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Essilor India to acquire 37% stake in GKB Ophthalmics' lens making division

After making small acquisitions in India for the last few years, Essilor India has acquired lens division of Goa-based ophthalmic manufacturing company GKB Ophthalmics Ltd.

Essilor India to acquire 37% stake in GKB Ophthalmics' lens making division

In a recent business move, Essilor India Pvt Ltd has acquired 36.47 per cent stake in GKB Vision Ltd, the lens division of  Goa-based ophthalmic manufacturing company GKB Ophthalmics Ltd for Rs 22.91 crore ($3.6 million), as per a stock market disclosure.

Incorporated in 2000, GKB Vision manufactures ophthalmiclenses like bifocals lenses, progressive lenses, mineral lenses, organic lenses and glass moulds.

Formerly known as Essilor SRF Optics Pvt Ltd, Essilor India  is the subsidiary of world’s largest ophthalmic lens maker Essilor International SA, designs and manufactures a wide range of lenses.

The firm's flagship brands are Varilux, Crizal, Definity, Xperio and Foster Grant. It also has several research and development centres around the world.

The company began its operations in India in 1998 as a joint venture with SRF. In 2006, it bought out its local partner in the venture.

The deal comes after almost two years after it acquired a majority stake in Surat-based Deepak Optic.

In the past Essilor has also acquired assets such as Lens and Spects, Kolkata-based GKB Rx Lens Pvt Ltd and Hyderabad-based 20 20 Rx Processing.

GKB Ophthalmics offers finished or semi-finished mineral lenses, semi-finished organic lenses and bifocal glass moulds and exports its products to many countries. Its other subsidiaries include Prime Lens Pvt Ltd, GKB Ophthalmic Products FZE, UAE and Lensco, NJ, USA.

Its shares closed at Rs 54.60 each, up 6.54 per cent on BSE in a weak Mumbai market on Monday.

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