CooperVision opens contact lens manufacturing site in Costa Rica

June 16, 2016 Posted by CooperVision

 

CooperVision, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of soft contact lenses, has opened a new, 100,000 square-foot, high-volume manufacturing facility at Coyol Industrial Park in Alajuela, Costa Rica, the company announced today. The Costa Rica plant is the company’s second site for clariti 1-day silicone hydrogel lens manufacturing, joining an existing facility in Budapest, Hungary. CooperVision also maintains high-volume manufacturing plants in the United Kingdom and Puerto Rico for its Biofinity, MyDay and other brands. 
“Our partnership with eye care professionals around the world is leading the more rapid adoption of 1-day silicone hydrogel contact lenses, and our new facility near the capital city of San Jose will help us produce millions of clariti lenses each year to help meet surging demand,” said Fernando Torre, chief operations officer, CooperVision. “We have been heartened by the warm, eager welcome that all of us have received, and we look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with the people of Costa Rica.” The facility currently employs 250 local residents, with the potential to add up to 300 employees in the next three to five years. The company has the option to expand the plant, as well. After a global review, CooperVision chose Coyol Industrial Park in part due to state-of-the-art infrastructure, an advanced communications network, a highly-educated workforce, and competitive construction and operating costs. Other multinational medical device companies such as Abbott Vascular, Helix Medical, Hologic Surgical Products, and St. Jude Medical are also located in the area. 
CooperVision partnered with local architects in Alajuela to plan smart growth and sustainable development plans to maximize land use and minimize environmental impact. The design of the facility, its operating processes and even accommodations for public transportation have led to it being the most advanced green facilities of its kind within the company and the eye care industry.

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