Trade fair organiser Messe Frankfurt has expanded its portfolio of specialist textile and garment industry trade fairs by taking over three Argentinean events: Emitex, Simatex and Confemaq.

"We can now offer our customers easier access to the growing South American textile and garment market," explains Detlef Braun, member of the executive board of Messe Frankfurt.

As part of the Messe Frankfurt portfolio of textile fairs, which covers 40 international events, Emitex, Simatex and Confemaq will be integrated into the company's technical textiles & textile processing business unit. This includes the Techtextil and Texprocess brands.

Simatex and Confemaq focus on machinery, innovations and pioneering technologies, while Emitex covers textiles, contract manufacturing, fabrics, yarns and accessories.

According to Argentina's Ministry for Industry, the country's textile and garment industries grew by around 70%, or 5.5% a year, over the last 12 years, and are expected to reach US$8bn by 2015.

The biggest textile and garment export markets are Brazil and Chile, while China and Brazil are the main supplier nations.