Luxottica started out in 1961 as a contract manufacturer of eyewear components, with 14 employees. It now has six facilities in Italy, two in China and one in US. The Italian plants turn out around 30 million units a year, which is around 74% of its total production worldwide.
Luxottica’s operations structure is centered on Agordo (the heart of the Group) and covers the following activities:
Quality: the Product and Design area also includes management, organization and development of the Quality Management System, which conforms to precise standards and current legislation.
Production engineering: this unit makes samples and distributes them to agents.
IT systems: the IT function ensures the operation and development of central and distributed information systems and the coordination and professional development of its own employees.
• ensures the development and construction of models for forecasting demand for products (retail and wholesale);
• ensures planning and programming of manufacturing in all the Group’s production sites and those of external semi-finished product suppliers;
• supervises and coordinates the planning of retail business (Europe, USA, Asia-Pacific and China).
Procurement: the procurement function’s task is to guarantee optimum organization and management of purchasing of raw materials, components, semi-finished goods and services, also in terms of competitive cost-quality ratios.
• guarantees the efficient running of plant and machinery (routine and extraordinary maintenance);
• ensures proper application of workplace health and safety, environmental and labor regulations;
• guarantees the operation of security services and site access control;
• manages layout activities (modification and reallocation of space).
Each of the manufacturing facilities specializes in a type of production:
Agordo works prevalently on metal and plastic (injection molded) frames.
Sedico 2 concentrates on production based on milled acetate slabs.
Cencenighe makes components and small metallic parts for all the Group’s facilities.
Pederobba concentrates on injection molding of nylon and proprionate, while Rovereto makes metal frames.
Lauriano produces glass and plastic (polycarbonate and nylon) lenses, as well as making Persol products from slabs.