Medical device OEMs and their suppliers head for Costa Rica


If you’re wondering where the next low-cost country might be, look no further than Central America. Costa Rica is fast becoming a hotbed for medical device manufacturing. Helix Medical LLC, a global contract manufacturer for the medical device and healthcare industries, announced that it is investing $4 million to build a new manufacturing facility in the Coyol Free Trade Zone and Business Park in Alajuela, Costa Rica, just outside of the capital city of San Jose.

Helix Medical Costa Rica will offer contract manufacturing services, which include silicone extrusion, silicone molding, thermoplastic molding, and assembly operations. The facility will also be ISO 13485 certified with Class 7 and 8 clean rooms.

“We chose Costa Rica to be close to our customers in Latin America,” said Andy Becker, VP and general manager of Helix’s Carpenteria, CA and Costa Rica operations. “The country offers a large medical device community with a skilled workforce as well as a good reputation for security and infrastructure.”...
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