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 .

Eastman Invests in Paint Protection Technology

Wed May 22, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

155854012587770.pngEastman Performance Films, LLC, is investing in leading edge, 3D scanning technology for paint protection film patterns. The company says next-generation enhancement will transform the process of pattern development at Eastman, realizing previously unattainable levels of speed and accuracy with this innovative technique.

Deployment of 3D scanning technology and technique into Eastman’s global team of pattern designers will rapidly elevate their current database of paint protection film patterns. The rate of new model and trim additions to the database will be accelerated with improved precision.

Without ever having to touch the surface of a vehicle, this innovative 3D scanning technology uses lasers to capture the shape of any vehicle as flexible data that is quickly converted into a 2D template.

“The equipment is accurate within 7-8 microns in 3-dimensional space,” says Yancy Farrow, Eastman’s new product development and technology service manager. “To put that into perspective, the average diameter of a human hair is 75 microns. This level of precision helps ensure that the patterns we design, across the globe, are among the best fitting patterns from any manufacturer or marketer of paint protection film.”

Other investments recent company investments include an October 2017 launch of Eastman’s Pattern and Software Design Center; and the March 2018 completion of a state-of-the-art urethane extrusion line at Eastman’s plant in Martinsville, Va.