12 November 2004
12 November 2004
The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) announced the winners of its 2004 Innovation Awards at its 34th annual SPE Innovation Awards Program dinner held November 10 at Burton Manor in Livonia, Mich.
More than six hundred industry executives and trade media attended the premier recognition event for the automotive plastics industry, which honoured eleven significant industry innovations, engineering excellence, and two industry executives for their industry and lifetime leadership.
Key honourees included:
Grand-Award Winner: 2005 Ford Mustang – Door Panel With Integrated Acoustic Chamber
Engineering Excellence Award: Porsche Carrera GT
Executive Leadership Award: Jim Padilla, Ford Motor Company
Lifetime Leadership Award: Tom Moore, retired vice president, Liberty and Technical Affairs, DaimlerChrysler
Hall of Fame Award: Ford Escort Bumper Box Beam
The Grand Award, signifying “best-in-show,” was presented to Ford Motor Company for the 2005 Ford Mustang and its one-piece door trim with integrated acoustic chamber and subwoofer. The new 1 piece design provides significantly better audio performance and saves more than 18 pounds per vehicle.
The Engineering Excellence Award was given to Porsche for the development of a carbon fibre engine frame and ceramic matrix composite clutch plate on the 2005 Carrera GT.
“The engineering expertise demonstrated in the Porsche Carrera GT is outstanding,” said Cole. “Under the skin it is quintessentially Porsche, sporting an engine that exceeds 600 horsepower.” The combined chassis (monocoque design) and first-ever carbon fibre engine frame of the Carerra GT comprises the backbone of the car, which delivers chassis stiffness at an extremely low weight (45 lbs.) - a breakthrough for both motorsport and production vehicles; and remarkably, it meets worldwide regulatory standards. The carbon fibre engine cradle, when compared with alternative materials, offers significant weight savings and performance benefits. It is a key factor in the car’s outstanding occupant safety, accomplished through buffering the rear impact deformation needs. “This innovation, combined with the carbon fibre ceramic clutch, Porsche Ceramic Composite Clutch (PCCC), enables the engine to be positioned significantly lower in the vehicle which yields the ultra-low centre of gravity and allows this vehicle to be driven safely at high speed with astounding handling,” said Cole. “This innovative duo demonstrates the tremendous future that exists for the continued growth of plastics, not only in high performance cars, but throughout the entire automotive industry.”
Australian organisations Austrak, Laing O’Rourke and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) have joined forces to develop polymer composite solutions for bridge transoms in a $10 million project titled Polymer Composite Transoms for Rail Bridge Deck Replacement (CompTrans).
Composites One and the Closed Mold Alliance, along with more than 15 industry partners, will demonstrate the latest advancements in closed moulding and advanced processes for building real-life parts for marine, aerospace and other markets during CAMX 2018 in Dallas, Texas, US, on 16-18 October.
The X-Treme 32, the new all-round racer from G-Force Yachts, was built using Diab’s Divinycell HM core materials and the engineering expertise of Composites Consulting Group (CCG).