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Meet Patricia Machado of Augen Optics/AmSun

Today we’d like to introduce you to Patricia Machado.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Augen Optics was founded in Ensenada, Mexico, in 1985 as an eyeglass lens laboratory by physicist Dr. Marco Antonio Machado. The laboratory initially focused on providing the Mexican market with quality lens options not previously available in that market. In 2002, Augen incorporated in the U.S. and opened a production laboratory in San Diego, California, named Augen Optics Rx Lab and featuring high-end Rx manufacturing and logistics.

In May 2017, Augen Optics Rx Lab expanded its sun lens offering through a new partnership with American Sunglass Manufacturing Inc. (“AmSun”), allowing Augen to provide branded sunglass companies the option to compete in the U.S. sun lens market with a full or partial “Made in the USA” product claim. Today, the Augen Optics/AmSun facility delivers high volume production using three Mei lens edging machines capable of edging more than 10,000 pairs per day. Augen Optics/AmSun can provide prescription lens edging for sunglass frames as well as plano lens edging and is equipped to receive frames from any supplier worldwide – Italy, China, Japan or wherever a sunglass product may be produced – and complete the job with its best quality edging.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Providing high quality products at an affordable cost proved to be a challenge, and Augen Optics has been a pioneer in seeking innovative and affordable solutions. Augen has forged productive partnerships with material and coating suppliers and others in the lens industry, such as American Sunglass Manufacturing Inc., in order to introduce a quality, price-conscious line of products capable of competing with the best known manufacturers.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Augen Optics/AmSun story. Tell us more about the business.
Augen Optics is proud to be a family-owned business with a depth of experience that allows flexibility in meeting customer needs. Augen uses a focused approach to eyeglass lens production with a portfolio that emphasizes quality of design and material over breadth of inventory. Augen Optics Rx Lab has extensive experience in working with TR91, Grilamid, polycarbonate, and aluminum eyeglass frame designs. In addition, the laboratory includes a 3D printer and design engineer on staff who can create any design from scratch using 3D auto-cad drawings and modeling. Augen Rx Lab also offers injection molding services through its partners and parent company, Augen Optics USA.

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