Medical Device Manufacturing in Mexico

From close customer access to convenient logistics, the advantages of Mexico’s medical device industry has drawn global interest for decades.

Medical Device Manufacturing in Mexico is Home to Global Healthcare Powerhouses

Though life-saving supplies are sometimes overlooked when thinking about Mexican exports, Mexico's medical device manufacturing market is home to some of the industry's most important players. Medtronic, Johnson & Johnson, Welch Allyn, and GE Medical Systems are among the global life science powerhouses that choose Mexico for its quick turnaround times and access to top talent. From pipettes and needles to pacemakers and respirators, medical device manufacturing in Mexico is vital to the country's manufacturing industry. Mexico has historically exported more than USD $9 billion annually in medical equipment and supplies. Projections from INEGI (the Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía) place that amount at close to USD $15 billion by the end of 2020.

 

Location is one of the most significant factors in the success of the medical device manufacturing industry in Mexico. Manufacturing companies in Mexico are located in close proximity to some of the largest medical device markets in the United States. San Diego, California is the fourth-largest life sciences hub in the country with a high concentration of medical device manufacturers – over 600 companies are located in the area. Directly across the border lies the city of Tijuana, which is a short half-hour drive to the country's booming Baja California region. Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, Jalisco, Sonora, and Tamaulipas are close behind, with many medical device manufacturers operating within their borders.

Key Mexico Medical Device Industry Statistics

$15 billion

value of devices produced by Mexico’s medical device manufacturing industry

Mexico is the top manufacturer of medical devices in Latin America and the eighth-largest manufacturer in the world. Mexico is also the top exporter of medical devices to the United States, shipping everything from pacemakers to respirators.

140,000

jobs generated by Mexico’s medical device manufacturing industry

According to AMID (the Mexican Association of Innovative Industries of Medical Devices), medical device manufacturing in Mexico is a leading generator of the country’s employment. Over 71,000 of those jobs are located in the Baja California region.

75+

manufacturing companies located in Baja California alone

The densely concentrated Baja California region is key to Mexico’s success in the medical device manufacturing industry.  The 75+ manufacturing companies found in the region account for approximately 50 percent of the medical device industry in Mexico.

Achieve Robust Growth with Tetakawi’s Medical Device Advantage

Whether you’re thinking about manufacturing in Mexico or you’re already there, Tetakawi can help your company launch, operate, and thrive in the country’s robust medical device manufacturing industry. With over 34 years of experience in the Mexican manufacturing landscape, we’re experienced in getting medical device manufacturers up and running smoothly. Our services are built on strategy, driven by experience, and tailored to meet your operation’s unique needs. Though we’re the largest shelter services provider in Mexico, our hands-on approach means that you can rely on a trusted partner to guide you every step of the way. We can help you:

 

  • Select the right location for your medical device maquiladora in Mexico
  • Configure legal, organizational, and support structures
  • Recruit, train, and retain your employees
  • Manage all admin functions from finance and accounting to labor and customs
  • Keep things running smoothly from initial launch through ongoing operation
  • and so much more – we do the heavy administrative liftin so that your team can focus on your competitive advantage: manufacturing excellence.

Get your medical device operation off to a healthy start with comprehensive support from Tetakawi.

Establish or expand your medical device manufacturing business in Mexico with our tailored services. From in-depth consultations to turnkey manufacturing facilities, we can help you at any stage of the start-up process.

Shelter Services

Focus on what you do best, and we’ll do the rest – our shelter service offering is the easy, cost-effective, and low-risk way to establish a medical device manufacturing presence in Mexico.
Learn More...

Soft Landing

Launch successfully with a streamlined team of experts dedicated to making sure that your entry strategy is executed on-time and on-budget.
Learn More...

Manufacturing Communities

Run your Medical Device factory seamlessly with turnkey manufacturing facilities that combine Class A industrial space, on-site support, and shelter services.
Learn More...

Advisory Services

From site selection and customs analysis to cost estimation, we’ll help you make decisions that are informed, strategic, and actionable.
Learn More...

FAQs About Medical Device Manufacturing in Mexico

How does the medical device manufacturing labor market work in Mexico?

The medical device manufacturing industry is one of the leading employers for the city of Tijuana and surrounding areas in the state Baja California region. A strong education system, access to transferrable skills from high-tech industries, and cost-effective wages are advantages that make Mexico’s labor market for medical device manufacturing attractive.

 

Where should my company locate a facility for medical device manufacturing in Mexico?

Nuevo Leon is one of the strongest regions for appliance manufacturing and employs 22 percent of Mexico's direct electrical appliance workforce. The region is also home to CLELAC (the Nuevo Leon Home Appliances Cluster), which brings together industry, academia, and government to bolster Mexico's appliance manufacturing sector. However, many Tier 1, 2, and 3 appliance manufacturing companies choose to locate their maquiladoras in Saltillo, which is only about an hour away from Monterrey but has wages that are 15 to 20 percent lower. Appliance-makers and their suppliers can also be found throughout the country, with significant manufacturers located in Coahuila, Chihuahua, Mexico City, Guanajuato, Queretaro, and San Luis Potosi, and Tamaulipas. To learn more or get help choosing a location, explore our site selection services.

 

How is Medical Device Manufacturing regulated in Mexico?

In Mexico, medical devices are regulated by the Federal Commission for the Protection Against Sanitary Risk, which has set import/export regulations since 2001. In the United States, which is Mexico's top export country for the industry, medical device manufacturing, packaging, labeling, and import is controlled by the FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration). Production is tightly controlled, and given the rigorous compliance needs many companies opt to work with a shelter services provider like Tetakawi that is well-versed in this arena.

Latest Medical Device Industry News

An Overview of Medical Device Manufacturing in Mexico

An Overview of Medical Device Manufacturing in Mexico

Healthcare leaders across are flocking to Mexico, one of the foremost producers of medical devices worldwide.

Shelter Services in Mexico: Everything You Need To Know

Shelter Services in Mexico: Everything You Need To Know

Thinking about starting a medical device manufacturing operation in Mexico? Explore the advantages, provider choices, and benefits that working with a shelter services provider can offer.

How Medical Device Manufacturers Create Supplier Relationships

How Medical Device Manufacturers Create Supplier Relationships

Building strong manufacturer-supplier relationships is critical to meeting the strict quality guidelines that medical device production demands.

Start Your Mexico Strategy Today!

Talk to a Tetakawi expert to discover how your company can succeed in Mexico.