Trelleborg starts construction of Costa Rica manufacturing facility

NEWS RELEASE: Trelleborg Breaks Ground on New Facility in Costa Rica Plymouth, MN, February 2024 – Trelleborg Healthcare & Medical is breaking ground on a 107,600 square feet/10,000 square meter manufacturing facility in Costa Rica with construction scheduled to be completed in 2025. The facility will be in the Evolution Free Zone Industrial Park in the Alajuela Province in the town of Grecia. The decision for the new site is driven by Trelleborg Healthcare & Medical’s strategic goal to help customers consolidate their value chains, reducing overall costs. As the company’s first facility in Central America, it will facilitate supply chain continuity through a global manufacturing and distribution base and support key customers in nearshoring production. Linda Muroski, President of Trelleborg Healthcare & Medical, says: “We want to provide customers with finished medical devices, components and assemblies in one location. By producing the components at a singl…
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Freudenberg Medical establishes second production facility in Costa Rica

NEWS RELEASE: Freudenberg Medical establishes second production facility in Costa Rica $25 million investment to meet growing global demand for medical devices and precision components Expansion to quadruple manufacturing footprint for high volume minimally invasive catheters Creation of 600 new jobs, fostering growth for local community

Coyol, Costa Rica, February 12th, 2024. Freudenberg Medical, a global contract design and manufacturing (CDMO) partner to the medical device and biopharma industry with facilities in key industry hubs across the Americas, Europe and Asia, announced it is to establish a second manufacturing site in Costa Rica. With this $25 million investment the company is expanding its technologies to deliver increasingly complex products to its global customer base.

“We are proud to be one of the first global CDMO partners in Costa Rica, having established our first production facility here more than 12 years ago,” said Dr. Mark Ostwald, CEO of Fr…

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Trelleborg plans its first production facility in Costa Rica

NEWS RELEASE: Trelleborg invests in new healthcare & medical facility in Costa Rica

Trelleborg has decided to invest in a new production facility in Costa Rica for medical technology solutions. The new facility will be established close to a number of international customers with operations in the region. On completion, the facility will offer a full product suite of engineered polymer solutions within healthcare & medical.

Covering an area of 10,000 square meters, the production facility will be Trelleborg’s first in Central America and is expected to be completed in 2025. The Group will invest approximately SEK 225 M in total between 2024 and 2025.

“Costa Rica has evolved into a medical technology hub in Central America and the facility therefore represents an important step in both increasing our capacity and broadening our geographical footprint in healthcare & medical. The facility is being built for customers with global sales, and the capacit…

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Solesis plans Costa Rica manufacturing site for custom polymers and textiles

NEWS RELEASE: Solesis to Open First Manufacturing Site in Costa Rica Dedicated to Custom Polymer and Textile Healthcare Solutions

Solesis plans to begin manufacturing operations at its new Costa Rica facility in 2025. [Rendering courtesy of Solesis]

The site will expand capabilities to enable development in the fast-growing cardiovascular and advanced therapy markets.

Telford, PA (February 1, 2024) – Solesis, a leader in the custom design, development, and manufacturing of textile- and polymer-based healthcare solutions for the medical device and biopharmaceutical industries, has announced plans to build a new manufacturing site in Costa Rica. This is the first site dedicated to producing implantable textile components, polymer-based devices and components, and single-use technologies. The Solesis family of companies is comprised of Secant Group, Polyzen, Charter Medical and SanaVita Medical, who together enabl…

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Inari Medical plans manufacturing operations in Costa Rica

Inari Medical executives attended a ceremony in Costa Rica announcing the new manufacturing site. [Photo courtesy of CODE Development Group]

Inari Medical plans to have up to 600 employees at a manufacturing facility in Costa Rica’s Evolution Free Zone, the high-tech business park said.

The medical device developer will initially invest $15 million for a building totaling more than 7,000 m² in Tacares de Grecia, Evolution Free Zone said in a news release.

Inari Medical will have more than 300 employees in the first phase and plans to double that in the second phase.

“The rapid market uptake of our specially designed tools for treating patients with venous thromboembolism (VTE) and other vascular diseases led us to make the decision to build a high-volume manufacturing facility, which will help us meet this growing global demand,” Inari Medical Operations SVP Paul Koehn said in th…

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Intricon plans Costa Rica’s first facility for sensor-driven devices

Intricon assembles electromagnetic navigation and other sensor-driven medical devices. [Photo courtesy of Intricon]

Medtech supplier Intricon today announced plans to open Costa Rica’s first facility dedicated to the development and manufacturing of medical devices with microelectronics, biosensors and electromagnetic navigation (EMN) sensors.

