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14/Apr/2020

Mexicali, B.C.- As part of its commitment to the community, Vyaire Medical, a Mexicali plant located in PIMSA III, made a donation of 5,940 products to the General Hospital of Mexicali, where they currently receive care from patients with Covid-19. The donation was led by Eduardo Mejía, Warehouse Manager, and Orlando Cortez, General Supervisor of Vyaire’s Warehouse.

Among the main products delivered were:

  • 1000 oxygen masks
  • 180 circuits for fans
  • 200 ventilation circuits
  • 500 misting kits with expandable tubing
  • 60 resuscitators
  • 1000 oxygen pipes
  • 500 cannulas
  • 2,500 gloves

Vyaire Medical has a global workforce that operates worldwide to manufacture unique products for the diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of respiratory conditions at all stages of life.

In Mexicali, Vyaire operates under the name of “Productos Urólogos”, a company that since its opening has manufactured products for different companies in the medical field, and recently turned 37 in the state capital.

Vyaire Mexicali, is committed to society throughout the state, and it is this commitment that is its main engine for the realization of this donation. In addition, the company thanked its collaborators for being participants in this important work that will surely benefit many.

Fuente: https://www.industrialnewsbc.com/2020/04/13/dono-vyaire-medical-casi-6-mil-productos-medicos-al-hospital-general/


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14/Apr/2020

MEXICO CITY — As demand soars for medical devices and personal protective equipment in the fight against the coronavirus, the United States has turned to the phalanx of factories south of the border that are now the outfitters of many U.S. hospitals.

Less than a year after President Trump threatened to impose tariffs here, Mexico’s $17 billion medical device industry is ramping up production of everything from ventilator components to thermometers and hospital beds — and scouring the country for workers willing to work through the pandemic.

The products, manufactured largely in factories run by U.S. corporations, will land in almost every hospital in the United States. Very few will remain in Mexico. It’s a byproduct of globalization distilled clearly during a pandemic: A nation that produces lifesaving medical equipment isn’t necessarily the one that gets to keep it.

“There’s this incredible irony that many of the medical devices that will save lives in the United States were made in Mexico, but most Mexicans won’t have access to them,” said Andrew Selee, president of the Migration Policy Institute, a Washington think tank.

On Thursday, the mayor of Tijuana implored the city’s medical device manufacturers to “increase the portion of your production for local consumption.”

“We recognize the importance of your work for the economic development of the country,” Mayor Arturo González Cruz wrote. “But the health and well-being of Mexicans is even more important.”

Tijuana, once considered a seedy border town, has emerged in the last two decades as one of the world’s most important hubs for the production of medical equipment. Its growth in advanced manufacturing has helped make Mexico the biggest exporter of medical devices to the United States.

The city’s manufacturers said it would be difficult to heed Gon­zález Cruz’s call.

“The great majority of what we produce is made for export,” said Carlos Higuera, the president of Tijuana’s economic development corporation. “With federal government regulation in Mexico, and the way these companies are structured, it’s not easy to turn around and start producing for local consumption.”

As U.S. demand for face masks, ventilators and other materials increased over the last month, recruiters in northwestern Mexico began holding job fairs in small towns. But police considered those fairs a public health risk and shut them down.

The balance between meeting U.S. need and protecting employees has been a challenge in some parts of the country, where unions and local politicians have protested the call for factory work in the midst of the outbreak. “If we want to avoid a massive spread of coronavirus, it is necessary that the worker stay at home with his family,” said the mayor of Matamoros, Mario López Hernández.

But the calls keep coming. Haemotronic, an Italian company with a factory in Reynosa, Mexico, received a request this week for 1.5 million IV tubing extensions specifically crafted for the treatment of the coronavirus, allowing nurses to keep more distance from infectious patients.

The company says it has implemented measures, including providing private transportation, to protect its workers. “I don’t think finding people will be a problem unless the virus surges in Mexico,” said Ettore Ravizza, manager of the Reynosa plant. “The covid situation just highlighted how strategic or essential we are for the well-being of our fellow humans.”

As the world races to increase production of ventilators, many parts of those, too, will come from Mexico. Supply chains for ventilators straddle the border, with ­components pieced together in both countries.

Integer of Plano, Tex., operates factories in Tijuana and Ciudad Juárez, where it produces batteries for ventilators that are completed in the United States. Hillrom, based in Batesville, Ind., makes some ventilator components in its Tijuana factory and plans to begin producing the Life2000 noninvasive ventilator there in the coming months.

“It’s very likely the first things that a patient needs or comes into contact with, will have been produced in Mexico,” said Howard Karesh, a Hillrom spokesperson.

