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Align Technology expands operations in Costa Rica

U.S.-based dental provider Align Technology recently announced that it has expanded its operations in Costa Rica. (Image: Niyazz/Shutterstock)
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Dental Tribune International

Tue. 31. July 2018

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SAN JOSE, Calif., U.S.: Align Technology, manufacturer of the Invisalign clear aligner system and iTero intraoral scanners, recently opened its newest facilities in Costa Rica. These buildings will eventually house all of its Costa Rica employees and provide space to accommodate the company’s long-term growth. The occasion was celebrated with an opening function, which was attended by the President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, as well as local government officials.

Align invested approximately $50 million (around €42 million) in two new multistory office buildings, located at San Antonio Business Center in Belén, Heredia, with plans to open another multimillion-dollar facility in La Lima, Cartago, later this year.

In 2001, Align launched its Costa Rica operations with 32 employees. Today, more than 2,800 employees generate Invisalign digital treatment modeling and planning for dentists and orthodontists; provide global customer service and support; or work in corporate functions such as finance, HR and IT. Over the past two years, the company has hired more than 1,000 new staff in Costa Rica and plans to continue its expansion—aiming to fill 400 new jobs by the end of 2018.

“I was delighted to officially open our new facilities in Costa Rica and welcome President Quesada to join in our celebration,” said Emory Wright, Senior Vice President of Global Operations at Align Technology. “For the past 17 years, our Costa Rica operations have helped Align’s U.S. operations develop and market the most advanced clear aligner system in the world. Our new facilities play an important part in supporting our expanding global operations by allowing us to continue to serve Invisalign- and iTero-trained doctors in a fast and efficient manner.”

President Quesada added, “Align Technology’s expansion of its operations demonstrates the quality of the Costa Rican talent and its ability to attract investment from leading companies. My administration’s focus is to create and promote competitive conditions that will attract more companies to our country.”

“This new facility reflects Align’s commitment to and investment in Costa Rica,” said Dr. Anamaria Castillo, Align Technology’s Director of Global Clinical Operations. “The combination of highly specialized local talent, location and business conditions enable us to expand our local operations so we can continue to support the majority of our markets from Costa Rica.”

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