Knaus Tabbert draws positive balance after its first year on the stock exchange


Knaus Tabbert AG, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of recreational vehicles, draws a positive balance after its first year on the stock exchange. “The initial public offering was an important milestone for the further development of our Group. With the proceeds from the issue of our shares, we have laid the foundation for further dynamic growth, such as the expansion of our production capacities, path-breaking innovations for our industry and the development of sustainable solutions for recreational vehicles,” comments Wolfgang Speck, CEO of Knaus Tabbert AG.


On September 23rd, 2020, the shares of Knaus Tabbert AG were traded for the first time in the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Notwithstanding a volatile capital market environment, 10 million shares were issued at a price of 58 euros at the time of the IPO, primarily to institutional investors in Germany and abroad. Since then, the free float has stood at around 35 percent.

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KRUG EXPEDITION PROJECT RHINO forms long-term partnership with South African wildlife conservation Nkombe Rhino

Today on World Rhino Day 2021, Austrian expedition truck manufacturer KRUG EXPEDITION and South African wildlife consideration Nkombe Rhino officially announce their collaboration. Its chief mission is to support wildlife conservation projects directly carried out by Nkombe Rhino.
A set portion of the proceeds from every KRUG EXPEDITION PROJECT RHINO lightweight-build 4×4 truck sold or rented directly benefit projects carried out by Nkombe Rhino.

Wildlife conservation is powerful. A new way of travelling is emerging.
KRUG EXPEDITION believes that tourism informed by conservation efforts, and carried out ethically and sustainably is the only way to ensure a thriving ecosystem. Working with Nkombe Rhino is based on a conscious decision, and a
chord that strikes with our philosophy… we deeply care about the environment.
Poaching an human conflict remain the biggest threats to the safety and wellbeing of wildlife throughout Africa. Alongside Nkombe Rhino’s vision, hopefully one day we will see wild and free-running rhinos with their magnificent horns, without ever being threatened to be killed for it.
‘Supporting Nkombe Rhino puts us where we need to be: front and center, doing everything we can to support every effort to save precious wildlife.

Nkombe Rhino_World Rhino Day 2021

Our involvement through our PROJECT RHINO trucks hopefully has long- term effects, and we are looking forward to this journey full of curiosity and with an open mind.’ Stephan Gorovoy, KRUG EXPEDITION PROJECT RHINO

At the 60th CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF, which was again held under special auspices due to the current COVID pandemic, satisfaction was great for all parties involved after ten exhibition days. Messe Düsseldorf and the Caravaning Industrie Verband e. V. (CIVD) draw a positive conclusion. Top-class business deals, outstanding contacts made with caravanning fans and trade visitors plus very disciplined attendees were the hallmarks of the first major general-interest trade fair in Germany, which drew to a close on Sunday. Summing up Erhard Wienkamp, Managing Director Operative Trade Fair Business at Messe Düsseldorf, says: “Attendance of 185,000 people has clearly exceeded our expectations. With this unique combination of business platform and caravanning festival CARAVAN SALON confirms its prominent position in the sector. The mood at the fair grounds and inside the halls was high. We are also very happy to note that visitors again endorsed our proven Hygiene Concept.” Compliance/monitoring of the VRT-rules worked well, he adds, and the mutual consideration of all people present at the exhibition centre was remarkable. Again the percentage of first-time visitors registered was very high at 41%. 653 exhibitors from 31 countries presented their innovations, novelties and trends to the caravanning sector in 13 exhibition halls and on the outdoor space.  

60th CARAVAN SALON

CIVD President Hermann Pfaff was also delighted with the results of CARAVAN SALON: “For its 60th anniversary CARAVAN SALON presented itself in top shape underpinning its status as the leading trade fair of the industry. At no other place can such a wide range of products, so many innovations and novelties be seen as in Düsseldorf. The ranges presented to visitors were not only versatile, informative and entertaining but also attractively staged. Gratifying here is not only the high turnout in total but also the fact that more and more newbies as well as many young families have visited the trade fair. Caravanning is the No. 1 form of holiday trending in 2021 and beyond. Individual, self-sufficient and flexible travelling has been very much “en vogue” not least since the COVID pandemic if not before. This means many exhibitors are returning home with order books filled as well as rarely before – and this across all product categories and vehicle classes. In brief: CARAVAN SALON 2021 was a huge success for all parties involved – trade fair company, exhibitors and visitors.”  

Equally thrilled with the results of the trade fair were the exhibitors at CARAVAN SALON who reported very good sales.

“We travelled to CARAVAN SALON in Düsseldorf with great anticipation. This year, we have brought along an especially large number of exciting innovations meeting with an overwhelming response with our customers. In the caravan segment our top-of-the-range model Hobby Maxia is a real customer magnet like the Excellent Edition that targets modern families. In the motorhome segment demand for campervans continues unabated while the partially integrated Optima De Luxe with a new design is also enjoying very positive feedback. Our BEACHY displayed on beach sand is definitely a highlight of the trade fair and is also going down very well with visitors. Both in terms of business and the extensive media coverage, CARAVAN SALON 2021 is a resounding success for us,” says Hobby CEO Holger Schulz.

