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January 16, 2017 – 6.45 a.m CET – Essilor and Delfin today announce the signing of an agreement designed to create an integrated player dedicated to visual health and superior consumer experience through a combination of Essilor [Euronext Paris: EI] and Luxottica Group [MTA: LUX].


On this occasion, Hubert Sagnières, Chairman and CEO of Essilor stated: “Our project has one simple motivation: to better respond to the needs of an immense global population in vision correction and vision protection by bringing together two great companies, one dedicated to lenses and the other to frames. With extraordinary success, Luxottica has built prestigious brands, backed by an industry state-of-the-art supply chain and distribution network. Essilor brings 168 years of innovation and industrial excellence in the design, manufacturing and distribution of ophthalmic and sun lenses. By joining forces today, these two international players can now accelerate their global expansion to the benefit of customers, employees and shareholders as well as the industry as a whole”


Leonardo Del Vecchio, Chairman of Delfin and Executive Chairman of Luxottica Group added: "With this agreement my dream to create a major global player in the eyewear industry, fully integrated and excellent in all its parts, comes finally true. It was some time now that we knew that this was the right solution but only today are there the right conditions to make it possible. The marriage between two key companies in their sectors will bring great benefits to the market, for employees and mainly for all our consumers. Finally, after fifty years, two products which are naturally complementary, namely frames and lenses, will be designed, manufactured and distributed under the same roof"


Source : Press Release Essilor International SA 16 January, 2017