BEVERLY, Mass.—Freudenberg Medical is growing in Costa Rica.
The Beverly-based manufacturer of medical devices plans to add 8,600 square feet of space to an existing facility in Alajuela, Costa Rica. The move paves the way for an ISO Class 7 clean room for catheter manufacturing and assembly, molding, extrusion and packaging.
"Costa Rica has grown as an important medical device cluster in recent years and Freudenberg Medical is part of that story," Freudenberg Medical CEO and President Max Kley said in a news release. " … In order to keep pace with rapid business growth, Freudenberg Medical has decided to increase its capabilities and capacity for catheter manufacturing, assemblies, injection molding and medical tubing."
On the extrusion side, Freudenberg Medical will add an advanced thermoplastic extrusion line that can produce tubing between 4 and 170 inches long, offering capacity capabilities of up to 1 million parts per month. New injection molding machines are planned as well.
Additional office space also will be part of the planned expansion, and included in the 8,600 square feet of space.
Freudenberg did not indicate its planned investment, but noted that the FDA-registered clean room will be located in the Coyol Free Zone, a business park that has become a central hub for life science companies and medical device OEMs.