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8 August 2022
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Knaus Tabbert announces the next generation of automated production of caravans using it Fibre Frame technology

Knaus Tabbert has announced the next generation of automated caravan production using the latest development of its Fibre Frame technology for a full-scale caravan, the new 2023 Knaus Azur.

The Fibre Frame technology production process creates a frame which is self-supporting, high-strength and ensures the best stability and durability. Knaus says it also offers significantly greater flexibility in floor plan and room design compared to the conventional method of building caravans. The bonding process also eliminates the need for screw connections.

The first model from the Knaus brand to use this technology is the 2023 Azur range and thus continues a model tradition that in the 1980s stood for the highest quality and most modern technology. The new 2023 Knaus Azur represents the third model in Knaus Tabbert’s long-standing development programme of this technology – first seen in the Knaus Travelino and Deseo.

The Azur’s frame consists of 22 fibre frame parts bonded together by a robot. In addition to the manufacturing technology, it is characterised by a UV-resistant and “self-healing” surface. Pressure marks and dents can disappear all by themselves through the effect of heat alone.

“The use of frame construction opens up numerous possibilities for us in the future. The technology contributes to greater stability and durability and thus also to greater value stability and sustainability of the vehicles. At the same time, the demands on precision are extremely high,” says Werner Vaterl, COO of Knaus Tabbert AG. “Following our claim as innovation leader in the industry, we have mastered this challenge and can now transfer it to series production.“

At the end of the caravan’s life, the frame design offers the advantage that the materials can be separated more easily and thus recycled. Knaus Tabbert is now bringing it into series production of caravans for the first time.

“Since 2012, we at Knaus Tabbert have been working intensively on alternative production methods. The Knaus Azur is already the third model, which we have brought to market readiness in frame construction. Compared to the predecessor models Knaus Travelino (2017) and Knaus Deseo (2019), the Knaus Azur is particularly impressive due to the further development of the manufacturing process, which is completely implemented in-house and does not require any solvents or screw connections on the outside,” adds Christian Kornexl, Head of Plastics and Composites at Knaus Tabbert.

The frame construction allows a very flexible interior concept and the integration of new, innovative equipment. The new Azur combines functionality, cosiness and innovative technologies. In addition to a awning rail integrated into the surface, contour lighting in the sidewall, the caravan also has its own lighting concept for the interior.