ABOUT US

 

Founded in Millmead, Guildford in the UK, Millmead Optical Group (formerly Yakira Group) combines over 70 years of industry experience across eyewear, lenses and accessories.


Today the company remains a family run business retaining its independent values. The company is proud to provide our customers with high quality, well designed products with a reputation for reliability and integrity. With operations in London, Liverpool, Stuttgart and Hong Kong, Millmead operates throughout the global market.

 

Consisting of 11 companies, the secret to our success is our ability to cross platforms, integrating our dynamic skill set to provide a complete service tailored to our customer’s needs.

 

Our Company Heritage

 

1946

Optoplast Manufacturing Co.Ltd established

Optoplast was founded in Millmead, Guildford in Surrey. With an initial staff of six surrounded by rolling hills and cobbled streets, this small team of workers were soon to make a name for themselves within the optical industry.

Staff enjoy a party in the 1940's

1948

NHS

Optoplast worked closely with the National Health Scheme to launch the first range of  optical frames for the NHS.

1951

PIMO MACHINE

The patented PIMO machine was launched and put into production, inserting metal reinforcements into acetate spectacle sides with absolute precision. This innovation changed the way spectacles were manufactured worldwide. With 80 staff at work, Optoplast were able to produce two temples a second, exporting more than five million a year to 11 countries.

PIMO Machine
Birds eye view of Liverpool Factory

1992

Business Relocation

The second generation of the Conway and Thorn families expanded the business with new production facilities in Liverpool and Manchester. This was a milestone in the history of Optoplast and Millmead Optical Group.

1997-2002

Global Presence

Today Millmead Optical Group is able to deliver a comprehensive range of products and services to all of its customers throughout the global market. With its operations in London, Liverpool, Stuttgart and Hong Kong the company is well placed to provide its customers with both excellent service and a personal touch.  

2012

Testing

Millmead Optical Group acquired a UKAS accredited optical testing laboratory. Optolab ensures the quality, performance, safety and compliance of all frames we manufacture or supply. Optolab remains the only UK accredited laboratory able to test all aspects of the British Standards for eyewear including metallurgy in the same facility.

2016

Lenses

Jai Kudo Lenses joined Millmead Optical Group incorporating lenses and glazing into the groups’ extensive range of optical services.

2017

Rebrand

Yakira Group Ltd was rebranded Millmead Optical Group Ltd capturing the heritage of the business.

2017

Expansion

Millmead Optical Group made a strategic investment in leading UK eyewear distributors Continental Eyewear Ltd.