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Welcome to the official web site of the HMA! The Hobby Manufacturers Association (HMA) was created in 2005 through the unification of three associations within the hobby industry: International Model Hobby Manufacturers Association, Model Railroad Industry Association, and Radio Control Hobby Trade Association. Our members consist of manufacturers from across the hobby industry - General Hobby, Model Railroad, Plastic & Die Cast and Radio Control


iHobby Expo attracts over 20,000 consumers in return to Chicago area

iHobby Expo, the nation’s largest trade and consumer show for the model hobby industry, returned to the Chicago area on October 3-6, 2013. On the consumer days of Saturday and Sunday 20,124 people packed the exhibition facility. This was the second largest consumer turnout in the show’s twenty-nine year history. It also represents a 50% increase in consumer attendance compared to the 2012 show held in Cleveland, Ohio.

The show featured exciting public attractions including a huge flying area for radio controlled planes and helicopters, a giant race track for radio controlled cars, a variety of highly detailed operating model railroads, a Thomas the Tank Engine riding train for kids, and an area where attendees could build their own models. The almost 300 booths of manufacturers, retailers, and distributors showcased the latest in hobby technology that makes model hobbies more fun than ever before.

Go to ihobbyexpo.com to read more about the 2013 event and next year’s dates…

2012 ESTIMATED SIZE OF U.S. HOBBY INDUSTRY IS $1.31 BILLION
March 26, 2013. The Hobby Manufacturers Association Board of Directors has just released the findings of its 3rd Size of the U.S. Model Hobby Industry Study which was conducted in the fall of 2012 and shows actual sales for 2011 and estimated sales for 2012.

"HMA member manufacturers and distributors reported that 2012 model hobby product sales were estimated to be $1.31billion as compared to 2010 estimated sales of $1.47 billion and actual 2011 sales of $1.265 billion," announced Fred Hill (The Coach Yard), HMA President. "The 2011 actual sales of model hobby products show a 9% decrease from the 2009 actual sales reported by survey respondents," added Hill. "However, respondents reported an estimated increase of 3% in projected sales for 2012 over 2011.

Click here to read the full Press Release


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Questions? Contact Heather Stolzfus – heather.stolzfus@hmahobby.org

 
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