Mido postponed to 2021

The Mido Management Board announced today that the the 50th edition of of the traide fair had to be postponed to 2021. They said the decision was difficult but unavoidable.

 The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in Italy and its swift spread to the rest of the world, along with doubts about when the crisis will normalize globally, have forced us to make the painful, but crucial, decision to safeguard exhibitors and visitors, buyers and stakeholders, staff and everyone involved in the organization, management and operation of the show,” said Mido President Giovanni Vitaloni. “The 50th anniversary edition is being moved to 2021 and we are convinced it will bring a new lease on life to the eyewear industry in Italy and abroad. Our focus, and that of all industry professionals, is to inject new vitality into a healthy economic system that although slowed by the public health crisis – has never lost its driving force.”

The 50th edition of Mido will take place about three weeks earlier than usual: Saturday to Monday February 6th to 8th, 2021 at Fiera Milano Rho.

While awaiting MIDO 2021, the MIDO4U digital platform is a key resource that connects exhibitors (who choose to do so) with international buyers. “Of course, the digital platform cannot replace an actual fair, where people can mingle and talk business, continued Vitaloni, but it is an accessible means of real, albeit virtual, interaction that ensures the industry a viable way to continue to build business relationships.




Vision Expo Announces Virtual Connections Program

Vision Expo today announces Virtual Connections, a new program designed to encourage and facilitate conversations and virtual meetings for Vision Expo East 2020 exhibitors and attendees who had registered for the event that was postponed as a result of COVID-19. Launching in mid-April, Virtual Connections will offer various pathways for personal connections in a flexible and customizable format, including a digital concierge service.

“Following the prudent, yet difficult decision to postpone and consolidate Vision Expo East 2020 with Vision Expo West 2020, we realize it is more important than ever for members of the vision community to connect and collaborate,” said Fran Pennella, Vision Expo event vice president at Reed Exhibitions. “Virtual Connections is designed as a helpful tool to seamlessly connect Vision Expo East 2020 exhibitors and attendees who had registered to take part in the event. It is one of the ways we are continuing to serve the industry and to keep our collective community together during this unprecedented and unsettling time.”

For those scheduled participants of the postponed Vision Expo East 2020 seeking to make business connections with suppliers, Virtual Connections will offer one-to-one matchmaking services through a digital concierge. Through this customized system, a personal concierge from Reed Exhibitions, co-owner of Vision Expo, will coordinate virtual Zoom meetings between attendees and exhibitors, organizing every stage of the meeting, from initial scheduling to facilitating introductions during the meeting and distributing post-conversation follow-up surveys.

In addition to the concierge service, Virtual Connections will also offer several other ways to connect. All attendees who registered for Vision Expo East 2020 will receive personalized exhibitor recommendations, which will include exhibitor contact information. Additionally, pre-registered attendees will receive an online survey that they can take to pinpoint specific exhibitors they are interested in engaging with and having further conversations. The contact information for these exhibitors will be shared with the attendees accordingly.

“Virtual Connections is designed to help the vision industry continue to have productive conversations, forge meaningful connections and, ultimately, keep doing business during a very disruptive time,” said Matthias Clock, Vision Expo marketing director. “We hope Virtual Connections will help foster relationships that will carry through to Vision Expo West in September, when we are so excited for the vision community to come together again.”




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.