Top Lenses Manufacturer Essilor Brings a Better Vision to Latin America Through AT&T
AT&T will supply data communications services to Essilor throughout Latin America.
San Antonio, Texas, November 8, 2006
São Paulo, Brazil — AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) announced today that Essilor has awarded AT&T a three-year US$648,000 contract to provide enhanced network services over an Internet Protocol (IP) platform. The services, aimed at providing reliable data communications to the Essilor network, will interconnect the company locations, research facilities and distribution center operating in Brazil.
Essilor is a global leader in the corrective lenses market. In 2005, the company had revenues in excess of US$3 billion and almost 27,000 employees across four R&D centers, 215 prescription labs and 16 production plants. In 2005 alone, Essilor manufactured 195 million lenses, more than half a million lenses a day.
Using AT&T's services, Essilor will be able to speed up its response to the market and expedite its customer service by rapidly sharing product information, inventories, product ordering and prescription data.
"Essilor began designing and manufacturing customized corrective lenses in 1850. The current corporation is responsible for many of the major innovations in the market in the last century," said Valéria Pessoa, IT director for Essilor Brazil. "Today, our ability to efficiently connect our operations is essential to enabling us to rapidly respond to our customers' needs and restore perfect vision to them with the strongest, lightest-weight lenses available in the market. Its experience, technology and customer service throughout the region were powerful reasons for selecting AT&T as our telecommunications provider."
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Essilor is the world leader in ophthalmic optics. The company has a long standing tradition in designing, manufacturing and customizing corrective lenses to meet all visual requirements. Worldwide, Essilor offers lightweight, thin, strong lenses that protect the eyes of its customers and restore perfect vision. It employs over 26,000 professionals in the world, out of which 550 are researchers. Essilor operates 215 prescription labs, 4 R&D centers and 16 production plants. With revenues in excess of €2,424 million, in 2005 it produced more than 195 million lenses. Additional information about Essilor is available at www.essilor.com.
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