ELIO KAYAKS is a high performance leading boat manufacturer, founded in 1979 by Elio Nogueira. The goal was and still is to create conditions to athletes so they could have effective and capable kayaks that could ensure a good performance at a low price. The company’s philosophy is to maintain a close relationship with athletes, coaches and users in order to point our production to more competitive results, always with the commitment between quality and price.
As we develop our products we want to ensure that they are stable, strong, comfy, fine and a match to the athlete, and for us this is possible linking the experience with the best materials and the latest technology.
ELIO is located in the enigmatic city of Oporto, in the north of Portugal. It started its first exports to the neighbouring town – Spain and then to Denmark. Today exports to the five continents and is represented in over 24 countries. We support a large number of athletes and clubs in this giant sport, to promote the passion that still moves us – canoeing.
Currently, the company, in partnership and with support of Norte 2020, is developing new projects. One includes investment actions in the field of productive innovation and internationalization.
It aims to enable the company with structure conditions and technology to better develop its activity, contributing to a better response, faster and better quality to market requests, in product quality, time and competitiveness-price, supporting the company’s progression in its value chain, positioning it as a more credible supplier with the dimention to accommodate larger orders, in a shorter period of time. In line with these activities and improvements, an internationalization plan was developed to promote both ELIO and MAZU brands in different markets based on the know-how and the significant improvement of the manufacturing capabilities. The growth of the company will be supported by the exponentiation of the current markets and by the new ones since the company will produce canoes and kayaks with better quality, allowing to progress to niches markets with higher added value.
Finally, the development of “smart” kayaks, which are configurable according to the objectives and characteristics of the canoeist, and which, through advanced monitoring, enable the acquisition of data that allow the evaluation of parameters of their performance.