WHO publishes report on eye health

WHO publishes report on eye health

Abdul from Tanzania had glaucoma and was operated. Picture: Manuel Ferrigato

Abdul from Tanzania had glaucoma and was operated. Picture: Manuel Ferrigato

2.2 billion people worldwide have to live with visual impairment or blindness, with one billion of those cases being preventable or treatable. This is what the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Health Report (WHO) published for the first time. The most common causes of this are short-sightedness and hyperopia as well as glaucoma and cataract.
“36 million people are blind today. People in poorer regions of the world are particularly affected, where most people have no access to simple surgery, glasses or rehabilitation. As a result, millions of children and adolescents cannot attend school and women and men cannot care for themselves and their families, “said Rupert Roniger, International Director of Light for the World.
According to the WHO report, at least 2.2 billion people live with visual impairment or they are blind. One billion people are still unprotected today – they need glasses or surgery, and in many cases, visual impairment could have been prevented by timely treatment. Currently, 65 million people are blind or visually impaired due to cataracts – they could be treated by surgery. 800 million people have no access to glasses. To treat short-sightedness, hyperopia and cataracts it would need the sum of 13 billion Euros worldwide, calculated the World Health Organization. Light for the World is calling on governments, businesses, foundations and civil society organizations to step up cooperation and provide the resources needed to provide access to healthcare for all concerned.

DAC Technologies  – New Latin America Sales Manager

DAC Technologies – New Latin America Sales Manager

Nestor Paz, as Latin America Sales Manager at DAC

Nestor Paz

DAC Technologies is pleased to welcome Nestor Paz as Latin America Sales Manager. Nestor will be responsible for supporting customers in Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining DAC, Nestor worked 15 years in the optical industry, most recently focused on installing and supporting digital surfacing equipment for a large manufacturer.

Isaac Altit, DAC Technologies’ Global Vice President of Sales, commented, “Nestor’s knowledge in digital and traditional processing and finishing, as well as his international experience, brings invaluable insight to benefit our customers.” For more information on DAC Technologies visit www.dactechnologies.com

A&R changes its ownership

A&R changes its ownership

With his retirement in view, the founder and main shareholder of Automation & Robotics (A&R), Christian Closset, created a plan for the future of the company that combines his own wishes and the strategy of the Walloon Regional Investment Company (SRIW), i.e. to maintain the business in the region. The management and the staff of A&R will progressively buy the shares of the historical shareholders and SRIW ones. Two new companies were born for the combination of management and employee buy-out: Automation & Robotics Holding which owns 100% of the operational company shares, coming from the initial shareholders (Closset Family and 2 directors) and A&R partners (gathering the A&R employees who invested).

Currently, 140 employees are working at A&R, with a hundred based in Belgium. The company has subsidiaries in the USA, China, Brazil, and Thailand. All Belgian employees were invited to invest in the capital of the new holding company via A&R partners. 86% of the eligible staff adheres to the share acquisition plan over roughly 10 years.

The employees and managers have subscribed the shares of A&R Partners, which acquired itself 20.8% of the A&R Holding from the initial shareholders. The SRIW invested 3.8 M. € in the A&R Holding capital, which corresponds to 25%. Till 2022, A&R Partners and the SRIW will reach 51% of the capital. Till 2029, A&R Partners will continue acquiring shares in order to become the majority shareholder. Read more soon on www.ar.be/en

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Jörg Spangemacher honored for his life’s work

Jörg Spangemacher honored for his life’s work

The traditional Vision Council Lab Division Hall of Fame Dinner is always a highlight of the Vision Expo West. At the Hall of Fame Dinner – in festive atmosphere with cocktails and a splendid buffet – people are honored for their outstanding contribution to the optical industry and the Vision Council. This year the event on September 18th was of particular significance to all of us at MAFO and FOCUS magazines as our founder and until recently the publisher of the magazines, Jörg Spangemacher, was inducted into the Hall of Fame. The award recognized Jörg Spangemacher’s life-long dedication to reporting on the international optical industry and setting up ‘MAFO – The Conference’, a platform where every year experts from the industry come together to exchange information and broaden their knowledge. Jörg Spangemacher, who retired recently, was very appreciative of this recognition of his achievements.

Other honors went to Arman Bernardi, Ph.D. of iCoat, Yvette Carranza of DVI, Ed DeRosa of Signet Armorlite, Skip Payne of IcareLabs and Kevin A. Rupp of Essilor. The Directors’ Choice Award for 2019 went to Steve Sutherlin, the Vision Council’s Lab Division Liaison Officer and former President of Sutherlin Optical, for over 45 years of dedicated service to the optical industry. Over 200 guests joined with the recipients in the recognition of their achievements and listened attentively to their moving acceptance speeches. Unlike previous years where different speakers introduced the individual winners, this year all the presentations were made by Emcees Swen Carlson and Steve Sutherland. This new format proved successful and met with general approval.

 

Jörg Spangemacher's induction into the Vision Council Lab Division Hall of Fame for his lifelong dedication to reporting on the international optical industry.

Lothes to expand role to President and CEO at Satisloh

Lothes to expand role to President and CEO at Satisloh

Satisloh President and CEO Pete LothesPete Lothes, who became Satisloh’s worldwide President at the beginning of 2019, has been named the company’s President and CEO effective September 1st.

“Satisloh globally over the last eight months has been fast-paced and rewarding. I am excited to take on the CEO role as well. I will keep on driving Satisloh’s strategy of providing complete manufacturing solutions for the optical industry. We are focused on continuing our role as leaders of innovation and ‒ most importantly ‒ delivering customer satisfaction,” said Lothes.