Essilor International

    Essilor International SA history, profile and history video

     Essilor International SA designs, manufactures and sale of ophthalmic lenses and ophthalmic optical instruments. The company operates through three business segments: Lenses & Optical Instruments, Equipment, and Readers. The Lenses & Optical Instruments business segment engages in the production, finishing, distribution and Trading of lens and instruments. The Equipment business segment engages in the production, distribution and sale of high capacity equipment, such as digital surfacing machines and lens polishing machines, used in manufacturing plants and prescription laboratories for finishing operations on semi-finished lenses. The Readers business segment engages in the production, distribution and sale of non-prescription reading glasses. Essilor International was founded on October 6, 1971 and is headquartered in Charenton-le-Pont, France.

    “Essilor International History

    For more than 160 years, seeing the world better

    In 2012, Essilor celebrated the 40th anniversary of the merger of Essel and Silor that founded the Essilor Group.
    But did you know that the origins of Essilor date back to more than 160 years?
    Essilor was created from Essel and Silor, two companies dating back respectively to 1849 and 1931, which dominated the French optical eyewear market in the mid-20th century. The new company inherited a priceless tradition from its two precursors – the entrepreneurial values of mutual trust, respect and building on differences – which make it unique and encourage a spirit of initiative, enabling it to stay constantly ahead of the curve.
    The Group’s corporate culture is built on the innovation which drives its employees on a daily basis and makes it possible to continue creating life-changing solutions: invention of the progressive lens, creation of plastic lenses, as well as lens coatings, hi-tech vision measurement tools and now customization of visual correction…
    The mission “seeing the world better”, which means to improve eyesight to contribute to better people’s lives, was explicitly part of the founding agreements of the Group in 1972. This mission results from a rich history; it still drives Essilor’s actions across the globe, setting the stage for the Group’s work in the future.”
    In March 2018, the merger of Essilor and Luxottica received formal clearance from the United States Federal Trade Commission and European Trade Commission without qualifying or prerequisite conditions. A new holding company, EssilorLuxottica, was formally created on 1 October 2018.

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