History

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75 years on the road, 75 years of history

Paulo Duarte's activity began in 1946 by the hand of José Paulo Duarte who, with a progressive vision, intended to revolutionize the logistics and distribution sector in Portugal. We present below some of the victories achieved over these decades, convinced that the history of Paulo Duarte is still being written, following the same vision of our founder.

1946  |   1967  |   The 70’s  | The 80’s   |  The 90’s   |  1998   | 2004  |   2007    |   2008    |   2009    |   2010    |   2011    |   2012    |   2013   |   2014   |   2015   |   2016   |  2017   |   2018    |    2019   |  2020    |    2021  |

1946

1946

José Paulo Duarte starts his activity as an individual carrier.

1967

1967

Constitution of the Company Paulo Duarte Lda.

The 70’s

The 70’s
Expansion of the area of ​​activity for dangerous goods in tanks and general cargo.

The 80’s

The 80’s

PASSING OF THE COMPANY’S MANAGEMENT LEADERSHIP
José Paulo Duarte prepares the handover of the company’s management leadership to his son José Paulo Santos Duarte, who at the end of the decade assumes full responsibility for the management of the Company.

ACQUISITION OF TRANSPORTES GAITINHAS & FILHA
The company Transportes Gaitinhas & Filha, Lda is acquired

The 90’s

The 90’s

Evolution towards Outsourcing in the transport area. Opening of new facilities in the north of the country.

1998

1998

CONSTITUTION OF COMPANY MERCANTIL IBERCISTER, SL

Incorporation of Sociedade Mercantil Ibercister, SL based in Spain.

2004

2004

Entry into the market for the transport of perishable goods – ATP.

2007

2007

EXPANSION TO SPAIN

Always in an attempt to be at the forefront, responding and above all anticipating the needs of the market, it strengthens its position in neighboring Spain with the creation of Transportes Paulo Duarte España, SL, thus assuming the status of an Iberian company. The integration of Transportes Paulo Duarte, Lda., in the European group of transport companies known as Tankceu, makes it the first and only representative of Portugal.

2008

2008

INTEGRATION OF THE “THIRD GENERATION”

The company begins to integrate the “third generation” into its Staff, invests heavily in the acquisition of around 40 new vehicles equipped with the latest technologies, as well as in new facilities.

2009

2009

ACQUISITION OF 60 NEW VEHICLES

It made an investment of 5.5 million euros in the first months of 2009. This amount relates to the acquisition of 60 new vehicles, divided into trucks, tractors, tanks and refrigerators

2010

2010

RELOCATION OF THE COMPANY TRANSPORTAUTO, SA, TO LAMEGO

Acquisition of 50 new vehicles, including cisterns, refrigerators and tractors. Investing around 4 Million Euros. Transportauto, SA company relocation to Lamego with an investment of 1.5 Million Euros

2011

2011

CERTIFICATION IN SQAS

The increasing dependence on systems/applications that support the most critical business processes led Transportes Paulo Duarte to be certified in SQAS (Safety and Quality Assentements for Sustainability). SQAS is not a certification system but an evaluation system that covers Quality, Safety and Environment and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

2012

2012

Opening of a new facility in Azambuja.

2013

2013

CELEBRATION OF 2 NEW CONTRACTS WITH RENOWN ENTITIES IN THE FOOD SECTOR

Signing of 2 new contracts with renowned entities in the food sector, which allowed us to reinforce our leadership position in this segment. Entry into TPD’s capital of a new financial and strategic partner, adoption of a new financial management model, which ensure enhanced competitiveness conditions in the short and medium/long term.

2014

2014

INCREASE IN TURNOVER BY 6.5%

Substantial improvement in TPD’s financial and economic position, with the increase in turnover of around 6.5% (2.3 million euros) and net income of 223% (1.8 millions of euros).

2015

2015

INVESTMENT IN A SECOND OPERATING UNIT IN AZAMBUJA

As a result of the increase in turnover combined with the improvement in fuel consumption efficiency, the management policy and fleet optimization, there was a strong improvement in operating results.

2016

2016

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE KAIZEN PROJECT

Investment in the fleet.
Implementation of the Kaizen project.
Work began on remodeling the facilities located at the Headquarters.

2017

2017

Implementation in the integration of OSH and environment management systems.

2018

2018

NEW CERTIFICATIONS

Certification in Environmental Management Systems NP EN ISO 14001:2015 and Occupational Health and Safety Management OHSAS 18001:2007.
Investment in the fleet
Remodeling works of facilities in Azambuja.

2019

2019

Certification by the GMP+ B4 (Feed Certification Scheme) – Transport benchmark.

2020

2020

Transition to remote management with Stratio in response to the Covid crisis; Reinforcement of the e-commerce fleet with a view to feeding Portugal in confinement.

2021

2021

Increase in the most environmentally friendly fleet; Iberian expansion.

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