From research and product development to manufacturing and digital channels, find out how innovation can be found across the board at Luxottica.




    Each pair of glasses is a work of art created by technology, tradition and innovation.

    The introduction of the Lean System at manufacturing sites has made production processes significantly more streamlined and efficient as well as reducing waste of all kinds. At the same time, it has changed the approach to work and a way of thinking. After beginning in Italy, the Lean System is now successfully adopted at Luxottica sites throughout the world. Our teams contribute fresh ideas, experiment with solutions and share the results internally.

    At Dongguan in China, Luxottica has set up a center for technological innovation dedicated to researching and implementing automated systems designed specifically for the Group’s Operations.

    For over a decade, Luxottica has been a pioneer in 3D printing, a technology with immense potential to speed up the manufacturing processes in the prototyping phase and to produce certain end-product support components with the lost-wax casting method.

    With the HP 3D Jet Fusion printer, Oakley is able to create plastic prototypes with functional parts and take advantage of the technology for its portfolio of sport accessories, equipment and lifestyle products since 1992.

    With regard to metal, from 2015, thanks to a partnership with the Swedish company Digital Metal, the transformation of some components from the 3D files to model is fully conducted internally and the prototype is printed directly in metal, which allows for obtaining components similar to those of the final models.

    Luxottica was the first company to embrace Digital Surfacing Technology (DST) in the United States in 2008. This revolutionary technology for ophthalmic lens design allows the company to produce highly accurate and highly customized lenses using a complex combination of software with the most advanced equipment on the market.

    In-Mold labelling (IML) is the decoration process of plastic articles through customized films that are being combined in the same piece during production. The application of IML to eyewear and testing of different materials such as fabric for decoration films are Luxottica innovations, the result of months of prototyping and testing.