In what could amount to a major breaking news story for the U.S. RV industry, China’s Yutong Bus Co. Ltd. has invited RV industry suppliers to a ”special meeting” next Tuesday (Aug. 3) in Elkhart to discuss the ”planned introduction of a new series of Class A motorhomes.”
The invitation was e-mailed to suppliers by Bill Horvath, a veteran of the U.S. RV arena who is listed as product manager of Yutong’s motorhome division, part of a major bus manufacturer based in Zhengzhou, China.
The invitation notes that there will be an introduction of the company, including a descriptive outline of the company’s products, a presentation on issues related to the international supply chain (payment, packaging, documentation, freight costs, timeline, etc.) and the importance of U.S. suppliers.
Private meetings will be scheduled for the remainder of the week, according to the invitation.
While there was no description of the new line in the invitation, a four-page spec sheet termed the ”original wish list” was included. It noted that the unnamed fiberglass-and-aluminum motorhome will have 28- to 30-foot floorplans on 22,000-pound GVWR chassis equipped with 250/280-hp Cummins or Navistar diesel engines.
Amenities will include solid-surface countertops, leather sofas and swivel rockers.
Interestingly, retail customers apparently will be offered $500 Wal-Mart gift cards and a $1,000 discount on airfare to China for factory visits.
Efforts to reach Horvath were not successful. No MSRP was stated in the invitation.
The Yutong website (www.yutong.com) describes the company as a large-scale industrial group mainly specializing in buses but also involved in construction machinery, automotive parts and components and real estate that is one of China’s top 500 enterprises.
The company’s 3.6 million-square-foot Chinese factory has a daily capacity of more than 170 unit buses, which makes Yutong ”the most technically advanced manufacturer of large and medium-sized buses around the world (becoming) China’s largest professional bus manufacturer with sales volume ranked second worldwide next to that of Mercedes-Benz,” according to the website.
Research and Markets, a Dublin, Ireland-based firm, has announced the addition of the “China Sourcing Report: Camping & Outdoor Gear” report to its offering.
China’s camping and outdoor gear industry is bracing itself for a difficult year as demand contracts amid the financial crisis that has hit the U.S. and spread over to other markets, the firm stated in a news release to promote the report.
“Amid this business climate, many companies will be shifting resources to focus more on the midrange segment. Efforts will be focused on portable designs that can make camping and related outdoor activities more convenient and enjoyable,” the research stated.
“Companies will also emphasize eco-friendly products with new models made of materials containing lower levels of heavy metal and other substances harmful to the environment. For portable lighting products and other electrical devices, more-efficient batteries and other components that can provide greater energy savings will be employed.”
This report includes:
- In-depth profiles of 17 major suppliers with a comprehensive look at their product and pricing strategy, manufacturing and export capability, verified contact details, and more.
- 55 full-color images that depict popular camping and outdoor gear export models, complete with product descriptions, prices, minimum order requirements and delivery times.
- Verified supplier contact details of an additional 65 exporters, including names, e-mails, telephone numbers and websites.
- Results of the custom-designed supplier survey, which forecasts industry trends for the next 12 months.
- This report covers tents, sleeping materials, cooking equipment, picnicware, lights, optics, knives and other tools, compasses and fishing equipment.
For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/2c5486/china_sourcing_rep.