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Alcon Opens New Plant In Singapore PDF
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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Alcon officially opened the doors last week to its new state-of-the-art ophthalmic pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in the Tuas Biomedical Park in Singapore. The new facility allows Alcon to be closer and quickly respond to its growing base of customers and patients throughout Asia, who rely on the Alcon portfolio of products for healthy vision.

Construction on this 330,000 square foot facility began in 2009, and represents an investment of approximately S$200 million (approx. AUD170 million). The plant produces ophthalmic pharmaceutical products which address eye conditions such as glaucoma, dry eye, allergies and bacterial infections.

Alcon already has experience in operating a manufacturing plant in Singapore. In 2005, the company opened a contact lens manufacturing facility in the Tuas Biomedical Park, to meet the growing demand for DAILIES® contact lenses. Singapore has proven to be an attractive manufacturing environment for Alcon.

The products manufactured at the new Alcon facility address some of the most widespread eye care needs in the region, such as glaucoma. Currently, the facility employs approximately 150 associates, and is expected to continue to grow as production increases.

Dita Von Teese To Launch Eyewear Collection PDF
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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Dita Von Teese EyewearBurlesque performer Dita Von Teese continues to build a name for herself in fashion. Dita Von Teese is an American burlesque dancer, model, costume designer, entrepreneur and occasional actress. She is thought to have helped re-popularise burlesque performance and was once married to musician Marilyn Manson. First, she teamed up with Bloomingdales, an upscale chain of department stores in U.S., for a line of lingerie and now, she is going after her own eyewear line.

Dita Von Teese has signed a deal with Los Angeles-based eyewear company DITA Inc. to produce a signature line that will debut next month in select department stores and chains including Alain Afflelou in France, Italy and Spain. Dita Von Teese Eyewear features 10 styles ranging from classic cat-eye to edgier cut-out metal and acetate frames.

Opening of New Production Facility in Laos for Essilor PDF
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Monday, 07 April 2014

Essilor has inaugurated a new production plant near Savannakhet in Laos. According to Essilor, this facility is part of the Group's strategy to leverage its industrial capability to meet the vision needs of people in every region of the world. The Laotian plant will contribute to the Group's growth by accelerating its mid-tier offer to meet increasing demand from middle class consumers, especially in emerging markets.

The new facility will be dedicated to producing finished polycarbonate lenses for which consumer demand is increasing by 4 - 5% per year. In its first production phase, the site will employ 250 people. It will produce 20 million lenses per year when at full capacity, enabling the Group to provide competitive polycarbonate products to major customers.

"Our global industrial network is key to support the development of the Group. It connects our production plants with distribution centers and more than 450 prescription laboratories around the world to serve eye care professionals and consumers. Thanks to our new plant in Laos we will continue to strengthen our global offering of visual health solutions that help improve lives by improving sight", commented Paul du Saillant, Chief Operating Officer.

BCLA Launches Mobile App PDF
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Monday, 31 March 2014

BCLA Mobile AppBCLA (British Contact Lens Association) have designed a mobile app to keep registered and prospective delegates posted on all the latest news and updates ahead of the 38th BCLA Clinical Conference and Exhibition, taking place from 6-9 June at the ICC Birmingham, UK.

"The BCLA mobile app is the latest in a growing suite of tools designed to enhance the experience of BCLA members and conference delegates alike," said BCLA President, Andy Yorke. "Available to download now, the free app will ensure our 2014 clinical conference delegates and exhibition visitors have all the key information they need in the palm of their hand."

The app is available to download for free from the Google Play Store for Android and the Apple iTunes Store for iOS devices.

The Fred Hollows Foundation Launches Inaugural Project in Philippines PDF
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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Dr Shelley MangahasThe Fred Hollows Foundation has started work in the Philippines, a country where it is estimated that over half a million people amongst its population of 92 million suffer from avoidable blindness. The Foundation's new partnership with Tarlac Eye Center, located 125 km Northeast of Manila, will create a successful and sustainable model for the Philippines to effectively run community eye care programs across the country.

There is a great need for eye care in the Philippines, where millions are unable to access basic eye care services. Ophthalmologist Dr Shelley Mangahas (picture) believes the program will be an important step forward for eye care in the Philippines. "[It will] provide the highest quality ophthalmologic care in Tarlac at the least cost, with special consideration for the marginalised and the poor," says Dr Mangahas.

As part of the new partnership, The Foundation will promote the Tarlac model of community eye care services to other parts of the Philippines that are currently underserved.

MIDO Reports Increased Attendance PDF
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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

MIDOThe 44th edition of Mido - International Optics, Optometry and Ophthalmology Exhibition - closed last week on a positive note with a 5% increase in the number of visitors. After three days, more than 45,000 people have walked the Rho-Fiera Milano at the heart of the fashion capital. This influx has been made possible thanks to the "Treno Per Mido", a free shuttle service set up on Sunday to get eye care practitioners from Northern and Southern Italy to the exhibition. The 3-day event was visited by more than 45,000 people, 25,000 from other countries and 20,000 from Italy. For the organizers, the Mido "confirms this year its privileged international time an event of optics since more than half of those present had traveled abroad place."

"All the core ingredients for success were there" explained Mido President Cirillo Marcolin. "Many new companies chose Mido for their debut, some noteworthy names returned, there was a desire to increase business areas, and a buzz could already be felt on the eve of the exhibition. And it delivered the expected results".

"If we look beyond the numbers, we were particularly happy to note a feeling of enthusiasm at the stands and to see trade people ready to do business", added Vice President Giovanni Vitaloni. "This also emerged from an initial analysis of the questionnaires that were handed out to the exhibitors at the end of the show and we hope that this is an indication that a new, more positive outlook is gaining ground among the people working in the industry."

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