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Navtar builds medical extrusion plant in Costa Rica

Navtar, a producer of close-tolerance tubing components, will start manufacturing in a new plant in Costa Rica this June to meet the growing need for medical plastics extrusion in the country.The facility joins four plants located in the United States, Asia and Europe. Applications for its tubing include chemotherapy, wound care and cardiovascular procedures.

PlasticsToday Staff

April 12, 2013

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Navtar builds medical extrusion plant in Costa Rica

"One of the pillars in our strategy is to be able to produce close to the customer. Costa Rica is a growing market for medical device manufacturing, and Natvar wants to be there for our existing and new customers," said Bob Donohue, general manager of Natvar Global Medical Operations, who will oversee the manufacturing in Costa Rica. "Opening our new plant there will take cost out of the supply chain, and that message has resonated well with customers."

Navtar is a unit of Tekni-Plex, which recently opened a Global Technology Center located in Holland, OH and partners with Natvar engineers to develop multilayer medical tube constructions and other medical technologies. Natvar, in conjunction with the GTC, recently patented new tube constructions designed to bring increased performance.

Tekni-Plex (King of Prussia, PA) operates 24 manufacturing sites in eight countries.

Local presence is increasingly critical to penetrate growing Latin American markets.

Two years ago, Helix Medical, a global contract manufacturer for the medical device and healthcare industries, announced an investment of $4 million to build a new manufacturing facility in Alajuela, Costa Rica, just outside of San Jose. Helix Medical Costa Rica is offering contract manufacturing services, including silicone extrusion, silicone molding, thermoplastic molding, and assembly.

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