Flex opens state-of-the-art medical manufacturing facility in Tijuana, Mexico


Medical devices produced at this facility will help to diagnose and treat a variety of medical conditions

Flex (Flextronics International), a US-based 'sketch-to-scale' solutions company, has opened a new medical device manufacturing facility and Centre of Excellence in Tijuana, Mexico.

The new facility will serve as the showcase location for the firm's medical operations, employing 2,400 workers and spanning more than 530,000ft2 (54,000m2). Devices produced at this plant for Flex's OEM customers will help to diagnose and treat a variety of medical conditions, ranging from cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, to hearing impairment, neurological diseases and skin ailments.

'Tijuana is an ideal location for our medical Centre of Excellence as it has a highly trained local workforce, strong local universities and a geographic location that makes it highly accessible and convenient for our customers,' said Javier Gonzales, Flex Vice President of Operations and General Manager in Tijuana.

'Our operations provide a wide array of design to manufacturing capabilities and a management team that has guided countless customers through the stringent regulatory and compliance environment.'

Flex's facility is dedicated exclusively to medical device manufacturing and is staffed with a highly skilled team.

The plant includes more than 120,000ft2 of Class 7 and Class 8 level cleanroom space, with plans for additional expansion, and is executing high speed, high volume, high mix, zero defect, lean manufacturing solutions for some of the world's leading medical healthcare companies. Flex has had a strong presence in Mexico for 17 years. It employs more than 20,000 people across the country and has facilities in Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez, Aguascalientes, Reynosa and Guadalajara.

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The firm provides support for the Technological University of Tijuana (Universidad Tecnológica de Tijuana) through grants for engineering scholarships, as well as for the purchase of manufacturing equipment for students studying industrial processes and operations.