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    INDO invests to become a Mediterranean leader


    INDO , the Spanish-based lens manufacturer, increased its market share in Spain by 1.5 percentage points last year, consolidating its position as the third largest lens brand in the country. According to figures provided by the company, its revenues in the lenses’ category went down by 4 ...

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    Bausch Health might sell Bausch+Lomb, rather than spin it off


    Quoting sources close to the matter, Bloomberg News reported last week that Bausch Health was currently exploring the possibility of a sale of its Bausch+Lomb ’s eye care business unit, instead of the initially planned spin-off. Before being renamed as Bausch Health, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International had acquired ...

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    New board of directors at Safilo


    Safilo Group ’s shareholders approved on April 29 the company’s accounts for the 2020 financial year and appointed a new board of directors, increasing its composition from 9 to 10 members. Elected board members proposed by Multibrands Italy , an entity controlled by HAL Holding that holds 49.84 percent ...

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    Warby Parker reportedly eyeing IPO


    According to a Bloomberg report last week, Warby Parker , the U.S. eyewear brand is considering an Initial Public Offering (IPO) and has started discussions with financial advisers for this purpose. Founded in 2010 by a group of university students, Warby Parker has been one of the first companies ...

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    Visottica Comotec reinforces, diversifies portfolio with new acquisition


    Visottica Comotec , the Italian supplier of eyewear components, announced on April 10 the takeover of Eurodecori , another Italian company that specializes in the supply of small metallic parts and accessories for the eyewear industry as well, but is also active in the fashion, leather goods ...

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    Safilo agrees with unions on Slovenian plant closure


    Safilo announced on April 14 that it has reached an agreement with the Slovenian trade unions and work council concerning the closure of its production site in Ormoz. The decision, which is part of the transformation plan of the Italian group, was first communicated in March. Production volumes in ...

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    Bausch Health pursues debt reduction


    Bausch Health announced on April 7 that it will reduce its debt by another $100 million in May through the redemption of outstanding senior secured notes, using cash generated from operations. The Canadian group had already redeemed a total of $200 million through a similar operation in March. Last ...

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    DTC brand PAIR Eyewear raises $12 million


    PAIR Eyewear , a U.S. brand with an online DTC business model, announced on April 1 that is has raised $12 million dollars in an investment round to finance its future development. Several private equity funds took part in the investment round, as well as other investors such as NFL ...

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    Zeiss invests $180m in new U.S. innovation center


    As part of its global strategy to expand its presence near research centers and growth markets, Zeiss announced this week the completion of its Zeiss Innovation Center , a new facility located in the San Francisco Bay area. The site will serve as an R D, production, sales and ...

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    New Look Vision Group changes hands


    New Look Vision Group , a leading optical retailer in Canada, has announced an agreement for its acquisition by NL1 AcquireCo , a newly created investment vehicle composed of funds managed by FFL Partners , the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec ( CDPQ ), an investment fund ...

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    EMNUK restructures after withdrawing Kodak lenses


    EMNUK , a U.K.-based lens manufacturer that is part of the Essilor group of companies, has entered a restructuring process for its Quedgeley site, the Optician reports. The move follows the EMNUK’s decision to remove the Kodak lenses from its portfolio and is said to impact ...

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    Maison Bourgeat relaunched in a DTC venture


    Vertical integration has been the name of the game lately in many industries including ours, and even more so since the Covid-19 outbreak, with brands going direct to consumer as the dominant pattern. The revival project of the Maison Bourgeat name offers a different picture though, with a 5-store ...

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    Krys to boost its lens laboratory output


    During an official visit of representatives from the Île de France region to its lens laboratory near Paris last week, Krys , one of the leading French optical retailers, announced another investment plan for the extension and modernization of its Codir plant and logistics’ center. The company had already ...

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    J&J takes part in a $36m round for the development of presbyopia correction eye drops


    Visus Therapeutics , an American pharmaceutical company based in Seattle, announced yesterday the completion of a $36 million financing round to fund the company’s research on its Brimochol product, an eye drop drug designed to correct the effects of presbyopia with one daily application. The drug is currently in ...

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    Zeiss Vision Care takes over a U.S. Vision lab


    Zeiss Vision Care announced last week the takeover of U.S. Vision’s laboratory in New Jersey, according to a report by Vision Monday . Details of the transaction have not been disclosed but the company said it would keep 150 former U.S. Vision employees onboard. U.S. Vision manages about 370 ...

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    Kering invests in a secondhand luxury fashion items website


    Kering , the French luxury group and mother company of Kering Eyewear , took a 5 percent share in the French unicorn Vestiaire Collective , an online platform selling secondhand luxury fashion items. Besides Kering, the U.S. investment firm Tiger Global Management also pitched in the new €178 million ...

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    Solstice Sunglasses files for bankruptcy protection


    Solstice Marketing Concept LLC , owner of the Solstice Sunglasses retail chain, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week in the Southern District of New York, after its sales nose-dived by more than 50 percent last year from 2019 levels. The company highlighted the impact of the Covid-19 ...

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    ​CooperVision expands manufacturing facilities as demand grows


    CooperVision announced the expansion of manufacturing facilities located in North America and Europe due to growing demand for its contact lenses. It also believes that the Covid-19 pandemic will force eye care professionals (ECP) to review their long-term business practices. The Gilbert site, situated in suburban Phoenix and ...

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    Bausch Health repaid $900m in debt in 2020


    Bausch Health repaid some $900 million in debt in 2020 from cash on hand and cash generation. The company has no debt maturities or mandatory amortization payments until 2024. In the fourth quarter, the company repaid about $480 million in debt, the last payment being made on Dec. ...

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    Silhouette’s Neubau brand becomes an independent unit


    Neubau Eyewear , which is owned by the Austrian company Silhouette International , will operate as an independent company from Jan. 1. It will become a subsidiary with its own sales and marketing channels but production will still be guaranteed by Silhouette’s two production sites in Austria. Neubau, ...