Is there any other US company still producing? Round 2 occasionally re-releases old Lindberg and MPC kits, but is anyone in the US left to design anything new?
Some food for thought:
Many of us were deeply saddened when Hobbico went bankrupt due to declining sales, followed by liquidation with Revell/Monogram in US closed with employees released, with assets moved to Germany this year under Quantum Capital Partners, an international investment group. Major production by Revell Germany is thought to actually occur in Poland.
Serious financial problems for major hobby producers continue in other Western nations, too. You may recall that Airfix had been owned for 20 years by Humbrol (which also owned Heller for a time). Humbrol, originally the Humber Oil Company (Humber Oil became "Humbrol"), which became a paint company. Humbrol purchased both Airfix and Heller by 1986 and had been producing Heller and Airfix kits at the Heller factory in Trun, France. Humbrol collapsed financially in 2006 due to declining sales.
In 2006, Airfix and Humbrol paints were bought by Hornby, known for making model trains including popular "Thomas the Tank Engine". Heller was sold to a French jewelry manufacturer but is now owned by Maped, a French stationary company well known in the UK for mathematical instruments.
Airfix continued to design and package kits in the UK but Hornby outsourced Airfix manufacturing to India. The Airfix factory at Kingston upon Hull, UK, was demolished in 2008.
Hornby suffered a financial collapse due to declining sales just last year. London Stock Exchange rules required a mandatory takeover by Phoenix Asset Management 11 months ago. Hornby CEO Steve Cooke was forced to resign just last September as part of the takeover. The BBC attributed Hornby's declining sales and stock value collapse this way: "The major reason behind the decline Hornby declared was two fold, with the decline in the number of (now aged, and hence older) collecting customers, and a lack of interest in modelling as a hobby in light of the digitization and advancement of the internet games industry."
How big is the video game industry? 2015 revenue was reported as $91.5 billion, larger than the motion picture industry. Nearly half of all video game revenue is produced in Asia with China as the number one producer of video game revenue. Video game revenue growth is huge. For example, Indonesia was projected to see a whopping one-year revenue increase of 52% in 2016 alone. Thailand's video game revenue was up 42% in the same single year. That's right, just one year. See: https://newzoo.com/insights/articles/newzoos-top-100-countries-by-2015-game-revenues/
Asian plastic model kit manufacturers such as Trumpeter (Zhongshan, China), Tamiya, Hasegawa and Fujimi (all headquartered in Shinzuoka, Japan), Academy (South Korea and The Philippines), etc., seem to be doing much better than Western companies.
Interestingly, Hornby's major model railroading competitors included Bachmann Industries, originally founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but is now owned and headquartered in China. Its products are produced at a Chinese government-owned factory in Dongguan.
Hopefully, Airfix is doing better under Phoenix Asset Management ownership and that Revell Germany is doing better under Quantum Capital Partners.
See also: http://www.stockmarketwire.com/article/6017787/Hornby-losses-widen-as-revenue-slumps.html