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Menicon Announces French Affiliate Menicon SAS’s 40th Anniversary and Completion of its New Premises


Menicon Co., Ltd.’s French affiliate, Menicon SAS (hereinafter “M-SAS”), recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of its establishment. In line with its corporate principle “Contributing to society by providing superior visual correction,” since launching its business in Europe, Menicon has been dedicated to pursuing the company’s mission of disseminating accurate knowledge rather than just developing the market. With great appreciation for your support, we are pleased to announce M-SAS’s 40th anniversary and completion of its new premises in the business park near Charles de Gaulle Airport.

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CEO Hidenari Tanaka of Menicon Co., Ltd. to receive the Medal with Blue Ribbon


We are pleased to inform you that CEO Hidenari Tanaka of Menicon Co., Ltd. has been selected to receive the Medal with Blue Ribbon in spring 2018, in recognition of his over 13 years of dedicated service toward achieving sound development of the contact lens industry and promotion of the industry in general in his capacity as the Chairman of the Japan Contact Lens Association since April 2004, thereby contributing to advancement of the welfare of the Japanese people. The award ceremony is scheduled for May 15, 2018. The Medal with Blue Ribbon is one of the six Medals of Honor conferred biannually in the spring and fall by the Emperor of Japan to individuals who have made prominent efforts to promote public welfare in the interests of the community.

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Rose K Inventor Receives Prestigious Honor for Contributions to Optometry


NAGOYA, Japan – February 6, 2017 – Mr. Paul Rose, Dip Opt, B Sc., FCCLSNZ, inventor of the Rose K brand of contact lenses for irregular cornea, is to become a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM), it was announced in early January. Rose’s appointment is in recognition of his contributions to the fields of ophthalmology and optometry. The award is one of the highest honors bestowed on individuals in New Zealand distinguished for their services and contributions.

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Menicon Appoints Remco Engelhart as Business Development Director Europe


January 2017


Menicon Co. Ltd. Announced: Remco Engelhart has joined the company taking up the position of Business Development Director Europe.

He has over 25 year experience in contact lens industry.

Remco begins his new role effective January, 2017.

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TMC and Menicon Launch New Liquid Livestock Manure Composting Product


news_20161005_2 Toyota City, Japan, October 5, 2016-Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and contact lens manufacturer Menicon Co., Ltd. (Menicon) have jointly developed a new liquid livestock manure composting product that will join the resQ45 series of TMC-Menicon jointly developed manure composting systems, which debuted in 2006. The product, called the New-Tokubetsu-Kyuko Liquid (new special express liquid enzyme), will be sold by a TMC subsidiary, Toyota Roof Garden Co., Ltd., starting today. It will be distributed through Toyota Tsusho Corporation’s (Toyota Tsucho) livestock feed sales channels.

In Japan, where around 80 million*1 tons of livestock manure are generated annually, concerns about the adverse impact of manure on the environment, including its offensive odor, water pollution, and greenhouse-gas generation, have created widespread awareness for the need to find ways to properly process, and to effectively utilize manure. In January 2013, Toyota and Menicon launched a jointly developed powder livestock manure composting product called the New-Tokubetsu-Kyuko,*2 which had significantly shortened the composting period from around one month to around two weeks, while substantially reducing the generation of malodorous ammonia gas by between 50 and 90% (in the case of poultry waste). However, since the dispersion of powder composting agents is both a time- and labor-intensive process for large farms with major composting requirements, TMC and Menicon recognized the need to develop a liquid product that can be dispersed more easily by existing liquid dispensers.

Using these liquid dispensers, the newly developed New-Tokubetsu-Kyuko Liquid can be dispersed in a manner that is more reliable and uniform as compared to powder. This helps to improve dispersion efficiency, and helps to facilitate the creation of better quality compost. As a result, TMC and Menicon believe that this new product will help to reduce onerous work on livestock farms, while also providing positive environmental benefits at the same time. Furthermore, since a 100grams bottle of the new liquid product is able to substitute for an 8kg bag of powder, this development also helps to significantly reduce the space needed for storage.

