Essilor, the world leader in ophthalmic optics, was recently named amongst the World’s 30 Most Innovative Companies for the second year running by US magazine Forbes. Once again recognizing the group’s process of continuous innovation in the production of eyeglass lenses, this year the American magazine ranked Essilor:
“Innovation, the driver of Essilor’s growth for more than 160 years, underpins our performance and enables us to offer consumers the best solutions in corrective optics. We are proud of this latest recognition by Forbes, which I want to share with our teams working around the world and committed
to our mission of improving vision”, commented Hubert Sagnières, Essilor’s Chairman and CEO.
With three Innovation and Technology Centers and 550 researchers around the world developing the lenses of the future, and an investment of €150 million each year, Essilor puts innovation at the heart of its growth strategy. As a result, in an industry that is still young and where the innovation curve is promising, some 45% of Essilor’s sales every year come from products that have been launched within the past three years.
In 2011-12, Essilor launched three major innovations:
-the first high-performance anti-fog lenses, Optifog;
-Crizal UV, the first corrective lens to offer effective UV protection to the eye;
– and lastly the Varilux S series, a new step for progressive lenses, offering presbyopes limitless vision.
In its approach to innovation the Group draws on an extensive network of international partnerships with universities, industrial companies and specialists in cutting-edge technologies, such as the Institut de la Vision and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in France, the Nikon-Essilor International Joint Research Center, a joint venture researching into breakthrough technologies, The NESRC-Essilor Industrial Research Chair in Visual Perception and Presbyopia at the School of Optometry – University of Montreal and the NSERC Multisectorial Industrial Research Chair in Coatings and Surface Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal in Canada.