2018 News Archive

  • Essilor Execs Retire, New Lens Division Created

    Wednesday January 17, 2018

    January 17, 2018 -- Essilor of America announced the retirement of longtime company executives Bob Colucci and Rodney Tahran, O.D., F.A.A.O. at the end of 2017. Read on for more...

  • 3D-Printing Lens Firm Opens U.S. Facility

    Thursday January 11, 2018

    January 11, 2018 -- Luxexcel, a Belgium-based tech innovation company, opened a U.S. headquarters in Alpharetta, GA, in the greater Atlanta area. The move clears the way for the U.S. growth of ophthalmic-quality 3D-printed lenses. Guido Groet, chief commercial officer of Luxexcel, has relocated to Alpharetta to lead the operations.

  • 3D-Printed Lenses Now for AR Smart Glasses

    Friday January 5, 2018

    January 5, 2018 -- Luxexcel, manufacturer of the first 3D-printed prescription lenses platform, has teamed up augmented reality leader Vuzix Corp to provide 3D-printed prescription lens inserts for the Vuzix Blade augmented reality (AR) smart glasses, being launched at CES in Las Vegas this week.

  • Industry Veteran Michael Ness Passes Away at 61

    Friday January 5, 2018

    January 5, 2018 -- Michael Ness, an industry veteran who has been well-known in the spectacle lens/optical manufacturing industry for almost 30 years, passed away Dec. 30 at age 61. He was a veteran of Essilor, Vision Ease, and Hoya lens companies.

  • De Rigo REM Announces New President

    Thursday January 4, 2018

    January 4, 2018 -- De Rigo announces the appointment of Alessandro Baronti as president of its North American subsidiary, De Rigo REM. Baronti succeeds Steve Horowitz who will be moving on to pursue other business opportunities in the industry. 

  • Charmant USA Names New President/CEO

    Wednesday January 3, 2018

    January 3, 2018 -- Charmant has announced that Ken Onishi, president of Charmant USA, has left the company to return to Japan to pursue other ventures. Masakiyo Honjo has been appointed the new president and CEO of Charmant USA.