June this year marked the tenth anniversary of the launch of the resQ45 series of manure composting systems, which were developed to help improve the livestock manure composting process. In addition to New-Tokubetsu-Kyuko Liquid, other main products in this series include the Buta resQ for pig manure and the Moo resQ for cows. Total sales of the resQ45 product lineup reached 200,000 bags in April, and annual sales are forecasted to hit 50,000 bags this year.

TMC, Menicon, and Toyota Tsusho intend to continue pursuing a wide range of technology-based environmentally friendly initiatives. The three companies are aiming to strengthen collaboration toward the goal of realizing a recycling-oriented society, while working to develop new environmental businesses and helping to improve farmlands.

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*1 Quoted from the 2016 statistics from the Statistic Bureau of Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
*2 A manure composting product combining an enzymatic agent that promotes the decomposition of dietary fibers in manure and thermophilic bacteria.

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Menicon Appoints New President for Menicon GmbH


Menicon Co. Ltd. Announced: Anton Scherer has joined the company taking up the position of President at Menicon GmbH.

He has over 25 year experience in contact lens industry.

Anton begins his new role effective November 1, 2015.


As mentioned, Anton Scherer has a very good experience in contact lens business and market knowledge.

His career started with Ciba Vision (Alcon). During his 25-year career at the company, he acted in different positions – R&D, Regulatory Affairs, Professional Service, Marketing, Key Account Management.

After that time, he was successfully involved in the construction of Sauflon. His responsibilities were marketing manager and Head Key Account manager (DACH).  

He was significantly focused on developing the patient management system “Lens System Direct” for Germany – Austria and Switzerland.

After the acquisition of Sauflon by the CooperVision GmbH, he acted in Key Account management and had the lead of professional service (DACH).

With his depth knowledge of contact lens business in Europe he wants to extend the Menicon-product portfolio in RGP sector, as well as the Menicon lens care products.

In addition, his core task will be to enhance the soft lenses sector with monthly and daily contact lenses.

His claim is: "to provide a complete portfolio of Menicon contact lens products to the ECPs with a strong customer relationship.

Hiroshi Murakami, executive officer said "We needed an individual with the knowledge and experience to insure the success of our upcoming products." 

"When it comes to effectively expand market share, Anton is an expert with extensive experience, and I am deeply grateful and excited that he has decided to work with us.

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Menicon R&D Innovation Center relocates in Geneva, Switzerland


Menicon hereby announces that it has relocated Menicon R&D Innovation Center to Geneva in October 2015.

The members continue to develop state-of-art micro-technology in cooperation with universities and institutes.

Menicon R&D will continue to develop innovative products in the future.


Since 1951, Menicon has been providing services to have superior visual correction.

We will continue to be dedicated to creating new products and services.

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Menicon Co., Ltd. Notice Regarding List on First Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange and Nagoya Stock Exchange


Menicon Co. Ltd. (“Menicon”) hereby announces that it was listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Nagoya Stock Exchange effective today, June 25, 2015. 

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Menicon and Starbucks Share Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ Award at Food Industry Mottainai Awards for Efforts to Recycle Coffee Grounds (into Cattle Feed) – Awards Ceremony –


In recognition of their efforts to recycle coffee grounds into feed for dairy cows, the first time anything like this has been tried in Japan, Menicon Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Nagoya, Aichi prefecture; CEO: Hidenari Tanaka) and Starbucks Coffee Japan, Ltd. (Headquarters: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo; CEO: Jun Sekine) have been jointly honored with the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ Award, part of the 2nd Food Industry Mottainai Awards organized by the Japan Organics Recycling Association (JORA).

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Menicon is pleased to announce the addition of Korcan Ltd. as our exclusive Rose K distributor in Turkey.


Korcan will offer the full Rose K family of designs for irregular cornea, including the the Rose K2 XL semi-scleral lens.  All Rose K designs are manufactured in Menicon Z, the hyper-permeable GP material with an industry leading DK of 163. We are excited to be able to be able to work with Korcan to provide patients in the Turkish market with the world’s most prescribed lens for keratoconus.

For more information on Rose K in this market, please contact Korcan directly at

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