14.08.2009

Contact lens manufacturing relocated to UK

Contact lens manufacturing relocated to UK

By Martin Burns

A contact lens firm is shifting some of its manufacturing operations from Australia to the UK.

CooperVision announced that part of this activity will be moved from Adelaide to Hamble in Southampton.

The contact lens giant is also transferring part of its manufacturing from Norfolk, Virginia, to Hamble.

It is closing the Norfolk plant over 15 months due mainly to "increased manufacturing efficiencies gained over the last year".

President and chief executive officer Robert S Weiss said it had been an "extremely difficult decision" and praised the employees.

The Norfolk site creates about seven per cent of the contact lenses CooperVision produces in a year.

Some of its manufacturing activity is being transferred to Puerto Rico.

In related news, OSN Super Site recently reported that Alcon has released a new contact lens solution.

The multi-purpose product is intended for gas permeable contact lenses and is for cleaning and disinfecting.

Among its components is the Tetronic 1304 molecule, which the company says keeps contact lenses wet throughout the day.

by Adrian Galbreth


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