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    Sales and profits up at TOG

    2021-05-14T12:05:00Z

    The Thai Optical Group reported a 27 percent year-on-year increase in Q1 revenues to 607 million baht (€16m-$19.3m) which was mostly attributed to the global economic recovery in the major markets. This level of revenues puts the company’s topline 7.4 percent higher than in 2019, showing a normalization of ...

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    National Vision upgrades 2021 outlook after solid Q1

    2021-05-14T12:05:00Z

    National Vision , the U.S.-based optical retailer operating the America’s Best and Eyeglass World banners, reported a net increase in Q1 revenues of 13.7 percent as compared to Q1 2020, reaching $534.2 million. The quarterly sales’ growth was driven by a 18.2 percent year-on-year increase on a comparable ...

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    CECOP and KIMERvisión join forces in Spain

    2021-05-14T12:04:00Z

    CECOP Group , the Spanish-based international buying group, and KIMERvisión , a distributor of optical products with more than 600 associated member opticians in Spain, have agreed to form a strategic alliance in the country. According to the terms of this agreement, both companies will be operating independently but under ...

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    Guerra reportedly joins Thelios’ executive board

    2021-05-14T12:04:00Z

    According to a report by Milano Finanza , Andrea Guerra , former CEO of the Luxottica group, has been appointed to the executive board of directors of Thelios , the joint venture between LVMH and Marcolin . Guerra is currently CEO of LVMH Hospitality Excellence , the luxury ...

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    The Vision Council starts new consumer awareness’ program

    2021-05-12T08:55:00Z

    The shift of consumer attitudes towards healthcare in the context of the Covid-19 crisis is a unique opportunity to raise the general public’s awareness on the importance of eye care, according to the Vision Council . The U.S. organization is therefore rethinking its consumers’ education program, and has replaced ...

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    Satisloh launches two new polishing machines

    2021-05-12T08:54:00Z

    Satisloh , the Swiss-based manufacturer of ophthalmic and optical equipment that is part of the Essilor group, is launching two new fully automated RX lens polishing machines. Named Multi-FLEX-2 and Multi-FLEX-2E , they come as new additions to the Multi-FLEX range which was launched in 2015 and whose ...

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    Safilo appoints a VP of global sales for Privé Reveaux

    2021-05-11T06:28:00Z

    The Safilo Group has appointed Maureen Cavanagh in the newly created position of senior vice president of global sales for Privé Revaux , the U.S.-based brand of affordable eyewear initially launched by American celebrities and taken over by the Italian company in February 2020. A certified optician by ...

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    Zenni introduces the first batch of its Iris Apfel collection

    2021-05-07T09:24:00Z

    Zenni has signed a multi-year deal with the interior and fashion designer, and self-described “world’s oldest living teenager” and “geriatric starlet,” Iris Apfel . The first batch of the Iris x Zenni line consists of 100 items – in celebration of her forthcoming 100th birthday – selected by ...

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    Silmo Paris confirms 2021 edition

    2021-05-07T07:31:00Z

    According to the French governmental plan for the progressive lift of lockdown restrictions in the country announced last week by President Emmanuel Macron , trade fairs and exhibitions will be authorized to take place from next June 30, without any limit in number of participants, provided that sanitary measures comply ...

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    Kering Eyewear adds blue-light and photochromic lenses to selected brands

    2021-05-07T07:30:00Z

    Kering Eyewear is launching its Blue Beyond project, which consists of integrating of blue-light filtering and photochromic lenses in a selection of its eyewear frames. The Blue Beyond solution will be applied to some women and men styles in the Gucci and Saint ...

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    Alcon posts flat CL sales in Q1

    2021-05-06T08:56:00Z

    Alcon ’s sales of contact lenses were roughly stable in Q1 2021 as compared to the same quarter in 2019, reaching $509 million, representing an increase of 1 percent in reported terms and a 1 percent decrease on a constant currency basis. The positive effect of the launch of the ...

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    Covid-19 restrictions to be lifted for all French stores

    2021-05-03T08:16:00Z

    All shops operating in large malls in France should be able to reopen their doors from May 19 onwards, following the recent announcements by French president Emmanuel Macron about the progressive lift of business restrictions in relation to the Covid-19 crisis. According to Acuité , about 1,700 optical shops, ...

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    Hallmann Optik launches franchise format

    2021-05-03T07:50:00Z

    Hallmann Optik , the optical retail chain operating in Germany and Denmark, reported a 28 percent year-on-year increase in revenues for 2020 to €46 million. The growth was fueled by the opening of 18 new stores during the year, bringing the total number of retail locations to 85 in Germany ...

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

    2021-05-03T07:31:00Z

    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

    2021-04-30T11:49:00Z

    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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    Essilor to complete Lenstec’s takeover

    2021-04-30T07:29:00Z

    The Essilor Group in the U.K. announced a few days ago the completion of the acquisition of the Lenstec Optical Group , in which it had taken a minority shareholding through Shamir in 2016. Lenstec operates three sites in the U.K. and reported annual revenues of £22 million ...

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    CooperVision acquires No7 Contact Lenses

    2021-04-30T07:29:00Z

    Following a multi-year partnership with No7 Contact Lenses , CooperVision announced on April 27 the acquisition of the U.K.-based contact lenses’ specialist for an undisclosed amount. The company will be integrated in the CooperVision Specialty EyeCare group. CooperVision said that the acquisition would allow the group to offer ...

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    De Rigo signs regional license for GAP eyewear

    2021-04-30T07:28:00Z

    De Rigo Vision announced on April 27 a new licensing deal with IMG for the design, production and distribution of prescription frames and sunglasses under the American lifestyle apparel brand GAP . The agreement covers the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Brazil. The first collections of frames for men, ...

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    New president for ECOO

    2021-04-30T07:27:00Z

    Dr. Cindy Tromans has been confirmed as president of the European Council of Optometry and Optics ( ECOO ) following the resignation of Dr. Massimo Revelli . Tromans is the director of the optometry services at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital Honorary and a lecturer in ophthalmology at ...

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    ABDO launches sustainability summit

    2021-04-29T08:03:00Z

    The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) announced on April 22, the Earth Day, that the association will be organizing its first digital Social Ethical and Environmental (SEE) summit on Oct. 4, 2021. The aim of the association, which formed a working group earlier this year on SEE issues, ...