The Talon Division of trim supplier Tag-It Pacific Inc has signed a Middle East franchise deal for the distribution of Talon Zippers throughout the region.

The deal includes a $20 million minimum purchase agreement for the three-year period.

Talon will provide rolled zippers in bulk, along with equipment for finishing the zippers for inclusion in finished garments. Production and orders are expected to commence in the third quarter 2005.

Colin Dyne, Tag-It Pacific's chief executive officer, said that the company's "innovative franchise strategy" allowed for considerable profit scope for the franchiser as well as "a low-cost, high-growth opportunity for Talon".

Tag-It specialises in the distribution of a full range of trim items to manufacturers of fashion apparel, specialty retailers and mass merchandiser.