Company History

1972   Beginning to manufacture a future

Shamir Optical Industry is established as a manufacturer of glass bifocal lenses.

1979   Expanding our field of vision

Beginning of accelerated development and breakthrough technology: progressive lenses.

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1984   First product launch

Unveiling and launch of progressive lenses.

1987   Creating the mold for success

Shamir begins to market its services for advanced development of progressive lenses to other lens manufacturers, and launches its set of molds for progressive lens casting.

1988   Setting its sights on the world

First subsidiary is established, Shamir USA.

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1992   New perspectives

Development and launch of first generation groundbreaking Eye-Point Technology®,

 based on a full simulation of the eye’s view through the lens.

1999   A new corporation

Shamir Insight, Inc. is established as the US distribution center supplying semi-finished lenses to labs across the USA.

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2001   A new product line

Through its partnership with Eyal Optical Industry, Shamir becomes a manufacturer of advanced, high quality plastic lenses.

2002   On the map in Europe

Shamir takes ownership of Rx lab in Portugal following partnership with Altra Optic GmbH.

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2005   Shamir goes public

IPO on NASDAQ global market and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.

2005

 

2010   On the cutting edge of technology, all over the world

Focusing on sales and marketing of Rx products, Shamir constantly expands its partnership with labs and distribution centers in Europe and around the world.

Shamir provides professional services to optical shops worldwide, and continues to lead the global optics market, developing innovative products based on creative thinking.

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2011   Shamir and Essilor merger

In July 2011, the merger between Shamir and Essilor is consummated. Essilor becomes a 50% shareholder in Shamir Optical Industry Ltd, and Shamir becomes a private company.

2011

 

2013   Shamir Launches Eye-Point Technology® III for improved viewing fields

Further advancing Ryr-Point Technology woth innovative reverse engineering, Eye-Point Technology III ensures equally wide and clear viewing fields to hyperopic and myopic patients. 

2014   Revolutionizing optics services

With the establishment of InoTime's first operations in Philadelphia, USA, Shamir sets new standards for quick production and delivery times.

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2015   The Launch of Safety Eyewear

Partnering Shamir's cutting edge lens technology with Eyres tough Safety frames. Safety Eyewear is launched providing complete eye protection solutions for a range of demanding work and sports enviroments. 

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