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CARAVAN SALON Düsseldorf 2021

CARAVAN SALON with a great success story


60th birthday of the world’s leading trade fair for motorhomes, caravans and equipment


Since the first CARAVAN SALON was held in 1962 at Messe Essen, the development of the world’s leading trade fair for mobile leisure, now permanently held in Düsseldorf, has been impressive.
In 1962, 34,500 visitors attended the first CARAVAN SALON, where 61 exhibitors from eight countries presented caravans and accessories on 15,000 square metres exhibition space. The CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF in 2019 attracted over 270,000 caravanning enthusiasts. They were shown caravans and motorhomes, accessories, extension components, tents and travel destinations by 645 exhibitors from 31 countries, who occupied space of around 214,000 square metres in 13 halls and open grounds. These record numbers reflected the great enthusiasm for caravanning in society. Under normal conditions, a continuation of the success story could have been expected in 2020, but the Corona pandemic put the brakes on the world’s leading trade fair for motorhomes and caravans.

Caravanning very popular / Excellent sales and good atmosphere in the halls

After the first half of CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF (28 August to 5 September 2021) both organisers and exhibitors take satisfactory stock and can report great attendance figures for the first major general-interest fair in Germany: “Until Wednesday included we succeeded in welcoming more than 100,000 visitors to our exhibition grounds. The trade fair concept worked out extremely well. By consistently complying with the VRT rules (Vaccinated, Recovered, Tested) and thanks to the really mindful attitude of our exhibitors and visitors we have been able to moderately increase the original daily visitor quota of 20,000,” delights Michael Degen, Executive Director of Messe Düsseldorf, and goes on to say: “For the second weekend we recommend visitors to take to the Park & Ride lots in Düsseldorf and to use the Rheinbahn trams. Their online tickets include the free round trip by bus and tram in greater Düsseldorf.”

The outstanding climate in the caravanning industry was confirmed over the first five days of the trade fair. This is also reflected by a survey conducted by the Caravaning Industrie Verband e.V. (CIVD) among its exhibiting members.

For caravans three quarters of the manufacturers report a higher number of business deals closed than in the previous year – across the entire product range. The remaining 25% stated they had made sales at last year’s record levels. Hard to imagine but business was even better for motor caravans. Here, the overwhelming majority of 83% producers posted higher sales than in 2020. 30% stated that sales had “risen strongly”. The remaining suppliers so far registered results at 2020 levels. The mobile home segment also saw all vehicle classes benefit from this trend and compact models continued to sell especially well.

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CARAVAN SALON with a great success story 60th birthday of the world’s leading trade fair for motorhomes, caravans and equipment

Since the first CARAVAN SALON was held in 1962 at Messe Essen, the development of the world’s leading trade fair for mobile leisure, now permanently held in Düsseldorf, has been impressive.
In 1962, 34,500 visitors attended the first CARAVAN SALON, where 61 exhibitors from eight countries presented caravans and accessories on 15,000 square metres exhibition space. The CARAVAN SALON DÜSSELDORF in 2019 attracted over 270,000 caravanning enthusiasts. They were shown caravans and motorhomes, accessories, extension components, tents and travel destinations by 645 exhibitors from 31 countries, who occupied space of around 214,000 square metres in 13 halls and open grounds. These record numbers reflected the great enthusiasm for caravanning in society. Under normal conditions, a continuation of the success story could have been expected in 2020, but the Corona pandemic put the brakes on the world’s leading trade fair for motorhomes and caravans.
But in 2020, the CARAVAN SALON was also a great success, albeit under completely different basic conditions. Last year, it was the trade fair with the highest number of visitors worldwide within the Corona pandemic. A viable hygiene concept in close cooperation with the authorities with a prescribed minimum distance of 1.5 m, the use of face masks and hand sanitizer dispensers was necessary for the fair to take place. In addition, only a limited daily number of visitors could be admitted after prior online registration. Despite these restrictions, the 107,000 visitors ensure very good sales results and satisfied faces among the participating exhibitors. Especially in these extraordinary times, the CARAVAN SALON has underlined its special importance as an indispensable information and sales platform.
“Right from the start CARAVAN SALON was conceived as a new products and innovations event. It now plays this role not only for the premieres of the new generation of vehicles, but also for all important innovations in the supplier and accessories industry. This is also reflected in the sharp increase in the number of trade visitors from all over the world, making this fair the only international event in the industry. The CARAVAN SALON was and is the most important indicator for trends in the caravanning industry,” says Stefan Koschke, Project Director of the CARAVAN SALON.


History of CARAVAN SALON:
In 1962 the first CARAVAN SALON, which was initiated by the industry and retail as their own autumn trade fair, lasted five days. The camping exhibition in spring, in which caravans were just one exhibit among many, was no longer sufficient to the growing industry as a platform. In addition, the industry wanted to exhibit and place orders in autumn, so that the vehicles could be delivered right on time for the new season in spring. The initiators of CARAVAN SALON got the inspiration for the new trade fair’s name from an event in London’s Earls Court as the new premiere trade fair was to be international. The organizers were the German Camping Club (DCC – Deutsche Camping-Club) and the Association of German Caravan Retailers and Importers (Verband Deutscher Wohnwagen-Händler und –Importeure).
The response to the new trade fair was so good, that after the second event was held in 1963, which also lasted five days, it was already regarded as the largest European event of its kind. Almost all the standard European caravan models were represented, and in total there were around 250 caravans and mobile homes on display. In 1964 the trade fair’s duration was for the first time extended to 9 days and two weekends. At this, the third trade fair, a considerable number of foreign visitors were already registered.

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