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Advanced Manufacturing Sector

#1 in production process sophistication

in Latin America

From electronics to rocket propulsion
and everything in between

Hundreds of companies trustus

These are a few stories of companies that have relied on Costa Rica to boost their operations and take advantage of the unique abilities our people have:

  • Panduit
  • Samtec
  • Zollner


Started operations: 1996Sector: Services Country: United States

Panduit was born from innovation. Since its Wiring Duct invention in 1955, the company has introduced thousands of products that provide innovative electrical and network infrastructure solutions, from data centers and intelligent buildings to manufacturing or industrial operations. It also offers software used to integrate and manage separate building functions. The corporation partners with companies such as IBM, Rockwell Automation, EMC, Avago Technologies, and Cisco.

Panduit is committed to delivering a consistently high level of quality and service the world over through a robust global supply chain, which includes manufacturing, customer service, logistics, and distribution partners. It is present in over 122 countries and reaches over $1 Billion in revenue, thanks to a series of local sales networks that provide guidance and prompt response to its clients.

The company also has a strong commitment to environmental sustainability demonstrated by Panduit’s LEED Gold certified world headquarters in Illinois, USA, which leverages the Unified Physical Infrastructure℠ approach to enable convergence of critical building systems to drive energy efficiency and ongoing operational improvement.

Panduit has a long history in Costa Rica dating to 1996 when the company was in search of a strategic location that would allow them to supply its US market´s needs.

The town of Grecia, with its beautiful landscaped coffee fields and fresh air, was appealing beyond these features for is strategic access just 30 minutes from Juan Santamaria International Airport, low traffic, further distance from other companies and a significant and qualified labor pool with great potential for development.

The company initially started with a labor intensive operation focused on assembly to fulfill production processes for the North American market. It quickly learned that it could develop and incorporated a more technically skill workforce to address testing and troubleshooting operations. And that was only the beginning.

Today, Panduit´s plant in Costa Rica is the company´s largest manufacturing facility around the world in size and number of employees, representing over 20% of its global staff. This is the biggest plant that manufactures their electronic printers and fiber optic products and also incorporates over 80% of its total product line offering.

Many high quality and precision products in this facility are manufactured in clean rooms. It also makes handheld devices which contain over 137 components for assembly which are sourced locally or imported. It also executes plastic molding operations and automated process… all are exported to markets in the US, Europe and Asia.

The little town of Grecia continues to be Panduit´s home in Costa Rica, but its people´s skills and Panduit´s sophisticated, high-tech products are surely leading global players.


Started operations: 2006Sector: Advanced ManufacturingCountry: United States

Samtec is the service leader in the electronic interconnect industry. Founded in 1976, the company is a privately held, $565 million global manufacturer of a broad line of electronic interconnects, including board stacking systems, high speed, micro pitch, rugged/power, cable assemblies and components, IP68 sealed I/O, and RF components and cables.

Samtec is headquartered in New Albany, Indiana, USA, from which it oversees the company´s worldwide locations in over 18 countries as well as its 7 manufacturing facilities in Indiana (USA), Colorado (USA), Costa Rica, Huizhou (China), Johor (Malaysia), Penang (Malaysia) and Singapore. Over 4,000 employees globally operate under the strictest certifications including ISO/TS 16949, ISO 9001, and ISO 14001.

Global manufacturing and sales locations allow redundant production, component sourcing, molding, stamping, and assembly in both hemispheres, and optimizes cost and delivery to its clients which include Google, Siemens, Cisco, Qualcomm, Agilent Technologies, Rockwell Automation, GE Appliances, Honeywell, and GE Appliances among others.

In 2006, Samtec was looking to open an operation in the Americas that would balance its global supply strategy and provide better redundancy. Costa Rica´s highly skilled labor force and political stability played a big part in site selection. The country also was located in the same time zone as its headquarters and represented a nearshore location with ease of logistics and exports platforms from the Pacific and Atlantic.

In less than a decade, Samtec has grown from a 10 to an over 1,000 employee operation in Costa Rica. During its initial stages the company had a manual assembly line of about 10 to 22 people mainly with technician profiles. A year later, Samtec added robot driven automated assembly for its cable products and created a semi-automated process that encompassed about 124 people.

The following year, in 2008, Samtec rented additional space and incorporated drawing and design of product improvements. It also integrated 5 people to provide programing supports to its internal MRP (Material Requirements Planning) software. It opened roles for customer support and sales assistance to its clients, and reached 213 Costa Rica associates that year.

