The US-based medical company, Nextern, has confirmed that it is building a manufacturing facility in Cartago, Costa Rica, in the La Lima Free Trade Zone. In addition to producing the company’s signature medical devices in the country, Nextern will develop a local research and engineering team to create new products and to improve existing technology, the company has announced. The Costa Rica plant will be the company’s fourth as Nextern operates plants in the US, Vietnam and China. “This new plant is extremely important to Nextern, because in addition to increasing our manufacturing capacity, it will allow us to use local talent to design and improve medical products,” said Gustavo Quesada, Nextern’s local General Manager. According to Quesada, the company chose Costa Rica for its new facility, citing the country’s strong labour market, its well-developed logistics linkages and its strategic location relative to North American markets.
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