Messe Frankfurt Argentina Adds Three Industry Shows

Messe Frankfurt Argentina has taken over the international Emitex, Simatex and Confemaq trade fairs, which cover the fields of textiles and garment machinery, as well as the textile and garment industry. Thus, the company has expanded its portfolio of fairs in the textile and garment segments and reinforced its position as the world’s leading organiser of fairs for this growth market.

Emitex, Simatex and Confemaq rank among the biggest international events for the textile and garment industries in South America. In May 2014, 255 exhibitors came to the Costa Salguero Exhibition Centre in Buenos Aires, around half of them from outside Argentina. Around 12,500 trade visitors, 95 percent of them from Argentina, saw a wide range of innovations and pioneering high-technology. 

Altogether, Messe Frankfurt holds over 40 international fairs for the textile and garment industries, which makes the company the world’s market leader in this field. In 2013, around 17,000 exhibitors and some 430,000 visitors took part in these events around the globe.

As part of the Messe Frankfurt portfolio of textile fairs, Emitex, Simatex and Confemaq will be integrated into the company’s Technical Textiles & Textile Processing Business Unit. This includes the Techtextil and Texprocess brands with the leading international trade fairs for technical textiles, nonwovens and the processing of textile and flexible materials.

"In common with our successful Texprocess in Frankfurt am Main, Simatex and Confemaq present innovative technologies for the textile value chain. In this way, we open up new sales chances and marketing channels for suppliers of textile and garment manufacturing machines in the emerging textile and garment markets of Argentina in particular and South America in general", says Detlef Braun, member of the Messe Frankfurt executive board.

"Messe Frankfurt expects additional synergetic effects for exhibitors and visitors at Texworld, Intertextile and Apparel Sourcing. Suppliers of fashionable textiles, contract manufacturing, fabrics, yarns and accessories of all kinds also make presentations at Emitex. Thus, the Argentinean trio of fairs perfectly supplements our business field," adds Braun.

Argentinean textile and garment industries with growth perspectives
According to the Ministry for Industry, the Argentinean textile and garment industries grew by around 70 percent or 5.5 percent p.a. over the last 12 years. A large part of the country’s textile and garment exports goes to Brazil and Chile while China and Brazil are the biggest supplier nations. Following a decline in exports at the same time as an increase in imports in 2013, the industry is expected to grow at a rate of 7 percent p.a. and reach a production level worth eight billion US dollars by 2015. To this end, the Ministry is planning far-reaching financial and technical investments within the framework of an industrial plan.

Messe Frankfurt Argentina, a subsidiary of Messe Frankfurt GmbH, has successfully been organising events in Buenos Aires since 1999. They include Automechanika Buenos Aires and BIEL Light+Building Buenos Aires. Fernando GorbarÁn, President of Messe Frankfurt Argentina, says, "With the acquisition of Emitex, Simatex und Confemaq the portfolio of events in Argentina now comprises 10 fairs. In the medium term, we aim to expand the three trade fairs into leading events for the region and thus offer our customers more market and business opportunities."

Andrea Lippi, who has more than 20 years of history in the market and who is also publisher of Mundo Textil magazine, will go on being the Emitex, Simatex, and Confemaq project manager.
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