Shelter Services Company Co-Production International Inks Deal with Medical Device Manufacturer to Open Plant in Tijuana

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Trademark Plastics will have a new medical device manufacturing plant in Tijuana Mexico, thanks to shelter services company Co-Production International (CPI). Under terms of the contract, CPI will provide site selection, manage the construction process and provide day-to-day administration services once the plant is operational.

Trademark Plastics to expand medical device manufacturing operations to Tijuana, Mexico

Trademark Plastics to expand medical device manufacturing operations to Tijuana, Mexico

“Our mission at CPI is very clear,” said Enrique Esparza, CEO of Co-Production International. “We will handle all the logistics, and that allows Trademark Plastics to focus on producing high-precision medical devices.”

Trademark Plastics, Inc., is a Riverside, California custom injection-molding company that supplies components to the medical device manufacturing industry. In its initial phase, Trademark Plastics’ Tijuana plant will encompass 33,000 square feet of space, including a 20,000 square foot Class 100,000 clean room.

The manufacturing area of the new Trademark Plastics plant will house 15 injection-molding machines and an assembly line. CPI will assist Trademark in the hiring of approximately 50 employees, including a number with the advanced skills sets to operate sophisticated manufacturing equipment.

“Tijuana and the Baja area have a deep pool of highly-skilled talent,” said Enrique Esparza, CEO of Co-Production International. “Mexico is producing more engineers per year than the U.S., many of whom are bilingual. That skilled employee pool is critical to a company like Trademark Plastics.”

Tijuana is just 25 miles south of San Diego. With its proximity to U.S. metropolitan areas and transport routes, Tijuana is a near-shore manufacturing and processing center for U.S. companies, a development accelerated by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

CPI has a long history of assisting American firms with nearshoring, particularly in the medical device manufacturing and aerospace industries. The company’s deep knowledge base allows it to efficiently provide a client like Trademark with an end-to-end range of services – site selection, construction management, operational administration and personnel, customs and logistics support and aid in compliance with Mexican regulations.

“Our mission at CPI is very clear,” CPI’s Esparza said. “We will handle all the logistics, and that allows Trademark Plastics to focus on producing high-precision medical devices.”

Trademark Plastics plans to open the Mexico manufacturing plant in the fourth quarter of 2015 or first quarter of 2016, according to John Taylor, Trademark Plastics Vice President of Operations.

Taylor said the company intends to expand its Tijuana plant over a three-year period, adding facilities for much larger injection-molding machines with up to 500 tons of clamping force, and then a second expansion of manufacturing and assembly that will bring the total facility to 127,000 square feet.

CPI has its U.S. office in San Diego and its Mexico office in Tecate. Both Tijuana and Tecate are near the U.S. border, in the Mexican state of Baja California.

Currently, Mexico’s Tijuana and Baja California region are the largest concentration of medical device manufacturing in North America. More than 70 medical device plants are in Tijuana, served by a 50,000-person workforce. As a result, Mexico is the fifth largest exporter of medical products in the world, with 50% of these exports originating with Baja California manufacturers.

Launching a new manufacturing facility can in another country can be a daunting challenge. As a shelter services firm, Co-Production International provides specific know-how to make the new site pencil out and have the new facility in operation quickly and efficiently. The U.S. company typically is involved in the screening process for skilled hires and provides operations and financial oversight; CPI does the rest.

About Co-Production International:
Strategically headquartered in San Diego, CA, CPI is the premiere Administrative Services Provider for companies seeking to open a manufacturing operation in Mexico. CPI’s Shelter Program manages the entire array of services to launch a new facility as well as the day-to-day administration once the facility is in operation, all within the guidelines of Mexican regulations. CPI clients can thus do what they do best: focus 100% on efficient, quality manufacturing.
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