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Corning’s SunSensors Operations Acquired by Mitsui Chemicals

Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. announced the acquisition of Corning Incorporated’s SunSensors® operations on May 15, 2014.

Through the acquisition, Mitsui Chemicals moves to bolster its world-class ophthalmic lens material business while breaking into the rapidly growing global photochromic lens market. The company will aggressively develop and sell competitive new photochromic lens materials.

Mitsui Chemicals offers high to low refractive index ophthalmic lens material and coatings to meet the diverse needs of people around the world. The company is known as a premier provider of ophthalmic lens materials with its thin and light “MRTM Series” super durable and clear high refractive index lens material, which allows progressive design. The world-leading “MRTM Series” revolutionized ophthalmic lens material standards and is now regarded as the global standard for lens quality around the world.

Similarly, Corning has been a driving force behind the photochromic lens market since the 1960s, when it first launched its photochromic eyeglass lens materials. The company has continued to lead the market with innovations, including its SunSensors® brand of photochromic organic lens materials.

Mitsui Chemicals’ acquisition of Corning’s photochromic lens material business, which is showing staggering growth in not only developed markets but also in developing markets such as India and Brazil, will contribute to the growth of the company’s vision care materials business while expanding the product lineup to improve its ophthalmic lens material solutions and contribute to optimized customer service.

Mitsui Chemicals will use its efficient global customer and sales network to bolster sales growth of SunSensors® products while intensifying development of new competitive vision care materials including next-generation photochromic lens material to strengthen the company’s position as a provider of new value for its customers.


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