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Hilco Vision Acquires Simovision

Simovision will continue to be based out of its Overijse headquarters in Belgium.

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PLAINVILLE, MA – Hilco Vision has acquired Belgium and Netherlands-based Simovision BV.

Simovision is a distributor of ophthalmic products, with dedicated divisions providing consumables and equipment for refractive, cataract and retina surgery and dry eye patients throughout Belgium and the Netherlands. The business, established by Marc Simonet in 2002, will continue to be based out of its Overijse headquarters in Belgium.

The deal closed on Nov. 17. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ross Brownlee, CEO of Hilco Vision, said, “Ophthalmic products are a core part of our proposition in North America, while in Europe, our channel and product focus has primarily been bringing differentiated solutions to opticians. This acquisition is the first step to ensure our portfolio and reach can be expanded to include specialist ophthalmologists and clinics in Europe. The innovation and service model championed by Simovision represents a strong fit with our aspirations, and we are excited to partner with Marc and his team going forward.”

Marc Simonet, CEO of Simovision, said, “Simovision has established important relationships with hospitals, private clinics, surgeons and leading manufacturers over many years and we look forward to the next chapter of bringing innovative solutions to the market as part of Hilco Vision. The two companies truly share common values and we are excited for what the future can bring.”

Simonet and his team will continue with the company.

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Hilco Vision’s product portfolio is concentrated on five product categories: professional optical tools, ophthalmic supplies, vision protection, consumer accessories and lens care. The company has direct subsidiaries in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, Australia, China, the Netherlands and now Belgium.

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