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Medical Device Industry in Mexico a niche of opportunities

The Medical Device Industry has become one of the most important sectors within the Mexican Economy, positioning itself as the largest exporter of this products of Latin America in 2017.

Medical Devices

In Mexico there are 2,493 companies of all sizes of which 641 reported exports in 2016, positioning Mexico as the 8th largest exporter of Medical Devices worldwide and the 1st in Latin America. According to the Federal Commission for the Protection Against Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS), the Trade Balance of the Medical Device Industry reported a surplus of more than 4,443 million USD and in 2016, these figures remained positive with a total export of 11.43 billion USD and imports of 6.88 billion USD. The Mexican main associations of the Medical Device Industry have been working together to promote the growth, development and protection of this important market. In 2007, COFEPRIS and the Mexican Association of Innovative Medical Device Industries (AMID), signed up a collaboration agreement to strengthen the sanitary surveillance tasks, which shows the commitment from both parts to protect the Industry.

The competitive Mexican Medical Device Industry

Some of the niche opportunities can be found in the pharmaceutical production, testing and quality assurance equipment and suppliers, and some of the best prospects are anesthesia equipment, defibrillators, electrocardiographs, surgical lasers and others. A report made by KPMG, the “competitive alternatives 2016”, positioned Mexico as the number one among the top 10 cost competitive countries, considering: labor, facility, transportation & utility costs, as well as taxes. Mexico ranks first in all sectors and offers savings of 21.2% in the manufacture of medical instruments.

Opportunities for Swiss companies

Mexico is very interested in obtaining new investment partners that have technology and knowledge to meet the demand in the country. Euromonitor International ranks both Mexico and Switzerland among the 10 countries that are expected to lead the medical equipment manufacturing growth over 2017-2025. The main reason for both countries to become allies is to strengthen their presence in the industry. The Medical Device market has a very strong demand as well as the highest investment in innovation and technical know-how, which are expected to be the main drivers of exceptional growth.

If you would like to further evaluate the opportunities related to the medical devices industry without any further obligations, please get in touch with our S-GE Consultant for Latin America Benjamin Werenfels. Contact

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