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Gelflex acquires contact lens business

{{quote-a:r-w:450-I:2-Q:“Our commitment to growing custom contact lenses is not only here in Australia. It’s a global strategy and we rain proud of the fact that consumers around the world are wearing Australian made contact lenses.”-WHO:David Masel, Gelflex Director}}According to a statent released by Gelflex, managent is hopeful that the purchase will allow it to “rejuvenate” the custom contact lens industry in Australia. Gelflex director Mr David Masel said it would also allow the company to further invest in training and support to optometrists.“Despite the growth in disposable contact lenses, Gelflex rains 100% committed to the custom lens business and we see great potential within the industry,” Masel said, adding that assisting optometrists with new products and support services would enable th to run more successful businesses, and provide greater benefits to patients.Masel was also bullish about the Perth-based company’s position in the international market, with it currently exporting 25% of its custom lenses to various countries, including the US.“Our commitment to growing custom contact lenses is not only here in Australia. It’s a global strategy and we rain proud of the fact that consumers around the world are wearing Australian made contact lenses,” he said.“We are exporting to over 35 countries and [are] in the process of finalising agreents with groups in Japan and China for distribution of our custom lenses, so it’s an exciting time for the business.”The ACL acquisition is just the latest move Gelflex has made to consolidate its position, with the company also taking over the RGP business from Coopervision in South Australia in 2012. Since then, Gelflex has continued to offer Coopervision custom lens designs to optometrists across Australia, and managent expects a similar consistency of supply during the ACL acquisition transition period and beyond.