History of SIMA
The show, formerly known as the « Salon de la machine Agricole », first opened its doors in 1922, at the Grand Palais on the Champs-Élysées. At that time, more than 300 exhibitors were gathered for its inauguration and the honouring of animal traction, far from the innovations we know today.
In 1925, the show moved to the brand new Porte de Versailles exhibition center. Then, from 1928, the show took an international turn, with the setting up of its catalog published in 4 languages
In 1931, a major innovation was introduced at the heart of the show : the first "New Machines Section" competition, to highlight the future winners of 20 innovative agricultural machines.
After 66 years at the Porte de Versailles, SIMA is moving to the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition center. This change of location will be a new opportunity for expansion, particularly in its international sphere.
Since then, many changes have been taking place. In 1994, a new event was created within the show : the SIMAGENA, a meeting place and professional exchange of the bovine sector, allowing the diversification of the show's offer with the opening to the bovine breeding sector.
In 1995, the show was transformed and became biennial.
SIMA is much more than an event, it is the driving force of a community.
The 2019 edition benefited from a qualified visitor base, with 21 exhibition sectors bringing together nearly 1,800 companies from 42 countries, as well as 230,000 professional visitors from 135 countries.
Although it has always been held in February of odd-numbered years, SIMA will now be held in November of even-numbered years;
Its next edition, from November 6 to 10, 2022, will be the renewal edition for its anniversary edition.
This change is explained by a desire to better meet the expectations of visitors and especially to fit more logically into the business decision cycle.
Since its creation, the show has aimed to be the showcase for the latest technological innovations within the agricultural world. In 97 years, SIMA has rewarded more than 1,200 innovations through the SIMA Innovations Awards.
SIMA: key figures
International exhibition of technologies and solutions for efficient and sustainable agriculture, SIMA brings together:
- 1,800 companies from 42 countries
- 15 exhibition sectors
- 230,000 entries from 140 countries
View the video of the highlights from SIMA 2019.
SIMA business sectors
SIMA fulfills the requirements of all farmers, whatever the size of farm or production method.
An exhaustive product range for
- Row crops
- Livestock farming
- Specialist crops
And all the following sectors:
- Traction equipment
- Tilling equipment
- Drilling and planting equipment
- Irrigation equipment
- Fertilising equipment
- Crop protection equipment
- Harvesting and processing equipment
- Handling, transport and storage machinery and buildings
- Forestry and landscaping equipment
- Livestock equipment
- Products for livestock farming
- Components and accessories
- New technology
- Sustainable development
- Renewable energy
- Services, official bodies and consulting
SIMA, the showcase for agricultural innovations
With the SIMA Innovation Awards, the international reference for innovation, SIMA gives pride of place to technological developments and foresight. The 78th edition (2019) marked the debut appearance of an Innovation Village offering insight into the agriculture of tomorrow. As a place for exchange and inspiration around innovative digital solutions, the Start-Up Village will also gave centre stage to digital development.