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
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.
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.
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.
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