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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 .

Lippert Components and Knaus Each Showcase SPD-SmartGlass Dimmable RV

Thu Aug 31, 2017

150419522933663.jpgWoodbury, N.Y. — This week at Caravan Salon in Dusseldorf, Germany, premium recreational vehicle supplier Lippert Components, and Knaus, a leading manufacturer of leisure vehicles in Europe, both feature the world premiere of dimmable windows using Research Frontiers' (NASDAQ: REFR) SPD-SmartGlass technology. These electronically dimmable smart windows, which the companies expect to dramatically improve the RV passenger experience, were supplied by Vision Systems, a licensee of Research Frontiers.

Vision Systems' smart windows using SPD-SmartGlass technology may be installed on RVs of all types. By enabling users to precisely control the amount of daylight and glare coming through windows, passengers can touch a button and instantly tune the tint to a comfortable level while continuing to enjoy views, rather than blocking their view with a shade. These smart windows can be controlled directly by the passengers, through a centralized control panel, or automatically with integrated light sensors. The system delivers other benefits including a cooler interior due to remarkable thermal insulation properties, and a quieter interior due to acoustic insulation properties.

This week in Dusseldorf, visitors are able to experience Vision Systems' Nuance V2, the company's second generation of SPD-Smart EDWs. According to Vision Systems, Nuance V2 provides superior optical quality, with clarity close to 100 percent and haze less than 3 percent.

Knaus is a leading manufacturer of motorhomes, caravans (trailers) and camper vans in Europe. The company achieved sales greater than 410 million euros in fiscal year 2016. With over 1,500 employees, the company manufactured 16,366 caravans and motorhomes in 2016. The world premiere of a floor-to-ceiling panoramic SPD-Smart Nuance V2 EDW, supplied by Vision Systems, is being featured on a full caravan at Caravan Salon 2017.

Lippert Components is a world-leading supplier of premium components including to the recreational vehicle industry, with 52 manufacturing and distribution facilities located throughout the United States, Canada and Italy. Lippert supplies a broad array of components for the leading original equipment manufacturers of vehicles including recreational vehicles, buses, trucks, and trains. At Caravan Salon 2017, visitors can experience a large SPD-SmartGlass dimmable window demonstrator supplied by Vision Systems.

When compared to conventional automotive glass, Mercedes-Benz reported that the use of SPD-SmartGlass significantly reduced the temperature inside the vehicle by up to 18 degrees Fehrenheit (10 degrees Celsius). This increases passenger comfort and reduces air conditioning loads, saving fuel and reducing CO2 emissions. SPD-SmartGlass delivers other benefits to the living space in an RV, including acoustic insulation, elimination of blinds or pleated shades (reduced cleaning, rattling of shades and a general reduction in interior noise) and keeping an unoccupied RV cooler. The SPD-SmartGlass achieves its maximum heat-rejection state when the RV is parked, turned off and no power is consumed.