MEI srl donates 500 thousand euros for the Coronavirus emergency

MEI srl donates 500 thousand euros for the Coronavirus emergency

To face the Coronavirus emergency lens edging machines manufacturer MEI wanted to manifest its solidarity by contributing to the fundraising initiatives launched in the area of its Italian headquarters. Bergamo, Italy is one of the cities most affected by the Covid-19 outbreak in the world.

The company, with the support of its not-for-profit MEI Foundation, donated € 150,000 to the Papa Giovanni XXIII hospital in Bergamo and another € 150,000 to the Health Protection Agency of Bergamo.

Furthermore, they wanted to support research assuring that the path taken by the Italian Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research can help contrast the Coronavirus emergency. MEI has therefore decided to support the Institute with a contribution of € 200,000.

With these donations we wanted to give concrete support to our community and communicate our gratitude to all the healthcare professionals and researchers involved in this emergency. The situation is dramatic, the needs are many, from logistical to instrumental ones.” – explains Stefano Sonzogni, president of MEI – “Certain that we will win this battle, we hope that the situation will soon return to normal.”

The MEI Foundation has been active for several years in solidarity projects mainly related to the treatment of vision diseases, especially for pediatric patients, in different parts of the world.


Essilor reorganizes itself to speed up its integration with Luxottica

In view of recent world changes, Essilor has decided to speed up its integration with Luxottica in order to build a more resilient, flexible and agile combined organization. To this end, Paul du Saillant, 61, is appointed CEO of Essilor. He succeeds Laurent Vacherot, 64, who has decided not to lead this new phase in the company’s future and to retire.

Paul du Saillant has served as Deputy CEO of Essilor since 2019 and as COO from 2010 to 2019. He joined the group in 2008 as Director of Strategy. Prior to this, he was COO of Lhoist Group and Senior Executive VicePresident of Air Liquide.  He holds a degree from École Centrale de Paris.

The new CEO has named a single combined management committee in order to optimize the integration process. It is composed of Chrystel Barranger, Ernesto Diaz, Paul du Saillant, Rick Gadd, Norbert Gorny, Éric Léonard, Grita Loebsack, Frédéric Mathieu, Bernhard Nuesser, Arnaud Ribadeau Dumas, Éric Thoreux and David Wielemans.

In parallel, the Board of Directors of Essilor SAS is being streamlined to 5 members from the previous 15, with a view to simplify decision processes and reduce the overlap with the EssilorLuxottica Board of directors. They will not perceive any remuneration in respect of their office as Directors.




MAFO team: business as usual (almost)

The MAFO editorial and commercial team is there for you as usual to ensure that you continue to be provided with the latest information from the industry. Even under the Covid-19 circumstances there are no restrictions on our work.

MAFO – The Conference is also not canceled. It is now scheduled for July, 4, the (new) day before Mido 2020.  Like everybody else we have to reserve the right to make changes in view of the still evolving situation but we’re staying positive and hope that the health crisis will dissolve soon and that Mido and with it our conference can take place as planned.

At the publishing house, we naturally took the necessary precautions to help contain the virus. The nature of our work has allowed us to do a lot from home for a long time, so that we are lucky that we can rely on proven structures.

For many of you, the transition to the new and still unpredictable situation is certainly more difficult. We would like to know and report on how you deal with it, which questions and problems arise and which steps you take. And also how you experience this changed reality, which presents us all with unknown challenges, both professionally and personally.

Write us an email about your perspective and experiences. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

And most importantly: stay healthy!





Consolidation of Vision Expo East with Vision Expo West in Las Vegas, September 23–26

The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, organizers of Vision Expo, today announce plans to consolidate Vision Expo East, due to be held March 26–29 in New York City, with Vision Expo West in Las Vegas, September 23–26. The decision is based on active and close monitoring of ongoing developments related to the COVID-19 virus; recent reports from public health officials and in line with national and regional authorities and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, together with extensive consultation with Vision Expo’s partners at The Vision Council and in the global vision care and services community.

The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions express their sincere gratitude to exhibitors, members, attendees, suppliers and staff for their support during this challenging time and look forward to bringing the vision community together at Vision Expo West.

Vision Expo West is scheduled for September 23rd through 26th at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas.

Vitaloni explains the new dates for Mido

Following the evolution of the spreading of the Coronavirus, Mido 2020 was rescheduled for Sunday, 5 to Tuesday, 7 July 2020. Mido’s president, Giovanni Vitaloni, has explained the Board of Directors reasoning behind the new dates in Mido’s online magazine.

“It is important to understand that we operated and are operating in a context of total health emergency. We had to work in a very complex situation: it was necessary to make binding decisions in a very short amount of time,” Vitaloni stated.

The decision for the date in July was based on several grounds. One was that for available dates in May, the risks that the health emergency could be extended to that period seemed still too high in Northern Italy. Vitaloni emphasized, that the postponement of Mido and of the other trade fairs in Milan was a unanimous decision, made in agreement with the Mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala, and Fiera Milano.

With the decision to start the fair on July 5th, a Sunday, instead of Saturday, the US visitors and exhibitors should also be given the opportunity to celebrate their Independence Day on July 4th, according to Vitaloni. Read the whole statement here.