The world's leading ophthalmic optics company, Essilor designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of lenses to improve and protect eyesight. Its corporate mission is to enable everyone around the world to access lenses that meet his or her unique vision requirements. To support this mission, the company allocates more than 150 million Euros to research and innovation every year, in a commitment to continuously bring new, more effective products to market.

Essilor's flagship brands are Varilux, Crizal, Transitions, Definity, Xperio, OptifogTM, Foster Grant, Bolon and Costa. It also develops and markets equipment, instruments and services for eyecare professionals.

Essilor reported consolidated revenue of over 6.716 billion Euros in 2015 and employs more than 60,000 people. It operates in some 100 countries with 28 plants, more than 450 prescription laboratories and edging facilities, as well as several research and innovation centers around the world.

Essilor has had a presence in Britain since 1881 when Societe des Lunetiers opened its British operation in Hatton Garden, London. It maintained a presence in the city until 1975 when the company moved its offices and production to Thombury, near Bristol.

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