Helix Medical to open facility in Costa Rica

Will offer contract manufacturing services and include Class 7 and 8 cleanrooms

Helix Medical, a global supplier of silicone medical devices and components, is to build a new medical manufacturing facility in Costa Rica.

The Carpinteria, California, US-headquartered company will invest more than US$4m in the new plant based at Alajuela, which will begin production in the first quarter of 2012 and employ more than 100 people.

Helix Medical Costa Rica will offer contract manufacturing services, including silicone extrusion, silicone moulding, thermoplastic moulding, and assembly operations. Additionally, the facility will be ISO 13485 certified with Class 7 and 8 cleanrooms.

An example of some of the products to be manufactured at the Costa Rica plant

“We chose Costa Rica to be close to our customers in Latin America,” said Andy Becker, vice president and general manager of Helix Medical’s Carpinteria and Costa Rica plants.

“The country offers a large medical device community with a skilled workforce as well as a good reputation for security and infrastructure.”

Helix Medical, a division of the Freudenberg Group, is a global custom manufacturer for the medical device, pharmaceutical, biotech, and IVD industries with six manufacturing operations worldwide.

Medical manufacturing capabilities include silicone and thermoplastic moulding and extrusions, complex catheter systems, assembly, packaging, and engineering services.

Helix Medical currently manufactures in California, Massachusetts, Germany, Ireland and China.

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