Leica Camera AG, the German optics manufacturer, has entered the ophthalmic lenses market through a new partnership with French manufacturer Novacel.
The new range of Leica Eyewear lenses will feature single vision, multifocal, workstation and varifocal lenses. It is being developed in collaboration with Novacel, that will also distribute the products.
Chairman of the supervisory board of Leica Camera AG, Andreas Kaufmann, explained that the move into ophthalmic lenses was the next logical step for its business development.
Novacel’s president and CEO, Rüdiger Düning, added: “Together, we intend to offer and constantly advance a state-of-the-art range of new, innovative and premium ophthalmic lenses.”
Leica and Novacel said that quality, optical precision and innovation are key priorities during development, which will take place on a production line installed especially for the new range.
Leica Eyewear will initially be available in Germany, France, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland before a wider European launch in 2018.