HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.—This year Santinelli International and NIDEK Co Ltd., two independent companies, commemorate 30 years of their business alliance in the U.S. This marks the longest, continuous lens finishing equipment distributorship in the U.S. to date. The relationship started in 1991 when NIDEK expanded from ophthalmic instrument manufacturing to lens finishing equipment manufacturing. Under Santinelli International’s distributorship the brand quickly took the top market position in the U.S. with the introduction of the LE-8000 Lens Edger. The two companies have since introduced over 30 different lens edger models and ancillary products in the U.S., maintaining their leadership with award-winning products and services. The family-owned and managed company is the current and twelve-time recipient of the EyeVote Readers’ Choice Award winner for Optical Equipment Company.

“With management, ownership, and distributor changes among so many optical companies we are especially proud of our 30 years representing only NIDEK lens edging products,” remarked Gerard Santinelli, president and CEO of Santinelli International. "The continuity and strong synergies between our two companies are what we believe makes our offerings so strong and highly valued by our clients.

"Our vision 30 years ago of bringing evolving technologies to the U.S. is what brought us together. We continue today to strive to bring only first-in-class products to the industry. As we look to the future this winning combination, along with our highly rated customer service and our loyal customer base, remains our top priority and focus. It is also deserving to mention that NIDEK Co Ltd. is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year, making 2021 a year of celebrations for both companies.”

Motoki Ozawa, president and CEO of NIDEK Co, Ltd, commented, “NIDEK has been developing patternless lens edgers since 1988 in order to provide new value to customers. We were very fortunate to have found Santinelli International in the U.S.

"Santinelli International's extensive experience and commitment to providing the best quality products and services to their customers has been a valuable asset to our company. We are convinced that our 30-year partnership with Santinelli International is the reason why we have been able to further enhance our technology and quality since the launch of our lens edger line. We will continue to work with the great people at Santinelli International to develop products with value that exceed customer expectations.”