Bollé Safety

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Bollé Safety
FounderSeraphin Bollé
Lyon - France
Key people
Peter Smith, President
ProductsEyewear and sunglasses
OwnerBollé Brands
DivisionsIndustrial, Tactical, Prescription, Healthcare, Cleanroom, Blue Light Protection

Bollé Safety a safety eyewear and PPE company, is a subsidiary Bollé Brands. The company's main focus is eye protection and the company manufactures eyewear and personal protection equipment for workplace and healthcare activities. The Bollé company dates back to 1888 and has manufactured safety eyewear since the 1950s[1]. Bollé Safety was formally established in 1994. Bolle Safety eye protection is worn by more than 20 million workers from over 150,000 companies in over 100 countries in all sectors of activity in which there is a risk to the eyes and face.


Established in 1888 in Oyonnax, France, Bollé was founded by Seraphin Bollé In 1925 the Bollé company began production of celluloid glasses. In 1936, Maurice and Robert Bollé created the Bollé crown symbol which is the company logo on all products. After the Second World War, Bollé was among the first companies to use molded nylon, with sunglasses featuring protective lenses that became the latest in eyewear protection By the 1950s, Bollé began production of safety goggles[2] In 1960, Bollé introduced its first dedicated ski goggles[3]. The Bollé Safety division worked alongside the French Army, Navy and Aerospace to develop safety goggles and ballistic eyewear. In the 1970s Bollé continued to invest in and develop protective eyewear and with developments such as anti-fog and anti-glare lenses, the eye protection industry expanded. In 1981, Bollé created its Tactical Ballistic Division and launched its prescription programme. Bollé’s protection division eventually moved into PPE eyewear for industrial work environments which then led to the creation of Bollé Safety in 1994. A&M Capital Europe (“AMCE”), a London based private equity firm, acquired Bollé Safety as part of the Bollé portfolio from Vista Outdoor Inc.[4] in 2018, AMCE appointed a new management team headed by Peter Smith as CEO of Bollé Brands and President of Bollé Safety. AMCE created the holding company Bollé Brands to bring the Bollé business units including Bollé Safety under the same umbrella.


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  2. "Top Bolle Prescription Safety Glasses Online". Rx Prescription Safety Glasses. 2018-07-07. Retrieved 2021-01-13.
  3. "Bolle". Retrieved 2021-01-13.
  4. "A&M CAPITAL". A&M Capital. Retrieved 2021-01-13.

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