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RVIA Economic Impact Study

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.

Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

National RV Trade Show to Feature Material ConneXion Zone

Thu Oct 20, 2016

145072659275994.jpgOne of the innovative new additions to this year’s RVIA National RV Trade Show is the Material ConneXion Zone. With more than 8,000 different materials in the company’s library and database, this exhibit makes it one of the best ways for designers to see and learn about innovations in materials, design and structure.

The Material ConneXion Zone will fill 200 square feet of space and will house roughly 40-50 materials for review. Two knowledgeable experts will be on hand to assist manufacturers, provide more information and answer questions. Materials will be displayed by chemical make-up rather than by the intended use so the materials on display will be a selection of polymers, cements, carbon-based, ceramics, processes, metals, glasses and naturals.

“It is very exciting to offer this new feature at the show,” RVIA National Show Director Scott Graham says. “I encourage manufacturers to bring their designers to Louisville so they can look at the serious innovation that is going on in the manufacturing world. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to see these materials and to touch and learn how these can be used in your products. That, coupled with the fact that every major manufacturer in the business will be there doing the same thing. Share best practices, stay competitive and join us.”

"We are thrilled to introduce the unique, innovative and sustainable world of Material ConneXion to National RV Trade Show attendees," Library Access Vice President Michael LaGreca says. "We look forward to welcoming manufacturers and suppliers into our space and sharing with them our knowledge of these materials."

Material ConneXion is a global materials and innovation consultancy that helps clients create the products and services of tomorrow through smart materials and design thinking. Material ConneXion is the trusted advisor to Fortune 500 companies, as well as forward-thinking agencies and government entities seeking a creative, competitive or sustainable edge. With locations in Bangkok, Bilbao, Deagu, Milan, New York and other major markets, Material ConneXion’s international network of specialists provides a global, cross-industry perspective on materials, design, new product development, sustainability and innovation. Material ConneXion maintains the world’s largest subscription-based materials library with thousands of innovative materials and processes – an indispensable asset to a wide audience of users.