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Medical Device Manufacturing in Mexico White Paper MDM West 2019 download

Medical Device Industry in Mexico

Key Highlights and Industry Overview 2018

This white paper will assist executives in understanding the benefits of expanding operations nearshore by analyzing Mexico as a potential site for medical device manufacturing activities. Important factors such as proximity to major markets, infrastructure, labor cost and supply, transportation and ease of doing business, will be covered.

Medical Device Industry in Mexico

The potential of Baja California's strategic location, cost efficiency, skilled labor force and other factors have brought some of the most well-known medical device companies to manufacture in Mexico. These company's processes span assembling and manufacturing surgical instruments to parts for other medical products. The highest concentration of medical device manufacturers are in the border cities of Tijuana and Mexicali.

According to the Global Trade Atlas, Mexico is the sixth largest exporter of medical products, including being the largest exporter of medical devices to the US and Latin America. Due to this reach in the US and Latin American markets, more and more medical device companies are expanding into Mexico.

Mexico's nearshore platform offers engineering, intellectual property protection, quality control and safety certification, especially for the manufacturing of sensitive products to U.S., Canada and European markets. Manufacturing medical devices in Mexico gives you the same quality and safety of manufacturing at home while taking advantage of a 40-60% savings in labor cost.

Top Medical Device Companies in Baja California and Mexico

There are over 79 medical device companies in Baja California which represent more than half of the industry's presence in Mexico. Around 620,000 workers (over 50,000 in Tijuana) make the region the largest industry concentration in North America, a leading hub for medical device manufacturing and the headquarters for the public-private alliance: Medical Device Cluster of the Californias. Mexico’s medical device Industry will continue to grow thanks to the new companies that have started operations in Tijuana such as Össur and Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, and the expansions of many others.
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Cali-Baja Biotech Cluster

This important industry cluster represents over 800 companies and includes San Diego, Imperial Valley and Baja California. Tijuana is North America’s leader with the largest concentration of employees in medical device manufacturing and medical device supply, while San Diego, Tijuana’s northern neighbor, is the 4th largest Life Sciences technology hub in the US.

Medical Device Sectors & Products Made in Mexico

  • Contract manufacturing
  • Medical supply
  • Dentures
  • Electronic thermometers
  • Hemodialysis components
  • Infusion pumps
  • IV administration sets
  • Lenses
  • Nebulizers
  • Orthopedic braces
  • Oximeters
  • Pacemakers
  • Single use medical supplies
  • Stents
  • Surgical kits and equipment
  • Urinary catheters
  • Wheelchairs
  • X-ray film marking systems
  • … and more!

Medical Device Manufacturing in Mexico Highlights

At Co-Production International, Inc. we know what makes the medical device industry tick. From the delicate quality control standards and safety regulations governing medical device manufacturing, we know how to make the pro-business environment of Mexico work to your advantage. We invite manufacturers of medical devices, from high-tech imaging equipment to catheters and everything in between, to see how Baja California can be your Mexican frontier to success.
  • Knowledge and technology transfer capabilities
  • The products are FDA Class I, II and III
  • Medical device products cluster integration
  • R&D is oriented to improve product, processes and work methods
  • Class 100 to 100,000 clean rooms
  • Modern logistics infrastructure and communication development in the region
  • Lower cost to market than Asia
  • Immediate access to North American markets
  • A world class manufacturing culture, with over 90% plants ISO certified
  • Government pro-business culture focused on developing medical manufacturing
  • Over 45 years of medical manufacturing experience and expertise

“The labor force appears to be abundant and capable. Being a finished goods contract manufacturer of medical devices, cost is a huge deal for us, as is proximity to the United States.”

“We found that buildings were readily available, and business and labor costs were better than in Costa Rica. We [also] ruled out China because it was not a good fit. Beyond the political situation and rising labor and shipping costs, it was too far away for us to manage.”

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