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TekniPlex Healthcare Installs Medical Tubing Extrusion Lines in Costa Rica

The new extrusion lines are part of the company's 40,000-square-foot expansion in the Central American medical manufacturing hub.

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May 16, 2023

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Extrusion line at TekniPlex Healthcare's Costa Rica facility
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As part of a 40,000-square-foot expansion of its Costa Rica facility, TekniPlex Healthcare is investing in new medical tubing extrusion lines and downstream equipment.

The new medical tubing extrusion equipment will be installed in a cleanroom environment at the existing facility in Cartago. Expected to begin operation by the end of the second quarter, the continuous closed-loop feedback extrusion system will help drive tighter tolerances at high manufacturing speeds, said TekniPlex Healthcare, and increase its medical tubing and profile capacity amid a growing medical device components market. 

The expansion also will help business continuity capabilities — often a key factor in strategic partner selection where dual validation is critical, according to TekniPlex Healthcare — by building upon the company's existing medical tubing manufacturing operations in the United States, Mexico, Europe, and China.

The expansion of the Cartago plant will more than double TekniPlex Healthcare’s capacity for micro-extrusions, quad tubes, thermally bonded paratubing, and advanced multilayer co-extrusions for complex drug-delivery applications within Costa Rica, which is recognized globally as a medical manufacturing hub.

The project also will provide some welcome additional elbow room, allowing TekniPlex Healthcare to move warehoused inventory from an off-site location to a newly constructed building adjacent to its current facility. This centralization will improve workflow, and pave the way for an additional planned expansion in the coming years. Part of this new space will be apportioned for expanded assembly capacity and capabilities, a nod to growing market demands for premium medical device components, said the company. 

The core mission of TekniPlex Healthcare is to bring materials science expertise and technologies to the development of medical and diagnostic devices, drug-delivery systems, and medical packaging.

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