St. Paul, Minnesota-based Intricon’s Costa Rica location in Grecia’s Evolution Free Zone is scheduled to open next year. The company will add production jobs in the second half of next year and expects up to 150 employees at the 35,000-f² facility, which has room to expand to more than 150,000 f².

Intricon Costa Rica has hired Jorge Herrera as site manager to lead the project’s design and construction. The company also hired Sofia Vargas as business development manager from CINDE, the Costa Rican firm that helped Intricon with site selection…

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Viant kicks off new expansion in Costa Rica

A rendering of one of two new manufacturing buildings underway at Viant Costa Rica [Image courtesy of Viant]

Viant announced today that it has begun another medical device manufacturing facility expansion in Heredia, Costa Rica.

This is the second consecutive year that Foxborough, Massachusetts–based Viant has kicked off an expansion in Heredia. The new project will create a 43% larger footprint, for a total of more than 250,000 square feet. The number of buildings on the site will grow from four to seven.

The expansion will primarily support complex interventional and other minimally invasive devices.

Viant officials expect new manufacturing and warehouse buildings to be in use by late November 2022. An additional manufacturing building will open in March 2023. They project that revenue from the Heredia site will double by 2024.

“Outsourcing allows medical device manufacturers to foc…

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Nevro wins FDA approval for manufacturing operations in Costa Rica

[Image courtesy of Google Maps]Nevro (NYSE:NVRO) announced that the FDA approved manufacturing operations in Costa Rica for the production of its spinal cord stimulation (SCS) systems.

Redwood City, Californa-based Nevro’s new facility sits in the Coyol Free Trade Zone in Alajuela, Costa Rica. It produces proprietary SCS systems that treat chronic pain, including the HFX product platform.

The facility represents the company’s first global manufacturing operation. Nevro said this ensures greater controls and efficiency while augmenting manufacturing nad supply chain partners.

“We are pleased that the FDA has approved our new global manufacturing operations in Costa Rica,” said D. Keith Grossman, chair, CEO and president of Nevro.  “As part of our growth plans moving forward, this manufacturing facility will support our pipeline of future products to ensure that we have the most efficient cost structure and flexible capacity, whi…

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Tegra Medical expands manufacturing operations in Costa Rica

Tegra Medical is expanding in Costa Rica with the purchase of a building for metals manufacturing. [Photo courtesy of Tegra Medical]

Tegra Medical has purchased a building to expand its manufacturing operations in Costa Rica, the medical device contract manufacturer said today.

Franklin, Massachusetts-based Tegra said the 85,000-ft² building is near its two buildings in the CF Free Zone in La Aurora de Heredia. Tegra will consolidate its metals manufacturing footprint with the new facility, allowing it to expand its nearby clean room molding and assembly operations.

Tegra will have a total of 135,000 ft² of manufacturing space in Costa Rica when the project is complete, Tegra Costa Rica GM Sean Mikus said.

Mikus said the new building and its remodeling are part of a $13 million investment in the country. The size of that investment qualifies it as a “mega-project” in the Costa Rican Free Zone syst…

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Okay Industries promotes Mario Chaves Jr. to engineering manager 

Mario Chaves Jr., engineering manager at Okay Industries [Image courtesy of Okay Industries]

Okay Industries (New Britain, Conn.) announced today that it has promoted Mario Chaves Jr. to an engineering manager role overseeing its engineering team in Alajuela, Costa Rica.

Chaves joined Okay as a machinist about 10 years ago. Over the years, he worked in production control, purchasing, facilities, IT and other areas, becoming an essential member of the strategic management team.

In his new role, he’ll oversee the Alajuela engineering team’s growth and development, and manage its strategy ad budget.

“During the last decade, Mario has been a model for finding new ways to improve our processes and adding new technologies that have allowed us to become more competitive,” said Sean Stowik, Okay’s director of sales and marketing. “He has also created a strong engineering team that has el…

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Contract manufacturers fuel medtech expansion in Costa Rica

Medical device manufacturing is flourishing in the Central American country, spurred by a host of incentives.

[Image from Unsplash]This year is seeing a wave of expansions by medtech contract manufacturers in Costa Rica.

Medtech OEMs have made the Central American company a manufacturing hub since the 1990s. Major companies operating there include Abbott, Bayer, Boston Scientific, Cardinal Health, Edwards Lifesciences, Hologic, Medtronic, Philips, Smith+Nephew and Wright Medical. Eight of these are among the top 20 exporters in Costa Rica, representing nearly $2.7 million in medical device exports in 2019 — 73% of the total.

Medtech OEMs in Costa Rica want their suppliers nearby, making the Central American country a magnet for contract manufacturers. The addition of medtech sterilization facilities in Costa Rica — BeamOne (now Steris) in 2009 and Sterigenics in 2013 — also helped spur more contract manufacturing. Before that, manufacturers had to ship prod…

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