For decades, the Paso del Norte region has been one of North America’s largest manufacturing centers. There are more than 350 manufacturing operations, known as maquilas, in the Ciudad Juárez area. The maquila model offers the benefits of low labor costs, a highly experienced manufacturing workforce and close proximity to the U.S. market and distribution centers.
The plants in Mexico represent some of the world’s largest companies, applying advanced manufacturing techniques to produce medical devices, electronic components, aerospace and automotive parts, and consumer products.
Mexico’s Secretariat of the Economy reports that throughout the country, more than 600 companies produce medical equipment valued at $12.7 billion annually. Exports in 2016 reached $9 billion. The country’s main medical device exports include: medical, surgical, dental or veterinary instruments and devices; orthopedic articles, mechano-therapy appliances, surgical furniture and X-ray apparatus.
The Medical Center of the Americas is one of many organizations that offer entrepreneurs assistance and support in binational business development for the biomedical sector. Additionally, a group of more than 30 manufacturers and other organizations has formed the first binational trade association promoting competitiveness and growth of the biomedical sector in the Paso del Norte region, BIO El Paso - Juarez.
Major biomedical companies with a binational manufacturing presence include Cardinal Health, Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, 3M, GE Healthcare, Zeiss, Bayer, Boston Scientific, and Philips Healthcare—to name a few!
BIO El Paso Juarez is a 501 c6 nonprofit membership-based organization conceptualized by the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation. Their mission is to convene industry, government, non-profit, and educational institutions with a passion to improve the region's global competitiveness and quality of healthcare and provide a platform for enhancing the El Paso/Juarez biomedical ecosystem and accelerating the formation, expansion/retention and attraction of biomedical enterprise in the region. The BIO EPJ binational community encompasses far West Texas, Southern New Mexico and Northern Mexico. Their members represent medical device manufacturers, biotech startups, health care providers, academic institutions and other organizations.