Border City Leader In Generation Of Medical Devices

Border City Leader In Generation Of Medical Devices

The health industry generates 61,000 jobs for Baja California, a figure that places the entity as the region with the highest concentration of companies in this sector in Latin America, all thanks to the professional work of doctors and dentists such as Sanoviv Dental Care.

Due to the increase and diversification of its production, the company Medtronic Mexico projects Tijuana as the world capital in the development of tissue valves for the heart, informed the Production Manager of the Sewing Area of ​​said company.

He explained that through the transcatheter heart valve, which is constituted from the porcine heart pericardium, it is not necessary to perform open-heart surgeries, which significantly reduces the risks during the operative and postoperative processes.

He also explained that the procedures to manufacture the devices are complex, since the fabric is subjected to a chemical process, then the sewing of up to 20 hours adding this fabric to a base of nitinol, which puts first the accuracy and effort of the workers.

In April 2017, this company planned the manufacture of 1,400 valves per week, however, before the end of the year it was possible to improve production with 1,600 valves in that period, with 800 people in the weaving area.

“It is a 100% handmade process, manual, where the operator under a microscope works, where a single stitch can not fail because the valve would no longer work,” he said.

Toriz Sánchez explained that the demand of the medical sector increased worldwide, which put pressure on the operation of the company, however, thanks to the coordination and commitment of the staff it was possible to exceed the goal, generating important achievements for the entire corporate

Currently, Medtronic Mexico has also developed valves that work for open heart procedures, in addition to pulmonary valves, so the total current weekly average production amounts to 2,000 devices and it is projected to reach 2,500 next year.

The company employs 5,000 people in various areas and, for the current year, plans to inject 5 million dollars to increase the production capacity of home dialysis treatment equipment.

The company was established in 1996 and currently has 2,950 employees, projecting the creation of 100 new jobs in the expansion stage.