Analytica 2016 – How was it for you?

Analytica, the 25th international trade fair for laboratory technology opens it’s doors today in Munich and runs through to the end of the week. The fair consists of a 4 day exhibition, a 3 day scientific conference and other events such as a Live Lab zone where visitors can see live demonstrations of the latest laboratory instrumentation.

The organisers will be hoping to build on the success of Analytica in 2014. The conference that year consisted of 154 lectures by 143 speakers from research, industry and manufacturer organisations and 1,638 visitors attended the conference. The exhibition itself is already bigger than in 2014. There will be 1,250 exhibitors showing their latest technology and laboratory solutions which is a new record for Analytica. In 2014, a total of 35,384 people visited the event and no doubt the organisers are expecting to see that number beaten over the next 4 days.

Compare these figures with the other ‘big’ event in the laboratory technologies space, the Pittcon Conference & Expo based in the US. Pittcon 2016 was held in Atlanta back in April and attracted a total of 12,841 attendees 5,082 of which were exhibitor staff. Comparing these figures can be tricky as organisers are often a little cautious about what they publish, but there is little doubt as to which is the larger event.

In future posts we will try to get the data so direct comparisons can be made. But in the meantime, if you are at Analytica this week, please let us know how it went. Were you also at Pittcon and if so, how do the events compare? Are events like these still important for you either as an exhibitor or as a visitor? And what does the future hold for such events?

Please feel free to comment below and share your thoughts and experiences.


  1. Always interesting to see Analytica and a great chance to meet new and existing colleagues and suppliers.
    If you’ve been to Analytica you’ll know what to expect. Best bit – the multi-coloured E-type Jag on one of the stands.

  2. This year’s analytica was great. Huge crowds packed the aisles and often visitors had to wait in line to talk to exhibitors. Not much new on show (some may disagree) but it was most definitely THE event to network with the scientific instrument industry on all levels. My clients had a great show and saw plenty of new visitor traffic – a very worthwhile investment every second year.

  3. This year’s Analytica was a good one and a great opportunity to show our new products. It was a pleasure to meet our clients and colleagues.