100% Optical: Registration now live for first UK optical event in two years

100% Optical: Registration now live for first UK optical event in two years

The largest optical event in the UK, 100% Optical, is back, bigger and better than ever when it returns for its eighth edition in January 2022, with a host of new features and an even stronger focus on sustainability.
Visitor registration for 100% Optical is now live; the three-day show at ExCeL London from 22nd to 24th January 2022, will be the first major optical event since the start of the global pandemic.

The UK’s only show for the sector, 100% Optical is backed by all the industry’s leading organisations, including AOP, ABDO, OSA and AIO. The AOP will deliver all CPD content at the show, including The Optical Academy – a key part of 100% Optical, it will feature a schedule of seminars with accredited education.
With thousands of products on display from 200 exhibitors, new names including La Marca, Düsseldorf Eyewear, Hublot, Bonavista, Nine Eyewear, Bellinger and Centrostyle and with more than 85% of exhibitor slots already taken, the show is on track to be the best yet.
Europe’s fastest-growing optical event, 100% Optical brings together nearly 10,000 optical professionals from across the globe and will be the first opportunity in two years for the industry to get back together again.

Key show features include:
• Future Practice Hub – four rooms dedicated to delivering industry leading content
• Dispensing Workshop – a space for visitors to experience the making and fitting frames first-hand
• Design Arcade – an area to discover the latest trends from both emerging and established eyewear brands
• Live Catwalk shows – showcasing the latest trends provided by exhibitors and their amazing brands three times a day

Live catwalk show. Source: 100%Optical

Nathan Garnett, 100% Optical show director, commented: “As the first major gathering of people in optics in the UK since the start of the pandemic, 100% Optical 2022 is a time for whole the industry to once again get together to network and celebrate the optical sector after an incredibly turbulent time.
“We’re also in the midst of launching a one-stop, handy show guide in the form of an app as we pledge to be more sustainable in the current climate not only going as paper free as possible but avoiding any unnecessary contact to bolster what the industry is already doing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
To coincide with registration for the 2022 show going live, 100% Optical has launched a new website with a fresh look and excellent user experience to showcase the exhibition including its Catwalk, Love Eyewear Awards and the CPD seminars. What’s more, the website also details exhibiting companies and exciting sponsorship and brand awareness opportunities. To register for 100% Optical for free, go to 100percentoptical.com

EssilorLuxottica announces launch of share buyback program

EssilorLuxottica announces launch of share buyback program

EssilorLuxottica announces the launch of a share buyback program reflecting the Group’s confidence in its value creation and long-term prospects.

With a view to implementing this share buyback program, EssilorLuxottica has granted a mandate to an investment services provider for the purchase of up to 2,000,000 EssilorLuxottica shares, depending on market conditions, over a period starting from today, 31 August 2021, up until 29 October 2021.

The shares so acquired are intended to be awarded or transferred to employees and corporate directors of EssilorLuxottica and affiliated companies, especially in the context of profit-sharing plans, bonus and performance share awards, stock option plans, and employee share ownership plan.

EssilorLuxottica launches this share buyback program in accordance to the 10th resolution approved by the Annual General Meeting of May 21, 2021, during which the Company was granted the right to purchase its own shares during the 18 months that followed the Annual General Meeting, for an amount representing up to 10% of its share capital and for a price per share not exceeding 200 euros.

Maxwell honors recipients of Opening Your Eyes Scholarship Fund

Maxwell honors recipients of Opening Your Eyes Scholarship Fund

Maxwell honors three recipients of the Opening Your Eyes: The Vision Council Scholarship Fund at the Times Square EDITION hotel From left to right – Front: Tarrence Lackran (VP, Community Relations – Diversity & Inclusion at Luxury Optical Holdings), Diya Folia (Student), Melissa Bottex (Student), Selima Salaun (Founder/Creative Director at Selima Optique), Jeff Press (Chief Creative at Luxury Optical Holdings), Nicolas Roseillier (Creative Director at STATE Optical Co.) Back: Timothy Mayhew (CEO at Luxury Optical Holdings), Maxwell, Jaedon King-Fletcher (Student) Photo credit: Toni Dubois