The next two years, the company rented another building due to increased production and went from 340 employees in 2009 to 708 in 2010 when even further automated and semi-automated processes were incorporated to their Costa Rican operations. By 2011, with 4 buildings leased and a staff of over 850, Samtec decided to build its own 17,000 m2 (182,987 ft2) plant. A plating process was added and the facility became vertically integrated.

Today, Samtec Costa Rica has over 1000 skilled people who support the company´s design for new products and represent over 60% of its global software programmer’s staff. They include industrial, materials and metal mechanic engineers. When a standard interconnect just won't do, the company can create unique custom and integrated solutions, incorporating express modifications of standard products or engineering custom products from ground up and ship samples in less than 24 hours. In this way, Samtec continues to thrive with its “sudden service” philosophy, the cornerstone of its success.


Started operations: 2013Sector: Advanced ManufacturingCountry: Germany

Zollner Elektronik AG is one of the world’s Top 15 leading Electronic Manufacturing & Engineering Services (EMS) companies and the No.1 in Germany, with over $1 billion in annual sales.

Headquartered in Zandt, Bayern, Germany and founded by Manfred Zollner in 1965, Zollner runs over 17 global locations including Germany, Hungary, Romania, China, Tunisia, the USA and Switzerland. All with a thorough commitment to excellence which is validated by certifications in quality, environment, occupational safety and information security including ISO 14001, ISO 9001, ISO 13485, ISO/IEC 27001, ISO/TS 16949, OHSAS 18001, EN 9100.

These facilities provide a flexible, seamless, and vertically-integrated solution. State-of-the-art capabilities include electronics & electro-mechanical assembly, metal fabrication & finishing, plastic-molded & inductive components, and systems integration services. These services are performed for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) faced with the ever increasing challenges to engineer & design with the latest technologies available, provide robust & reliable products, and offer the after-market support to satisfy all of their customer’s needs.

Through the support of these world-class plants, Zollner offers a global presence to shorten time-to-market, lower costs, and provide the knowledge & support client companies such as Bosch, Siemens, IBM, ArvinMeritor and Samsung rely on to be competitive in today’s marketplace.

Zollner passed up Southeastern US and Mexico for Costa Rica. “There were competitive options for Zollner to expand in Latin America however we chose Costa Rica for its stability, educational system, manufacturing resources, and strategic location.” stated Markus Aschenbrenner, CEO of Zollner Electronics, Inc. “We are excited about the potential Costa Rica has to offer”.

Zollner 5,000 m2 new state of the art Manufacturing & Engineering Services facility in Cartago, Costa Rica is its first expansion in Latin America and started operations in October 2014. It provides manufacturing and technical support services and is aimed at introducing Zollner’s broad portfolio of services & capabilities to enhance the customer service to Customers in North America (US, MX, CN) by leveraging through CAFTA and utilizing the Tax incentive regime the country offers.

Costa Rica has become a hub for medical device manufacturers and Zollner intends to leverage local plastics and metal suppliers that already serve the medical industry in the country to increase efficiencies. The country´s strategic location in the middle of the Americas appealed to Zollner as well. With ports in the Caribbean and Pacific Ocean reaching either Miami or Los Angeles in 8 to 12 days, Zollner can also easily pursue the South American market in the future.

Here’s the full list of currently active companies in this sector:


  • Bridgestone

  • AGM

  • Daewoo Bus

  • Proquinal

  • CooperStandard

  • Innovative Components

  • Deshler Automotive Products

  • Firestone Industrial Products


clean tech

  • Valu Shred


consumer electronics

  • Panasonic

  • Vitec / CPP

  • Saco International

  • Noxtak

  • Matthews International


contract manufacturers

  • Camtronics

  • Tico Electronics

  • Micro Technologies

  • General Microcircuits

  • ClamCleat

  • Zollner Electronics



  • Q-Source

  • Future Electronics


electric assemblies

  • Eaton

  • Havells Sylvania

  • General Cable Corp


electronic components

  • Bourns / Trimpot

  • Smiths Group

  • Controles de Corriente

  • Samtec

  • RDF Sensors Group

  • Huber+Suhner

  • Electrotechnik


engineering, design & software

  • Johnson Controls

  • Avionyx

  • Twin Engines

  • Altanova

  • Emerson

  • National Instruments

  • Intel EDC

  • Intel Megalab

  • Intel R&D


engineering & repair

  • Teradyne

  • Ingram Micro



  • Plato (Techspray)

  • Daniels Manufacturing

  • Olympic Machining

  • Oberg Industries

  • UTITEC Medical

  • Okay Industries

  • Indian Global Manufacturing



  • Qorvo



  • Panduit

  • L3Harris Technologies

  • GNFT

  • Promitel