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CareFusion Expands Facilities in Tijuana

Karla Salinas | 08.08.2014

Last week CareFusion inaugurated the expansion of its facilities in Tijuana, where their production will increase from 1 to 1.5 million medical device units per day.

Last week CareFusion inaugurated the expansion of its facilities in Tijuana, where their production will increase from 1 to 1.5 million medical device units per day.

The investment made by the corporate was $6 million in facilities and 14 million more on equipment, said Mario Cervantes Bastida, vice president of Operations in  North American.

"This work is part of the company's development and part of the production chain that we're vertically aligning," said the manager during the opening ceremony, where he recalled that it was in 2009 when the company Cardinal Health was acquired by CareFusion .

The growth of this plant in Tijuana has been exponential, Cervantes Bastida says, since 10 years ago the plant was working with only 1,300 employees, while today, adding 100 spaces generated by enlargement, maintains a total of 4,500 employees.

This figure places CareFusion as one of the largest companies in Baja California, due to the volume of jobs, as well as being the one that produces the greatest amount of intravenous sets around the world, supplying almost 50% of the market in the United States.

"These are intravenous sets, catheters that are 100% exported to the US and from there to around the world. We make 1 million sets every day, it sounds impressive, but with the new investment we're making the production will go up to 1.4, 1.5 million a day, "said the vice president.

This expansion project, called Cronos, was carried out in a period of six months. With this upgrade moves a new production line that required clean rooms and a special injection molding laboratory.

Corporate moves operations

It's the product line Max Plus, said Mario Cervantes, a valve that prevents blood from returning to the catheter; it was manufactured at a plant in Ontario, California, a company that was acquired by CareFusion, transferring those operations to its plant in Tijuana.

The challenge of the north america corporate is the vertical integration of its production chain and since the Tijuana plant is the most important, it was decided to attract the operation of the supplier to the Mexican border.

For 2014,  CareFusion's plant will grow between 5 and 6%, with a positive outlook for the months and years ahead, he said.

Source: Translation of an article originally posted by  www.eleconomista.com.mx

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