REM and FYidoctors Announce Distribution Deal for Converse in Canada

By Staff
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:27 AM SUN VALLEY, Calif.— REM Eyewear has announced an exclusive distribution agreement for Converse Eyewear with FYidoctors, one of Canada’s largest providers of ophthalmic products and services.

Safilo Group Will Not Renew Solidarity Contract, Cites 'Constructive Discussions' With Unions and Employees

By Staff
Monday, July 21, 2014 12:24 AM PADUA, Italy— Safilo Group (SFL:MI) announced that it will not renew its solidarity contract for Longarone and Santa Maria di Sala facilities and that it has signed approximately 100 voluntary exit agreements.

Made in the U.S.A.

By Deirdre Carroll
Monday, July 21, 2014 12:00 AM NEW YORK—Manufacturing is the backbone of the U.S., and something our nation was built on, but in the 80s and 90s we all learned a new “dirty” word—outsourcing.

1-800 CONTACTS Breaks Ground on New Corporate HQ

By Staff
Friday, July 18, 2014 12:27 AM DRAPER, Utah—At a groundbreaking ceremony this week, 1-800 CONTACTS, Inc. announced it will be constructing a new corporate headquarters facility here.

VisionWeb Announces Annual Royalty Payment to the Opticians Association of America

By Staff
Friday, July 18, 2014 12:24 AM AUSTIN, Tex.— VisionWeb announced that the Opticians Association of America (OAA) and affiliated State Associations will receive a royalty payment of $7,075.34 earned for eyecare product orders placed by their members on VisionWeb over the last 12 months.

Chemistrie Eyewear Joins Growing List of Companies to Partner with Think About Your Eyes

By Staff
Friday, July 11, 2014 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.— Chemistrie Eyewear, a provider of frames and accessory products, is the latest industry partner to join the Think About Your Eyes national public outreach campaign.

Essilor and Zeiss are Cooperating With Investigation of French Optical Market

By Staff
Friday, July 11, 2014 12:18 AM PARIS— Essilor International and Carl Zeiss Vision are both cooperating with an investigation by the French Competition Authority (Autorité de la Concurrence) into on-line sales of ophthalmic lenses in France.

Nicox to Acquire Aciex Therapeutics

By Staff
Friday, July 04, 2014 12:33 AM SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France— Nicox S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris: COX), based here, announced on July 2 that it has signed an agreement to acquire all of the outstanding equity of Aciex Therapeutics, a private, U.S.-based, ophthalmic development pharmaceutical company with a strong near-term pipeline of therapeutics addressing major segments of the ophthalmic market, including allergy and inflammation.

Marcolin and Catherine Deneuve Renew Eyewear License

By Staff
Friday, July 04, 2014 12:30 AM LONGARONE, Italy— Marcolin Group and Catherine Deneuve have announced the renewal of their licensing agreement for the design, production and worldwide distribution of Catherine Deneuve Lunettes optical frames and sunglasses.

REM Eyewear Expands Executive Team With Drew Donley, Senior Director of Sales, U.S.

By Staff
Friday, July 04, 2014 12:27 AM SUN VALLEY, Calif.—REM Eyewear has announced the appointment of Drew Donley as senior director of sales, U.S. In this position, Donley will oversee all domestic sales efforts for REM Eyewear’s optical and sun business, including managing all sales force teams and leading business development initiatives, the company said.

Ogi Promotes Nides to VP of North American Sales Scojo New York

By Staff
Friday, July 04, 2014 12:24 AM MINNEAPOLIS— Ogi Eyewear has announced the promotion of John Nides to vice president of North American sales for Scojo New York.

C&E Vision and Luxottica Team Up on Practice Makeover Contest

By Staff
Friday, July 04, 2014 12:21 AM SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.— C&E Vision Services, a leading national optical buying group, has teamed up with Luxottica to makeover the retail space of the winner of a contest they are conducting.

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Introduces Unilateral Pricing Policy on ‘Strategic Brand’ CLs, Discontinues Some Acuvue Brands

By Staff
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 12:27 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla—Last week, in a letter addressed to eyecare professionals dated June 24, 2014, Laura Angelini, president, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care – North America, announced the company’s launch of its “Enterprise Strategy” and “roadmap for the future,” part of which includes resetting the price of specific contact lens products in the U.S. according to a new “unilateral pricing policy.”

Cooper to Buy Sauflon for $1.2B

By Staff
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 7:31 AM PLEASANTON, Calif.—The Cooper Companies, Inc. (NYSE: COO) has entered into definitive agreements to acquire Sauflon Pharmaceuticals Ltd., a European manufacturer and distributor of soft contact lenses and solutions, for $1.2 billion.

Ross Brownlee, Head of Safilo NA, to Leave Company

By Staff
Friday, June 27, 2014 10:45 AM PADUA, Italy— Safilo Group has announced that Ross Brownlee, corporate head of Safilo North America and president of Solstice retail stores, will leave the company effective June 30, 2014 after 17 years of service.
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