Athletic apparel maker Everlast Worldwide Inc has entered into a licensing agreement with Taipei-based Joint Power to produce Everlast-branded footwear, apparel and sports bags for the Taiwanese market.

According to Everlast CEO George Horowitz, the deal was in line with the Bronx-based company's international growth strategy.

"We continue to see worldwide demand for strong American brands, rich in heritage, such as Everlast," he said.

"Our agreement with Joint Power capitalises on this trend and will increase our penetration of the important Asian market."

Joint Power general manager Danny Wong agreed that the Everlast brand appealed strongly to the Asian market.

"The Taiwanese recognise Everlast as an authentic American icon with vast appeal," he said.

"The Everlast brand also possesses a number of brand attributes such as durability, strength and quality which appeal to the Taiwanese marketplace, one that also appreciates the boxing and fitness aspects of the brand."

The agreement with Joint Power is Everlast's 46th licensing contract in the past three years.