IOT continues to update its website to make t he information and knowledge available for all customers to manufacture the best lenses. From now on, all that information is available in two new languages, Portuguese and Chinese, which are added to the English and Spanish versions. The IOT website is evolving and growing to meet the needs of our customers. We are always looking for ways to connect with social network to share our extensive knowledge on optics and educate our customers about the state-of-the-art product and services offered by IOT. Find out more about IOT at www.iot.es
Vision Expo West is pleased to introduce The Next Generation of Retailers – Speed Dating event at this year’s Show. For the first time ever, new and potential business owners will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with some of the industry’s most successful independent retailers to learn the ins and outs of business ownership.
New and potential business owners interested in participating can submit their application online.
Hosted by Erinn Morgan, editor-in-chief of Eyecare Business Magazine, and James Spina, editor-in-chief of 20/20 Magazine, the event will take place Thursday, Sept. 19 in The OPTImum Lounge (Booth #18130) from 3 p.m.–4p.m.
“I wish I had access to something like this when I was first starting out,” said Wendy Salle, owner of Salle Opticians and participating veteran retailer for the event. “It’s a great opportunity to bounce things off people who have already ‘been there, done that’ or to ask really pointed questions that you may not otherwise have an opportunity to ask.”
Participating retailers include:
• Edward Beiner, owner of Edward Beiner Eyewear
• Siobhán Burns, owner of The Eyeglass Lass
• Julia Gogosha, owner of Gogosha Optique
• Tanya Gill, OD and owner of Oakland Vision Center
• Stephanie Haenes, COO and owner of Art of Optiks
• Utenzi Miller, owner of Elegant Eyes
• Nate Ogura, owner of Eyes on Fremont
• Todd Rogers, owner of Todd Rogers Eyewear
• Selima Salaun, owner of Selima Optique
• Wendy Salle, owner of Salle Opticians
Following the event, a sangria reception hosted by Etnia Barcelona will be open to all Vision Expo West attendees.
“Etnia Barcelona is extremely excited to sponsor The Next Generation of Retailers – Speed Dating event,” said Pablo Cobian, U.S. general manager for Etnia Barcelona. “All the panel members are independent and unique in their own way, matching perfectly with the Etnia Barcelona core values. As the optical industry is expanding and growing, Etnia Barcelona is in a great position to partner with Vision Expo West to bring a fun new form of networking to the independent optician that helps build relationships across the industry.”
To register for Vision Expo West 2019, visit visionexpowest.com and be sure to follow along on all of Vision Expo’s social media channels, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Coburn Technologies, Inc. is pleased to announce the newest innovation in Lens Blocking Systems, the Spectrum Prismatic Lens Blocker. Designed for compatibility with all common surfacing machines, the Spectrum Prismatic Lens Blocker provides extremely precise alignment of the lens at the correct prism angle. It also provides all this functionality at a price point not previously seen in the marketplace.
The Spectrum Blocker measures the front curve of the lens and warns the operator if the blank is incorrect, virtually eliminating blank selection errors. This measurement can also be provided to the LMS for modification of back curve calculations to produce a more accurate lens.
The Spectrum Blocker is available with multiple blocking ring configurations from 50 mm to 63 mm and is also available in a plano (non-prismatic) version. The Spectrum Blocker will be on display at this year’s Vision Expo West 2019 in Las Vegas.
Problems with wrinkles, bubbles, detaching, commonly known with tape, are a thing of the past thanks to the SPP Modulo. It replaces tape to optimally protect the lens during the surfacing process utilizing UV-curable liquid protection layers. Evenly distributed across the lens, the layer optimally covers it while adhering tightly to it – even with extremely curved lenses or extreme flat top bifocals. Bubbles or wrinkles causing power or cosmetic defects are prevented. The lacquer lasts all shift long for uninterrupted processing and minimum downtime. The protection layer can be removed easily with Schneider’s tape-stripping technology.
Onwards to new horizons: in 2021, 2023 and 2025 opti will be held at the fairground “Messe Stuttgart”. The reason: in these odd years, fairground Munich is only able to give opti exhibitors a narrow window of time in which to construct their stands due to the “BAU”, the world’s leading trade fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems taking place beforehand. As this called the timing in January into question, the International Trade Show for Optics & Design will move to a different location during these years.
From the start it was clear that the date in January, a set-up period appropriate for the size of the trade show stands and the established opti runtime from Friday to Sunday were not negotiable. “Ultimately
we wanted to offer the market the best possible opti in the future as well,” says Dieter Dohr, chairman of the GHM. “A trade show that meets the high demands placed on it, which offers planning certainty, facilitates developments and continues to be a highlight in January for the entire optical industry.”
EssilorLuxottica S.A. (“EssilorLuxottica”), a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of ophthalmic lenses, frames and sunglasses today announces an agreement with Hal Optical Investments B.V. (“HAL”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of HAL Holding N.V, for the sale of HAL’s 76.72% ownership interest in GrandVision N.V. (“GrandVision” or the “Company”), a global leader in optical retail (the “Block Trade Agreement”). Under the Block Trade Agreement, EssilorLuxottica will buy HAL’s shares for a price of Euro 28 per share, to be increased by 1.5% to Euro 28.42 if closing of the Transaction (the “Transaction”) does not occur within 12 months from the announcement date. GrandVision supports the Transaction under the terms of a support agreement with EssilorLuxottica (the “Support Agreement”).
Closing of the Transaction between EssilorLuxottica and HAL is subject to various conditions, including obtaining antitrust clearance. The Transaction is expected to close in 12 to 24 months. After the Transaction has been successfully concluded, EssilorLuxottica will launch a mandatory cash public offer (the “Mandatory Public Offer”) for all outstanding shares in the Company, in accordance with the applicable Dutch public offer rules.
For EssilorLuxottica, the combination with GrandVision will serve as a catalyst to unlock the underlying growth potential of the eyecare and eyewear industry. The activities of both companies are highly complementary. EssilorLuxottica currently operates over 10,000 stores and several proprietary online platforms with a strong presence in the Americas. GrandVision operates more than 7,200 optical stores and online platforms in more than 40 different countries with a strong presence in Europe and Latin America.
GrandVision will bring more than 37,000 employees and Euro 3.7 billion in annual revenue to EssilorLuxottica, growing the company’s reach and expanding its dialogue with end consumers. The combination with GrandVision will create an extended multichannel platform to seize future opportunities in retail and in consumer interaction on eyecare and eyewear products and services.