Nikon Optical USA Inc has acquired
a minority stake in Encore Optics LLC, an independently
owned prescription laboratory in South Windsor, Conn. The
move raises the Japanese lens maker’s profile in the U.S.
while giving Encore exclusive rights to produce and
distribute the full range of Nikon's advanced optical
technologies to the Northeastern U.S. market.
In addition to distributing Nikon's
full-range of optical products, from advanced aspheric
single-vision to digitally surfaced progressive lenses,
Encore will work with Nikon to introduce Nikon's family of
lens coatings. The companies have established a Nikon
coating facility within Encore Optics' laboratory in
"We believe the synergies between
Nikon's premium high-technology products and Encore Optics'
high-quality lab service and processing expertise are a
perfect combination for independent eyecare professionals
seeking to differentiate their practices," said Antoine
Amiel, president of Nikon Optical USA. "This
differentiation will be seen through the best products,
lab-service support and a recognized and trusted consumer
Nikon Optical USA is Nikon's fourth
ophthalmic-dedicated subsidiary in addition to Nikon Optical
Canada, Nikon Optical UK and Nikon Optical Beijing. Drawing
upon its expertise in optical precision instruments, Nikon
has pioneered many new technologies applied to ophthalmic
lenses, especially in the field of advanced aspheric lens
designs, high-index plastic lenses and super
scratch-resistant, anti-reflective coatings.
Nikon Optical USA Inc. distributes
premium ophthalmic lenses, materials and coatings including
Nikon W and Presio i progressive lenses, a full-range of
stock Nikon anti-reflective coated aspheric single-vision
lenses, standard 1.50 index up to 1.74 ultra-high index
material and now Nikon anti-reflective coatings HCC, ECC and
Encore Optics, founded in 2003 by Paul
and Ivy Zito, is a full-service wholesale laboratory
providing support and products to eyecare professionals in
New England and the Hudson Valley.