3D-Micromac appoints Marko Gerlach Chief Financial Officer

3D-Micromac appoints Marko Gerlach Chief Financial Officer

Marko Gerlach, new CFO at 3D-Micromac. Source: 3D-Micromac

3D-Micromac, the industry leader in laser micromachining and roll-to-roll laser systems for the semiconductor, photovoltaic (PV), medical device and electronics markets, announces that its management board has appointed Marko Gerlach to the role of chief financial officer effective immediately.
As CFO, Marko Gerlach is responsible for the areas of accounting and controlling at 3D-Micromac AG. The previous interim CFO, Frank Jäger, will remain with 3D-Micromac AG for a period of time to help ensure a smooth transition before leaving the company.

Marko Gerlach began his professional career in tax consulting and auditing. For approximately 10 years, he provided services to small- and medium-sized companies in the fields of annual audits, management consulting and all tax matters.
Since 2009, Marko Gerlach has held various management positions within the Jenoptik Group. He built up the group audit department and was responsible for this function. In this role, he supported numerous group initiatives in the areas of process optimization and corporate governance. In recent years, he was responsible for Jenoptik’s operational accounting in Germany, which was centralized under his leadership.

„We are very pleased to appoint Marko Gerlach, an experienced financial expert, as chief financial officer. With his extensive expertise and leadership skills, we are certain to have a strong new addition to our management board,“ stated Uwe Wagner, CEO of 3D-Micromac AG.

Mido to be held February 12 – 14, 2022 in Milan

Mido to be held February 12 – 14, 2022 in Milan

Mido show 2019

Despite the unpredictability of our times, the situation in Italy is currently under control and the hosting of trade shows has not been compromised. Mido 2022 is set to open its doors February 12th to 14th at Fiera Milano Rho, as scheduled, announced the organizers. Proof of success can be found in other key events, like the recent well-attended EICMA motorcycle show. At the moment, there are no barriers to international travel, no measures prohibiting access to Italy by European citizens or those from other key market nations, like the USA.

Currently, about 600 exhibitors have confirmed their participation in the show, of these 350 are international, primarily European, specifically, from France, Germany, Spain, the UK and the United States.

“Although uncertainty is a constant these days, we feel it is our responsibility to support the needs of industry businesses that, over the last two years, have suffered the consequences of the global crisis,” remarked MIDO President Giovanni Vitaloni. “Promoting a product like eyewear, whether optical or sunglasses, requires interaction and MIDO aims to re-establish interpersonal communication. The first Digital Edition, rolled out in 2021, is back again this year. Although a brilliant aid in managing contacts, it lacked the human touch in conducting business. At any rate, we believe we have amply demonstrated in the recent past that MIDO has made responsible choices with regard to exhibitors and visitors, with whom we are constantly in contact to assess and ensure a high-quality event. We are all CRAVING MIDO!”.

Misdo is also an opportunity to share thoughts brought up by the pandemic, expressed as solutions, innovations and products that look to the future and that make a break with “yesterday’s world”. With this in mind, the global eyewear industry has seen a growth spurt in product personalization and a greater sensitivity to environmental and social sustainability.

“The eyewear we will find at MIDO are the result of two years in which companies have followed pathways that led to increasingly customized products, where what matters is their quality, durability and content, understood as the story behind the spectacles,” continued Vitaloni. In addition, there is a greater focus on sustainability, with research into recyclable raw materials and production processes with low environmental impact.”

Speaking of sustainability, the 1st edition of the Stand Up For Green award will take place at Mido 2022 ‒ in recognition of the stands where outstanding environmental sensitivity was exercised, for example, by employing reusable modules, recycled materials or raw materials with low environmental impact. Award winners will be announced on Saturday, February 12, during the show’s opening-day events. Another award returning this year is the BeStore Award, acknowledging the world’s optical centers that offer an outstanding shopping experience and customer service.

Entries for both awards can be submitted until January 12 on the MIDO website www.mido.com, under the “participate” heading. Also back after a successful first edition is the Your BeStore digital competition award that goes to the optical shop deemed the best by users of the MIDO 2022 | DIGITAL EDITION platform.

MIDO will also feature training opportunities and presentations on trends and future scenarios by industry professionals, to be held in the OttiClub space. Discussing trends will be WGSN; while Materially will focus on innovative materials as well as retail, presbyopia, progressives, marketing and much more.

“We have planned a game-changing edition ‒ the world has changed and the ensuing developments led to a new way of envisioning business and the future. We expect everyone at MIDO to share this vision of the future with us, each one expressed with its own mood, confirming their confidence in the leading global event,” concluded Vitaloni.

