10 August 2003
10 August 2003
The Composites Fabricators Association (CFA) is calling on industry manufacturers to put up one or more of their finished products for this year’s Awards for Composites Excellence (ACE) competition, an event held each year at CFA’s annual convention.
“Through the years, we have seen some very creative and truly innovate entries that have challenged the traditional materials’ world,” says CFA Executive Director Missy Henriksen. “The purpose of this awards program is to give notoriety and purpose to creativity and risk, and to further distinguish the intrinsic benefit of composites over other material applications, like wood and steel.”
AOC and Composites One teamed up to sponsor six of the eight awards: The Best of Show; People’s Choice; Creative Application; Market Expansion; Process Innovation; and Quality in an Open Molded Part. Plasticolors will sponsor the award for Color Innovation and Ashland Specialty Chemical will sponsor the Technical Innovation for Corrosion Application award. Entries are displayed in a highly trafficked area on the convention exhibit hall floor and are subject every year to extensive trade press coverage. There is no entry fee for the ACE competition, and association members and non-members alike are encouraged to enter.
“We tried to cover all the bases, so that every aspect in product and process can be recognized,” adds Henriksen. “Our panel of judges are renown independent industry experts, but if you want to challenge their judgment, we’ve turned one category, the People’s Choice Award, over to the convention attendees who can vote as they please. The whole contest really does extend the idea or archetype of the out-in-the-garage inventor that is indigenous to so many of our composites industry pioneers, the early home grown engineers who took chances on a new materials industry, started with nothing and made it work. Many of these award categories represent the same kind of thing, starting from scratch and finding a way to improve a product or process.”
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