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Emitex, Simatex and Confemaq gathered once again the textile and garment industry

17 Apr 2018

The event showed the potential of the sector, its latest news and trends. 212 companies and 10.157 professional visitors participated.

Emitex, Simatex and Confemaq

The suppliers of the textile and garment industry were present in the most important fair of the sector in the country. Emitex (International Trade Fair of Suppliers for the Garment Industry), Simatex (International Trade Fair of Textile Machinery) and Confemaq (International Trade Fair of Garment Machinery), closed their doors after four days of intense activity in Costa Salguero Center of Buenos Aires.  

There, 212 companies from 11 countries: 2016:  229) offered their products and services to 10.157 visitors coming from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Ecuador, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United States and Uruguay (2016: 9,937). The new edition, organized by Messe Frankfurt Argentina and Mundo Textil Magazine, was the platform to connect offer and demand, in a 12,000 sqm space in which technology, design and innovations were present.


"This exhibition shows the latest news of the industry at regional and global level, and we hope this to be reflected in good business deals for exhibitors and qualified visitors.”

“We are proud of carrying out this event once again, summoning the most important players of the market. We hope medium and long-term results to be positive and that business deals are closed."

“We know we have to incorporate technology but we also have to add new production processes to advance and be more effective. The Argentine textile industry will go to smaller segments, more customized ones, in which design will be the key differential.”

"These three shows play an important role within our textile portfolio serving the South American and especially the Argentinian market. Due to the growing demand and investments in textile technology we will strengthen the two related shows Simatex and Confemaq by integrating both into our Texprocess Brand. We are very pleased that the German association ‘VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technologies’, our partner of the Texprocess show in Frankfurt, has confirmed its support."

In this sense, one of the most visited spaces within the exhibition was that of technology for digital printing and sublimation, which grew 50% compared to the previous edition. Said innovations are generating deep changes in the textile market, thus allowing the incorporation of new entrepreneurs and small business professionals.  

Outstanding activities

The five pavilions of the premises showed not only the latest in machinery and services, but they were also spaces devoted to training and discussion.  

Institutions such as FAIIA and CIAI together with the contribution of CAMAC, Chamber of Sewing Machine Traders, organized, for the first time in the country and for the textile industry, a live workshop of Lean Manufacturing. It is an original management system that leads to a more efficient and competitive production. Two panels were also organized, and in them outstanding clothing business professionals and economists discussed on the present and the future of the Argentine textile industry.  

On the other hand, important exhibiting companies offered conferences and workshops aimed at visitors, especially those ones who seek to start an enterprise or drive a business.  

Another place in which creativity and design were protagonists was Design Point, a space devoted to emerging national textile designers, in which they exhibited their designs and the tools they use in the creation process.  

Social Commitment 

As in every edition, Emitex, Simatex and Confemaq promote articulation spaces among companies, the State and organizations of the third sector.

In this case, a booth was allocated and a wide diffusion of “Proyecto Seda” was carried out. It is an initiative that seeks to spread sericulture in Latin America, that is to say, the production and growing of the silkworm (Bombyx Mori) - through a sustainable approach and with local value added, as an economic way out for low income producers and entrepreneurs.  

Proyecto Seda is driven by the National Institute of Industrial Technology (INTI) and is financed by the European Union, through the Regional Mechanism for Cooperation and International Association. In the exhibition, it was shown the different stages of worm production and the products that can be done with the cocoon filament, which range from clothing to jewelry, hygiene supplies, medicine and cosmetics.  

The main players’ word

“We are representatives in Argentina of the sewing machines brand called Jack. The benefit of being present in Confemaq is to know the general audience, the students, the recent graduates that start to set up their workshops and projects [...] On the other hand, it is helpful to have a closest relationship with customers from the interior of the country. […] Many of them define here which type of machinery they need and where they buy it, thus it is a great space to do new business. We will take part in the next edition for sure.”

“Emitex is a relevant exhibition for the sector of digital printing for sublimation and printing. […] Within the textile market in South America, Argentina is for us one of the most important countries after Brazil and Colombia, precisely due to the philosophy change that took place within its market, which turned over to customization of fashion, sports clothing and decoration. It is very important to be able to present these machines in Emitex, a fair attended by people from all countries of Mercosur.”

“We have taken part in the exhibition for many years. We think it is a very important event for textile industrialists and customers, for them to be able to see the new technology that we offer and the new trends that there are in the Argentine market. This year we see a greater number of visitors and many kinds of customers – great business professionals, people that are starting, etc.- thus, we receive very interesting queries […]. Every time the exhibition ends we have a “sweet” sensation for what we experienced because we have the chance of seeing customers that maybe due to lack of time we are not able to visit during the year, people that approach us for the first time and, besides, we always leave with new customers to assist.”

“This is a very special year for the Lycra brand because it is celebrating 60 years, a history that has to do with the history of the textile industry […] In this sense, Emitex plays an essential role because it gathers all the textile chain and we use it to show customers all our innovations […] The Argentine market is undergoing difficulties, but if we are together, we are stronger. […] And Emitex has this factor of gathering and providing a space for us to work together, which is what we need”.

The next edition of Emitex, Simatex and Confemaq, Fashion + Technology, From Yarn to Clothing, will take place on April 2020 in Costa Salguero Center of Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

More information: 
Facebook: /IndustriaTextilExpo
Twitter: @TextilExpo
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Event exclusively planned for businessman and professionals of the sector.  People under 16 years even attending with an adult or carrying baby stroller will not be admitted. 

Additional Information on Mundo Textil
It is the only magazine specialized in the suppliers of the Textile and Clothing Industry of Argentina. For more than 15 years it has effectively communicated to the sector. It has participated in the organization of sector exhibitions from their creation and it forms active part of the most representative textile industry institutions. In its digital and paper format, it covers all Latin American countries and has more than 15,000 readers per edition. 

Background information on Messe Frankfurt
Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With more than 2,500* employees at some 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €661* million. Thanks to its far-reaching ties with the relevant sectors and to its international sales network, the Group looks after the business interests of its customers effectively. A comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent).  *preliminary numbers 2017  For more information, please visit our website at: | | 

Background information on Messe Frankfurt Argentina
Messe Frankfurt Argentina is the affiliate of the worldwide trade fair organization leader. The purpose of the fairs is to promote actual business meetings to boost activity in regional markets, in the domestic market and in turn prompt the development of the technological pole in each area. The current portfolio of shows of Messe Frankfurt Argentina includes the following exhibitions: Automechanika Buenos Aires, BIEL Light + Building, Confemaq, Emitex, ExpoCehap, ExpoFerretera, ExpoMant, Intersec Buenos Aires, Simatex, Tecno Fidta. In addition to numerous congresses and special events for third party, such as Argentina Oil & Gas Expo, Arminera and Feria COAS de las Naciones, among others. For more information, please visit our website at


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