San Jose, CA (PRWEB) July 15, 2010
Eyeglasses have, over the years, shed their utilitarian image of being just a vision correction contraption to become a key fashion accessory. Innovative materials for lenses and frames and other technological advances have resulted in several new designs with better aesthetic appeal, style and quality. Eyeglasses are increasingly being used as a facial accessory and a matching item for a wide variety of outfits, and for highlighting the personality of eyeglass wearers.
Earlier a commodity product and a must buy for individuals with poor eyesight, eyeglasses have been traditionally resilient to fluctuations in economic health/climate. However the product's transformation into a new fashion image has exposed it to economic cycles, making it vulnerable to the current economic recession. High-end lenses, frames and sunglasses have all witnessed deceleration in growth as a result of reduction in personal incomes, erosion in discretionary spends, and falling consumer confidence. As a result, frugal consumer spending, cancellation or postponement of consumer purchases, and drift towards low-cost products has squeezed revenues in the global eyeglasses market over last two years.
Despite this gloomy outlook, the global eyeglasses market still remains positive about its future prospects as demographic trends indicate strong market potential in the short to medium term period. While the sheer increase in the world population opens up several new possibilities and opportunities for eyeglass manufacturers and retailers, the already large base of aging population of over 45 years with poor eye vision and symptoms of presbyopia, is forecast to turbo-charge demand further. The rise of the Internet as a potent vehicle for selling eyeglasses is additionally expected to expand the retailing reach of eyeglasses worldwide. Thanks to the growing popularity of E-commerce and Internet based sales transactions, the revenue inflow for eyeglasses from cyberspace is increasingly on the rise. The growing demand for popular-priced sunglasses, and the robust growth outlook for plastic frames and lenses is also expected to add momentum to the total eyeglasses market in the next few years.
Although developed markets such as the US and Europe have been the traditional revenue contributors to the global eyeglasses market, collectively accounting for a major share of the total market revenue, growth in the short to medium term period is at its best in emerging markets of Asia-Pacific and Latin America. The Asia-Pacific region especially is the fastest growing regional market in terms of dollar sales.
As stated in the new market research report announced by Global Industry Analysts Inc., the lenses market continues to remain the largest product group in the total eyeglasses market in terms of dollar sales, while frames market displays the fastest CAGR over the analysis period 2007-2015.
Key players operating in the market include Bausch & Lomb Inc., The Carl Zeiss Group, De Rigo S.p.A., Essilor International, Hoya Corporation, Indo Internacional, S.A., Luxottica Group S.p.A., Oakley Inc., Safilo Group S.p.A., and TEK Optical Canada
The report titled "Eyeglasses: A Global Strategic Business Report" announced by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., provides a comprehensive review of the industry, key market trends, issues, profiles of major players, and recent industry activity. The report provides market estimates and projections for eyeglasses in terms of annual unit sales (in million units) and annual dollar sales (in US$ million) for product groups - Lenses, Frames and Sunglasses by geographic regions - US, Canada, Japan, Europe (France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe) Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Rest of World. The unit analytics for product groups is further classified by material type - Lenses (Glass Lenses, Plastic Lenses and MHI & Polycarbonate), Frames (Metal, and Plastic) and Sunglasses (Premium-Priced and Popular-Priced). Lenses market is also analyzed in unit terms by design type as Single Vision Lenses, Bifocal Lenses and Progressive Addition Lenses.
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