Samsonite into Asia

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Samsonite Corp. will push into Asian markets this year through an agreement with Shanghai-based C.G. Petrochemical. The venture will call for a combined investment of $20 million over the next five years to launch the manufacture and distribution of Samsonite products under the Chia Tai-Samsonite brand.

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