Industry Snapshots


Medical Devices

A Mecca for Medical Device Manufacturing

At last count, Puerto Rico was home to over 70 medical device-manufacturing plants. Surgical and medical instruments, ophthalmic goods, dental equipment and supplies, orthodontic goods, dentures and appliances, laboratory apparatus and furniture; you name it and it's made in Puerto Rico.

Medical device companies in Puerto Rico are highly regarded globally for their innovations and high-technology products. Medtronic, Stryker, CR Bard, Abbott Medical Optics and Coopervision are among the top international medical equipment and supply companies that have found Puerto Rico to be a profitable location for manufacturing.

Experienced Competitive Workforce

As you may have learned in our Business Star Proposition, with five decades of medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturing under its belt, Puerto Rico has a highly experienced workforce knowledgeable in GMP, FDA and other global regulations. Nearly 18,000 employees currently work in the medical equipment and supplies manufacturing industry in Puerto Rico.

Even though 60% of employees in the life sciences have at least a bachelor's degree, Puerto Rico offers the lowest labor costs of any region under U.S. jurisdiction, with hourly earnings in manufacturing averaging 66% of the U.S. average in 2012.

Main Industry Subsectors

Electro-Medical Equipment

Includes a variety of powered devices, such as pacemakers, patient-monitoring systems, MRI machines, diagnostic imaging equipment, and ultrasonic scanning devices.

Irradiation Apparatuses

Includes X-ray devices and other diagnostic imaging, as well as computed tomography equipment.

Surgical and Medical Instruments

Includes anesthesia apparatuses, orthopedic instruments, optical diagnostic apparatuses, blood transfusion devices, syringes, hypodermic needles, and catheters.

Surgical Appliances and Supplies

Includes artificial joints and limbs, stents, orthopedic appliances, surgical dressings, disposable surgical drapes, hydrotherapy appliances, surgical kits, rubber medical and surgical gloves, and wheelchairs.

Dental Equipment and Supplies

Includes equipment, instruments, and supplies used by dentists, dental hygienists, and laboratories. Specific products include dental hand instruments, plaster, drills, amalgams, cements, sterilizers, and dental chairs.

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