SDC Technologies Acquires Coburn Technologies

SDC Technologies acquires Coburn Technologies
Richard Chang, President & CEO, SDC and Alex Incera, President, Coburn

SDC Technologies, Inc. (SDC), the recognized global leader in premium, high-performance specialty coating solutions, has acquired Coburn Technologies, Inc., an established innovator in the production, service, and support of award-winning, high-quality, precision ophthalmic lens processing systems and instruments for the eye care industry. For more than 65 years, Coburn has supplied optical labs and eye care professionals with products and services that have reinvented lens production methods with high-speed automation, machine intelligence, precision, and sustainable coating technologies. They also offer a state-of-the-art line of accurate and reliable diagnostic machines that eye care professionals use to conduct eye examinations.

“We are excited to partner with Coburn Technologies to broaden our range of premium coatings, automated coating equipment, and advanced lens processing technologies.” said Richard Chang, President, and CEO of SDC. “The synergy of these companies brings together the best combination of complementary breakthrough technologies to bolster SDC’s Total Vision Care Solution-based business growth and global footprint.  This business integration establishes SDC as a leading provider of a single end-to-end solution in all phases of ophthalmic lens processing. With this acquisition, we will create new inventive product applications and step-out technologies that combine the range of product offerings from Mitsui Chemicals’ high index monomers to SDCs’ specialty coatings to FSI Coating Technologies’ permanent anti-fog coatings to COTEC’s hydrophobic materials, and Coburn Technologies’ lens processing equipment, coatings, and coating equipment,” he added.

“This is a significant alliance expanding our collective product portfolio and allowing us to offer a complete end-to-end solution including high-end lens surfacing and marking equipment, finishing systems, diagnostic instruments, automated coating equipment, and premium coatings for abrasion resistance, anti-fog, hydrophobic, and photochromic applications.” said Alex Incera, President of Coburn Technologies.  “We also see tremendous opportunities to leverage each other’s technologies in ways that will benefit the entire ophthalmic industry.  Coburn Technologies has found its place in the large lens production facilities with automated products like the Agility Automated Deblocker, Duality Automated Detaper and Cleaner, and Velocity 2D Automated Coater and believe the addition of SDC premium coatings will bring further value to the industry,” Incera added.  “The Coburn team is excited to join SDC and their family of companies, all of whom share the same culture of technology, innovation, and customer service,” Mr. Incera concluded.


Founded in 1986, SDC Technologies, Inc. is headquartered in Irvine, California. SDC was acquired by Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. in 2008. SDC is a recognized global leader in the development and manufacturing of high-performance specialty coatings used in a variety of applications from aerospace and automotive parts to vision eyewear. Visit us at


Founded in 1954, Coburn Technologies is headquartered in South Windsor, Connecticut. It is an industry-leading provider of computer-integrated ophthalmic lens processing systems and instruments serving private eye care practices, optical retail outlets, and lens production labs worldwide. Coburn designs, manufactures, and services software, equipment, and supplies used in all aspects of surfacing prescriptions in lens blanks, coating and finishing lenses to fit into patient frames.  Visit them at

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