The world has lost one of the world’s largest glassmakers.
Bought by French company Sanyo in 2012, Kiehl’s had a history of making premium sunglasses.
But in 2017, the company announced it would be closing its manufacturing plant in Cork, which employs nearly 4,000 people and produces its own sunglasses.
Sanyo says the decision to close the plant comes as the company works on a new design for its new S35 sunglasses.
It also announced it was planning to cut production by 20 per cent, leaving it with around 2,000 pairs of the new glasses.
The move follows a similar one in the US.
In April, Sony introduced the S40 sunglasses, which are made by the same company, but the US brand has been losing market share to its US competitor.