ILMAC 2023

ILMAC 2023

Biotechnology Pharmacy Chemistry Medical Equipment
Basel, Switzerland
26-28 Sep 2023
MCH Foire Suisse (Holding) SA
Exhibition Center Basel
2 years
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Switzerland's lead laboratory and process technology event

ILMAC is a special success story. The international exhibition showcases the entire Swiss market for chemicals, biotechnology and life sciences. It also sits squarely in the geographic centre of all other markets, which makes it easy to access, and remains greatly accessible. ILMAC has the dual advantage of covering a wide range of sectors and being small enough to manage to visit entirely in one day. Trade visitors don’t need to worry they’ve missed out on anything. Held for the first time in 1959, ILMAC is home to players, scientists and innovators in the fields of pharmaceuticals, chemicals, biotechnology, food, drinks and cosmetics. The exhibition grounds are populated by the latest in environmental technology, sanitation, sterilization equipment, laboratory equipment, control technology, analytical equipment and automation. Everything in the processing chain is fully represented to the highest degree. 

ILMAC Update

ILMAC 2021 has passed with flying colors even amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Organisers are hard at work for ILMAX 2023, which has already been announced for September 26th – September 28th. All of the current COVID-19 protective measures employed in this edition will be in effect in 2023 – improved innovation, vaccination certificates, mandatory masks and access to sanitation points for hand disinfection. ILMAC 2023 will also make progress in adopting digital offers for trade visitors, who can’t attend in person. The digital platform is called ILMAC Community and will remain active throughout the year to inspire conversations and connections on a professional level. 


Book hotels for ILMAC at competitive rates in Basel, Switzerland. Trade Fair Trips ltd has over a decade of experience in providing accommodation for exhibitions all over the world. Want to get a stellar suite in a luxury hotel? Yes, we know the best spot. Or perhaps save on your budget? Also not a problem. Come to us with a budget and we’ll send you the best hotel deals close to Messe Basel. Land a comfortable room and enjoy a location a short walk or ride with public transport from the exhibition centre. Aside from a hotel reservation during ILMAC, Trade Fair Trips ltd offers a variety of extra services. Have scheduled business meetings already? Leave it to us to book a meeting room ahead of time. We can also send a team to build your exhibition booth. Build up your service package early on and keep expenses to a minimum.

On foot
On foot:

Not advisable when travelling from the EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg

30 mins when travelling from the Basel SSB Railway Station

By car
By car:

10 mins when travelling from the EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg

5 mins when travelling from the Basel SSB Railway Station

By public transport
By public transport:

35 mins when travelling from the EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg

40 mins when travelling from the Basel SSB Railway Station


Hotels near ILMAC

Hotel Stars Distance to fair City Price
Adagio Access Saint Louis Bale Saint-Louis on request Request
ibis Mulhouse Ile Napoleon 33 Sausheim on request Request
Hotel City Inn 3 Basel on request Request
ILMAC 2023 Basel Dasbreitehotel am Rhein 2 Basel on request Request
Dorint An den Thermen Freiburg 53.9 Freiburg on request Request
Fritz Hotel 4.1 Weil am Rhein on request Request
Stadt Hotel Lorach 8.7 Lorrach on request Request
Schiff am Rhein 18.5 Rheinfelden on request Request
Best Western Hotel De La Bourse 34.3 Mulhouse on request Request
ILMAC 2023 Basel Mercure Mulhouse Centre 34.3 Mulhouse on request Request

ILMAC is organized once every two years in tandem with MUT (Messe für Umwelttechnik) and editions are held typically in September. ILMAC is put together by the MCH Messe Schweiz (Basel) AG. The international trade show runs for three years at Messe Basel in Basel, Switzerland. Doors are open to trade visitors. Working hours are set for 09:00 in the morning until 17:00 in the late afternoon. The only exception is the second day, which continues until 18:30. How do you get to the exhibition centre, if you’re not driving? Easy. Messe Basel has a convenient location in the city and is served by three tram lines (No. 1, 2 and 6). EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg sits 15 minutes away by car and the No. 50 bus takes you to the exhibition centre. What’s better – visitors get a BaselCard, which gives them free access to public transport until the end of their stay no matter where they want to go. 

  • The ILMAC FORUM – a forum without comparison. The forum is one of the reasons for the success of ILMAC in the first place as it brings in unquestionable talent and big names from the field of chemicals and life sciences. Every edition keeps you on the cutting edge of trends and active research done at the moment. 
  • Special attention is given to the pharmaceutical sector as the chemicals sector has the most application to do with pharmaceuticals. Now there’s the Pharma Logistics Days heading to the stage for the second time. So far, it’s proven to be an effective way to help supply meet demand without any difficulty. 
  • A better way to position your products overall. ILMAC gives visitors a more hands-on look at how new innovations and technological applications are put to good use. All this is done at the Maintenance Excellence Arena.

As we’ve mentioned, ILMAC is successful without being overwhelming to the visitor. How does that look in numbers? Last edition registered booths from 250 exhibitors and a total attendance number of 7000 trade visitors. The majority of visitors were from Switzerland and other countries in the European Union like Germany, Italy, Sweden, France, Spain, Portugal and Norway. There’s also a growing number of visitors flying in from as far as China and the USA. The audience is different, because you have owners and managers, but also technical visitors who want to seek out new career opportunities. ILMAC runs as a successful job fair that connects companies with could-be future employees. 

ILMAC Edition 2021

The 2021 edition of ILMAC occurred from October 19th to October 21st, 2021, and was held as a hybrid event. A traditional face-to-face exhibition, as well as a digital trade show, were featured as part of the edition. The face-to-face aspect took place at Messe Basel. The hosting venue was equipped with strict Covid-19 prevention measures. Among the precautions taken were social distancing and the 3G entry policy. Between participants, a social distance of 1.5 meters had to be maintained at all times. The hybrid event featured over 7000 attendees. This included 250 exhibitors.

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