2019 RVIA Economic Impact Study

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RVs Move America Economic Impact Study was released June 3, 2019 at the RVIA annual meeting.

It revealed the RV industry has an overall economic impact on the US economy of $114 billion, supports nearly 600,000 jobs, with more than $32 billion in wages, and pays more than $12 billion in federal, state, and local taxes.

The announcement was made by Garry Enyart, RVIA chairman, and Onan/Cummins Director of Mobile Generator Sales & Coach Care.

For more information on the $114 billion total economic impact and what it includes, click 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.