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(29 September 2023 - 2 October 2023 )
Location: France , Paris
Organizer: Comexposium

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The event dates for the 2023 edition of SILMO Paris are set between 29.09.2023 and 02.10.2023. The event location will be at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre in Paris and will be face to face. A strict COVID-19 safety plan will not be put in place for the event. This is due to France removing its pandemic-related restrictions.

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SILMO Paris is an international trade fair founded in 1967. It is the highlight of the event calendar for the optical & eyewear industries. The fair is hosted on 80,000 m2 of exhibition space. The event allows visitors to learn about the latest advancements in manufacturing eyewear. This affects all areas of the manufacturing chain including surfacing, calibration and others. The event is one of Paris' leading fairs with the venue of choice being Paris Nord Villepinte.

Business Profile of the Event

SILMO Paris helps the optical and eyewear industries to evolve and adapt. This is because of the fair keeping its finger on the pulse of the sector through various events. Many branches and related industries attend the exhibition. These range from optical and eyewear to ophthalmic optics, health, and pharmacy. Related industries include optometric instruments, glass manufacturing, packaging materials, machine manufacturing, and others. Visitors range from students and specialists to optometrists, ophthalmologists, opticians and eyewear manufacturers. Among the notable companies that attend the event is Danshari France.

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SILMO Paris has several goals. This includes expanding the knowledge of specialists. Another goal is the strengthening of business relations through networking opportunities. Additionally, the event helps to promote the industries through media coverage. It also aids aspiring companies to gain recognition within the sector. 

The fair meets its goals by including a diverse program and several areas of interest. Among them is the material library which shows the latest eyewear material innovations. This allows visitors to learn about significant changes in vision defect correction methods. It can also help in improving the development of special equipment. Besides the material library, another area of interest is the SILMO Academy. The Academy grants attendees an opportunity to expand their knowledge via lectures. The Academy also includes an award ceremony. During the ceremony, start-up companies and specialists receive scholarships for their contributions. The fair furthermore includes the SILMO Next. This is an exhibition area for the showing of the latest manufacturing innovations.

Similar is the NANTES Atlantique School, where students show the latest frame improvements. SILMO Paris additionally includes an area known as the Agora. The Agora is a meeting area where visitors can create learn valuable information. It often features conference lectures held by leading figures in the industry. One such leading figure is Virginie Corbasson de Carlin, Consulting Director of CARLIN. There is also the Trends Forum for the showcasing of the latest design trends. Completing the areas is the SILMO d’Or. This is a competition where specialists receive an international award for their inventions.

SILMO Paris can be of help to many specialists within the industry. For instance, eyewear manufacturers can look forward to the innovation areas. Practising specialists such as opticians and ophthalmologists should consider attending as well. Health students should not overlook visiting as they learn valuable skills. Medical machine manufacturers can learn valuable information at the fair. Such as innovation about 3D printing.

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Invest in your business trip with hotel accommodation selected for your specific need. Travel 2 Fairs ltd works with you to send you hotels in Paris with an ideal location and price tag. You will be able to select the hotel offers that work best for you. Such as placing you near Paris Nord Villepinte for a quicker commute. We have long worked with large groups, so you can query for parties of twenty people and more. The entire registration process takes up to a day, and you leave all details to us. Also, Travel 2 Fairs ltd assists with logistics as well. You can request a rent-a-car or an airport transfer in both directions, whether it is private or shared.


SILMO Paris is an annual event which takes place at the Paris Nord Villepinte. Comexposium organised the event for 4 days with visiting hours between 9 am and 6:30 pm. The event venue is accessible from many areas of Paris. This includes the city centre, and the Charles de Gaulle airport. There are several available modes of public transport for reaching the venue on time. Among them are taxi, tram, metro, train, and bus. For example, from the city centre to the venue, travelling time via the metro is 1 hour. By taxi, the journey would take 45 minutes. The venue is close to the neighbouring cities such as Chartes. For example, from Chartes to the event grounds, travelling time is 2 hours. 

Paris, the capital of France, is a metropolitan city which is easy to navigate. This is due to the extensive public transport connections linking the districts. This includes as mentioned trams, metros, trains, buses, and taxis. Each mode of public transport travels at regular intervals between the city areas. Paris has an extensive list of hotels and restaurants available. This allows you to choose from a broad range of places depending on your available budget. Some popular rest and dine areas to consider are the Le Marais, the Montmartre, and the South Pigalle. 

Audience and Statistics

SILMO Paris is an international event with high attendance. Its 2019 edition for instance received over 37000 visitors. During the edition 1000 exhibitors showcased their products or services. Attendees represented 42 countries. Among them were Germany, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Turkey, Thailand, Japan, and others. Visitors came from a wide range of sectors. Such included manufacturing, chemical, and pharmacy. It furthermore featured packaging, retail and shop design, trade services and others. Their professions ranged from manufacturers of machinery to retail specialists. 

Past Editions


The 2021 edition of SILMO Paris took place as a live event between 24.09.2021 and 27.09.2021. The event was hosted at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre amidst strict Covid-19 prevention measures. This included attendees needing to show health check documents, such as negative test results, before entering. Despite the ongoing pandemic, the edition was a success with 19,000 visitors and 500 exhibitors attending. Of the visitors, 37% were from countries such as Germany, the UK, and others.  


SILMO Paris 2022 took place as a face-to-face event between 23.09.2022 and 26.09.2022. The event featured over 1,000 exhibitors from more than 30 countries.


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