The global eyewear community converged on Paris for the 52nd edition of the International Optical Fair.

The numbers add up to another successful Silmo after the International Optical Fair held annually in Paris wrapped up its 52nd edition at the end of September. Over the course of four days, more than 37,000 professional visitors (56% international) viewed 965 exhibitors, 230 of which were companies exhibiting for the first time—“The event is a truly multifaceted instrument designed for all the facets of the sector,” said Eric Lenoir, Silmo director. “We are living up to our slogan, ‘so much more than just a fair.’”

The much anticipated winners of this year’s coveted SILMO d’OR winged statuettes, were:
• Marni (Marchon) for “ME 2623” in the Fashion Optical Frames category
• Salvatore Ferragamo (Marchon) for “SF184S Fiore” in the Fashion Sunglasses Frames category
• Mora Busoli for “Venti” in the Designer Optical Frames category
• Impressio for “609 Vortex” in the Designer Sunglasses Frames category
• Thierry Lasry for “Shorty” in the First Class Prize category
• Nathalie Blanc for “Suzanne” in the Panel’s Special Award category
• L’Amy for “McLaren Ultimate vision” in the Technological Innovation category
• Urban for “Eyelet Active” in the Children’s category
• BBGR Optique for “Bluv Xpert” in the Vision category
• ex-aequo Zeiss Group for “UV Protect” in the Vision category
• Essilor for “Vision R-800” in the Material/Equipment category

Amélie Morel, chairwoman of Silmo Paris, added, “It is marvelous to see all the creativity and energy in the aisles of the trade fair.”

SILMO NEXT predicted future trends with THE SELECTION of Trendy Products. The style and design forecast for 2019 also appears in the publication at the fair website,

Further predictions of what’s next in eyewear came from the FUTUROLOGY forum, which presented products, services and technologies of tomorrow, highlighting four categories—sports, health and well-being, entertainment and 3D printing.

The International Opticians Association (IOA) joined with SILMO Paris for the first time this year and honored Canadian optician Robert Grimard with an award presented by Fiona Anderson, IOA president, and Elaine Grisdale, IOA director of development.

Also, The INTERACT via SILMO M@TCH app enabled attendees to schedule meetings and network to discover new products and build business opportunities. SILMO ACADEMY provided training programs for attendees to keep pace with the latest scientific developments in the field of vision.

In addition to SILMO Paris, show organizers have also launched an international network of fairs—SILMO Istanbul, SILMO Bangkok and SILMO Sydney.

The next SILMO Paris will be held Sept. 27-30, 2019.


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