Relocation and First Internationalization
Due to the previously acquired contacts in the field, in 2003 the first abroad contracts are formalized, with the output being sent to Spain and France.
Between 2003 and 2007 the company goes through a period of toil - but due to its unbreakable spirit, the company manages to guarantee a superior product at a competitive price. This causes a new growth, which in turn imposes new adaptative changes throughout the organization.
For starters, May 5, 2007, the company moves to its new premises in the Branca area, in Albergaria-a-Velha (North of Portugal) - region where they have been domiciled since. This new factory is four times larger than the previous, with 1800m2.
In November 2007 João Valente definitely ceases is role in the Public Administration and takes up the management of Planiflex full-time.
Given the growth in demand - the natural outcome of the performance of the previous stage - the company experiences a slight strategic shift: Planiflex acquires new machinery and begins to specifically target the French market, while divesting from Spain.
The good performance of this period starts to reflected in the domestic market as well, and recognition begins to emerge from 2011 on. Since then the brand has been distinguished with the PME Líder (SME Leader) award (namely in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and now, in 2016). In 2012, in particular, they have been awarded the PME Excelência (SME Excellence) recognition as well.