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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
A sad consequence of coronavirus-related developments: opti, the international trade show for optics and design, which was planned to take place from 8th to 10th of January 2021, has been cancelled due to the current volatile developments: This decision was a result of rising infection rates, travel restrictions and feedback from the industry.
The organizer responsible for opti, GHM Gesellschaft für Handwerksmessen mbH, has decided to cancel opti 2021. Despite the hygiene concept that was developed together with Landesmesse Stuttgart and the responsible authorities, and the commitment of many market participants, including market leaders, which resulted in numerous registrations, participation from the entire industry is not sufficient in turbulent times like these to organise an opti that guarantees participants the desired success and can therefore be fully backed by those in charge.
“The last few days have shown that the uncertainties regarding infection rates are dividing the industry. We would like to thank the supporters of opti 2021 specifically for standing behind our concept for opti 2021 to this day, and for having placed their trust in us. We still stand by our decision to offer the optical industry a secure platform for its business, especially during these challenging times. “However, it has always been our aim to organise an opti that is secure and successful for everyone and that is supported by a solid industry majority,” says Dieter Dohr, Chairman of the Management Board of GHM Gesellschaft für Handwerksmessen mbH. “We have been observing the market very closely in recent weeks, and we have maintained close contact with our exhibitors in particular. Many continue to be very interested in introducing their new products to their customers in person and are clearly committed to opti. The current developments are now associated with more uncertainties, especially with regard to national travel restrictions, meaning that in the last few days many of the registered exhibitors and market leaders cancelled their participation in opti after their admission was confirmed, due to coronavirus. As a result, the situation is becoming increasingly uncertain for opti visitors as well. Under these conditions, we would not have been able to meet the justified expectations and the objectives pursued by the exhibitors who registered. So it was with a heavy heart that we decided to take this step,” Dieter Dohr continued, adding: “The decision to cancel was really not an easy one for us. We are now gathering our strength, looking to the future and directing our focus towards opti 2022, which will once again provide a positive impetus to the optical industry.”
The next opti will take place at Fairground Munich from 14th to 16th of January 2022.
MIDO 2021 drops its traditional February dates to schedule a June show. A sensible choice, driven by the aim to ensure exhibitors and visitors an exhibition offering peak international traffic potential and profitable business transactions.
The show’s well-known international reach encouraged the organizers to make a bold, decisive choice: rescheduling MIDO 2021 to Saturday June 5th to Monday June 7th, at Fiera Milano.
The hope is that the arrival of summer will make for safer travel between countries, confirming MIDO as a pivotal force behind the industry’s business activities.
From now until June, MIDO will continue to explore and develop opportunities to add value as the fair organizers moves forward on this delicate journey toward the relaunch of the eyewear sector. Challenging months lie ahead and, despite the pandemic, MIDO’s 50th anniversary will be celebrated in an atmosphere of regained peace of mind.
The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions, organizers of Vision Expo, today announce that Vision Expo East 2021, originally scheduled to take place from March 18–21, will now take place May 25–28, 2021 (Education: May 25–28; Exhibition: May 26–28) at the Javits Center in New York City. The date change reflects a proactive decision by the Show’s organizers in the interest of providing more time for companies to effectively plan their participation during this challenging period for the optical marketplace.
“While we are more eager than ever to bring the vision care community together as soon as possible, the needs of our members and the industry at large is our number one concern. The decision to host Vision Expo East in May instead of March is the result of thoughtful and frequent communication with our members over the past few months, during which we learned that due to the pandemic and the uncertain environment for holding events, finalizing Q1 plans is proving to be a challenge for many members of the optical community,” said Mitch Barkley, Vice President of Trade Shows and Events at The Vision Council. “With this in mind, as well as the health and safety of the community, we have made the decision now to host the event in late May to give our members and exhibitors at Vision Expo the time they need to make their plans.”
“2021 marks the 35th Anniversary of Vision Expo East and we are very excited to bring the community together to celebrate this milestone,” said Fran Pennella, Vice President of Vision Expo at Reed Exhibitions. “Over the next few months, we will be working closely with The Vision Council on finalizing the Show’s programming and neighborhoods. While 2021 may look different than years past, we are energized by the resilience the industry has demonstrated in the face of COVID-19. Our community is only as strong as its friendships, associations, and business relationships, which is why we are working diligently to host a Vision Expo event where new relationships are forged and friends can meet face to face again.”
Additional details on Vision Expo East’s new neighborhoods, educational programming and special features will be announced in the coming months.
New Acuity Max Soft Polisher
Coburn Technologies is pleased to introduce the latest technology in conventional lens processing that eliminates the need for traditional hard tools. Developed in conjunction with the CTL65 Compact Lens Generator which the company introduced several years ago, Coburn’s new Acuity Max Soft Polisher revolutionizes lens processing for the conventional lab.
This Cut-to-Polish System is an ideal solution for conventional labs seeking the most efficient and accurate lens processing technology without the high cost of a complete digital system. Acuity Max uses versatile soft tools in a two-step polishing process, eliminating the need for bulky, labor-intensive hard tools and traditional fining and polishing pads.
“We listened to the customer and discovered the desire for conventional lens processing labs to innovate their systems in the age of expensive digital systems,” states Ram Narayanan, Executive Director of Coburn Technologies’ Asia Market. “Our CTL65 Compact Lens Generator already produces an excellent surface finish. Paired with Acuity Max, operators can skip the fining process, eliminate hard tools, and use innovative soft tools to produce more accurate lens powers than traditional hard lap tools.”
Adding Acuity Max to your new or existing CTL65 Compact Lens Generator will save time, labor, space, and utilities in any lab.