Among the company’s 1,300 employees in the country, Karesh said, coronavirus cases were “extremely limited.”

Becton Dickinson, based in Franklin Lakes, N.J., employs 15,000 people in Mexico who produce “multiple billions of products and components” every year, company spokesman Troy Kirkpatrick said. They include catheters and IV sets now being used to treat coronavirus patients in the United States.

“We have been in contact with the governor’s offices in the states in which we have operations to explain the critical nature of our manufacturing to maintain a functioning global health-care system and the precautions we are taking to maximize employee safety,” Kirkpatrick said.

Mexico has struggled to acquire face masks, ventilators and hospital beds. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador acknowledged last week that there were only 5,000 ventilators in the country. He ordered the purchase of 5,000 more from China.

Trump threatened last June to impose tariffs on goods, including medical supplies imported from Mexico, to pressure López Obrador to crack down on Central American migrants crossing the country to reach the U.S. border.

Administration officials downplayed the economic impact of those tariffs on U.S. consumers, but the medical device industry was vocal in its opposition.

López Obrador agreed to step up immigration enforcement, and the tariffs were not implemented. But Trump suggested the tariffs would be a useful tool if he was not satisfied with the Mexican government’s actions.

“We can always go back to our previous, very profitable position on tariffs,” he tweeted.

Gabriela Martínez contributed to this report.

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/mexican-medical-manufacturers-boost-production-for-us-hospitals-while-country-struggles-with-its-own-coronavirus-outbreak/2020/04/03/0e624fea-7517-11ea-ad9b-254ec99993bc_story.html


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11/Feb/2020

THE BAJA CALIFORNIA MEDICAL DEVICE CLUSTER CONTINUES TO GROW 

It is one of the most developed and productive sectors of the state’s burgeoning manufacturing economy.  In terms of volume, the Baja California Medical Device Cluster ranks number 7th globally in the quantity of its output.

One of the principal reasons why the medical device industry has experienced such a positive growth trajectory in Baja California is the fact that a Medical Device Cluster organization was formed in the state in 2005.  The organization supports companies in ways that serve to elevate their level of industrial competitiveness in the global marketplace.

The Baja California Medical Device Cluster is composed of key representatives of manufacturers in the industry and their suppliers, as well as individuals from academia and relevant government agencies.  With the support of this organization, the medical device cluster in Baja California currently has grown to be the source of 50% of Mexico’s overall production.

Currently, Baja California is home to 75 manufacturers of world-class medical devices.  Of this number 50 companies are formally affiliated with the industry cluster organization.  These companies have generated approximately 71,000 direct labor jobs and have boosted the economies of the cities of Tijuana, Ensenada, Mexicali, and Tecate.

Some of the items manufactured in Baja California include pacemakers and their batteries, ophthalmic lenses, wheelchairs, catheters, defibrillators, urinary bags, electric thermometers, and many others.  Baja California-based companies export these products to all corners of the globe.  The main international customers of the Baja California medical device sector are the United States, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.

QUALITY IS KEY 

The medical devices manufactured in Baja California are produced under the auspices of the ISO 13485 international quality standard.  This is because safety and quality are non-negotiable points in the medical device industry.

Companies in the Baja California Medical Device Cluster organization abide by regulatory requirements that are increasingly stringent throughout every step of the products’ life cycle, including service and delivery.  Members of the organization are expected to demonstrate their quality management processes and to ensure that they follow best practices in everything that they do.

In order to strengthen the sector, Baja’s Medical Device Cluster proactively conducts events to identify and to develop domestic suppliers that can serve the needs of their member companies.  One of the means by which Mexican supplier companies can meet potential customers is by attending the annual Medsummit.  This 2020 event will take place at the Baja California Center on the 12th and 13th of August.

EDUCATION SUPPORTS THE MEDICAL DEVICE INDUSTRY IN BAJA CALIFORNIA

On the institutional level, the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC) now offers a degree program in bioengineering to its student body.  To attest to the quality and educational level of the Baja California workforce, according to the Secretary of State Education, 14,000 students in Tijuana are enrolled in engineering or technical programs.  The city has high schools and universities with programs that are related to the medical device and other prominent industries that include an emphasis on engineering, technology, and manufacturing.

In addition to meeting the requirements related to the ISO 13485 international quality standard, companies that manufacture in the Baja California Medical Device Cluster must also abide by internationally defined environmental and safety and health standards.  To this end, the organization provides its member companies with continuous training opportunities to ensure compliance in these areas.

Source: https://www.madeinmexicoinc.com/baja-california-medical-device-cluster/




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