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Weinheim, Germany -- Helix Medical, LLC, a global supplier of medical components and devices, opened its newest facility in Alajuela, just outside of San Jose, Costa Rica.
The new 17,300 square foot operation presents a $4M investment and is expected to employ some 60 people by next year. It is located in the Coyol Free Zone which is considered the largest and most modern high-tech business park in Central America, located just 10 minutes from the international airport and 1 Â½ hours from the port.
Helix Medical supplies contract manufacturing services to medical device OEM's worldwide. This facility is the Company's ninth operation worldwide, and the first in Latin America. Helix Medical Costa Rica provides design and development, engineering, project management, manufacturing, assembly, packaging and validation services. Manufacturing capabilities include silicone extrusion and thermoplastic and silicone moulding.
The company said in February 2011 that it was intending to build the factory, which hwas scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2012. At the time, Helix said the unit would offer contract manufacturing services which include silicone extrusion, silicone moulding, thermoplastic moulding, and assembly operations. Additionally, the facility was intended to be ISO 13485 certified with Class 7 & 8 cleanrooms.
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Press release from Helix Medical