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 the same parent company. However, KIMERvisión will come under the supervision of Jorge Rubio and the executive direction of Alejandro Garcia Roqué, respectively CEO of CECOP Group and country manager of CECOP in Spain. The new alliance represents a total of 1,400 of the roughly 7,000 independent opticians operating in Spain. According to a CECOP spoke person, the synergies will be based on complementary positionings and services between the two entities, and the increased business volume is seen as key to reinforce relations with suppliers.