Editor’s Note: The following profile Lippert Components Inc.’s U.K. subsidiary appears on MobileRVing.com, a website hosted by Southeast Publications.
Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) has set up its first-ever U.K. subsidiary, LCI Industries UK. Based at Warrington in Cheshire, it will act as a distribution center for Lippert products. The move is a reflection of the ever increasing demand for slideout systems for campers and RVs throughout Europe, in which Lippert is a market leader.
RV holidays and ownership are becoming ever more popular. According to the U.K. National Caravan Council, 2017 saw a 7.1% increase in the sale of new RVs compared to the previous year, bringing the total number of vehicles on the road to around 555,00 towable RVs and 225,000 motorhomes. Visit England has estimated that around 50 million nights are now spent in RVs within the United Kingdom every year.
In view of this increasing RV useage, people are looking for greater comfort and versatility in their vehicles. More space is regarded as highly desirable, especially if traveling with a family or disabled persons who need extra facilities for wheelchairs. As a result, slideout options are attracting considerable attention at every motorhome show in the U.K. or on the continent.
“Slideout systems of all kinds have been available in the U.K. for several years,” says Jarod Lippert, vice president of marketing and public relations. “We see LCI UK as a gateway for U.S. products as the need arises. LCI is the largest manufacturer of this technology in the world with over 15,000 systems sold per week. We are also introducing several types of leveling and stabilizing systems for motorhomes, campers and caravans this year.”
Furthermore, in the U.S. Lippert supplies over $2 billion worth of OE parts and accessories; most of these are available through LCI UK. Many products such as doors, steps, bed lifts and some slideouts will be manufactured in Italy and most of the others come from the US.
“The exceptions are the products that may develop from our recent acquisition of Trend Marine in Norfolk, U.K. Trend is primarily a supplier to the super yacht market but there are some items that will crossover to the motorhome or RV industry,” reports Lippert.
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