After having put business acquisitions on hold last year as cost control became a priority in a Covid-19 market environment, EssilorLuxottica is back on the external growth track with the acquisition of Walman in the U.S., which was announced yesterday. Created in 1915 and based in Minneapolis, Walman presents itself as the largest independent optical lab group with a network of 35 facilities in the country, including prescription lens-finishing labs and distribution centers for optical instruments and other vision care products. The company, which generated around $500 million in revenues last year, has been an important distributor for Essilor lenses in the U.S. for many years. It has also been partnering with other lens manufacturers such as Hoya and Shamir, among others, as well as developing its proprietary brand of lenses, Power Lenses. The company will continue to operate under the Walman brand name after the acquisition by EssilorLuxottica. The amount of the transaction, which is expected to close in the next months, has not been disclosed.