Monday, March 28, 2011

Helix Medical to Build new manufacturing facility in Costa Rica

Helix Medical, LLC, a global manufacturer for the medical device and healthcare industries, will soon begin construction on a new medical manufacturing facility in Costa Rica. Helix Medical signed a leasing agreement in The Coyol Free Trade Zone and Business Park in Alajuela, Costa Rica, just outside of San Jose. The company will invest more than $4M in the new plant that will soon employ more than 100 people. Helix Medical expects this new facility to begin production in the first quarter of 2012.

“We chose Costa Rica to be close to our customers in Latin America,” said Andy Becker, Vice President and General Manager,Carpinteria and Costa Rica at Helix Medical, LLC. ”The country offers a large medical device community with a skilled workforce as well as a good reputation for security and infrastructure.”

Helix Medical Costa Rica will offer contract manufacturing services which include silicone extrusion, silicone molding, thermoplastic molding, and assembly operations. Additionally, the facility will be ISO 13485 certified with Class 7 & 8 cleanrooms.

About Helix Medical, LLC
Helix Medical, a division of the Freudenberg Group, is a global custom manufacturer for the medical device, pharmaceutical, biotech, and IVD industries with six manufacturing operations worldwide. Medical manufacturing capabilities include silicone and thermoplastic molding and extrusions, complex catheter systems, assembly, packaging, and engineering services. Helix Medical operates an FDA-registered medical device facility, certified ISO 13485 with Class 7 & 8 cleanrooms. Established in 1984 and headquartered in Carpinteria, California, Helix Medical currently manufactures in California, Massachusetts,Germany, Ireland, and China.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Costa Rica to launch Carbon Neutral Coffee

The Coffee Cooperative of Dota (Coopedota) announced that it has achieved carbon neutrality certification for its green and roasted coffee beans. This is the first time that coffee production has been certified as carbon neutral.

Coopedota, a cooperative of 800 coffee farmers from Costa Rica’s Dota valley, certified its coffee to the British Standards Institution’s PAS2060 specification for demonstrating carbon neutrality. Since its publication last year, PAS2060 has been recognized by experts as the most credible international certification standard for carbon neutrality.

As part of the certification process, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the life cycle of the product (production, transport and sale) were reduced and offset to result in zero net emissions. Many carbon neutrality certifications focus on point-source, as opposed to life-cycle emissions.

Dota valley’s coffee is considered one of the world’s finest. It is sold by quality- and sustainability-conscious retailers in Europe, North America and Asia. Coopedota also sells a limited amount in the high-end local market.

In February, Lonely Planet ranked Coopedota’s coffee shop as one of the top ten places to drink coffee in the world.

Michael Phillips, 2010 World Barista Champion, trained at Coopedota and used its coffees during the World Barista Championship in London. “Indeed, we are famous for our coffee’s high quality, but lately our customers value our sustainability practices as well,” says Coopedota’s general manager, Roberto Mata.

Coopedota’s environmental efforts appear to track the global climate negotiations. The coop began reducing GHG emissions in 1998, immediately after the Kyoto Protocol was adopted. That year, the coop reduced 40% of its processing plant energy consumption and eliminated wastewater discharges to the local river.

In 2009, spurred by the media attention around the Copenhagen climate summit, Coopedota set an ambitious target on achieving net zero GHG emissions. Over the past 18 months, they have worked with consultants from EARTH University, Peace Corp personnel and even graduate students from Yale University to measure its carbon footprint and establish a carbon strategy.

Hortensia Solis, the coop’s sustainability manager, participated in the Costa Rican delegation at the UN’s climate summit COP16 in Cancun, Mexico to learn more about climate change and its linkage with agriculture.

It’s no secret why Coopedota has taken this bold step. “Climate-smart coffee is about our bottom line and our continued existence,” says Ms. Solis. “The market for low carbon products will grow as consumer’s worry more about climate change”, says Ms. Solis. “We want to capture the value for sustainable purchases and pass it on to our farmers, many of whom have been affected by climate events.”

In November, Dota valley was affected by some of the country’s worst flooding in decades. “We have to be better prepared for future events.” Weather-related events across global coffee growing regions have been a factor in this year’s low coffee supply.

On March 10th, global coffee prices spiked to 34-year highs, going above US$300 per quintal, said Mr. Mata.

According to Ronald Peters, head the Costa Rican coffee grower’s Institution (ICAFE), the industry should replicate Coopedota’s efforts. “This carbon neutrality certification gives us a sense that we as an industry can contribute more towards creating a low-carbon economy in Costa Rica.”

The coffee sector accounted for roughly 10% of Costa Rica’s national emissions in 2005. Most of these emissions arise from the use of nitrogen based fertilizers.
In 2007, Costa Rica announced that it would become carbon neutral by the year 2021, the 200th anniversary of its independence.

Carbon Clear, a other party-verifier, was selected to conduct the certification because of its international reach and distinguished client list including the EuroStar, PwC and Hyatt Hotels.

To Read More visit the Coopedota Site at

Monday, March 7, 2011

Webinar - Is Costa Rica a good investment opportunity?

The nest webinar in our webinar series is on Thursday 10th March at 1pm Eastern USA time.

To read more click on the button below:

Title: Is Costa Rica a Good Investment Opportunity?
Date: 10th March 2011
Time: 1pm Eastern USA (6:oopm UK)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Nature Walk Masterplan


Costa Rica ranked number 1 of Most Popular Adventure Travel Destinations

Costa Rica has topped another poll. Travel advisors at Virtuoso, a leading luxury travel network in the Americas, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand, have voted for 10 most popular adventure travel destinations for 2011, and Costa Rica tops the list.

People swim in the Celeste river waterfall at Tenorio Volcano National Park in Upala, Costa Rica. The blue color of the lagoon, formed from chemical reactions of calcium carbonate and sulfur, is surrounded by amazing rainforest of 12,819 hectares of this park. The Celeste river carries its color for a distance of 36 km (22 miles).

Costa Rica offers so much for adventure travellers with kayaking, canyoning, mountain biking, white water rafting, zip lining, climbing, hiking, horse riding and lots more.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Webinar Thursday 3rd March

Our webinar series continues tomorrow with a webinar on NatureWalk our sustainable ecological master-planned community in Costa Rica.

NatureWalk is ideal for the pure investor as it combines teak and development land and also for the investor planning to have a home in Costa Rica.

During the webinar PRG will introduce the masterplan for NatureWalk and some of the home designs

Date: 3rd March 2011
Time: 1pm Eastern (6pm UK)

To read more about the webinar and to register click on the link below