Aspen Medical Products Case Study

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Medical device manufacturer aspen opens Tijuana plant, CPI handle the complete set-up of the new facility. Plant goes online in sept 2015 

A conversation with Aspen Medical Manufacturing, featuring: John Hamilton VP of Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects


Proximity, Quality of the Workforce and the Ability to Work With CPI

We considered a number of options, including the possibility of opening our own facility or utilizing a shelter company. We considered locations such as Mexicali, Ciudad Juarez, Rosarito, and Tijuana. We chose Tijuana for its proximity to our Irvine, California Headquarters, the quality of the workforce and the ability to work with CPI.

Aspen Medical Product’s new medical device manufacturing facility will be located in Tijuana’s new Vesta 3 Industrial Park. CPI was able to secure a favorable lease for Aspen Medical Products, manage the tenant improvement construction process to bring the facility up to their specifications, and secure all the necessary permits. Tijuana is just a two-hour drive south of Aspen Medical Product’s headquarters in Irvine, California. With its proximity to U.S. metropolitan areas and transport routes, Tijuana is a nearshore manufacturing and processing center for U.S. companies, particularly in the medical device manufacturing.


A Cost-Effective, Well-Established, and Mature Industry

The labor force appears to be abundant and capable. Being a finished goods contract manufacturer of medical devices, cost is a huge deal for us, as is proximity to the United States.

Just south of San Diego, California, Tijuana has an over 30-year history in medical device manufacturing and is highly regarded as a major global hub for medical device manufacturing. Boasting a 50,000 person-strong labor pool directly serving the 70 companies operating in the region, the medical device industry in Baja California represents the largest concentration of companies and of job creation in Mexico. Mexico is also the fifth largest exporter of medical products in the world, with 50% of these exports coming out of Baja California.


Supply Chain Opportunities and Exposure to New Markets

Aspen Medical Products is a leader in spinal bracing and recognized as “one of the best places to work in California.” Aspen Medical Products will bring this culture to its new Tijuana facility to produce several lines of spinal bracing products, which are used to support the body after serious injury, surgery or as a result of chronic pain.


Working with CPI is the Most Cost-Effective Way to Expand

Aspen Medical Products was very diligent in choosing a shelter services company, according to John Hamilton, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects. We did extensive research and felt that CPI was the best shelter services company for Aspen in Tijuana and by partnering with them, we were able to minimize our risk of operating in a new country.

Working with an administrative and shelter services firm is the new best practice for expanding manufacturing operations outside of the United States. Manufacturers gain a strategic and cost effective advantage working with companies like CPI who handle the entire process of exploration, analysis and complete set-up. Hiring in-house site or expansion teams just isn’t cost effective anymore, especially including the added cost and time spent navigating and complying with a foreign country’s business regulatory requirements. CPI offers manufacturers a unique and innate advantage over an in-house team: the local knowledge, expertise and established network of partners. CPI and Aspen Medical Products have coordinated their efforts to hire a successful team of professionals to manage this facility, and coordinated the transportation of production equipment and raw materials.

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CPI is the premiere Administrative Services Provider for companies seeking facilities in Mexico.

CPI’s Shelter Program manages the entire array of services to launch a new facility as well as the day-to-day administration once the facility is in operation, all within the guidelines of Mexican regulations. CPI clients can thus do what they do best: focus 100% on efficient, quality manufacturing.
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Aspen Medical Products

Aspen Medical Products is a leader in the design, development and marketing of upper and lower spinal orthotics. The Company is in Irvine, California and has local sales representatives throughout the United States as well as representation worldwide. For over twenty-five years, the management team and employees at Aspen have introduced a continuous flow of pioneering spinal bracing products and services to the healthcare marketplace.

Aspen Medical Products was formed on June 1, 2000, when International Healthcare Devices, the product development and marketing arm for Aspen Cervical Collars and CTOs, merged with Fiji Manufacturing. Fiji Manufacturing had been the exclusive manufacturing agent for all of International Healthcare Devices’ products.

From 1993 through the merger with Fiji Manufacturing, International Healthcare Devices designed, developed and sold Aspen Cervical Collars both domestically and internationally. From its inception, International Healthcare Devices was a profitable and fast growing company. By 1995, IHD was well on its way to developing a successful marketing strategy that incorporated the Aspen Collar’s effectiveness in upper spine motion restriction while virtually eliminating complications from skin breakdown. The dramatic impact of the Aspen Cervical Collar on patient care is well documented in a variety of leading healthcare publications. In addition, the Collar has been part of a variety of groundbreaking scientific studies that have proven the device’s motion restriction characteristics for better patient outcomes.

From 1999 to the present, Aspen Medical Products has expanded into lower spine as well as cervical spine, bringing over a dozen products to market.

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