Our story

1950

Divel Italia foundation

Our story begins over half a century ago at the end of World War 2 in the heart of Emilia Romagna. Divel Italia started life as a manufacturer of sun lenses, making use of the region’s natural gas deposits to melt glass.

'60

Export in Europe

By 1960, we had begun to export our products and soon established ourselves as a lead player in sunglasses manufacturing in Europe.

1975

First European producers

In the mid-1970s, we became one of the first European manufacturers to acquire the rights and technology to produce organic CR39 plastic lenses.

This offered a revolutionary alternative to the original glass lenses which were brittle, easily scratched and difficult to fabricate.

1987

New departments

Following radical restructuring of the company, an ophthalmic lens department and marketing sector were created to sit alongside the original sunglasses department. Since then, all products have been sold under the Divel Italia brand.

'92

Relocation

We moved our headquarters to Calderara di Reno, where they remain today.

'98

New production line

A new production line of CR39 solar lenses began in the city of Ravenna.

2005

The year of memory

With a new Millennium came a defining moment in the Divel Italia story. We cemented our position in the Italian market by acquiring local distributors and establishing our own commercial network.

We currently have eight workshops across Italy; Turin, Bologna, Rome, Ascoli, Naples, Bari, Palermo and Catania.

2009

Inauguration in Milan

Our first lens production laboratory launched in Milan and in the same year, we acquired a major stake in a second workshop in Lucca.

2010

First branch

Our first foreign office, Divel Albania, launched to handle the production and marketing of our lenses in the Balkan markets.

2012

The turn

2012 marked a key turning point for the Divel Italia brand. Our first lens entirely developed and produced in our Research and Development laboratories was born. We introduced the world to our Aurora lens.

2013

Divel in Shanghai

Divel Shanghai launched in 2013, our first production site in the Far East, which distributed our lenses globally.

2014

Divel Creation

Divel Creation, a laboratory that brings together our wealth of knowledge, innovative materials and unique designs, is launched.

2015

Divel in France

Our headquarters across the Alps is born; Divel France.

2016

Silmo D'Or

The Divel Italia Tattoo lens is nominated at the revered Silmo D’Or, an awards ceremony dedicated to creativity and innovation in the eyewear and optics industry.

2017

Aurora 4D

Our groundbreaking Aurora 4D lens launched in 2017; an evolution of the original Aurora lens. Our most advanced lens yet, it launched with a significant advertising campaign alongside the newly created Blue Natural lens.

2018

Recognize around the world

Across the world, we are widely recognised for our high-performing, innovative production capabilities. Today, we operate on a global basis from our headquarters in Bologna, producing both ophthalmic and sun lenses for the international market. We continue to challenge, innovate and disrupt the market, leading the way in the ophthalmic and sun-lenses industry.

Divel Italia S.p.A.

Divel Italia S.p.A. Unipersonale – Soggetta ad attività di direzione e coordinamento della D.One Investment S.r.l.


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