All updates will be available on line on the event website www.mido.com and on the official social channels: Instagram (@mido_exhibition), Facebook (@MIDOExhibition), Twitter (@MIDOExhibition) and LinkedIn.

opti 2022 postponed until May

opti 2022 postponed until May

Fairground Munich, Entrance North © GHM

The international trade show for optics & design, which was planned for 14 to 16 January 2022 at the Fairground Munich in Germany, will not take place at the beginning of the year. Uncontrolled rapidly increasing infection rates in the coronavirus pandemic, and changes to government requirements at short notice, also regarding 2G-plus regulations along with visitor restrictions, make reliable planning impossible. The organiser has therefore decided to postpone opti until May. It will take place from 13 to 15 May 2022 (Friday to Sunday) in Munich.

The conditions for a successful and relaxed opti from 14 to 16 January 2022 have changed dramatically for the worse in the past few days, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

“It is currently impossible to predict whether the situation will ease again by January. Our primary goal was and remains to organise an opti 2022, which promises success for all participants. In this increasingly acute situation, we can no longer guarantee this for the planned time slot of the event,” explained Klaus Plaschka, Managing Director of GHM Gesellschaft für Handwerksmessen mbH.

In addition to the uncontrolled rapidly increasing infection rates, the urgent wishes of the exhibitors have played an equal role in this decision. From the current perspective, it is hardly possible for service providers and employees of opti exhibitors – and also for opti visitors – to plan their participation for January, despite the comprehensive hygiene concept.

Safety concept adapted until the last moment 
Up to the very last moment, GHM and the opti team had continuously adapted the safety concept for opti 2022, to create the best possible conditions for a successful industry meeting. The unpredictability has reached its peak, not least with the latest federal and state regulations, and the resulting U-turn regarding the previously applicable government guidelines.

“Just like we were, the exhibitors and opticians alike were looking forward to seeing each other again! Especially in these difficult times, opti remains an efficient marketing platform. Our aim is to reliably enable the exhibiting companies and opticians to achieve economic success – we want to offer the trade show public a great product experience. Until recently, this was possible under the previously applicable conditions. However, all the underlying new facts and developments, taken together, make postponing opti the only sensible course of action. As the trade show organisers, I am sure that the exhibitors and visitors will understand this difficult decision. And all the more, we look forward to seeing everyone again in May,” said Bettina Reiter, director of opti.

opti 2022 will be held from from 13 to 15 May 2022 in Munich (Germany), with the same hall concept (four halls, C1 to C4) and the same infrastructure – including the well-known north-west and north entrances, the usual parking facilities and conference rooms.

J&J to spin off consumer products and focus on pharmaceuticals

J&J to spin off consumer products and focus on pharmaceuticals

Johnson & Johnson plans to spin off its consumer health division to focus on pharmaceuticals and medical devices in the biggest shake-up in the U.S. company’s 135-year history.

The company said it was aiming to complete the separation in 18 to 24 months at a cost of $500 million to $1 billion. J&J shares, part of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, were up 1.5%. The pharmaceutical and medical devices unit will retain the J&J name and the company expects a tax-free spinoff.

The planned separation would create two global leaders that are better positioned to deliver improved health outcomes for patients and consumers through innovation, pursue more targeted business strategies and accelerate growth.

Following the planned separation, the new Johnson & Johnson would remain the world’s largest and most diverse healthcare company and continue its commitment to lead in global healthcare R&D and innovation, with a portfolio that blends its strong Pharmaceutical and Medical Device capabilities focused on advancing the standard of care through innovation and technology. As previously announced, Mr. Alex Gorsky will serve as Executive Chairman of Johnson & Johnson and transition the Chief Executive Officer role to Mr. Joaquin Duato, currently Vice Chairman of the Company’s Executive Committee, effective January 3, 2022. Mr. Duato would continue to lead the new Johnson & Johnson following completion of the planned separation.

The New Consumer Health Company would be a leading global consumer health company, touching the lives of over one billion consumers around the world every day through iconic brands such as Neutrogena, AVEENO, Tylenol, Listerine, JOHNSON’s, and BAND-AID and continuing its legacy of innovation. The New Consumer Health Company’s Board of Directors and executive leadership would be determined and announced in due course as the planned separation process progresses.

Mr. Gorsky said, “Throughout our storied history, Johnson & Johnson has demonstrated that we can deliver results that benefit all our stakeholders, and we must continually be evolving our business to provide value today, tomorrow and in the decades ahead. Following a comprehensive review, the Board and management team believe that the planned separation of the Consumer Health business is the best way to accelerate our efforts to serve patients, consumers, and healthcare professionals, create opportunities for our talented global team, drive profitable growth, and – most importantly – improve healthcare outcomes for people around the world.”

