Ilmac 2023 in Basel was a great success

From 26 to 28 September, Ilmac 2023 once again transformed the exhibition halls in Basel into the largest meeting place for the chemical and life science industries in Switzerland. The expected number of 10,000 participants was exceeded, so that around 12,000 participants experienced 400 renowned exhibitors from over 20 countries as well as many other highlights. This year, Ilmac presented many new formats and digital offers in addition to the tried and tested.

Over the course of three days, leading industry suppliers such as Agilent, Endress+Hauser, Integra, Mettler Toledo, Metrohm, Siemens and Skan, as well as 30 innovative start-ups, gathered in the exhibition halls in Basel to present their innovations and new products to around 12,000 participants. “With the new Ilmac format, we were able to respond even better to the needs of the industry and thus attract numerous exhibitors and visitors.

“With the new Ilmac format, we were able to respond even better to the needs of the industry and thus attract numerous exhibitors and visitors.”

Celine Futterknecht, Brand Director Ilmac

We will continue with this strategy in the future to ensure a strong and successful Ilmac,” said Céline Futterknecht (Brand Director, Ilmac). New highlights such as the Startup Area, the “Laboratory of the Future” exhibition, the “Job Connect” area and a Speakers’ Corner complemented proven formats such as the Ilmac Conference and the Pharma Logistics Days, which took place in parallel for the third time. The Networking Apéro was a special experience for all exhibitors and visitors. Nowhere else can you meet so many colleagues, experts and suppliers under one roof. Government Councillor Kaspar Sutter (Head of the Department of Economic Affairs, Social Affairs and Environment / Member of the Cantonal Parliament of Basel-Stadt) addressed the industry.

“Our results are very good. We welcomed many new customers to our stand and started interesting projects. For us as an innovative company, Ilmac is the most important trade fair to present our new products to a broad professional audience”, said Ricardo Da Costa, General Manager of Anton Paar Switzerland AG, after Ilmac. Paula Winter, Global Marketing Program Manager of Beckman Coulter GmbH, was also satisfied: “It went very well for us. We had a lot of interesting discussions with our customers. Ilmac is very important for us because it is the leading trade fair for the life sciences market in Switzerland and we can present our entire product range here”. Guiseppe Cirillo, Head Sales & Marketing, SKAN AG, summed up his positive assessment as follows: “We had a lot to do and that’s what you want at a trade fair! We were visited by many people, both existing and new customers. For me it is
nice to see how Ilmac has developed. Ilmac is our trade fair”.

Ilmac 2023 | Photo: Sara Barth

Efficient transfer of know-how at the Ilmac Conference.
The scientific “Ilmac Conference” impressed participants with a wide range of topics and top-class speakers. This year, the focus was on important industry topics such as “Laboratory Digitalisation”, “Chemical Technologies” and “New Biotech Methods”. The “Ilmac Conference” was organised in collaboration with the Swiss Chemical Society, the Swiss Biotech Association and the Swiss Association of Graduate Chemists (SVC), and ensured an efficient transfer of knowledge between experts and visitors.

“Our experience at Ilmac was positive throughout. We had a lot of visitors at the conference. Our programme with national and international speakers was well received and our three themes are exactly what people are concerned about today,” said David Spichiger, Executive Director and Head Office, Swiss Chemical Society.

Sustainability and digitalisation in the laboratory of the future
In the new special show “Laboratory of the Future”, participants had the opportunity to explore future-oriented systems and infrastructures for laboratories in an interactive way. They were able to gain a comprehensive picture of how the laboratory of the future will be designed in the face of increasing digitalisation and the demand for greater sustainability. In addition to the workshops and symposia at Innostage, they had the opportunity to exchange best practice examples and to network with each other.
exchange best practice examples and network with each other. For example, the Green Lab Symposium, which is initiated annually by Green Building Switzerland, was held at Innostage for the first time this year in cooperation with Ilmac. in cooperation with Ilmac at Innostage.

Jens Feddern, Head Vertical Market Life Science at Siemens Switzerland, was satisfied with the number of visitors.
satisfied with the number of visitors: “Ilmac dared to do something new with the laboratory of the future and set new impulses. set new impulses, and the fact that it then worked is a highlight for us.”

Efficient transport solutions at Pharma Logistics Days
At the Pharma Logistics Days on 27 and 28 September, participants had the opportunity to find out about the latest trends and innovations in pharma logistics. Around 30 of the industry’s leading service providers presented their latest logistics solutions and gave visitors the opportunity to experience trucks, containers and passive packaging live. The event was framed by the Pharma Logistics Days Conference, which was addressed by Lukas Engelberger (Cantonal Councillor of the City of Basel / Head of the Department of Health / President of the GDK) and various guest speakers from the life science industry.
from the life sciences industry, universities and logistics. “In principle, the entire supply chain of pharmaceutical logistics was represented in one place,” said Gian Carlo Alessi of Lamprecht Pharma Logistics.

Well prepared and connected all year round with Ilmac 365
The new Ilmac 365 platform enabled both exhibitors and attendees to prepare optimally for their visit to Ilmac. With the help of the app, it was possible to view the interactive floor plans, obtain comprehensive information about exhibitors and the programme, book appointments and even arrange meetings during the event. With Ilmac 365, the industry now has the opportunity to network globally. The platform is active not only during, but also
before and after the event, providing an exclusive space for networking, product presentations and knowledge sharing – 365 days a year. The next Ilmac will be held in Lausanne on 4 and 5 September 2024 and in Basel from 16 to 18 September 2025.