All Manufacturing

Interview: Walter Hester

Earlier this year sunglass maker Maui Jim announced plans for a prescription lab in Braunschweig, Germany, along with a range of optical frame styles. Chris Bennett caught up with Maui Jim’s owner, Walter Hester, at Mido in Milan

Amazing glazing

Mike Hale speaks to Sergio Weingarten about Galaxy Optical’s extensive lab facility and what the company offers independent practices

Creative bifocal solution

An innovative solution to an artist’s needs for clear close and distant vision in her studio provided a welcome dispensing challenge. Jonathan Shapiro reports

Looking in labs

Mike Hale continues the series with a look at lens generators and speaks to Chris Smith of Waterside about the generation process

Spectacle lens manufacturing

Optical lens manufacture is something many people in practice take for granted but the high technology processes that go into producing modern spectacle lenses deserve closer scrutiny. Chris Bennett reports

Interview: Luisa Delgado

With nearly half of Safilo’s leadership roles now held by women, Simon Jones discussed gender and diversity in optics with two of the company’s leading lights, CEO Luisa Delgado and Safilo France MD, Carole Binet

LAB directory 2018

Optician presents our guide to the optical labs throughout the UK and Ireland, with each company given the opportunity to provide an insight into the services they provide

Celebrating the stars

Winning an Optician Award is the highlight of many optical careers. The race is now on to find out who will triumph in 2018. Optician editor Chris Bennett explains how the entry process is taking shape

Crucial role of independents

Talking to opticians it seems there are almost as many reasons for using independent glazing and surfacing labs as there are prescription houses. Peter Black reports

Lab review: Sinclair Optical

Optician talks to Sinclair Optical Services site manager Dave Pitt about how the lab has adapted to the changing face of the profession over the past 30 years

Green from the ground up

Long term thinking has to be at the heart of environmental planning discovers Chris Bennett from a visit to International Glazing Services in Kidderminster

Frame friends of the Earth

Simon Jones reports on some of the companies at the forefront of environmentally friendly eyewear production and social responsibility

Specsavers’ manufacturing lab

Specsavers has turned to the automotive industry to help its manufacturing become world class. Chris Bennett travelled to Kidderminster to find out more

Looking at labs

Dunelm Optical has piled investment into the lens manufacturing side of its business in the past two years. Mike Hale hears how it came about and why it can benefit independent practices

Modular manufacturing

Seeing a contact lens made for the first time is often a revelation for optometrists and contact lens opticians. Chris Bennett travelled to CooperVision’s Centre of Innovation near Budapest to see exactly what is involved

Looking a labs: Caledonian

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