Luxottica Signs New Eyewear License With Michael Kors

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:27 AM HONG KONG/MILAN— Luxottica Group (MTA: LUX) (NYSE: LUX) and Michael Kors Holdings Limited (NYSE: KORS) have announced that they have signed a new and exclusive 10-year eyewear license agreement for the Michael Kors Collection and Michael Michael Kors eyewear, effective Jan. 1, 2015.

Alcon Opens Manufacturing Plant in Singapore to Produce Ophthalmic Pharmaceutical Products

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:18 AM SINGAPORE—On April 14, Alcon officially opened its new $200 million, 330,000-square-foot pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in the Tuas Biomedical Park.

CooperVision’s WebSystem3 Subsidiary Launches Eye Care Prime Premier Digital Marketing Services

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Monday, April 14, 2014 12:24 AM PLEASANTON, Calif.—Eye Care Prime Premier, introduced last week by  CooperVision, Inc. through its subsidiary  WebSystem3 LLC,  offers digital marketing services to eyecare practices throughout the U.S. Eye Care Prime Premier provides each practice with a personal marketing consultant who will develop a customized integrated marketing approach to assist with acquiring, retaining and engaging patients.

Zeiss Northwest Lab Completes Major Upgrade

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014 12:27 AM SAN DIEGO—Eyecare professionals from throughout the western U.S. visited the Carl Zeiss Vision - Northwest lab recently to celebrate the completion of Zeiss’ two-year, $4 million upgrade of the facility.

Transitions Optical Makes More Changes to Management Team

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Friday, April 04, 2014 12:30 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.— Transitions Optical has made additional changes to its management team following the completion of the company’s acquisition by Essilor International, announced on Tuesday.

FGX International Enters Distribution Partnership With Eby-Brown

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Friday, April 04, 2014 12:21 AM SMITHFIELD, R.I.— FGX International has entered a distribution partnership with Eby-Brown, one of the largest distributors to convenience stores in the U.S., servicing more than 13,500 locations. This partnership expands FGX’s presence within the convenience channel of distribution.

Ocuco Acquires See20/20

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014 12:30 AM BRIERLY HILL, England – Ocuco, a U.K.-based leading practice management system vendor and optical software supplier, has acquired See20/20, a supplier of the See20/20 cloud-based ophthalmic practice management system.

Kenmark Renews kensie and kensie girl Licenses

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014 12:18 AM LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Kenmark Group and Bluestar Alliance, owner of the kensie brand, have announced the renewal of their eyewear licenses for kensie and kensie girl.

Transitions Optical Announces Leadership Changes: CEO Elias Retires; Cole Returns to PPG

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014 10:00 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—After 40 years of service to PPG Industries (NYSE:PPG) , including nearly 24 with Transitions Optical, Richard C. Elias, senior vice president, optical and specialty materials, and CEO, Transitions Optical, Inc., will be retiring, effective April 1, 2014.

Essilor Finalizes Acquisition of Transitions Optical

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014 8:43 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France— Essilor International (Reuters: ESSI.PA) announced today that it has finalized the acquisition of PPG Industries’ (NYSE:PPG) 51 percent ownership stake in Transitions Optical, the leading provider of photochromic lenses to ophthalmic lens manufacturers, and 100 percent of the capital of Intercast, a manufacturer of premium sunlenses.

Nassau Lens, Emerging Vision and Vision One Launch Pilot Program for New ODs Entering Practice

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Sunday, March 30, 2014 12:18 AM DALLAS—Nassau Lens Company, Emerging Vision and Vision One announce today they are testing a concept created to assist select new graduates entering independent practice in North and South Dakotas.

Adlens Announces Canadian Distribution Deal

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Saturday, March 29, 2014 12:21 AM OXFORD, England— Adlens has announced a new partnership with Canadian eyewear distributor Superclip Canada Inc. and its parent company, Perfect Optical Group.

Google and Luxottica Announce Strategic Partnership for Glass; Will Include Ray-Ban, Oakley Brands

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Monday, March 24, 2014 6:40 PM MILAN— Luxottica Group S.p.A . (NYSE: LUX) and Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG), announced late today that they have agreed they will join forces to design, develop and distribute a new breed of eyewear for Glass, which will include the involvement of Ray-Ban and Oakley brands from within Luxottica’s portfolio. In its own statement, Google added that “Luxottica’s retail and wholesale distribution channels will serve us well when we make Glass more widely available down the road.”

Superior Vision to Modify New Contact Lens Program After Sharp Feedback from Independent Optometrists

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Friday, March 21, 2014 12:24 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—In response to strong feedback over the past week from independent optometrists about a new contact lens program which Superior Vision originally planned to introduce in May, a spokesperson for the managed vision care company told VMail yesterday that Superior is “taking a step back to evaluate the components” of the program and has developed a new contact lens ordering system for its providers to order elective contact lenses for Superior Vision’s members.

Zyloware Expands to Canada

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Friday, March 21, 2014 12:21 AM PORT CHESTER, N.Y. – Zyloware Eyewear has announced the expansion of the company into Canada with the opening of the subsidiary Zyloware Eyewear Canada ULC.
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