Boots Opticians says it has appointed Essilor as its new supply chain partner, following a very thorough tendering process. Hoya Lens UK had this role over the past five years. Regretting Boot's decision, the Japanese company said it could not comment at the moment on its potential impact on the employees at its Wrexham facility. It noted tat Boots had elected Hoya “Supplier of the Year” in 2008.