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 .

Carver To Begin Production on Products for RV Sidewalls

Tue Aug 1, 2017

Carver Non-Woven Technologies LLC, a supplier of single- and multi-layer/material nonwoven products, has reportedthat it will shortly begin commercial production of preimpregnated, preconsolidated glass-mat thermoplastic-type composite products using its nonwoven mat technology, which will be used in the manufacture of sidewalls, flooring and roofing systemsin the RV market.

The company is finishing installation of a new double-belt laminator/press from Sandvik TPS Composite Solutions division of Sandvik AB in Sandviken, Sweden at its production facilities in Freemont. The new equipment will begin commercial production in mid-August and will enable Carver to supply preconsolidated continuous roll goods and precut sheets to the half of its customer base using infrared heaters prior to molding nonwovens with thermoplastic matrices into 3D shapes, according to a story by Composites World.

Double-belt laminators are used to produce prepregs and unidirectional tapes with fiberglass or carbon fiber reinforcement. Such equipment also is used to consolidate glass fiber and carbon fiber mats, webs or crossply reinforcements (including fabrics and nonwovens using commingled polymer-based fibers) with thermoplastic or thermoset matrices.