Ital-Lenti has devised a new system for mounting lenses on sun and sports eyewear that works particularly well for face-hugging frames with a pronounced base curve, a style that usually has a higher risk of the lens breaking during the mounting process.

The novelty of the Italian producer's Top Cut system lies in a multi-axis computerized cut, using sophisticated software that makes it possible to process almost any type of lens with the highest precision. Depending on the type of frame, the system can produce whatever shapes are necessary to ensure the lenses are mounted safely.

In another development, Ital-Lenti recently introduced another new technology for sports eyewear, FourSport, which optimizes the lens's peripheral vision. FourSport uses a patented in-house technology for atoric lenses that does away with the prismatic effect, particularly on frames with a pronounced curve.

Ital-Lenti supplies Younger Optics' NuPolar gray or brown lenses, which are specific for snow and water sports. Ital-Lenti also supplies Younger's polarized photochromatic and prescription lenses for daytime driving, on a non-exclusive basis.

Analysts see Ital-Lenti's dynamic offering of innovative technologies as an effective way of making up in a short time for the expiration of its agreement with Essilor International. When the French group acquired Galileo in 2007, the latter agreed to continue purchasing prescription lenses from Ital-Lenti until April 2010. The idea was to give the Italian lens producer time to prepare for the loss of business initially estimated at around €7 million a year by Galileo's new management, and revised upward to around €13 million in 2009 (EWI of March 11, 2010). According to Ital-Lenti, these figures correspond more or less to Galileo's total turnover for the period, and not to the lenses ordered from Ital-Lenti. At any rate, they do not represent the loss of turnover to Ital-Lenti following the end of the Essilor agreement.