China’s spectacle industry debuted in Hong Kong in 1940s when operation mainly occurred in the form of small workshops for the manual production of plastic frames.
In 1960s, the industry introduced German equipment and materials to produce metal frames and mechanize the production processes. At that time, the spectacle products of China spread from Southeast Asia in the early days to the international market.
In 1970s, the industry-leading spectacle manufacturers introduced European frame machines, thus greatly promoting the enhancement of production technology and enabling satisfaction of the high-end order demand of European and American retailer customers.
In 1980s and 1990s, the leader spectacle enterprises in Hong Kong set up large factories in Shenzhen and Dongguan in mainland China. Then, international leading spectacle enterprises, such as Luxottica, also entered Dongguan to set up factories for production of products using their own brands.
Thus, a complete industrial chain composed of design, packing, materials, technological R&D, production, supply and HR had taken shape in the two places. Some outstanding enterprises in China’s spectacle industry got listed successfully in the period and the industry started the creation of independent own brands and the shift from OEM to ODM production mode.
The spectacle areas of Shenzhen and Dongguan are the major design and production bases of global name brand spectacles. To meet the competition from their counterparts around the world, the spectacle manufacturers in the two places adopt advanced technologies and use light and durable materials to manufacture medium and high-grade spectacles.
They have won international favor and recognition with their good reputation and quality assurances and export 85% of their products to all parts of the world. Many international top sunglasses brands have been attracted to set up factories or pursue OEM and ODM production here, including Ray-Ban, Bvlgari, Burberry, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Prada, Versace & Polo Ralph Lauren Vogue, Persol, Arnette and Revo.