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Company nameEssilor International S.A.
Company typeSociété Anonyme
IndustryHealth care
Founded1972 (Paris, France)
HeadquartersCharenton-le-Pont, France
Key peopleXavier Fontanet (Chairman), Hubert Sagnières (CEO)
ProductsCorrective lenses and ophthalmic equipment
Revenue-3.892 billion (2010)
Operating income-618.5 million (2010)
Net income-462.0 million (2010)
Total assets-5.213 billion (end 2010)
Total equity-3.044 billion (end 2010)
Employees42,700 (end 2010)

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Essilor International S.A. is a French company that produces ophthalmic lenses along with ophthalmic optical equipment. It is based in Paris, France, and quoted on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange. As one of the 40 largest companies traded in Paris, it is a component of the CAC 40 share index.

Essilor is responsible for creating Varilux, the world's first progressive lens which corrects presbyopia and allows clear vision in the wearer's near, intermediate and far vision. The company formed from the merger of ophthalmic firms Essel and Silor in 1972. Essilor now operates in over 100 countries over five continents. Its activities are largely focused on research and development. It is the world's largest manufacturer of ophthalmic lenses, dominating the market on every continent, and Europe's fourth-largest medical equipment firm.

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