HumanWare sees its global development expand through a partnership with Essilor

HumanWare sees its global development expand through a partnership with Essilor 
DRUMMONDVILLE, QC, Oct. 17, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - HumanWare announces a major 
strategic partnership with Essilor, the world's leading ophthalmic optics 
company, which becomes the majority shareholder of the company specializing in 
assistive technologies for people who are blind or have low vision. 
This new alliance offers greater global visibility for HumanWare products 
while promoting access for a larger number of people with visual impairments. 
The alliance will also accelerate investment in research and development to 
offer new and innovative high quality products for both blindness and low 
For HumanWare, this partnership represents an opportunity to confirm its 
leadership in assistive technologies for the visually impaired. Along with the 
recent introduction of the new range of Prodigi(TM) digital magnifiers, 
HumanWare will significantly increase its market share in the rehabilitation 
sector and among eyecare professionals. 
"We are very pleased to be partnering with Essilor, whose knowledge in optics 
and access to optician distribution networks will accelerate innovation to 
help people with visual impairments. Together, we will contribute to 
developing the notoriously under-penetrated global market," says Gilles Pepin, 
CEO of HumanWare. 
The new partnership has already enjoyed its first success with the awarding of 
the prestigious Silmo d'Or to HumanWare for its new 2-in-1 Prodigi electronic 
magnifier, which features an installation wizard developed with the 
collaboration of Essilor. Prodigi is an entirely digital personal vision 
assistant for people living with visual impairment caused by macular 
degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and other eye diseases. 
Commenting on the partnership, Hubert Sagnières, Essilor Chairman and CEO, 
explains, "Helping visually impaired or blind people regain greater 
independence is a natural extension of the group's mission to help more than 
4.2 billion people see better to live better. This partnership with HumanWare 
allows Essilor to take a fundamental step in the development of a range of 
effective and accessible vision tools for the greatest number of people." 
About HumanWare 
HumanWare (, who is celebrating its 25(th) anniversary, is 
the global leader in assistive technologies for people who are blind or have 
low vision. HumanWare offers a wide range of innovative products, including 
the BrailleNote® Apex, the leading productivity device for the blind in 
education, business and for personal use; Victor Reader®, the world's leading 
family of digital audiobook players; the unique Prodigi(TM) family of desktop 
and portable vision and reading systems, and Trekker® Breeze, the all-in-one 
handheld talking GPS. 
About Essilor 
The world's leading ophthalmic optics company, Essilor designs, manufactures 
and markets a wide range of lenses to improve and protect eyesight. Its 
corporate mission is to enable everyone around the world to access lenses that 
meet his or her unique vision requirements. To support this mission, the 
Company allocates around €150 million to research and innovation every year, 
in a commitment to continuously bring new, more effective products to market. 
It also develops and markets equipment, instruments and services for eyecare 
Essilor reported consolidated revenue of approximately €5 billion in 2012 
and employs around 50,700 people. It operates in some 100 countries, with 22 
plants, more than 400 prescription laboratories and edging facilities, as well 
as several research and development centers around the world. 
For more information, please visit 
The Essilor share trades on the NYSE Euronext Paris market and is included in 
the EuroStoxx 50 and CAC 40 indices. Codes and symbols: ISIN: FR FR0000121667; 
Reuters: ESSI.PA; Bloomberg: EI:FP.

SOURCE  HumanWare 
HumanWare Nicolas Lagacé, Marketing Communications (450) 463-1717 
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