Vision Expo West 2022 to debut The Panorama

The organizers of Vision Expo, The Vision Council and RX, today share details on The Panorama, a new Show Floor neighborhood planned for Vision Expo West, taking place September 14-17, 2022 in Las Vegas at the Venetian Expo & Convention Center. The Panorama is designed to showcase cutting-edge technology in the vision industry.

“Driven by our commitment to leading the vision industry forward, we are thrilled to announce the debut of The Panorama,” said Mitch Barkley, Vice President of Trade Shows and Events at The Vision Council, co-organizer of Vision Expo. “The addition of The Panorama neighborhood was inspired by the rise of new companies in the tech innovation category. The new neighborhood will make the Show Floor easier to navigate, allowing attendees to explore these tech-forward companies that are revolutionizing the industry in one, centralized location.”

The Panorama will spotlight the innovative frontier of vision technology, including cutting-edge business solutions, medical advances, software and wearables that are paving the path for what’s to come in the industry. The Panorama will include more than 20 exhibiting companies, including Optify; Notal Vision; Roya; Virtual Field; and Visibly, among others.

SIOF will be held in September 2022

In compliance to China State Council’s “Guidance to implement joint prevention and control mechanism on the normalization and containment of the new coronavirus epidemic”, the 21st China (Shanghai) International Optics Fair, scheduled to be held in Shanghai (February), has been relayed to September 15-17, 2022, at Suzhou International Expo Center.

At latest count, SIOF 2022 has gathered 126 international exhibitors including principals and agents from 18 countries and regions, and 136 global brands shall be on display. Over 400 Chinese exhibitors will also be present.

There is a specific area for the exhibitors showing eyewear production machinery and visual test equipment in the international hall. Many well-known international exhibitors will showcase their up-to-date machinery and equipment in that zone, some of the machinery brands include OptoTech, Satisloh, Schneider; optical software such as Lensware International is also on display there. And there are equipment brands such as Briot, Essilor, Huvitz, Nidek, Topcon, Righton and Visionix.


New Head of Corporate Human Resources at ZEISS Group

Georg von Erffa will take over the management of Corporate Human Resources of the ZEISS Group. He will succeed Susan-Stefanie Breitkopf, who was appointed Chief Transformation Officer (CTO) on the Executive Board of Carl Zeiss AG from 1 July 2022. As Head of CHR, Georg von Erffa will report to Susan-Stefanie Breitkopf.

Georg von Erffa has been Head of HR of the ZEISS Consumer Markets segment since May 2020. In this role, he has implemented various strategic projects, notably setting up the Sourcing Center in the UK, introduction of collective wage agreements at VIS, restructuring of Photo/COP and stepped up the international HR collaboration at COM. Until a successor for the Head of Human Resources at COM has been appointed, Georg von Erffa will retain this position on a temporary basis.

Georg von Erffa started his professional career at Haniel, initially in M&A in 2003, after which he pursued an international career at HeidelbergCement in 2006. He worked in various management and HR roles in Russia, Australia and Europe and acquired sound strategic and operational expertise which continues to characterize his work in HR. Georg von Erffa studied international business in the UK und in the US.

HOYA enters into joint venture with Jiangsu Sigo Optical

HOYA Vision Care, a leader in optical technology innovation, recently announced that it has entered into a strategic joint venture (JV) with Chinese eyeglass lens manufacturer Jiangsu Sigo Optical’s (JSO) Founder and Chief Executive Officer Liu Jianzhong. The partnership will provide HOYA with access to a wider range of high-quality plastic and polycarbonate finished single vision (FSV) lenses, enhancing the company’s existing lens portfolio and providing a more sustainable supply chain for customers.
Under the terms of the transaction, HOYA will receive an almost 61% equity stake with the founder of Jiangsu Sigo Optical retaining over 39% ownership interest. JSO will continue to operate and manage their manufacturing and distribution facilities in Danyang, China as a separate entity. The facility employs more than 450 team members.

“Our equity stake in Jiangsu Sigo Optical will help us deliver on our commitment to provide high quality, spectacle lenses at a competitive price to meet the growing demand of our customers globally,” said Alexandre Montague, Chief Executive Officer, HOYA Vision Care. “In addition to Sigo’s strong manufacturing capabilities, the joint venture provides more scale and flexibility in our sourcing as well as access to their innovation in low-cost materials. We are confident that we will leverage our complementary strengths to cater to the growing global markets, especially in the US and Latin America.”

“We are fully aligned and committed to the common mission as defined by HOYA Vision Care: keep providing higher quality lens products with innovation,” said Liu Jianzhong, founder, and Chief Executive Officer, Jiangsu Sigo Optical. “Establishing a solid partnership with one of the world’s leading optical groups provides us with a great opportunity to improve our operational, technological and commercial excellence under HOYA’s leadership. We are looking forward to contributing to the exciting future and success of this joint venture.”

Horizons Optical in the US

Horizons Optical in the US

Santiago Soler. Photo: Horizons Optical

Horizons Optical, an international R&D company placed in Barcelona, Spain, that is focused on the development and distribution of technology for the optical industry, has settled a subsidiary in the US, Horizons Optical of America (HOA).

In 2021, the growth of Horizons was over 40%, almost doubling the number of laboratories that have decided to trust Horizons Optical solutions and innovation. It is due to this reason, combined with an ambitious target of reaching at least 50 new locations during 2022, why Horizons decided to open a subsidiary in US. The opening of the subsidiary goes through the creation of customer service and commercial attention. The recent set up subsidiary placed in Lewisville, Texas, will be providing technology and services all around US and LATAM markets as well as Canada, being closer and supplying Horizons Optical partners with efficient service.

A professional reinforced team is leading the new subsidiary on one side with Ulises Pérez, responsible for the technical customer support department and with Albert Pogorschelske, leading the commercial team. Both experienced professionals in optical industry will meet challenges with a multi-disciplinary team and will be supported by advanced equipment in lens design and coating analysis.

Santiago Soler, CEO of Horizons Optical, stated: “The opening of a new branch office in the United States is a milestone for Horizons Optical. We are very proud and excited to be able to start operating in this market, which is full of opportunities and growth possibilities for the company. Our purpose is to bring differentiation to the US market though the distribution of unique and patented technologies, we offer solutions covered with 9 patents, prove of our innovation and uniqueness. We will continue to work with a first-class team to further strengthen our positioning as one of the leaders in innovation in our industry and to offer the best service to our customers”.

DaTE will take place in September in Italy

DaTE will take place in September in Italy

Photo: DaTE

Opening in less than two months, the 10th edition of DaTE – Shaping Avantgarde, the eyewear show focused on state-of-the-art eyewear, set to take place from Saturday, September 10 to Monday, September 12 at the Leopolda in Firenze.

To date, 90 exhibitors have confirmed their participation in the show, representing more than 150 brands (data constantly updated). Many international companies will be on hand again this year: from France, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland, just some of the leading countries of origin.

Here you can find the exhibitors list: