entrepreneurship Initiative 2030". FHP sponsored this ceremony, that was attended by the Portuguese Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Prof. Manuel Heitor, PT Space Agency President, Chiara Manfletti, and a representative of European Space Agency (ESA). Júlio Resende, a great portuguese pianist, closed the event with a beautiful concert where he presented his new album “Cinderella Cybrog!” that praises the arrival of Man to the Moon.
Keeping the tradition of joining to great events which are in some way connected to its sectors of activity, FREZITE sponsored the 44th Roller Hockey World Championships 2019, which took place from 7th to 14th July at the (Palau) Pavilion in Barcelona, Spain. During the seven days of competition, about 63 hours of those games were broadcasted in Portugal, Spain, Italy and Angola televisions. Since 2016, FREZITE Group has been associated with the main international events of Roller Hockey betting on events with a great visibility. This year, FREZITE was also present on the stage of the Portuguese party, with the Portuguese team being crowned as the World Champion 2019.
PSEM - Mobile Energy Sustainability Project, composed by Students of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), in Lisbon, develops highly efficient electric vehicles. For the past 5 years, the team has been participating and winning recognition and awards at the Greenpower Race, an international competition created to challenge young students and some companies to invest in the development of sustainable vehicles for the future. For this new season, the IST team will rely on FREZITE´s tools in the construction of the new carbon fiber prototype. FREZITE is an assumed partner to innovation, betting on projects for a sustainable future.
FHP was one of the Portuguese companies exhibiting in the Portuguese booth, presented at Paris Air Show 2019, one of the most important world events in the Aeronautics, Space and Defense sectors, which is already in its 53rd edition. Between 17th and 23rd June, in Le Bourget, France, FHP has integrated the portuguese delegation, composed by more than 30 entities from the state business sector and the BTID (Technological and Industrial Defense Base), in Aeronautics and Space clusters and in the Defense and Security sectors. The Portuguese Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, the Portuguese Ministry of National Defense, João Cravinho, as well as the Portuguese Secretary of State for Industrialization, Eurico Brilhante Dias, made a visit to the Portuguese stand, where they highlighted the great progress in aeronautical sector since the last decade. The event brought together more than 2,300 exhibitors representing 50 countries.
On 16th May, FREZITE received the visit of 31 students of Clube Ciência Viva, belonging to the Poeta António Aleixo School Group from Portimão, in Algarve. The group showed a great interest in getting to know the north of Portugal and it was very enthusiastic for the opportunity to see advanced technology equipment up close. It was a visit to learn, deepen and spread science. On 12th June, it was time to FREZITE receive the visit of 55 students from CENFIM of Amarante, from the classes of Mechatronics Technology; Machining and Programming, as well as Welder. It´s also relevant to refer that CENFIM centers are not only FREZITE customers, but also important partners as providers of human resources for the company.
Gold Werkzeuge presented itself with a renewed image at Ligna 2019, which is the largest and the most important international fair in the wood sector, full of novelties to share with the visitors. In this trade show, held every two years in Hannover, the company presented its new general catalog to the market, showing its wide range of solutions. In this edition, which took place between 27th and 31st May, the company highlighted its consistent offer in circular saw blades.
Aligned with the continuous improvement, FREZITE Group always embraces innovative methodologies in its organization. Therefore, it´s a great pleasure to see a FREZITE’s employee achieve the second place in the “Best National Thesis Award in Lean” with the work "development and implementation of continuous improvement system in a cutting tools multinational company". The award was given at the 6th edition of Lean Summit Portugal, an event dedicated to Lean´s thinking and practice in a changing world, an event that took place in Lisbon from 7th to 9th May.
The FREZITE Group supports again the competition NAOM - Norte Alentejano O 'Meeting, the second largest Orienteering event in Portugal that, in 2019, counts for the World ranking. At the 13th edition of this sports event of reference, the races were held between the 9th and 10th of March, in Castelo de Vide (training race); Crato (Medium distance race); Portalegre (Sprint Night) finishing in Portalegre and Castelo de Vide (Medium distance race). Organized by Grupo Desportivo dos 4 Caminhos, a club with which the group has been cooperating, and that this year is expected to carry out three more tests in the North Region of Portugal. By this way FREZITE continues to support sports and the Orienteering in particular.
Following the process of strategic integration into the business universe of the FREZITE Group, the company HPS "High Performance Structures Gestão e Engenharia Lda" acquired last year, changed its name, address, logotype and corporate image to FHP - Frezite High Performance, Lda. The main objective of the newly named company is now to hire highly qualified human resources, in order to position FHP in a highly competitive sector, expanding its business to new areas.
Recently changed, FHP - Frezite High Performance, was presented to the market with a new brand at JEC World, the leading international composites show held in Paris Nord-Villepinte from March 12 to 14. In France, FHP - Frezite High Performance participated in its first international exhibition, presenting advanced engineering technologies for new applications. The experience of space into terrestrial applications was the motto of the company that presented in the show solutions in MLI, MGSE and LMC. A successful participation in which the company, besides the new brand, presented to visitors and partners a renewed portfolio of solutions.
Re-installed in the Porto Business area, in facilities appropriate to the company's objectives, FHP - Frezite High Performance aims to expand its business portfolio and leverage some of its advanced engineering technologies. Betting on new and bigger challenges, the company seeks to serve the markets: space, aeronautics, automotive and cryogenics. To boost this expansion, the FREZITE Group plans to invest one million euros this year in production and test equipment’s.
The Clube Amadores de Caça e Pesca Desportiva do Crato, a non-profit association, received a one-off sponsorship from the FREZITE Group to support the club's activity. The club from Alentejo Region (in South of Portugal), which in 2017 has built a field to target shooting, is now investing in the association of its members in the Portuguese Federation, and in the participation in competitions. Already has an athlete representing the colors of the national team in the world championship of TRAP 5 which will take place in Spain. With this kind of initiatives FREZITE supports sports and the local development, applying the Group Social Responsibility Policy.