Ashworth Inc today announced reaching a strategic alliance, in principle, with Seidensticker Group, a German-based designer and manufacturer which is regarded as one of the more technologically advanced woven goods producers globally.Seidensticker will manufacture and supply Ashworth with a new line of high quality, lifestyle driven men's woven sport shirts to be sold under the Ashworth brand name. Financial terms of the arrangement were not disclosed.Ashworth's alliance supports the company's new initiative to develop and extend its brand into the multi billion-dollar sportswear market. To launch this new business, Ashworth and Seidensticker are developing a new line of sports/casual shirts. This new travel and active woven line is expected to have performance qualities such as stretch, moisture wicking properties and very soft fabrics.Randall Herrel, president and chief executive officer of Ashworth, said: "We are extremely pleased to announce the formation of this strategic alliance as it marks our entrance into the billion dollar sportswear category and serves as a tremendous long-term growth opportunity for our company." Detlef Adler, CEO of Seidensticker Group, said: "This alliance is another important step for us in the United States market and supports the strong development of the Seidensticker Group in the casual and sports segment. The sourcing and manufacturing abilities Seidensticker has built over the last 80 years will provide Ashworth the opportunity to source quality products around the globe on the same high quality standard wherever it is made."