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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

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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

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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

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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

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Making contacts at No 7

Mike Hale visits Hastings to get the inside story on No 7 Contact Lenses and its latest products

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A triumph for Waterside Labs

In the saturated sector of optical suppliers the personal customer service delivered by Waterside Laboratories to independent practice owners has seen the lens manufacturer named Optical Supplier of the Year

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Family affair

Mazzucchelli is a company that many will have heard of, but few will know about. Simon Jones travels to Italy to find out more about the six generation family company

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Old colleagues, new venture

iTec Optical may be a new kid on the lens lab block, but its people are among the most experienced optical professionals in the industry. Emma White speaks to founder Len Doherty and managing director Zerrin Pekri about their latest venture

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Marcolin's success story

Marcolin is one of the major global frame producers. But with a focus on manufacturing on home soil, an inclusive attitude towards employees and a commitment to its customers, is the company a little bit different from the rest? Simon Jones reports

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Models and masters

David Baker finds an unlikely link between the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers and the glamourous Delevingne sisters

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PKP Optics

This ophthalmic laboratory between Tonbridge and Maidstone has steadily grown over the past 10 years as its ability to deliver technically exacting, high-quality work has garnered it a growing reputation among practices. Simon Jones visits, hearing of fresh plans for improvement

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Echoes of the Past: Grand designs

A copy of the Manufacturing Optician supplement from fifty years ago offers a comprehensive take on setting up a spectacle factory in the sixties