in Cartago, Costa RicaColoplast recently celebrated the opening of its second medical device production center in the La Lima Industrial Zone (LLFZ). This facility is an investment in Costa Rica expansion of the Danish Company for Ostomy Care and Incontinence Care, with a total value of $80 million. With this latest expansion, the company will employ approximately 450 employees by the end of 2022, double the number of employees in the previous year.
Coloplast is the number one Danish company within the medical group in Costa Rica and the only manufacturer of ostomy products in the country. Its location in Costa Rica plays an important role in improving productivity to help more than two million people around the world meet their healthcare needs. The company’s goal is to grow globally – between 7% and 9% year-on-year – through 2025 to meet growing demand in the more than 130 markets in which it operates.
Coloplast opened its first facility in Costa Rica last September as part of its national development strategy. The new facility will manufacture a selection of products to complement the company’s ostomy portfolio.
The global Coloplast network now includes 10 factories in eight countries. Costa Rica currently accounts for about 2% of the company’s global production. This number is expected to rise to about 25% by 2025, according to Rudolf Otoff, Managing Director of Coloplast Costa Rica.
“As our Costa Rica operations grow, we will have a greater ability to provide innovative products and services that make a difference to the quality of life of our end users,” Otovi said. “In this respect, Costa Rica offers us several strategic advantages that drive our plans until 2025. We are close to the United States – a major market for Coloplast and we hope to expand in the coming years. In addition, both plants in Cartago will be connected to the country’s electricity grid. , which supplies it with 99% renewable sources. This supports Coloplast’s sustainability goal of using 100% renewable energy in its production by 2025.”
Coloplast launched its first operations in Cartago in 2019; The company estimates it will create 700 jobs before 2025, including operators, technicians, administrative personnel, and positions in quality management, supply chain and logistics.
As a new and specialized industry, the company has a training plan to develop both the technical skills and the soft skills needed for each position. Under the on-the-job training methodology, employees are motivated to “learn by doing”, with the support and supervision of an experienced employee. Thanks to this programme, a total of 62 people, mostly technicians and operators, traveled to Hungary for training in the manufacturing processes that take place in Cartago.
In addition, since 2021, Coloplast has been part of the LLFZ alliance to support labor market opportunities for people in difficult conditions who live near the industrial zone. Through this platform, the company has teamed up with the VM Institute to train 53 people in the areas of medical manufacturing operations and electromechanical technician skills. At the end of the training, Coloplast has recruited 100% of the candidates who participated in the recruitment process.
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