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    Hilco acquires Simovision

    2021-11-26T01:24:00Z

    Hilco Vision, the U.S. supplier of vision care products and solutions, has announced the acquisition of Simovision, a Belgium and Netherlands-based company specializing on the distribution of ophthalmic products, including consumables and equipment for retractive, cataract and retina surgery and dry eye patients. Hilco Vision commented that, while ophthalmic products ...

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    Julbo reinforces direct distribution in Europe

    2021-11-23T10:04:00Z

    Julbo is pursuing the expansion of its direct distribution strategy in Europe with the switch to a direct model in the Nordics. The French company has recruited several managers in Norway, Sweden and Finland, and said that the new teams were now fully operational. Julbo is already distributing its products ...

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    Safilo to open subsidiary in Poland

    2021-11-23T10:04:00Z

    Safilo has announced the opening of a new subsidiary in Poland, from Jan. 1, 2022. The company said the decision was based on the potential of the Polish market, with an interesting customer base in the premium, contemporary and lifestyle segments, and that it would focus on optical products. A ...

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    Top management reshuffle at CooperCompanies

    2021-11-23T10:03:00Z

    CooperCompanies announced earlier this week that Jerry Warner, executive vice president of Americas and global sales, would be promoted to the position of president of CooperVision, effective Feb. 1, 2022. Warner, who spent 11 years at Bausch + Lomb in product marketing and management before joining CooperVision in 2012, will ...

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    ZEISS celebrates 175th anniversary

    2021-11-21T11:56:00Z

    ZEISS celebrated its 175th anniversary on Nov. 16 with a virtual event held at the Volkhaus in Jena, the German company’s founding city. During the event, Dr. Karl Lamprecht, president and CEO of the group, celebrated the company’s past achievements and reaffirmed its commitment to building a bright future through ...

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    Paris Miki dragged down by Japanese market in Q2

    2021-11-21T11:56:00Z

    Paris Miki Holdings, the Japanese-based optical retail group, reported a 11.2 percent year-on-year drop in revenues to 11,494 million Japanese yen (€88.5m-$100.5m) for its second quarter, as a strong decline in its domestic market could not be offset by an improved performance overseas. As compared with 2019, total sales for ...

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    New recycling initiative in France for optical wastes

    2021-11-21T11:55:00Z

    Optic For Good, a French sustainability label and consultancy focusing on the eyewear industry, is launching Recycloptics, a non-profit organization that will collect and recycle wastes from the sector, in particular from optical shops, Opticien Presse reports. The association estimates that 78 tons of demo lenses are going to landfill ...

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    B+L has recycled more than 41 million contact lenses

    2021-11-17T11:44:00Z

    Bausch + Lomb (B+L) says that its “One by One” and “Biotrue Eye Care Recycling” programs have processed 41,358,603 units, or 248,516 pounds, of used contact lenses and other eye- and lens-care materials. One by One deals with contact lenses, which are typically too small for standard recyclers to handle ...

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    Charmant Europe moves into new logistics center

    2021-11-17T11:43:00Z

    The European subsidiary of the Charmant Group has moved to a new central warehouse in the German-French border region in Willstätt near Strasbourg. The new logistics center, run with 17 employees, is intended to create synergies in the region as a central warehouse for Europe and the U.K. to enable ...

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    The DESIGN EYEWEAR GROUP and Pascal Jaulent part ways

    2021-11-17T11:43:00Z

    Pascal Jaulent, chief creative officer for the DESIGN EYEWEAR GROUP since 2015, has left the Danish company last summer. The French eyewear designer was one of the key players in the creation of the DESIGN EYEWEAR GROUP in 2014 following the alliance of his French company EXPRESSIONS, that owned the ...

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    International and ortho-k drive Menicon’s growth

    2021-11-15T07:44:00Z

    Menicon reported a 16.6 percent year-on-year increase in sales to 48.4 billion Japanese yen (€371m-$425m) for the first six months of the year. As compared to 2019, the Japanese contact lens maker revenues were up by 13.1 percent. Revenues in the Vision Care segment, which accounts for over 90 percent ...

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    National Vision Q3 revenues up 20% versus 2019

    2021-11-15T07:44:00Z

    National Vision reported net revenues of $518.0 million for its third quarter, up by 6.7 percent year-on-year and by 19.9 percent versus 2019. On an adjusted comparable store basis, the group’s revenues increased by 13.3 percent in Q3 as compared to the same period two years before. National Vision opened ...

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    Alcon sales of contact lenses up 8% in Q3

    2021-11-10T10:48:00Z

    Alcon reported an 8 percent year-on-year increase in contact lenses sales to $562 million for the third quarter of the current financial year on a constant currency basis, also an 8 percent hike from Q3 2019 in reported terms. The company commented that the category benefitted from recovery effects in ...

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    J&J sees contact lens users return to pre-Covid habits

    2021-11-10T07:25:00Z

    Johnson & Johnson Vision sees contact lens consumption in Western Europe recovering as lockdown restrictions ease and wearers progressively return to their pre-Covid habits. The announcement follows a survey by the contact lens company among 3,300 respondents across France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands. The main finding of ...

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    EssilorLuxottica invests in Synsam too

    2021-11-10T07:25:00Z

    EssilorLuxottica has become the second largest shareholder of Synsam, following the retailer’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) as the Nasdaq Stockholm stock exchange. EssilorLuxottica, which was not listed as a major investor in the Swedish company’s prospectus, purchased about 10 million shares, corresponding to a participation of 6.6 percent. The investment ...

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    CooperVision reveals new MiSight research data

    2021-11-06T10:16:00Z

    CooperVision has disclosed new clinical trial data for its MiSight 1 day myopia contact lens, showing no rebound in children myopia one year after cessation of treatment. After six years of clinical trial using MiSight 1 day, study participants were transitioned to single vision lens in order to measure whether ...

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    Marks & Spencer accelerates in optical retail

    2021-11-06T10:16:00Z

    Marks & Spencer announced earlier this week its plan to expand its network of M&S Opticians shop-in-shops, after a successful trial at a few locations during which the company said it received customer satisfaction and recommendation rates of 96 percent. The group is now targeting to add 43 M&S Opticians’ ...

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    French survey reveals most popular optical chains

    2021-11-05T12:03:00Z

    The yearly delivery of the French business magazine Capital’s survey, which looks at the most liked retail banners in the country across different sectors, showed that the Krys group placed three of its banners in the top 5 for the optical retail category. Vision Plus tops the ranking with an ...

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    Walmart and Sam’s Club Elton John collection

    2021-11-05T08:29:00Z

    Walmart and a subsidiary, the warehouse-store chain Sam’s Club, are launching a line of eyewear designed in collaboration with the singer-songwriter Elton John. The model names – Rocketman, A-List and Prodigy, for example – also come from John and reflect his life and career. Walmart Inc. will be donating at ...

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    Allergan gets FDA approval for presbyopia eye drop

    2021-11-05T08:28:00Z

    Allergan has announced the approval that its VUITY eye-drop presbyopia solution had just received the approval of the U.S. Foods & Drugs Administration (FDA). Phase 3 clinical studies have showed that VUITY, based on a formulation of pilocarpine and delivered by the company’s proprietary technology pHast, improved near and intermediate ...