Inauguration of a Chair in Coatings and Surface Engineering

Inauguration of a Chair in Coatings and Surface Engineering

As of Oct. 1 Polytechnique Montréal, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and seven industry partners have inaugurated the NSERC Multisectorial Industrial Research Chair in Coatings and Surface Engineering (MIC-CSE).

As the country’s second-largest industrial research chair awarded by the NSERC, all fields combined, the MIC-CSE will have a budget of $5.35 million over five years: $2.6 million from NSERC and a total of $2.75 million from its seven partners: Essilor, Hydro-Québec, Guardian Industries Corp., Pratt & WhitneyCanada, Velan, JDS Uniphase and the Canadian Space Agency.

Research will focus on developing a new generation of non-polluting manufacturing technologies for nanostructured coating materials. These processes make it possible to add successive layers of nanometre-thick films and thicker coating architectures, using various materials (metals, ceramics, polymers, nanoparticles, or others) on flat surfaces as well as on three-dimensional objects. These “molecular millefeuilles” aim to confer a wide range of functional characteristics to the surfaces: anti-glare, anti-erosion and anti-fog as well as self-controlled (or “smart”) optical reflectivity or emissivity, luminescence, sterility and more.

“The possible functionalities are limited only by our imagination,” said Ludvik Martinu, MIC-CSE Chairholder and Professor in the Department of Engineering Physics at Polytechnique Montréal.

The scope of collaborations within the MIC-CSE Chair reflects the immense range of industry fields in which multi-layer coating technologies can be applied. The research carried out at Polytechnique will improve the sustainability and effectiveness of materials in sectors as varied as aerospace, energy and manufacturing, as well as optics, photonics and space exploration.

Nikon Presents Two New Products

Nikon Presents Two New Products

Nikon Optical Canada launches the Nikon Lite DAS, the first lens of its kind inCanada. This digital double aspheric single vision lens delivers an ultra-thin design and improved optical performance, using Nikon Digital Surfacing™ technology.

The Nikon Lite DAS is the thinnest lens available, with thickness reduced by up to 14% compared to a conventional lens. Furthermore, the double aspheric design controls the aberrations generated towards the periphery of the lens, achieving a natural and clear vision.

The ultimate in thin sophistication, Nikon Lite DAS is available in indices 1.60, 1.67 and 1.74, stock and surfaced from total sphere +10.00D to -12.00D, cylinder -4.00D. The lens is available in Nikon coating SeeCoat Plus and, for surfaced lenses only, in SeeCoat Blue, ICE and HCC coatings.

Nikon has also developed a new generation of their Online lenses, the Online Wide. The latest design for extended near distance with superior optical quality for up-close materials and digital device-related tasks.

As compared to the conventional Online design, Nikon Online Wide now offers an improved visual experience by utilizing state-of-the-art Nikon Digital Surfacing technology, offering a new degression option of 2.5D and is available in index 1.74. Online Wide greatly reduces peripheral distortion by 40%, and at the same time increases the clear near vision zone by 35%, for a sharper and wider vision for up-close materials such as a newspaper or a large computer screen.

Online Wide is ideal for anyone who works at arm’s length (i.e. electricians, plumbers, etc.), often reads up-close materials, works with computers for long hours, uses large computer screens, experiences eye fatigue from desk work, needs a more comfortable posture at the computer, wants unrestricted reading vision, an upgrade from reading glasses or an additional pair to complement their progressive lenses.

Online Wide is available with all degressions in indices 1.50, 1.60, 1.67 and 1.74, from total sphere +7.00D to -8.00D, cylinder -6.00D. The lens is available with Nikon coatings SeeCoat Blue, SeeCoat Plus, ICE and HCC.

25 Years of Handmade Danish-designed Eyewear

25 Years of Handmade Danish-designed Eyewear

The dream of creating high quality eyewear at a reasonable price has been at the core of the creation of the Inface company for its founder, Hans Laursen, and today, after 25 years as a design business, Inface is an important eyewear supplier and partner for optical stores across the whole ofEurope,Canada and other countries.

