Essilor inaugurates its Centre for Innovation and Technologies Europe
Sunday, May 11 2014 | 00 h 00 min | News
Essilor recently inaugurated its Centre for Innovation and Technologies Europe in Créteil, France, which is described as “the world’s largest private campus dedicated to research and innovation in the ophthalmic optics industry.”
Almost 900 people from R&D, Worldwide Operations, Global Engineering, Purchasing, Quality and Supply Chain are now working in close collaboration at this centre dedicated to innovation. Bringing these teams together at a single site is intended to foster collaboration and accelerate projects, as well as launch new products and technologies.
“The new centre is a powerful platform for developing tomorrow’s lenses, materials and coatings that will open new perspectives in terms of vision correction and protection, and take up the challenge of prevention and visual health,” says Hubert Sagnières, Essilor’s CEO.
Innovation is at the heart of Essilor’s business strategy. Each year, the company invests more than €150 million in research and innovation. About 40% of its revenue is generated from products launched less than four years ago.
Essilor, ranked by Forbes magazine for three years in a row among the world’s most innovative companies, has two similar centres in Dallas and Singapore.