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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