IRVINE, Calif. — SDC Technologies, Inc. (SDC), a subsidiary of Mitsui Chemicals (TSE: 4183. T) and a leading producer of premium, high-performance specialty coating solutions, has acquired Coburn Systems, Inc. , an established innovator in the production, service and support associated with precision ophthalmic lens processing systems plus instruments for the eyecare industry. SDC purchased Coburn from private investors who took control of the company when it was spun off from Gerber Scientific in 2010, as VMAIL reported at the time. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.
The Coburn Technologies management team will remain in place and the company will function as the subsidiary associated with SDC Technology, Coburn president Alex Incera told VMAIL . Incera will report to Richard Chang, who became chief executive and CEO of SDC in April, 2022 .
In a joint statement, Chang and Incera said that combining the two companies’ respective products plus capabilities will significantly extend their reach into the ophthalmic industry.
|Rich Chang (l) and Alex Incera.|
“We are excited to partner with Coburn Technologies to broaden our range of premium coatings, automated coating equipment, and advanced lens processing technologies, ” said Chang. “The synergy of these companies brings together the best combination of complementary breakthrough systems to bolster SDC’s Total Vision Care Solution-based business growth plus global footprint.
“This business integration establishes SDC as a leading provider of a single end-to-end solution in all phases associated with ophthalmic zoom lens processing. With this acquisition, we will certainly create new inventive product applications and step out technology that combine the range of product offerings from Mitsui Chemicals’ high index monomers to SDCs’ specialty films to FSI Coating Technologies’ permanent anti-fog coatings to COTEC’s hydrophobic materials, plus Coburn Technologies’ lens processing equipment, coatings, and covering equipment, ” Chang stated.
Incera remarked, “This is a significant alliance expanding our collective product portfolio and allowing us in order to offer a complete end-to-end solution including high end lens surfacing and marking equipment, finishing systems, diagnostic instruments, automated layer equipment, plus premium films for abrasion resistance, anti-fog, hydrophobic, and photochromic applications. We also see tremendous opportunities to leverage each other’s technologies in ways that will benefit the particular entire ophthalmic industry.
“Coburn Systems has found its location in the large lens manufacturing facilities with automated products like the Agility Automated Deblocker, Duality Automated Detaper and Cleaner, and Velocity 2D Automatic Coater plus believe the particular addition associated with SDC high quality coatings may bring further value to the industry. The Coburn team is excited to join SDC and their family of companies, almost all of whom share the same culture associated with technology, innovation, and customer service, ” Incera said.
Incera told VMAIL that SDC and Coburn furthermore complement one another in the market segments each organization serves. “We’re strong along with ECPs and with small to medium sized labs, plus they’re strong with multinationals, ” he noted.
For more than 65 years, Coburn has supplied optical labs and eyecare professionals with items and services that have modernized lens creation methods with high-speed automation, machine intelligence, precision, plus sustainable finish technologies. The particular company traces its roots to Coburn Optical, founded in Muskogee, Okla. within 1954. They also offer a line of diagnostic machines for eye examinations.
Founded in 1986, SDC Technology, Inc. is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. SDC has been acquired by Mitsui Chemical substances in 2008. It is a global leader within the development and manufacturing of high-performance specialty coatings used inside a variety of programs from aerospace and automotive parts in order to eyewear.