Currently being one of the leading European transport groups present in over 35 countries, Patinter keeps in its organisational culture the impression of both the people and the place where it was born, cultivating the values and determination of its founder over the years.
We were in 1964 when the an automobile assembly line was installed in Mangualde (Portugal). In the absence of national carriers that could meet the transport needs of this plant, the French carrier PAT- PARIS AQUITAINE joins the automobile factory to open a branch office in Portugal. And that is how Patinter is born. Patinter was the first Portuguese company to have lorries with licences to carry 40 tons and have 13 meters in length.
It was the year of 1967 when PATINTER was formally established. However, it started its activity in 1968 when the formalities were completed.
After 25th April 1974, PATINTER also lived a period of economic and financial instability. Paris Aquitaine and Citroën have separated from Patinter at that time.
The sale of Patinter to an entrepreneur from Mangualde was not enough to reverse the decrease in the activity and only in 1986, with the new acquisition made by the management, did Patinter get back on a path focused on the company's growth.
José dos Santos Polónio was the first Patinter's driver. Due to his experience and professionalism, José Polónio was invited to do a traineeship at Paris Aquitaine, in Paris, also becoming responsible for the first 3 vehicles of Patinter.
Later, José separated from Patinter and established his own transport company named Azutrans with head office in Porto.
Recognising Patinter's potential, José Polónio bought the company in 1986. For management strategy reasons and believing his family's potential and charisma, José Polónio delegated different areas of the "new" Patinter to his 6 children, transforming it into a family company with strong and proactive features.
Patinter adopted an expansion strategy with a strong vision of prosperity since its beginning and in only 5 years it increased the number of vehicles of its fleet from 8 to 70 lorries.
The strong growth of the automotive sector and the requirements it established in the transport market boosted Patinter's internationalisation and the foundation of the group. In the late 90's, Patinter invested in new markets in a sustainable way, building facilities that would adapt to future traffic flows.
Since 1994, Information technology was considered an important factor in improving the developed work and a distinction factor for the customer. Consequently, in the same year a satellite-based monitoring and communication system was installed in a significant part of the fleet with pioneer technology in Portugal.