VMail Samples Industry Reactions, Still Unfolding, to Proposed Essilor-Luxottica Merger

By Staff
Monday, January 23, 2017 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Almost immediately after Essilor and Luxottica announced their merger plan on Jan. 16, questions and theories began to swirl about how the long rumored mega-deal, valued at nearly €50 billion, would impact the optical industry in North America and internationally.

VMail Samples Industry Reactions, Still Unfolding, to Proposed Essilor-Luxottica Merger

By Staff
Monday, January 23, 2017 12:15 AM

NEW YORK—Almost immediately after Essilor and Luxottica announced their merger plan on Jan. 16, questions and theories began to swirl about how the long rumored mega-deal, valued at nearly €50 billion, would impact the optical industry in North America and internationally.

Court Finds Bausch + Lomb Patent to Be Valid, Enforceable and Infringed

By Staff
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 12:27 AM BRIDGEWATER, N.J.—Bausch + Lomb, said it has won its patent infringement lawsuit with Vitamin Health Inc. in U.S. District Court and will receive an undisclosed sum from Vitamin Health.

Kenmark Eyewear Announces License Renewal With Vera Wang

By Staff
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 12:21 AM LOUISVILLE, K.Y.—Kenmark Eyewear has announced the renewal of an exclusive license agreement for the development, production and worldwide distribution of eyewear for Vera Wang.

Essilor, Luxottica Merger Will Be Gradual, Essilor’s John Carrier Says

By Staff
Monday, January 16, 2017 4:15 PM NEW YORK—Although the news of Essilor’s planned merger with Luxottica Group traveled through the world’s financial markets at cyber speed today, VMail has learned that the complex process of combining the two eyewear industry giants into a behemoth valued at nearly €50 billion will occur gradually over the next three to four years.

Essilor’s Independent Distributor Division Celebrates 2016 Award Winners

By Staff
Monday, January 16, 2017 12:30 AM COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—At Essilor of America’s national sales meeting, held here last week, the company’s Independent Distribution Division (IDD) recognized selected independent laboratory partners for outstanding achievements.

Smart Vision Labs Partners with a Top German Online Retailer

By Staff
Monday, January 16, 2017 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Smart Vision Labs has formed a partnership with Brille24, a leading German online optical retailer.

Embracing a New Name, SD EYES Modernizes Its Message

By Marge Axelrad
Monday, January 16, 2017 12:20 AM ONEONTA, N.Y.—It has been a gradual, but methodical, type of transformation at Silver Dollar Optical. The eyewear company based here in central upstate New York for 35 years, has officially changed its name and its messaging to reflect a new, more modern, contemporary image. Effective Jan. 1 this year, Silver Dollar Optical will now be known as SD EYES and the company’s sales, customer service and distribution teams are ready to introduce its collections and support capabilities to an even wider range of customers across the U.S.

Eyewear Industry Giants Essilor and Luxottica Announce Merger; Historic Deal Will Reshape the Optical Industry

By Staff
Monday, January 16, 2017 12:15 AM PARIS and MILAN—Plans for a mega merger of Essilor [Euronext Paris: EI] and Luxottica [MTA: LUX; NYSE: LUX], two global giants of the eyewear industry, were announced today by Essilor and Delfin Sarl, the Luxembourg based holding company of the Del Vecchio family, the majority owners of Luxottica.

Mad Vision to Distribute Vinyl Factory in the U.S.

By Staff
Friday, January 13, 2017 12:24 AM SUNRISE, Fla. and PARIS—Vinyl Factory is expanding its presence in the U.S. through an exclusive distribution agreement with Mad Vision.

Marcolin Group Appoints Massimo Renon as Worldwide Commercial General Manager

By Staff
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 12:27 AM LONGARONE, Italy—Marcolin Group and PAI Partners, a leading private equity firm, announced the appointment of Massimo Renon as the worldwide commercial GM.

Haag-Streit Expands Distributor Partnership With Walman Instruments

By Staff
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 12:21 AM MASON, Ohio—Haag-Streit USA and Reliance Medical Products has announced a new national authorized distributor partnership with Walman Instruments, beginning Jan. 1, 2017.

SynergEyes and Menicon Partner to Expand SynergEyes’ Specialty Contact Lens Portfolio

By Staff
Monday, January 9, 2017 12:24 AM CARLSBAD, Calif.—SynergEyes, a leading hybrid specialty contact lens company, has agreed to a new partnership with NKL Contact Lens.

Eyewhere Is Everywhere at CES 2017

By Staff
Friday, January 6, 2017 12:30 AM LAS VEGAS—Eyewear probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind when most people think of CES 2017.

BluTech Accelerates Growth With World Headquarters Move to Atlanta

By Staff
Friday, January 6, 2017 12:15 AM ALPHARETTA, Ga.—BluTech LLC, a provider of ophthalmic blue light solutions, announced plans to relocate its worldwide distribution and manufacturing operations from Phoenix, Ariz. to Atlanta.
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