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    Bollé appoints three execs for North America

    2022-05-20T06:38:00Z

    Bollé Brands has made three executive changes specific to its North American market, promoting Myrosha Daley to vice president and head of specialty sales, appointing Taylor Toussaint to the new post of e-commerce director, and hiring Peter Moore to fill the new post of senior vice president of finance and ...

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    Kenmark is turning 50

    2022-05-19T07:19:00Z

    Kenmark is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an event, year-long promotions and a review of its history on social media. The eyewear producer and distributor will be giving away two tickets to the 2023 Kentucky Derby – held in the company’s hometown of Louisville – along with $2,000 for flights ...

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    Visionix and Right MFG partner

    2022-05-19T07:19:00Z

    Visionix (formerly Luneau Technology) and Right MFG have entered a long-term exclusive partnership for Europe, the Americas and Asia-Pacific, except Japan and China. The agreement is aimed at combining the former’s distribution network with the latter’s development and production. On Jan. 1, 2023, all Righton products will be folded into ...

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    Maui Jim becomes eyewear supplier to DP World Tour

    2022-05-19T07:17:00Z

    Maui Jim has signed a multi-year deal to become the official supplier of eyewear to the DP World Tour and its staff at events worldwide, with a presence at tournaments and on the tour’s social media. The Hawaiian brand has also become an official supplier to two Rolex Series events: ...

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    Revenue boost and €9m investment for Visottica in 2021

    2022-05-18T08:05:00Z

    The Visottica Group has announced revenue of €86 million for 2021, up by 46 percent compared to 2020 following the consolidation into its account of the acquired businesses of Ooki, Matrix and Eurodecori. Rinaldo Montalban, president of the group, said that the strong growth allowed the business to recover the ...

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    Higher gross profits limit Q1 loss at KITS

    2022-05-17T08:01:00Z

    Revenues at KITS dipped by 1.9 percent to 20.052 million Canadian dollars for the first quarter of 2022, but gross margin increased from 24.0 to 30.5 percent, thanks to a 10.2 percent drop in cost of sales. As a result, the recently established Canadian online eyewear specialist was able to ...

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    opti highlights the emotional experience, looks forward to 2023

    2022-05-17T08:01:00Z

    The organizers of opti have announced that about 13,000 visitors from 71 countries took part in the 2022 edition of the Munich show from last May 13 to 15. The show had been canceled last year due to the COVID-19 outbreak and rescheduled from January to May this year because ...

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    Sales up, profits down for Q1 at TOG

    2022-05-16T11:55:00Z

    Revenues were up but profits down year-on-year for the first quarter at Thai Optical Group (TOG). Specifically, revenues went from 607 to 662 million Thai baht (€18.8m to €18.3) and profits from THB 96 to THB 76 (€2.6m to €2.1m). The company attributes much of the sales increase to economic ...

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    Carl Zeiss Meditec slowed down by supply chain hiccups

    2022-05-16T07:12:00Z

    Carl Zeiss Meditec reported revenues of €855.4 million for the first six months of its 2021/22 financial year, up by 11.5 percent in reported terms and by 10.7 percent in constant currencies from H1 2020/21. The Ophthalmic Devices division posted sales of €651.9 million, up by 9.7 percent year-on-year at ...

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    Silhouette has a new country manager for France

    2022-05-13T08:48:00Z

    On April 28 Silhouette appointed Camille Masson to be its country manager for France, Acuité reports. He is overseeing the subsidiary’s sales, marketing and administrative departments, reporting to Frank Cornelis, sales director for Europe, and will be helping to launch a line of sports eyewear, called Evil Eye, in France. ...

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    Alcon posts 14% contact lens sales gain in Q1

    2022-05-13T07:12:00Z

    Alcon saw sales of contact lenses in the first quarter ended March 31 grow by 14 percent to $557 million in constant currency terms, as strength in silicone hydrogen (SiHy) lenses continued to underpin growth, including Precision 1 and Dailies Total 1 product families and Total 30. Revenues for the ...

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    CooperVision launches new campaign for its myopia-control contacts

    2022-05-13T07:11:00Z

    CooperVision has launched an online marketing campaign – what it calls a digital ecosystem – to recount the evolution of myopia in a group of children, aged eight to 12 years, who wear the company’s MiSight one-day contact lenses. Included are twin gymnasts, a hockey player and an ice skater ...

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    The Vision Council releases first quarterly consumer report

    2022-05-12T08:44:00Z

    The Vision Council has released its Consumer inSights Q1 2022 Report, the first publication from its recently established newinSights Research Program. The report presents the results of a survey of 15,015 adults in the U.S. It covers vision correction, eye exams, eyeglasses, contact lenses, readers and plano sunglasses. It ...

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    French voluntary groups up 7.5% in 2021

    2022-05-11T09:28:00Z

    French optical voluntary groups saw their sales increase on average by 7.5 percent in 2021 compared to 2020, according to a report by l’OL Mag based on data from the Fédération du Commerce Coopératif et Associé. Optical banners covered by this research include Atol, Optic 2000 and Lissac, Optique Leclerc, ...

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    New warehouse at Novacel HQ

    2022-05-11T09:28:00Z

    Novacel has announced the completion of the building of a new 3,000 square-meter warehouse for its equipment division at its headquarters in the north of France. The company said that the investment was meant to support the growth of its instruments business that doubled in the last six years, as ...

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    Top management is changing at ABDO

    2022-05-10T09:06:00Z

    Top management is changing at the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO). After a term of two years, Jo Holmes has yielded the presidency to Daryl Newsome, who will himself serve a term of two years. Newsome has in turn yielded the vice presidency to Kevin Gutsell, who will serve ...

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    Kering issues dual-tranche bond

    2022-05-05T10:46:00Z

    Kering announced on April 29 that it had issued a dual-tranche bond, each tranche being worth €750 million. One has a three-year maturity and a 1.25 percent coupon, the other an eight-year maturity and a 1.875 percent coupon. The group says the issue is in accordance with its active liquidity ...

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    MIDO holds its 50th edition

    2022-05-05T10:46:00Z

    MIDO has held its 50th edition. According to president Giovanni Vitaloni, who called it a “fresh start for the industry,” this year’s show drew about 22,000 visitors. They hailed from some 50 countries, while the more than 660 exhibitors came to Italy from 45 countries, among them France, Spain, Germany, ...

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    Anon Optics releases sunglass collection

    2022-05-05T01:29:00Z

    The goggle brand Anon Optics released a collection of sunglasses on May 2. Made in small batches by craftsmen from Japan’s Fukui region, the glasses have Perceive polarized, high-contrast lenses, with water- and oil-repellant treatments and glare reduction. The frames are made of hypoallergenic beta-titanium and cellulose acetate, with stainless-steel ...

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    Bausch + Lomb to be spun off in IPO

    2022-05-02T08:47:00Z

    Bausch Health Companies is spinning off Bausch + Lomb Corporation. The announcement came on April 28 that Bausch + Lomb would be making an initial public offering of 35.0 million common shares on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”), under the ticker symbol BLCO ...