Krys Groupe is the name of a new entity grouping Guildinvest and La Guilde des Lunetiers. The latter was the original name of the French cooperative of independent opticians that was born in 1966 to group and guarantee their purchases. La Guilde immediately launched Krys, a banner that was adopted by more and more of its retail members, followed by others such as Vision Originale and Vision Plus. La Guilde set up Guildinvest in 2000 to manage these banners and other operations include the Lynx Optique chain bought in 2003. The decision to form Krys Group follows the recent appointment of a new general manager, Arnaud Ploix, and the affiliation of Italy's Kentral group with Garro, the European buying group set up by Guildinvest and the Spanish Cione buying group.