The Vision Council to Deliver Standards and Compliance Seminars in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong

The Vision Council to Deliver Standards and Compliance Seminars in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong

Alexandria, VA (July 11, 2013) - The Vision Council, in partnership with the Wenzhou Spectacles Association, Taiwan Spectacles Association and the Hong Kong Optical Manufacturers Association, will be conducting a series of free, live seminars for various manufacturers and optical companies in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, beginning today.

Our industry is witnessing significant changes to both U.S. based standards as well as federal and state compliance issues, which have a direct impact on the distribution of optical products, said Ed Greene, CEO of The Vision Council. These sessions have been developed with market fluctuations and government regulations in mind. We have targeted areas with significant optical manufacturing, providing us with an opportunity to engage international partners and educate our members' manufacturers about the retail landscape, customs issues, and other important standards and compliance updates. The marketplace is changing and its proactive initiatives like these that will help us to improve processes and lay the foundation for continued industry growth.

Led by The Vision Council's technical team, each of the three-hour seminars are designed to educate manufacturers about the critical changes affecting U.S. standards and government compliance in today's marketplace. Topics will cover standards and compliance in today's optical marketplace with an emphasis on best practices for U.S. importing and the impact of ANSI, ISO and ASTM standards updates on the distribution of optical products. Attendees will also learn about key programs and resources offered by The Vision Council. On July 11th, Tiziana Gabas, commercial sales manager for Certottica, will provide an overview of the European market. Key dates, times and locations include:

July 11, 2013: 2:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.
Wenzhou Spectacles Association

Wenzhou Int'l Convention & Exhibition Center
Meeting Room in Hall 1
No.1 East Jiangbin Road, Wenzhou

July 16, 2013: 9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.
Taiwan Spectacles Association

Premier Restaurant
Address: No.258, Sec. 4, Ximen Road
North Dist., Tainan City 70445
Taiwan (R.O.C.)

July 18, 2013: 2:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.
Hong Kong Optical Manufacturers Association

Hong Kong Productivity Council
HKPC Building
78 Tat Chee Avenue
Kowloon, Hong Kong

This trip will mark The Vision Council's second overseas seminar series for vision industry manufacturers. In 2011, The Vision Council's technical team and member services hosted two high-profile seminars in Hong Kong and Xiamen, which drew more than 270 individuals from trade organizations and ophthalmic product companies. The seminars were held in response to requests from member companies to aid component and device suppliers in Asia. In addition to delivering the sessions, the team completed an eight-day tour of Hong Kong, Xiamen and mainland China-based manufacturers to see many of the factories firsthand and to gain a better understanding of new engineering processes.

For more information about the seminars, and to register, please contact Amber Robinson, The Vision Council's manager of member and technical programs, at or at (703)740-1094.

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