This excerpt taken from the LUX 6-K filed May 12, 2009.
Headcount by manufacturing plant
(*) Includes samples production.
(**) Includes the distribution hub.
Operations include: manufacturing, maintenance, quality, engineering, product development, logistics, as well as employees working on plant management and R&D
The manufacturing process for both metal and plastic frames begins with the fabrication of precision tooling and molds based on prototypes developed by in-house design and engineering staff. This capacity gives the Group a strong competitive advantage by enabling it to reduce the lead time for product development and thereby adapt quickly to market trends and contain production costs.
The manufacturing process for metal frames has around 70 phases, beginning with the production of basic components such as rims, temples and bridges, which are produced through a molding process. These components are then welded together to form frames in numerous stages of detailed assembly work. Once assembled, the metal frames are treated with various coatings to improve their resistance and finish, and then prepared for lens fitting and packaging.
Plastic frames are manufactured by either a milling process or injection molding. In the milling process, a computer-controlled machine carves frames from colored plastic sheets. This process produces rims,
temples and bridges that are then assembled, finished and packaged. In the injection molding process, plastic resins are liquefied and injected into molds. The plastic parts are then assembled, coated, finished and packaged.
The California facility produces high performance sunglasses and prescription frames and lenses. The equipment used is specially designed and adapted for Oakleys manufacturing processes. This makes it possible to respond quickly to customer demand, offer protection against piracy and adhere to strict quality-control standards. Throughout the development process, Oakley optics products undergo extensive testing against standards established specifically for eyewear by ANSI and ASTM. These standards relate to product safety and performance and provide quantitative measures of optical quality - UV protection, light transmission and impact resistance. Oakley also performs a broad range of durability and mechanical integrity tests on its lens coatings, involving extremes of exposure to UV light, heat, condensation and humidity.