"There is no future in sight for spectacle manufacturing in Australia.
For the past 52 years, Irene Luthy’s factory, Optex Eyewear, has
produced up to 2000 frames a week, 48 weeks a year. But soon, she will
be lucky to be making any frames at all," starts the Brisbane Times Business Day post. "When Mrs Luthy, 82, moved her business from Melbourne to
Dubbo in 1972, she landed a winning contract: the NSW Spectacles
Program, a scheme providing free spectacles for disadvantaged people in
that state. Chinese imports were on the rise and local frame
manufacturers were beginning to collapse, yet Ms Luthy’s affordable,
basic, plastic frames were in demand. But on July 1, after 22 years of partnership, the NSW
Department of Family and Community Service determined that Ms Luthy and
administrator VisionCare NSW had failed to win the tender and appointed
Vision Australia as the new administrator. The decision has put Australia’s last major frame factory out of business." Read more.