Last week, on Wednesday, August 25, three-time Grammy winner, and modern soul star, Maxwell, honored three recipients of the Opening Your Eyes: The Vision Council Scholarship Fund at the Times Square EDITION hotel. During the celebratory event, Maxwell, on behalf of The Vision Council, presented three of the recipients with their scholarships – Jaedon-King Fletcher, Diya Folia and Melissa Bottex. The four additional scholarship recipients, who were selected in July 2021, are: Genesis Opokularbi; Aaron Nyambe; JonChris Valerio; and Anastacia Paul. The event was co-hosted by STATE Optical Co.

“These students are amazing,” said Maxwell. “I was so proud to have a small part in paying it forward to the next generation of strivers. To see their passion and drive to succeed was inspiring.”
The event marks a continuation of Maxwell and STATE Optical Co.’s support of Opening Your Eyes: The Vision Council Scholarship Fund. In February 2021, STATE Optical Co. announced the STATE X Maxwell Collaboration with a limited-edition sunglass style designed in partnership with Maxwell. A portion of the proceeds from the limited-edition line will be donated to Opening Your Eyes: The Vision Council Scholarship Fund. The design of REUNION takes inspiration from Maxwell’s trademark trailblazing, modern soul sound.

Opening Your Eyes: The Vision Council Scholarship Fund is a new program of the Better Vision Institute, the related educational foundation of The Vision Council, and is designed to support high school students in marginalized communities throughout the United States who have an interest in pursuing a career in the optical industry. The program will support these selected students through monetary scholarships to opticianry school, paid internships and mentorships. The intent of the program is to launch a far-reaching effort that can expand to other segments of the industry.
To contribute to the scholarship program directly, click here.

The Vision Council will continue to welcome the scholarship recipients to the vision care industry at Vision Expo West 2021, taking place September 22–25 in Las Vegas. On Thursday, September 23 from 2:15–2:45, the scholarship recipients will be introduced to the industry during a special EYE2EYE Series Panel moderated by Tarrence Lackran, Vice President, Community Relations – Diversity and Inclusion, at Luxury Optical Holdings.

Supporters of Opening Your Eyes: The Vision Council Scholarship Fund include:
• CooperVision
• DeRigo REM
• Europa Eyewear
• Eschenbach Optik
• EssilorLuxottica
• Jobson
• Luxury Optical Holdings
• MODO Eyewear
• MyEyeDr.
• National Vision, Inc.
• Opticians Association of America
• The Vision Council and RX
For more information on the scholarship program and The Vision Council’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, click here.

Opti 2022 – at last a restart with emotions

Opti 2022 – at last a restart with emotions

In 2022 the opti BOX AWARD will be presented at opti for the first time. © GHM

Since 1 August this year, industries have once again been able to meet for live events at the site of leading international trade fairs in Munich Germany). This further increases anticipation for opti 2022, 14-16 January, because it focuses on what counts: real encounters with people who do business and want to hold and feel new products.

Giving new impulses and bringing the industry together live is the team’s motto for the next opti. In mid-January 2022, however, a piece of the tried-and-tested will be joining the “new normal” that is currently present in every area of life. opti in Munich is returning to its  four-hall concept which, under the current circumstances, guarantees the greatest trade fair success and the familiar opti atmosphere as well as facilitating the well-known structures and routes, among other things.

The response from the ophthalmic industry is extremely pleasing. “We can already assume that we shall be presenting four full halls and plenty of innovations and enthusiasm. A clearly defined and structured design of the trade fair has proved itself over the years, and we can really tell that people want to meet up again and do business together. opti 2022 will be the customary turbo booster for the industry and, despite the time restrictions, will live up to its mission and claim as a meeting place for innovation and a hotspot for trends,” explains Bettina Reiter, head of opti.