The Vision Council launches Advancing Diversity & Inclusion: A Cornell Certificate for Optical Professionals

The Vision Council launches Advancing Diversity & Inclusion: A Cornell Certificate for Optical Professionals

The Vision Council  announced the launch of Advancing Diversity & Inclusion: A Cornell Certificate for Optical Professionals, an online four-course and capstone certificate program customized specifically for members of the vision community by Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR). The certificate program is designed to lead attendees through the perceptual, institutional and psychological processes that impact employee interactions in an effort to build a truly aware and inclusive work culture.

With courses evenly divided between public and private cohorts, The Vision Council’s registrants will have access to two exclusive private courses designed to provide vision industry context and instruction not included in the traditional Cornell certification program. Attendees will have the opportunity to schedule the public cohort courses from a set of available dates. All four courses will be led by Lisa Nishii, Associate Professor and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, with the first course beginning on December 8, 2021. Each course is two weeks in length, self-paced and accessible through Canvas, an online learning management system.

In addition, The Vision Council has worked with Cornell University to curate a custom two-hour live virtual capstone session contextualized to optical industry specific scenarios, challenges and opportunities. The exclusive capstone session will be led by Tony Byers, Diversity & Inclusion Professional Programs Director and Senior Extension Faculty for Cornell University’s ILR School. Byers previously served as the Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Starbucks and is known for his efforts in leading and revitalizing Starbucks’ highly respected and successful diversity and inclusion programming.
The certificate program is open to the first 35 registrants. Members of The Vision Council and non-members are welcome to register at a discounted rate. Members of The Vision Council are eligible for special members-only pricing. To register for the program, click here.

bbase publishes the bow Index, a comparative tool for sustainable eyewear materials

bbase publishes the bow Index, a comparative tool for sustainable eyewear materials

Created to empower brands, manufacturers and designers, the bow Index is an industry-focused tool that overviews bbase’s comparative research into sustainable materials. With over 4 billion people wearing eyewear made from virgin materials, for bbase, a big factor in their sustainability mission is championing responsible materials for the manufacturing of eyewear.

“We’ve invested in making our processes purposeful and a big part of that includes digging into the materials we are inspired by. So much of our discussions with partners has been around knowledge-building about materials. Delivering on this need without the sacrifice of producing beautiful product is what we are about. We want to share with and learn from those who are walking the same path to figuring out sustainability in the fashion industry.” – Jo-Black, CEO of bbase Design Group

How does the bow Index work?
The bow Index consolidates information on several recycled and biodegradable materials across sustainability-focused criteria. These materials are shown in comparison to traditional eyewear materials that are normally used in the eyewear industry.

How was the bow Index created?
To create the Index, the team at bbase designed a point system for each criteria, in which materials score within a specified range.
The initial criteria were chosen based on the categories that were measurable by absolute values.
Vetted information from bbase’s GRS-certified factory partners and raw material suppliers inform the Index. 

What materials are included in the Index and how are they labelled?
For its launch, the Index consolidated information and applied experience for the following certified sustainable materials:

•   r22 – recycled PET
•   r32 – recycled polycarbonate
•   r38 – recycled acrylic
•   r43 – recycled acetate (physical recycling)
•   r45 – recycled acetate (chemical recycling)
•   r46 – recycled tritan
•   r49 – recycled copper
•   b31 and b33 – biodegradable acetate
•   b42 – biodegradable wheat straw

The codes indicate r (for recycled) and b (for biodegradable). The numbers correspond to the order of when the team started R&D into a particular material. bbase started the Index based on the most popular sustainable materials they were using in the business. Currently, the company is researching and testing over 50 materials for the Index.

What are the criteria included in the Index?

•    Sustainable Certifications – Is a material certified and traceable?
•    Product Lifespan – How much wear and tear can the material sustain over time?
•    DEP Content – Does the material contain DEP or not?
•    BPA Content – Does the material contain BPA or not?
•    Recycled Material Content – What % of the raw material is from recycled sources
•    Biodegradability  – How quickly does a material biodegrade?
•    Material Efficiency & Performance – Is the material production-friendly?

bbase commits to expanding and developing the Index across further criteria and materials.

“This is just the beginning of the Index. We intend to grow and develop the Index with more materials and categories that focus on GHG emissions, ethical sourcing, energy usage and more. We also plan to include more component materials so we are looking at eyewear materials in a holistic manner.” Jo-Black, CEO of bbase Design Group

The Index aspires to support the following Sustainable Development Goals:
All updates about the Index will be published on thebowIndex.com, a free resource to all.