Sports goods and apparel maker Everlast Worldwide Inc has signed Explorer Headgear as a Canadian licensee for its men's and boys' active wear, sportswear, outerwear and swimwear.

The range is expected to be launched by mid-2005.

Everlast has also signed Rhinox as its licensee for US headwear. 

George Horowitz, Everlast's chairman and chief executive officer, said that licensing the Everlast brand was "a key aspect" of the company's growth plans.

Everlast Worldwide Inc manufactures, markets and licenses sporting goods and apparel products under the Everlast brand name.

The company reported last November that net licensing revenue for the nine months ended 30 September 2004 grew 44 per cent to $7.0 million.