NXT Rx lenses with TRIVEX material provide superior sun protection
X-Cel Optical becomes first lens manufacturer to distribute product in United StatesNEW YORK, April 11, 2008 –
Intercast Europe, S.r.l, a business of PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG), announced today during the International Vision Expo East trade show that X-Cel Optical Co. is the first U.S. lens manufacturer to distribute NXT
Rx prescription sunlenses made with Trivex
The new lenses combine the optical clarity, impact resistance and lightweight qualities of Trivex
material with Intercast’s unique Light Management Technology and offer advanced color formulation and light filtration. This pairing creates an advanced sunwear solution for premium fashion and sport prescription eyewear needs, according to Christine Camsuzou, PPG general manager, optical materials. Introduced in late 2007 in Europe, NXT
Rx sunlenses are currently available in three fixed tints and four photochromic colors, including with mirror coating, all providing 100-percent UV protection.
“Today’s consumers demand the best in their prescription sunwear, making NXT
Rx sunlenses the ideal addition to the Trivex
material product family,” Camsuzou said. “By combining the benefits of Trivex
material with the sun protection features of NXT
technology, these lenses provide consumers with a prescription sunlens that can meet all the demands of an active, full lifestyle.”
The addition of NXT
Rx sunlenses completes X-Cel’s offering of lenses made with Trivex
material, which also includes Aris Trivex
clear lenses, Transitions Trivex
lenses and Aris NXT
“These quality sunlenses are a strong addition to our line of products made with Trivex
lens material, reinforcing our commitment to providing the widest possible range of lens options to meet consumers’ ever-changing needs,” said Connie Achman, vice president of sales and marketing for X-Cel Optical. “Today, consumers’ lifestyles are busier than ever, which is why it’s so important for us to be able to offer them a prescription sunlens that can address all of those needs in a single product.”NXT
Rx sunlenses are compatible with all frame materials, are highly resistant to solvents and lend themselves to rimless drilling without the risk of stress cracking. For more information, visit www.nxt-vision.com
. For more information on PPG’s optical materials and products, visit www.ppgopticalproducts.com
or contact Nathan Troxell, PPG marketing manager, optical materials, at (724) 325-5168 or firstname.lastname@example.org
PPG is the world’s leading maker of optical resins, having introduced the first hard-resin lens material, CR-39
monomer, in 1945 and the first tri-performance lens material, Trivex
monomer, in 2001. It is majority owner of Transitions Optical, the leading supplier of photochromics to optical manufacturers worldwide; owner of International Polarizer, the world’s largest manufacturer of sunglass polarizer; and owner of Intercast Europe, S.r.L., the world’s leading manufacturer of nonprescription hard-resin cast sunlenses.About X-Cel
X-Cel Optical Co. is a manufacturer of ophthalmic lenses for the eyeglass industry. Founded in 1937, X-Cel entered the market as a supplier of semi-finished fused glass bifocals. The company has expanded its lens offerings to include many styles and colors of glass, plastic, Trivex
lenses, mid-index, high-index and polycarbonate lenses. Specializing in hard-to-find lenses, X-Cel is known for its range of inventoried products and often makes one-of-a-kind lenses for customers. As a result of this willingness to supply whatever is needed, X-Cel now supplies the market with more specialty lenses than any other manufacturer. For more information on X-Cel Optical, visit www.x-celoptical.com
Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of paints, coatings, chemicals, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass. The company has more than 150 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates and operates in more than 60 countries. PPG’s sales in 2007 were $11.2 billion. SigmaKalon, a worldwide coatings producer based in Uithoorn, Netherlands, that PPG acquired Jan. 2, 2008, had 2007 sales of $2.9 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: PPG). For more information, visit www.ppg.com
.CR-39 and Trivex are trademarks of PPG Industries.
NXT is a trademark of Intercast Europe, S.r.l.
Transitions is a trademark of Transitions Optical, Inc.
Aris is a trademark of X-Cel Optical Co.
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