Heraeus in Costa Rica

The new location provides Heraeus with the space needed to support its growing operations, while providing the potential for future expansion. The area's talent pool, with several universities and technical schools nearby, enables Heraeus to employ a technically-skilled workforce.


On May 17th, 2016, Heraeus began construction of a new 5,000 square meter facility to expand its operations in Cartago, Costa Rica. The site, located in the La Lima Free Zone and Business Park, reflects the important role Costa Rica plays as a key manufacturing cluster in the interventional medical device industry. The new manufacturing plant, which replaces the previous Heraeus site in San Jose, will allow the company to expand its operations and personnel.

  • With the opening of the Heraeus facility in Cartago, the company has been able to triple its workforce, which is currently over 160 employees, primarily in operations and engineering. The company expects to double that number by 2020.
  • The site is designed with the ability to double the manufacturing footprint to accommodate additional expansion.

Heraeus Medical Components capabilities in Cartago:

  • Engineering and manufacturing for its Finished Devices business line
  • Current products include cardiovascular access guidewires and catheters
  • For 2018, over two million cardiovascular access guidewires are expected to be produced in Cartago alone, in addition to other interventional medical device products
Jan Rinnert, Chief Executive Officer

"Heraeus Medical Components has a special and noble purpose: It is a “miracles” business, working with medical device customers to enhance and extend the lives of patients."

Jan Rinnert
Chief Executive Officer Heraeus

President Luis Guillermo Solis

"The expansion of the Heraeus company is a demonstration of the good conditions of Costa Rica as an investment destination, since it has qualified human talent, economic and political stability that guarantee strengthening of its operation."

Luis Guillermo Solís
President Costa Rica

Key facts about Costa Rica:

  • Population: 4.7 million
  • Industries: Costa Rica has advanced beyond its longstanding economic strength in agriculture to include other important industries, including medical technology, electronics, information technology and tourism.
  • Sustainability: In 2012, the government announced its intention to become the first carbon neutral country in the world by 2021.

Key facts about Cartago & the La Lima Free Zone and Business Park:

  • Cartago is one of the largest Costa Rica provinces, with 11% of the total Costa Rica population living there.
  • The Cartago province is home to numerous well-established universities and vocational colleges which provide companies with access to a highly-skilled and educated workforce.
  • The La Lima Free Zone and Business Park, a state-of-the-art industrial park, began operations in December 2014 and was developed by Garnier & Garnier, a leading real estate developer.
  • In addition to Heraeus Medical Components, other tenants in the 195-acre complex include advanced manufacturers, medical technology and life sciences firms and logistics companies.


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