German-based Knaus Tabbert GmbH, one of Europe’s leading RV manufacturers, has invested $15 million in the expansion and modernization of its plants to accommodate new production technologies.
“We want to be a trendsetter in the caravaning industry in the future,” said Gerd Adamietzki, managing director of Knaus Tabbert, explaining the high investment amount.
In addition, the company announced the introduction of the KNAUS Travelino lightweight towable RV that was planned for this summer would be postponed by about nine months.
According to Knaus Tabbert, the Travelino uses extremely light materials with a paper honeycomb core. Despite their clearly lower weight these materials ensure better stability than conventional sandwich components.
The interior focuses on flexibility, include a bathroom that can be enlarged when required, and a slidable wardrobe can be pushed into the washing room at night.
“The Travelino represents our new understanding of lightweight-construction, which as of now is anchored in the DNA of every single product,” said Adamietzki. “This also is why it is so important for us to take sufficient time for this. For us this lightweight construction project opens new possibilities with respect to production and assembly technologies, which will have a positive effect on costs and on flexibility and quality, and in addition offer considerable potentials relating to the transfer of these benefits also to other products of our company. These technologies of course will be included in our plant planning.”
All the new models, including the KNAUS, TABBERT, WEINSBERG and [email protected] brands, will be presented at the Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf running Aug. 29 through Sept. 6.