Two of Thailand's leading clothing manufacturers have unveiled ambitious plans to expand their popular AIIZ and Camel brands into other Asian markets over the next few months.

Reno and Camel, which share the same owner, are preparing to launch their AIIZ and Camel as part of the group's plan to double its annual sales over the next five years from the current two billion baht now derived mostly from the domestic market.

Piya Thanakitamnuay, chief executive of Reno (Thailand) Co and Camel (Thailand) Co, said Reno's AIIZ products, which focus on the youth segment, were already sold through 35 outlets in six Southeast Asian countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Burma, Indonesia and the Philippines.

However, in 2002 the company plans to look for more distributors to market its AIIZ brand in new markets. Within two years, he said, rugged clothes under the Camel brand would be made under licence in China, South Korea and Taiwan.

Mr Piya explained the group aimed to have between 250 and 300 outlets in the region in 2006. "We have already covered most of the local market and are getting good feedback on AIIZ sales in neighbouring countries," he said. "That encourages us to be more aggressive abroad."

He added: "Despite the economic downturn, Reno expects its sales this year to grow by more than 35 per cent from last year's level of two billion baht, fuelled by more outlets and new products."