“We are marking our Jubilee with various events throughout the coming year. In October at Silmo inPariswe’ve launched two special Jubilee design series, and will present another series at theMunichexhibition in January 2013,” explains Thomas Laursen. “We have events planned for every month this year to celebrate our birthday together with our customers.”

Hans Laursen opened his first store in the centre of Vejle, Danemark, in the 1970s. His retail concept grew steadily and quickly developed into 13 smart and popular stores around the country. After 23 years in retail, Hans Laursen sold his business so he could start a new one.

Established in 1987, today Inface is a family-owned business, consisting of Hans Laursen, his daughter Mette Laursen and his son Thomas Laursen; three enthusiasts with a passion for design and functionality. The entire design process at Inface is developed in close cooperation with Hans Laursen and Mette Laursen, who both have a special love of design and colour schemes.

Skaga Signs a « Colourful Atmosphere » Autumn Collection

Skaga Signs a « Colourful Atmosphere » Autumn Collection

Scandinavian Eyewear has launched its new Skaga collection, featuring unique colours for the new season. Made with special acetate, the line presents 16 autumn styles. Skaga’s material consists of four layers of acetate, three of which are in selected colours and the fourth of which is transparent. This has resulted in colour compositions that are totally unique to Skaga and can’t be found on any other frames in the world.

Within the “Colour Atmosphere” theme, Skaga, which was founded in 1948, has also been reliving the 1980s with retro coloured nylon wires holding the lenses in place, a style first launched in the early 80s. This gives a special tone-on-tone effect when, for example, blue frames are combined with another shade of blue in the wires. As well as blue, there are green, red, pink and black models to choose from.

Martin Seebacher Joins Viva

Martin Seebacher Joins Viva

Viva International Group has appointedMartin Seebacheras director of sales andmarketingfor Viva’s Canadian market. In his newly appointed role, Seebacher will be responsible for overseeing all sales andmarketinginitiatives within the Canadian market and will be reporting to Jan Cory, senior vice president of North American sales at Viva.

“We are excited to have Martin join the Viva North American team,” said Cory. “Martin’s keen understanding of the market will help us better serve our Canadian customers in the future.”

Seebacher joins Viva from OakleyCanada, where he most recently served as sales manager for the company’s optical channel. In his ten years at Oakley, he has held previous roles in the sales and product divisions, where he consistently grew sales and developed successfulmarketingstrategies. Seebacher brings with him extensive experience with managing strong brands, as well as the Canadian retail landscape from his previous involvement with Oakley, adidas, Salomon and TaylorMade.

Brian McBride with DirectLab Network

Brian McBride with DirectLab Network

DirectLab Network announces the appointment of Brian McBride as director of sales, LensNet Club and general manager of the network’sOntariohub inSt. Catharines. This move is part of a dynamic growth plan to position LensNet Club and DirectLab Network as a premier internet (B to B) supplier of quality ophthalmic lenses only to eyecare professionals.

In joining DirectLab Network, Brian furthers a 25 year career that includes both retail and wholesale optical experience. His retail career included various management positions within LensCraftersCanada, culminating as lens buyer. In 1995 he joined EssilorCanadawhere he was responsible for the development of Internet sales through Rx Club and Stock Club.

“Brian’s track record in the Internet based lens industry is second-to-none. His depth of experience in building and managing relationships with clients will be invaluable, especially his ability to assist offices in development of best practices as it relates to retail sales,” says DirectLab Network’s Vice President of Sales, Ted Hahn.

Alliance Ronor and De Rigo

Alliance Ronor and De Rigo

Italian company De Rigo Vision formalized its partnership with Ronor International, giving Ronor the right to distribute its complete portfolio of optical and sunwear brands to Canadian eyecare professionals.

