Reports: EssilorLuxottica Acquires 100% of Shamir Optics

EssilorLuxottica has acquired Kibbutz Shamir’s remaining 50% stake in ophthalmic lens technology company Shamir Optical Industry Ltd. in a deal estimated in the hundreds of millions of dollars. There is no available public press release from either company.

EssilorLuxoticca will now have 100% ownership of Shamir Optical. Before merging with Luxoticca, Essilor acquired a 50% stake in the company in 2011 for $130 million.

In a published letter by Shamir management to foreign opticians it was said that the acquisition is an, “Amazing milestone for Shamir optics because now we can take advantage of unique opportunities to strengthen complementary distribution networks, well-known brands, and our leading optical products and solutions, which will allow Shamir to lead the market with swift commercial decisions, and rapid service and response to the market’s needs. This decision is the logical step that continues our longstanding partnership with EssilorLuxottica. It allows us to continue to strengthen the cooperation between our commercial and R&D teams in order to leverage areas of excellence and to continue to expand Shamir’s presence in the market and accelerate the launching of innovative products and solutions for the benefit of our customers and consumers. At present there is no change in our routine activities and procedures.”

Shamir optical was founded in 1972 and today operates in 23 countries through 18 international optical laboratories and has over 2,500 employees. In 2005, the company began trading on Nasdaq but was delisted after Essilor acquired its 50% stake in 2011.

Shamir had been ranked among the world’s top ten Progressive lens manufacturers and has enjoyed a reputation for innovative lens design.

Shamir Optical CEO Yagen Moshe will continue to lead the company and he will report directly to EssilorLuxottica CEO Francesco Milleri. Shamir Optical will also remain a separate brand with development and manufacturing remaining at Kibbutz Shamir in the Upper Galilee.

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