Looking a labs: The Caledonian sleeper

Significant investment in Caledonian Optical has unlocked the full capabilities of what was already an established and respected lab. Simon Jones travels to Aberdeen to find out why the company is now looking beyond the borders

Change has been the theme for Caledonian Optical in recent times. Just over two years ago, the lab underwent a £1.2m refit and it is now hoping for a change in the country’s ophthalmic lens sector, because its management is confident the company can now compete with established international players.

Established in 1976, the lab was set up by Scottish opticians Duncan and Todd, which itself had been experiencing significant growth since its formation five years previously. The lab is a division of the Duncan and Todd group and is its primary lens supplier, but the two remain separate entities and Caledonian supplies practices all over the UK and increasingly, to Nordic countries.

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