Medtronic eyes move to Mexico

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Medtronic plans to consolidate factories and shift manufacturing to developing countries like Mexico in an effort to trim its manufacturing costs by 25 percent over the next five years, according to Bloomberg News.

The Minneapolis-based company also will reduce the amount of parts and labor needed to make its devices, according to CFO Gary Ellis, who spoke at an analyst conference in Boston, and reported by Bloomberg.

Bloomberg reported that the move is part of an effort to maintain gross margins, despite pricing pressures. Medtronic currently employs 30,000 staff globally.