Clothing company Fineline Cymru's first factory in Rhyl, North Wales, was officially opened by Ann Jones, National Assembly for Wales Member for the Vale of Clwyd yesterday. The factory provides employment for more than 60 staff with plans to double the workforce and number of factories within five years.

Fineline Cymru is part of specialist UK swimwear/leisurewear manufacturers Fineline Apparel Ltd, which was founded in 1990, has a turnover of more than £6m and supplies own label clothing to major retailers such as Next, ASDA and Oasis.

The 18,000sqft factory has development capacity for over 120 personnel and a potential output of 30,000 items of clothing per week - currently it produces 10,000, but Fineline chairman and company founder John Potter indicates this could soon change.

"Fineline is bucking the trend of UK clothing manufacturers. Our focus on niche markets and core attributes of design, quality and quick turn-around time are allowing us to expand - central to this is the skill and enthusiasm of our Welsh staff," he said.

"In the next three to five years we aim to maximise factory output and double our staffing levels. As production increases we are committed to working with the National Assembly and the Welsh Development Agency to investigate the opening of further factories in Wales."

Located in an Objective One area Fineline Cymru has been established without making use of UK or European Government subsidies available for investment in such areas.

Fineline Cymru was assisted in its move to Rhyl through the Welsh Development Agency's Source Wales Garment Initiative, which worked closely with the company in identifying a site and suppliers from Wales.

The company plans to move into Europe where it has existing contracts with retailers La Redoute in France and Migros in Switzerland and other contracts in Holland and Germany. Future developments also include establishing the company's own brand.

Fineline's two other factories are situated at Portsmouth and Redruth with a design and distribution centre located at Poole, Dorset.