The 2020 edition of SILMO Paris which was scheduled to kick off on 2-5 October 2020 at the Paris Nord Villepinte has been canceled due to the COVID19 pandemic.
"We extend great thanks to the 688 registered exhibitors who demonstrated great entrepreneurial courage by deciding to maintain their participation in Silmo Paris 2020, despite the crisis we are going through," said Amelie Morel, Chairwoman of the SILMO Association, in a press release published 23 July 2020.
Morel further expressed the show's commitment to guiding the industry's return to business and upholding its pledge to the optical and eyewear sector.
"From October to November 2020, Silmo will set out to encounter opticians in France and throughout Europe. 'Silmo Hors les Murs' ('Silmo Outside the Walls') will propose events that honor our commitment to support the industry, in keeping with the Silmo convivial spirit!
"This unprecedented operation will begin on 4 and 5 October 2020 at the heart of Paris, and will be repeated every Monday in the month of October in a different city, such as Bordeaux, Lyon, Rennes and Brussels. The program is still being finalized," she added.
Furthermore, the 2020 Silmo d'Or Awards will go forward for registered companies, while Silmo Academy will still issue a scholarship this year to support an optical science research project. Whereas, Silmo Next will continue probing into product developments through a specialized application.
Silmo Paris 2021 is happening on 24-27 September 2021 at the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition center.