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About us

Published on by Pierre Stril - updated on

Organised by optics manufacturers belonging to the SILMO Association, the SILMO trade show features exceptional know-how made available to optics professionals.

SILMO, the essential trade show for professionals in the optics/eyewear sector

The Important dates in Silmo's history

  • May 1967 :  Silmo is founded in Oyonnax France - 1st optical show - 58 exhibitors in 1,500 m² in the framework of the SIP: The International Spectacle Trade Plastics and Optician’s Equipment Show
  • 1970 :  Spectacle manufacturers gain independence and name their show "SILMO": The International Optical Trade Show
  • 1971 : SILMO plays host to 228 exhibitors in 6,000m² 
  • 1972 : SILMO in Paris: every 4 years, Paris and Oyonnax will take it in turns to host SILMO
  • 1981 : SILMO established permanently in Paris
  • 1982 : SILMO changes its dates and opts for autumn with the slogan: "every year in autumn"
  • 1985 : Spectacle Show at SILMO. 13,722 visitors and 335 exhibitors
  • 1994 : Creation of the Grand Prix : SILMO d'Or ("Golden SILMO")
  • 1996 : Creation of the Village
  • 1997 : 1st celebration to mark the 30th anniversary of SILMO - Creation of a new low vision sector
  • 2000 : The Forum is created
  • 2003 : Record numbers attend the 1st International Exhibition
  • 2004 : Creation of the "Optician Brands and Groups" sector
  • 2006 : SILMO Paris: International Exhibition - 46,618 visitors, 4 exhibition halls, 4 exciting days, 4 high points and 4 forums
  • 2007 : 40 years of SILMO
  • 2010 : SILMO moved to Paris Nord Villepinte, a modern exhibition center closer to the airport