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History

Visottica Comotec

Osalco Montalban opens a workshop in the former stables of his palace in Conegliano, a small town not far from Venice. His mechanical equipment consists of three homemade lathes powered by electric motors. Visottica is born and starts supplying components to the eyewear industry.

1947

Right after the Second World War Pierre Chevassus starts producing hinges founding the eponymous company. In the same period Michel Bussed joins his aunt’s company Finasse to produce nose pads and pad arms.

Visottica patents its first FLEX hinge, entering the market of elastic mechanisms and hinges.

1959

Michel Bussod and Michel Chrestin Billet found SIPAL, a company specialized in the production of wires, temples and decorations.

Osalco Montalban expands the factory moving to its current location in nearby Susegana. His son Rinaldo begins spending summers among the lathes and studying new applications with his father.

1968

Chevassus develops his activity with the help of the technology of Joseph Maier, a German national and a technical genius who decided to stay in France after the war. The French and US Markets are the root of the growth.

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1975

The companies Chevassus, Finasse and Sipal, all of whom manufacture components for eyewear, decide to market internationally with the help of Christian Receveur.

A new patent is registered for the flex sphere-spring mechanism.

1982

Chevassus USA Inc. is founded in Connecticut USA, to supply the US market.

1985

COMOTEC SA is founded as a worldwide distribution company. In the same year COMOTEC Far East is established in Hong Kong to supply the growing Asian Market.

1988

Comotec begins production for the first time in the Far East, opening a hinges factory in the New Territories of Hong Kong.

Visottica buys Friulottica and widens its range of products and technologies, launching the production of components obtained by stamping and mechanical reprocessing (temples and wirecores).

1989

The affiliate company Comotec becomes the holding company Comotec Holding, with, as stockholders, all the historical families behind the original companies. Comotec USA closes and it is replaced by a representative office. In the same year Comotec acquires a production plant in China.

1993

Comotec Italia opens in Cadore to serve the Italian market.

Rinaldo Montalban opens a sales company in Hong Kong, Ottica Far East. Thanks to the increasing importance of Asian manufacturers the Company grows supplying the new players and supporting them in new developments.

1994

This year marks the transition from a confederation of companies to a Group under the name Comotec Group. The majority of the capital is shared between two main shareholders: J. Garnier-Chevassus and Christian Receveur.

Production doubles at Susegana with the creation of a dedicated Screw Division with a vast fleet of mechanical milling machines.

1999

Comotec moves its Head office in France to Fort des Rousses.

2003

The Italian group Mazzucchelli 1849, world leader in the production of cellulose acetate for the spectacle industry, acquires Comotec and, consequently, Comotec Italia is closed.

The goal of becoming a service supplier to local producers in China drives Visottica to set up a production unit in the Guangdong region, Optical Technology Manufactory, able to reduce lead times and supply specific products to the market.

2005

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hall of Fort des Rousses in France

Visottica keeps on strengthening its position on the Asian market by acquiring the majority share of Ottica Far East.

2008

Comotec’s operation moves to China.

2010: A NEW GROUP

To reinforce its market penetration in the Far East, on September 21st, 2010 Visottica signed a strategic partnership with Mazzucchelli Group, acquiring the control of Comotec and its Chinese production facilities. The change in the corporate structure lead to the replacement of the top management and the introduction of new production processes as well as new materials. Today the Chinese plant can be compared to the Italian facilities as its organization, technology and inspection methods are up to European quality standards. Every year Visottica’s production plants manufacture more than a billion components covering 50 thousand product families protected by over 40 patents.

2016: TWO BECOME ONE

In July 2016 Visottica acquires complete ownership of Comotec, thus consolidating its global leadership in metal components and tailored solutions for the optical sector. Whilst continuing to invest heavily in its sales network, today Visottica Comotec consolidates its position as a major player at the top of the eyewear sector by combining two work cultures: that of the parent company in Susegana, in north-east Italy, and that of the DongGuan plant, in South China. This continuous exchange of competence and knowhow between the Italian and Chinese locations makes the Visottica Comotec manufacturing culture hard to replicate.