Luxottica today announced it has succesfully secured a contract, valued at AUD 33.5 million, for optical services with the Asutralian Defence Force (ADF) as an exclusive subcontractor to prime contractor Medibank.
The win is part of a larger multi-million dollar contract awarded by the ADF to Medibank to provide a wide range of medical and allied health services both on and off base. Medibank's contract win was announced by the Federal Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, The Hon Warren Snowdon MP, in Canberra today.
Medibank's Managing Director, George Savvides, said the tender process run by the ADF was rigorous and far reaching and, through Medibank and its sub-contractors - including Luxottica's OPSM, Lubman & Pank and Budget Eyewear brands - will deliver world-class health services to the entire ADF population.
"This contract is an exciting opportunity for all parties involved. It will enable the delivery of quality care across a full range of health services including prevention, treatment and rehabilitation for both physical and mental health. This service would not be possible without the expertise of our subcontractors and we are looking forward to working together to ensuring better health outcomes for all ADF personnel." said Mr Savvides.
Luxottica's retail footprint, including its 388 strong OPSM store network, will exclusively offer eye services to more than 80,000 ADF personnel each eyer. This will include eye tests, frames and lenses, and access to eye health scans using the most-up-to-date next-generation technology following an AUD 20 million investment this year.
Luxottica's Chief Executive Officer of Asia Pacific, Chris Beer, said:"Our agreement to provide optical services to the Australian Defence Force as a sub-contractor to Medibank is exclusive, and is due to our proven track record with the ADF in Western Australia and SOuth Australia, extensive geographical reach, superior high-quality product offering and Australia's largest team of expert optometrists. Our continued drive is to raise the standard of eye care for all Australians and we are proud to be caring for the eyes of Australia's Defence personnel."
From September 1, 2012, Luxottica's off-base optical services will be available to all ADF personnel who will be able to select optical and sunglass frames frome a wide range.
Mr Beer said:"While the retail environment remains challenging for many, Luxottica continues to be a market leader and to build a solid platform for long-term growth. We have a very clear vision for the future and we are pleased the ADF contract is a part of it."