Exhibitors and the trade fair audience can once again rely on opti to tailor key topics and concepts to the needs of the industry and, with a clear hall layout, provide good orientation and efficient trade fair visits. With its infrastructure and well-known possibilities, Munich as a trade fair location offers security and normality so that everyone can devote themselves fully to their reasons for coming to opti: business and expert knowledge. To this end, the opti team will shortly be presenting the digital formats of knowledge transfer that will complement opti’s offer before, during and after the trade fair days. “Everyone can look forward to these digital agenda items,” says Reiter. “In addition, registrations and orders for exhibitors can now easily be submitted online via our exhibitor portal. Routine has never been part of the opti experience. That’s why opti 2022 is going to be different from every single trade fair that preceded it.”

Hoya Vision Care welcomes Warren Modlin as VP, Technical Marketing

Hoya Vision Care welcomes Warren Modlin as VP, Technical Marketing

 Warren Modlin, VP of Technical Marketing, HOYA Vision Care, North America

Warren Modlin, VP of Technical Marketing, Hoya Vision Care, North America

Ophthalmic lens technology leader Hoya Vision Care announced that Warren Modlin has joined the company as its Vice President of Technical Marketing. In his role, Modlin leads professional relations and innovation strategies for North America, in addition to representing the North American market and delivering on key global initiatives alongside Research & Development.

Trained as an optometrist in South Africa and based in California, Modlin brings more than 30 years of optical industry experience to Hoya, beginning with his 12-year tenure at Ciba Vision where he contributed to the launch of many innovative lens technologies. He also held leadership positions at Oakley and has launched optical businesses including two consultancies and NDV Performance.

“I am excited to join a company that is equally dedicated to supporting its customers with innovative products and unparalleled service,” said Modlin. “Product innovation and technical quality is the life blood of a great company. I feel strongly that Hoya is best positioned to take advantage of the next generation of technology innovations to help ECPs and consumers achieve their maximum potential through vision performance.”

“We are very happy to welcome Warren to our global team of visionaries,” said Eduardo Martins, President of HOYA Vision Care, North America. “Our customers will no doubt benefit from the deep industry knowledge and marketing experience he brings to our company.”

Schneider introduces the power lab of the next decade

Schneider introduces the power lab of the next decade

Digital, powerful, cost-efficient, sustainable, high quality. Groundbreaking new technology based on new philosophies and fresh concepts. This is what the Schneider team has been working tirelessly on and now the curtains will be drawn.

The German pioneer in freeform production announces its largest product release series ever in the company’s history. Starting in July 2021, Schneider will launch 11 innovations over 11 months – one by one on their new microsite. The next generation of Modulo machines shaping the power lab of the next decade. They will extend the Modulo Line with smarter, faster, more powerful and game changing technology, called Modulo ONE.

With that, Schneider accomplishes the vision of an intelligent system, featuring all elements to produce a lens and working together as ONE, facilitating smart decision making and providing all relevant information in real-time. At the finale on May 18th – 22nd, 2022, the power lab will be presented live in action at the biggest DigiCON event ever, at the Schneider headquarters in Fronhausen, Germany.

It is the passion for innovation that drives the president and founder Gunter Schneider and his team. Ever since the presentation of the first freeform generator in 1998 which led to a global paradigm change in the optical industry, the company pursues its mission to inspire with innovative technology, providing labs with what they need to be successful tomorrow and beyond.

In 2012, the company launched the highly integrated Modulo system, combining machines, measurement systems, accessories and conveyors in one single and interlinked unit. As the first fully-integrated lens production system, Modulo pioneered what is nowadays called Industry 4.0 for the ophthalmic industry. Modulo has become an integral part of modern lens manufacturing in the past ten years, producing hundreds of thousands of lenses every day worldwide.

”This next step in the Modulo story will change perceptions once again: Ultimate, all-in automation. We want to create a system that works for you, offering peace of mind that you will hit your throughput goals at lowest cost per lens. The Power-Lab for the next decade is coming”, says Gunter Schneider, founder and president of the Schneider GmbH & Co. KG.
One vision. One philosophy. One system. One future. Modulo ONE.