Mr. Torn Pracharktam is the Managing Director of Thai Optical Group Public Company Limited (TOG), Thai Optical Group was originally established by Pracharktam family to operate the retail distribution of organic lenses from year 1951 (B.E. 2494). In year 1962, the Company had established itself as the Thai Optical Company Limited which was the subsidiary company and was called “TOC” with an initial investment of 50 million Baht.
Mr Pracharktam graduated in Master Degree, M.SC. Industrial and Systems Engineering, Ohio University, U.S.A. After his post-graduation in 1994, he returned to enhance and strengthen the family business by serving as Glass Mold Manufacturing Division Manager of Thai Optical Company Limited where it was the first Mineral Lenses factory in Thailand that produce and export lenses to Asia and Europe.
In year 2006, Thai Optical Group issued shares for initial Public Offering in the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET). With his experience in business for more than 20 years, Mr. Pracharktam has improved the operation of Thai Optical Group Public Company Limited and its subsidiaries by gearing and leading Thai Optical Group to be one of the best company in producing optical lenses as well as distributing lenses and services to wholesalers both domestic and foreign countries on an “OEM” (Original Equipment Manufacturer) basis, and also under the Company’s own brand called “Excelite” and “TOG”.
With his long vision and outstanding creativity, TOG has succeeded in producing high-impact resistant lenses and ultra slim type making TOG is recognized as the first manufacturer to produce this kind of lenses, the product is called as “Tribrid” and expanded the business line to cover the Sun Lenses by being a manufacturer and distributor of colored lenses and polarized lenses with an acquisition of Poly Sun.
Moreover, within this year, there will be another accomplishment of Thai Optical Group which the RX automation production line will be commercially functioned and fully operated to improve the efficiency in TOG’ lenses production.
TOG endeavours to remain as one of the leading quality ophthalmic lenses manufacturers among the global supply. In terms of profitability, innovation, value creation, growth for stakeholders and social responsibility. TOG also dedicates to provide complete solution of vision correction products and services at an effective cost and international standard quality. TOG strive to enhance benefit to all stakeholders including social responsibility and environmental aspects.
Thai Optical Group Public Company Limited (the Company) or TOG and its subsidiary are the manufacturers, distributor, and service provider of the various ophthalmic lenses including comprehensive type of material i.e. Lens Material, Len Design and Lens Coating, Original Design Manufacturing Edging and Glazing Service, with a customer base, including other ophthalmic lens manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers, spread over 50 countries in every region of the world.
The Company and its Subsidiary distribute to wholesalers both domestic and foreign countries on an “OEM” (Original Equipment Manufacturer) basis, and also under the Company’s brands called Excelite™, Excelite™ Trivex™, Excelite™ Tribrid®, ONE, Discovery, Freedom, and Maxima. Our premium lens coating services are available under our trademarks of Zaphire™ SX and Zaphire™ nano blue. TOG also provide a series of Sun Filter Lens consists of Shade Basic – basic tinted lens and flash mirror lens, Shade Trivex™, and Shade Polarview.In year 2008 (B.E. 2551), the Company strengthened its business by increasing its registered capital to 475 million Baht by raising funds from Specsavers who is one of the largest glasses retailers having wide range of operations network in Europe and Australia, who has been the Company’s business partner and customer for an extended period of time. Specsavers holds 25.04 percent after the capital increase thereof.
The Company and the subsidiaries have developed processes for continuous production by using Lean Manufacturing and continued investment in the production of Ophthalmic Lenses and Digital Surfacing Prescription Lenses and established a joint venture company to do the wholesale of ophthalmic lenses and manufacture ophthalmic lenses for specific person in Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam to expand its distribution channels.
In the year 2011 (B.E. 2554), TOG has succeeded in producing high-impact-resistant Lenses, and ultra slim type which makes TOG known for its quality and as the first manufacturer to produce this kind of Lenses, the product is called “Tribrid.” And in the year 2015 (B.E. 2558), the Company has expanded its business to sun lenses by taking over the business of Poly Sun Co., Ltd who was a manufacturer and distribution of tinted lenses and polarized lenses.