Change of ownership at MAFO

Change of ownership at MAFO

Petros Sioutis, Silke Sage and Efstathios Efthimiadis have taken over MAFO’s former Media Welt publishing house from founder Jörg Spangemacher in August of this year under the new name EYEPRESS Fachmedien GmbH. As former employees of the company, all three have many years of experience in the publishing industry as well as in the optical industry. Petros Sioutis  will be the new managing director, Silke Sage will be responsible for the editorial management and Efstathios Efthimiadis as the creative director will be responsible for layout and production. Sioutis  graduated in Business Administration in 1991. Before taking over at Eyepress, he managed the business at MediaWelt for 17 years. As editor-in-chief of GlobalCONTACT for the past 10 years and also of FOCUS since 2012, Sage reported on the ophthalmic optics industry, which she knows in detail as a trained optometrist and engineer. With a professional background in layout and production and a passion for design, Efthimiadis has been in charge of MediaWelt’s creative aspects since 2007 and is now looking forward to investing his wealth of ideas in his own company. Together, the triumvirate will take the EYEPRESS Fachmedien GmbH into the future and publish the usual wide range of specialist magazines for experts from the various disciplines of the ophthalmic field.

EYEPRESS Fachmedien GmbH includes five German and English language magazines and three address directories.

EssilorLuxottica – 2019 International Share Ownership Plan

EssilorLuxottica announced the results of its international share ownership plan (“Boost 2019”) with a subscription rate of over 67% of eligible employees. More than 56,000 employees now hold a financial stake in the company.

In November this year, EssilorLuxottica introduced the first employee share ownership initiative of the new combined group, extending it for the first time to 12,000 eligible Luxottica employees in Italy. The plan this year covered 73 countries (vs 43 last year), corresponding to nearly 70,000 employees eligible to subscribe.

Employee shareholding is meant to reinforce employees’ sense of commitment to the company’s mission and strategy, aligning their long-term interests with those of the group and of other shareholders, and providing them with the opportunity to participate in the anticipated value creation and success of the group.

Hoya celebrates 40 years in Germany

Hoya celebrates 40 years in Germany

Hoya has been active in Germany since 1979. For many years, their German headquarters have been situated in Mönchengladbach. On November 23, 2019, a big anniversary party with more than 650 invited guests took place there with a top-class entertainment program with various artistic performances.

In the afternoon, as a prelude to the anniversary celebration, there was the opportunity to take part in a factory tour. More than 300 visitors took the opportunity to look behind the scenes of Europe’s most modern Hoya production and learn more about the manufacturing processes. The next stage of the event then led to the Borussia Park Mönchengladbach. Practically as a “warm-up” before the big show, the visitors were able to sniff stadium air and compete in the “Beat-the-Pro” against the Hoya-sponsored eSports team Borussia Mönchengladbach. This was followed by the presentation of the new premium progressive lens Hoyalux iD MySelf.

The words of welcome of Lord Mayor Hans Wilhelm Reiners then opened the official part of the jubilee celebration. The football expert and Sky commentator Erik Meijer led through a varied program – at his side: the Hoya management, represented by the Managing Director Mirjam Rösch and the Vice President Commercial Western Europe Oliver Fischbach. All visitors had the opportunity to celebrate at the following party with live music and DJ until late in the evening.

 

Erik, Oliver Fischbach (VP Commercial West Europe, Hoya), Mirjam Rösch (CEO, Hoya Deutschland), Philipp Steuer ( Blogger)

WHO publishes report on eye health

WHO publishes report on eye health

Abdul from Tanzania had glaucoma and was operated. Picture: Manuel Ferrigato

Abdul from Tanzania had glaucoma and was operated. Picture: Manuel Ferrigato

2.2 billion people worldwide have to live with visual impairment or blindness, with one billion of those cases being preventable or treatable. This is what the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Health Report (WHO) published for the first time. The most common causes of this are short-sightedness and hyperopia as well as glaucoma and cataract.
“36 million people are blind today. People in poorer regions of the world are particularly affected, where most people have no access to simple surgery, glasses or rehabilitation. As a result, millions of children and adolescents cannot attend school and women and men cannot care for themselves and their families, “said Rupert Roniger, International Director of Light for the World.
According to the WHO report, at least 2.2 billion people live with visual impairment or they are blind. One billion people are still unprotected today – they need glasses or surgery, and in many cases, visual impairment could have been prevented by timely treatment. Currently, 65 million people are blind or visually impaired due to cataracts – they could be treated by surgery. 800 million people have no access to glasses. To treat short-sightedness, hyperopia and cataracts it would need the sum of 13 billion Euros worldwide, calculated the World Health Organization. Light for the World is calling on governments, businesses, foundations and civil society organizations to step up cooperation and provide the resources needed to provide access to healthcare for all concerned.

DAC Technologies  – New Latin America Sales Manager

DAC Technologies – New Latin America Sales Manager

Nestor Paz, as Latin America Sales Manager at DAC

Nestor Paz

DAC Technologies is pleased to welcome Nestor Paz as Latin America Sales Manager. Nestor will be responsible for supporting customers in Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining DAC, Nestor worked 15 years in the optical industry, most recently focused on installing and supporting digital surfacing equipment for a large manufacturer.

Isaac Altit, DAC Technologies’ Global Vice President of Sales, commented, “Nestor’s knowledge in digital and traditional processing and finishing, as well as his international experience, brings invaluable insight to benefit our customers.” For more information on DAC Technologies visit www.dactechnologies.com