About Us

Total-PPE is part of Millmead Optical Group. The group combines nearly 75 years of industry experience across eyewear, accessories and lenses.

Today, the company remains a family run business retaining its independent values. The company is proud to provide our customers with high quality, well designed products with a reputation for reliability and integrity.

The secret to our success is our ability to cross platforms, integrating our dynamic skill set to provide a complete service tailored to our customer’s needs. View some of the other companies under Millmead Optical Group here.

 

OUR COMPANY HERITAGE

1946 - Optoplast Manufacturing Co.Ltd established

Optoplast was founded in Millmead, Guildford in Surrey. With an initial staff of six surrounded by rolling hills and cobbled streets, this small team of workers were soon to make a name for themselves within the optical industry.

1948 - NHS

Optoplast worked closely with the National Health Scheme to launch the first range of  optical frames for the NHS.

1951 - PIMO MACHINE

The patented PIMO machine was launched and put into production, inserting metal reinforcements into acetate spectacle sides with absolute precision. This innovation changed the way spectacles were manufactured worldwide. With 80 staff at work, Optoplast were able to produce two temples a second, exporting more than five million a year to 11 countries.

1986 - 1989 - Business Relocation

The second generation of the Conway and Thorn families expanded the business with new production facilities in Liverpool and Manchester. This was a milestone in the history of Optoplast and Millmead Optical Group.

1994-2002 - Global Presence

Today Millmead Optical Group is able to deliver a comprehensive range of products and services to all of its customers throughout the global market. With its operations in London, Liverpool, Stuttgart and Hong Kong the company is well placed to provide its customers with both excellent service and a personal touch.  

2016 - Lenses

Jai Kudo Lenses joined Millmead Optical Group incorporating lenses and glazing into the groups’ extensive range of optical services.

2017 - Expansion

Millmead Optical Group made a strategic investment in leading UK eyewear distributors Continental Eyewear Ltd.

2020 - Total-PPE Lauch

Millmead Optical Group launched online outlet for personal protective equipment (PPE) needs during the coronavirus pandemic.