The new subsidiary is named Ronor Occhiali, after its Italian roots, and is now offering the Police, Ermenegildo Zegna, Givenchy and Chopard brands inCanada. De Rigo’s remaining brands will be added in the upcoming months.

Created in 1978, De Rigo Vision can be found in more than 80 countries and continues to grow each year. In addition to its geographical expansion, the company has also augmented its product line with high-end collections, recently signing a license agreement with the famousParishaute couture label, Lanvin.

This partnership represents a meaningful step for Ronor International, allowing the company to continue to develop in the North American fashion eyewear market. The company distributes the well-known German brand Humphrey’s as well as their own private labels, Nordic and King Size for men – Canadian favourites for more than 30 years.

Says De Rigo Vision CEO Michele Aracri: “We are excited to unite De Rigo’s stability and prestige with Ronor’s experienced team – who have proven themselves in Canada and internationally. The entire De Rigo Group stands behind Ronor Occhiali in this new venture.”

Robert Charbonneau, owner and president of Ronor International, is equally pleased: “We are very proud to be recognized by a house as renowned as De Rigo SpA, especially after recently celebrating 30 years in the industry.”

Mido Awaits You

Mido Awaits You

The international trade show Mido is preparing to welcome operators and buyers from around the world to Fieramilano Rho-Pero on March 2, 3 and 4, 2013. This “can’t miss” showcase interprets new trends, dictates the standards of international fashion and presents new technical and technological developments in the sector.

Mido is one of the few exhibitions that can boast significant levels of trading. What must be seen? Inaugurated in 2007, the Design Lab area is now the recognized center of attention for visitors who are focused on leading-edge design and products. The area is exclusively for exhibitors whose eyewear demonstrates high levels of design, a mix of technology and creativity.

Inaugurated in 2011, the Mido Fashion District is an exclusive space hosting the top players in the world of eyewear and the production companies that are inspired by fashion.

The Lens Pavilion is entirely devoted to major lens manufacturers fromItalyand abroad, where they present the most cutting-edge new products for improving vision as well as conferences and in-depth seminars on eye health, vision care and emerging technologies.

At the last show, the Otticlub was created specifically for Italian opticians and EasyMido provided free transport for all Italian operators wishing to visit the exhibition. This year, services are being organized that will make things even easier. A service-oriented mind-set makes Mido a must-see event everyone in the industry won’t want to miss.

They Will Need Them

They Will Need Them

Ronor unveils the I need You ready readers. Designed by opticians for eyecare professionals, these glasses meet the high European CE standards. I need You readers (PD standardized at 31-31) are mounted with aspheric acrylic lenses and come with anti-scratch coating.

Each of the eight models comes with a beautiful matching case and a one year warranty against manufacturer’s defects. The compact display, coupled with the appealing look of the I need You ready readers, allows ECPs to simply fill the needs of a growing category of consumers.

What’s New Pussycat?

What’s New Pussycat?

Spectacle Eyeworks adds three sleek new styles to their infamous Pussy Galore eyewear collection. 

Pussy Galore, originally inspired by and adapted from the authentic cat-eye styles of the 1950’s and 60’s, has stayed true to its vintage roots with these additions while getting tweaked in all the right places. The result is a slightly larger, simply sexy frame with a more modern appeal. 

Mehran Baghaie, operations director and chief designer at Spectacle Eyeworks, says “I wanted to take the authentic essence of the cat-eye frame with all of its femininity and character but make it a little bigger in order to fit and flatter a more diverse range of face sizes and shapes.” 

Another new element of these designs is the special finishing technique utilized.   After the frame fronts are rough polished, a glossy topcoat is added to enhance color dimension and create a more unique product. Sultry and strong, bold yet simple, versatile and inspiring, Pussy Galore is the expression of modern femininity. 

Each new style is available in five vibrant and classic layered colour combinations including marble and violet. All frames include a signature case, point-of-purchase display, and one-year warranty.