Essilor International S. A. is a global eyes optical company with headquarters in Charenton- le -Pont, on the southern edge of Paris. As one of the 40 largest French companies its shares on the Paris stock exchange are traded as part of the CAC40.

  • 3.1 Essilor Germany
  • 3.2 Essilor Austria
  • 3.3 Essilor Switzerland


Since Essilor is the result of several mergers, the histories of the major companies involved are described below.

The story of Essilor International begins with the Workers' Association Association Fraternelle of Ouvrier Lunetiers. It is produced in France in 1848 as a precursor of the Union of Optometrists. The name of the basin will have existed until 1964 comes from the abbreviation of Societe Lunetiers -SL.

1910 arises in parallel, the company Télégic. Founder is the inventor of the bifocal lens, Dr. Borsch. Télégic 1956 represents the first spectacle lens from the light, organic material CR 39 under the name Orma ago.

1948 establishes Georges Lissac the company Lentilles Ophtalmiques Spéciales -LOS. LOR renamed - Later, as companies in Lentilles Ophtalmiques Rationnellles.

In the 1950s, the first rimless - not drilled but rather machined - thread - glasses half rim glasses, introduced to the market and Bernard Maintenaz of Essel invented the first progressive lens.

1955, the Société industrielle de Lunietterie is - SIL founded.

1966 merge LOR and Télégic, which in turn in 1969 with SIL to Silor, the Société Industrielle Lentilles Ophtalmiques Efficient, merge.

1972 is considered the founding year of Essilor, since this year ESSEL and SILOR to Essilor International SA merge and go three years later than first eyes optical company public.

1973 Essilor buys on the Optical Institute Emil Ehinger in Freiburg, Germany, which was founded in 1920 and was general agent since 1958.

1976 assumes the Essilor Optik GmbH in Braunschweig, in order to secure further know -how.

In 1979, the first Asian production based in Bataan in the Philippines. In the following years, many other manufacturing and distribution facilities follow.

In 1991, the optical works in Rathenow are being bought by the "change " parts. This included up to the division of Germany to the most powerful and influential glass manufacturers in Germany.

2000, a joint venture with the Japanese lens manufacturer Nikon is received.

2008, the Swiss Machine Tool Builders Satisloh Holding AG, which has emerged from the company Wetzlar Loh Optical Machinery and Swiss companies Satis Vacuum purchased Schweiter Technologies AG for 340 million euros.

Cartel agreements

In June 2010, the Federal Cartel Office has imposed several manufacturers of ophthalmic lenses and the Central Association of Optometrists ( ZVA ) for cartel agreements fines totaling 115 million euros.

This affected the following companies:

  • The two German subsidiaries Essilor Essilor GmbH and Rupp Hubrach Optik GmbH, Bamberg,
  • Carl Zeiss Vision GmbH, Aalen,
  • Rodenstock, Munich
  • Hoya Lens Germany GmbH, Mönchengladbach.


The most famous product of the company is the Varilux progressive lenses, which is now available in many different forms. Fast product life cycles, and an increased product launches are a feature of more and more saturated markets, which will see the opposite spectacle lens manufacturer.

In addition, organic and mineral silicate single vision lenses under different manufacturer brands, with coatings and finishes to reduce reflexes and with strahlenabsorbierender effect of predominantly self-developed materials are produced. Essilor distributes since 1990 also photochromic plastic lenses of Transitions Optical, Inc., is an association with PPG Industries of Pittsburgh in the United States.

Essilor in Europe

In 2013, Essilor has 4 mass production facilities in Europe, of which there are three in France and one in Ireland.

Essilor Germany

The Essilor GmbH in Germany has existed since the merger of the branches of activity Emil Ehinger, Optik GmbH, and Rathenow since 2000 from its headquarters in Freiburg and the locations Rathenow, Braunschweig. In order to facilitate the logistics between the different sites, the logistics center Hanau was set up in 1997, is organized through the whole of the shipping and handling.

The company is now represented at four locations with approximately 450 employees in Germany. The production area at the Freiburg site was relocated in 2012 to Brunswick, in 2013, the production area of the site Rathenow was closed and moved production to low -wage countries.

Essilor Austria

In Austria, the company was founded in 1969, initially as an Austrian branch of the German general representative of Essel, Emil Ehinger then, in 1983, it came to the merger with the Vision Care of Swarovski. From the 1970s to the 1990s, the company with Zeiss and Hugo Michtner - Rodenstock shared virtually the entire Austrian eyewear and glasses market with its own recipe grinding shops in Vienna. Since 1995, Essilor Austria GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of the French Essilor International SA

Currently produced in Wiener Neudorf on an area of ​​2,500 square meters and about 220 employees lenses and traded with devices for lens processing. The markets of Eastern Europe be edited from here. Of all the international spectacle lens manufacturers Essilor operates the only one manufacturing facility in Austria.

Essilor Switzerland

In Switzerland, Essilor is represented by the Essilor (Suisse ) SA in Geneva and a branch office in Zurich.