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The Vision Council has announced the launch of the 2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey. Developed in partnership with Nonprofit HR, one of the leading full-service human resources firms focused exclusively on the nonprofit sector with expertise in DEI consulting, the custom survey is intended to benchmark the vision care leadership landscape in order to help organizations within the industry identify opportunities they have to promote diversity, cultivate talent and improve their performance. The survey is open to all members of the vision care products and services industry and participation is confidential.To participate in the survey, click here. The survey will remain open until Monday, November 23.
An analysis of the 2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion survey will be presented by The Vision Council’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force following their review of the survey results at The Vision Council’s 2021 Virtual Executive Summit, taking place January 26–28, 2021. Registration for The Executive Summit will open in the coming weeks.
“Coming out of The Executive Summit in January 2020, we announced a new direction for The Vision Council with a renewed focus on community-building and industry growth. Fostering a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community is paramount to this new vision,” said Ashley Mills, CEO of The Vision Council. “Since then, we’ve put our plans in motion with the creation of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force responsible for developing dynamic programming and now, with the launch of the 2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey. We encourage everyone in the industry to participate so that we can gather the breadth of data required to identify milestones, provide tangible, actionable pathways for our members to access, and, ultimately, effect long-lasting change.”
“This survey is such an important step in bringing about positive change in our community,” said Dr. Derrick Artis, who serves as the leading member of The Vision Council’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force. “In order to develop meaningful goals, we need to have an understanding of where we stand right now, both in terms of raw data and insights into how the concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion are perceived by those within the vision care community. This survey will allow The Vision Council’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force to put our ideas into action in a thoughtful, intentional way, with the benefit of the entire industry in mind. We hope as many people as possible across all segments of the industry participate so we can have this impact.”
The 2020 survey is the second diversity survey developed by The Vision Council. The first was conducted in 2019 and the results were shared at the 2020 Executive Summit.
“The initial diversity study we conducted in 2019 was always a starting point. We knew that there was more work to do and that we would need to expand the survey,” said Mills. “By partnering with Nonprofit HR and their DEI consultants to support and guide our efforts—from developing the survey to assisting with the analysis of the results—we are elevating our commitment to drive change.”
Bruno Fischer, new CEO at Satisloh Group
After 5 years with Satisloh, first as Head of Region North America and for the last 2 years as President/CEO for the global Satisloh Group, Pete Lothes will take on a new leadership role within Essilor of America as SVP Operations and Supply Chain effective November 2nd, 2020. In this new role, he will be responsible for all manufacturing and supply chain activities across Essilor of America.
“I look forward to the new challenge and opportunity but at the same time know that I will miss the great customers and staff that I had the privilege to work with at Satisloh. What I am truly happy about, though, is that I am able to pass on the baton to a successor that is uniquely qualified to lead the Satisloh Group,” said Lothes.
Bruno Fischer will become the new CEO of the global Satisloh Group, the market leader in optical manufacturing equipment. Fischer joined Satisloh in 2001. For many years he has been serving as CFO in the Satisloh Group and took over several other capacities. He was COO from 2010 to 2014 and most recently has been leading Finance, HR, IT and the order management process with a laser sharp focus on optimizing the company’s processes to better serve its customers. Fischer holds a Master’s Degree in Financial Management from Zurich University and an MBA from IMD Lausanne.
“At Satisloh our Vision is to shape and deliver innovative optical manufacturing solutions to improve quality of life around the world. Guided by this Vision, we have many exciting technology products as well as new services in the pipeline. In my new role, I am looking forward to bringing these to all of our customers worldwide,” said Fischer.
Salem Distributing Company, Inc. is excited to announce a major rebrand and divisional restructure. These changes reflect the company’s evolution and desire to serve its customers with a greater focus to better meet the changing needs of the fabrication industry.Salem Distributing Company, Inc. will evolve into Salem Fabrication Technologies Group, Inc. This name change will better represent the company across all of the industries in which it offers machinery, tools, supplies, equipment and services.
Under Salem Fabrication Technologies Group, two distinct divisions will continue to focus on technology and fabrication solutions in the glass industry. With a diverse range of fabrication services, Salem offers an unmatched level of high-tech advancements and industry 4.0 expertise.The first division, offering tooling, surfacing supplies and equipment solutions, will be known as Salem Fabrication Supplies. This division will be headed up by President Dan Reinhart, who previously held the position of VP of Sales & Marketing for Salem Distributing. Reinhart remarked; “Customers will continue to find top of the line, high quality diamond and polishing wheels, drills and router bits as well as polishing compounds, abrasives, coolants and material handling equipment. The knowledgeable and customer-service oriented sales staff servicing this division are our same employee-owners that customers have come to trust and rely on”.
A second division created will entirely focus on glass fabrication machinery and technical services. HHH Tempering Resources, which was acquired by Salem in July of 2019, will become HHH Equipment Resources. Salem and HHH machinery engineers and technical experts will come together under this division to focus on customers’ machinery needs and will offer an even wider range of fabrication equipment, in addition to providing extended U.S.-based fabrication and glass tempering technical support and service. Mike Synon will continue as President of HHH and said,
“HHH will diversify our offerings and incomparable technical service beyond tempering to include additional fabrication equipment from edgers, bevelers and CNCs to washers, sandblasting units, i nsulated glass equipment and more. We’re excited to better meet the needs of our customers and the industry as a whole”.“Salem is thrilled to evolve with a cutting-edge approach to build on our fabrication industry experience. I look forward to combining this expertise with our technical knowledge, innovative equipment and superior customer service to bring a new standard to the industry”, Salem CEO Mike Willard said.
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Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. announced that group company SDC Technologies, Inc. has acquired Cotec, an established innovator in the development and manufacture of high quality PVD (physical vapor deposition) and MLD (molecular layer deposition) materials for hydrophobic, oleophobic and anti-reflective coatings in the ophthalmic, precision optics, automotive and display markets. Cotec became a wholly owned subsidiary of SDC on October 1, 2020.
“We are proud to partner with Cotec to broaden our range of liquid hard coatings,” said Antonios Grigoriou, CEO and President of SDC. The synergy of these two companies is a perfect fit, delivering a larger range of coating products across ophthalmic, automotive displays and camera lenses, precision optics and aerospace. This unique strategic integration of coating technologies allows us to support the ophthalmic market as a total solution lens fabricator whilst also expanding into new markets.
“Cotec is a well-known innovative company for thin film coating technologies. Our expertise in the fields of vacuum coating, evaporation chemicals and nanotechnology, in combination with the most advanced development and production processes has made us a globally recognized supplier and partner for research and development”, explained Michael Fliedner, founder and CEO of Cotec. “We are honored to incorporate this knowhow into the SDC organization. Through the partnership with SDC the expertise of both companies in polymer chemistry and thin film coating technology is being combined. This will strengthen the innovative power of both companies and enable SDC and Cotec to offer customers even more innovative products as a full-service provider. With the acquisition by SDC, Cotec will gain access to the worldwide network of SDC for further global growth. SDC’s existing distribution channels and application facilities will enable Cotec to strengthen its presence in Asia and the Americas.”
DAC Technologies virtual booth
DAC Technologies launches a new digital experience with a virtual booth where customers can navigate and learn more about DAC’s line of surfacing, cleaning and finishing equipment along their consumable lines. Customers can view equipment images rotate 360 degrees, as well as click on videos, brochures, sales presentations and webinars. Visit https://booth.dactechnologies.com