Stephanie Benoit October 25, 2016

The Trophée PME Bougeons-Nous was created six years ago to reward local small and medium enterprises in France for their innovation, enthusiasm and energy. Last week Aoyama Optical France, one of our key partners in eyewear, took home the Export prize due to the high percentage of 3D-printed glasses they export outside of France. Their collaboration with Materialise has been part of a larger initiative to bring back eyewear manufacturing to Europe.

Aoyama is one of the top eyewear manufacturers in France, with a keen sense for current trends in the market. The Entreprise à l’Export prize was awarded to the company due to their expansion towards foreign markets, all while keeping production on French soil and using local expertise. The advantages? Aoyama can reduce their ecological footprint, boost the local economy and enhance the customer experience.

We DDD by Aoyama Optical France

We DDD by Aoyama Optical France

We DDD by Aoyama Optical France

And they’re not afraid to innovate. Aoyama’s We DDD collection, created in 2015 together with Materialise, was the first 3D-printed eyewear collection in France. In total, the company exports 18% of its 5.5 million euro turnover – and the We DDD collection contributes strongly to that. It’s a co-creation with a clear agenda: by 3D printing the We DDD collection, Aoyama is able to keep production localized and eliminate stock, as well as offering their customers a completely customizable range of eyewear. We offer our in-depth expertise on 3D printing technology, and Aoyama brings their knowledge of eyewear to the table; together we were able to create an end product that combines the best of both industries. It is this long-term co-creation between Aoyama and Materialise that enables Aoyama to benefit from Additive Manufacturing and express their experimental aesthetic to the maximum, taking advantage of the limitless design freedom to create cool features like flexible temple arms and a choice of textures. The ultimate goal for We DDD is mass customization: the possibility of offering customers endless variations of eyewear, which is perfectly suited to individual needs. As the Entreprise à l’Export prize shows, Aoyama is doing an exceptional job of taking homegrown innovation into globally oriented business.

We DDD by Aoyama Optical France

“The We DDD collection is designed for the tech-savvy, fashion-oriented consumer of today: aware of what they want and the high quality they deserve. Standardized production and a one-size-fits-all approach are no longer enough. Aoyama’s goal with this collection was to bring true mass customization to a luxury consumer-grade product.”
Philippe Beuscart, Aoyama CEO

We were honored to join the award ceremony in Paris in support of Aoyama. An affair of national importance, it was great to see so many dynamic companies positively impacting the French economy. Congratulations, Aoyama!

Interested in co-creating with us? Learn about our previous projects on the Materialise blog, or get in touch!