HORIZONS OPTICAL, a Barcelona-based international R&D company focused on the development and distribution of technology for the optical industry, has established a U.S. subsidiary, Horizons Optical of America (HOA). Based in Lewisville, Texas, HOA will reinforce customer and commercial attention, and provide technology and services to customers throughout the U.S., Latin America and Canada.

Horizons said it grew by 40 percent in 2021, nearly doubling the number of prescription laboratories it does business with. The company is investing significantly to penetrate the U.S. market. During 2022, Horizons plans to install its technologies in at least 50 optical laboratories, raising its total laboratory base in the U.S. to more than 65 locations.

Ulises Perez will be responsible for HOA’s technical customer support department, and Albert Pogorschelske will lead its commercial team. Both are experienced optical industry professionals. They will be supported by a multi-disciplinary team who will offer advanced equipment in lens design and coating analysis.

“The opening of a new branch office in the United States is a milestone for Horizons Optical,” says Santiago Soler, CEO of Horizons Optical. “We are very proud and excited to be able to start operating in this market, which is full of opportunities and growth possibilities for the company. Our purpose is to bring differentiation to the U.S. market through the distribution of unique and patented technologies. We offer solutions covered with nine patents that prove our innovation and uniqueness. We will continue to work with a first-class team to further strengthen our positioning as one of the leaders in innovation in our industry and to offer the best service to our customers.”

With an investment of over 50 percent of its turnover in R&D projects, Horizons has created what it refers to as “unique and fully adapted optical solutions for ophthalmic laboratories and retailers.” The company supplies technology to companies located in the U.S., Latin America, Brazil, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Europe.

–Andrew Karp