SPE Automotive Division Names Winners for 45th Annual Automotive Innovation Awards

17 November 2015

The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) have announced the category and Grand Award winners for its 45th-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition, the oldest and largest recognition event in the automotive and plastics industries.  

The Materials category winner was selected as this year's Grand Award winner, representing the year's most innovative use of plastics by a blue-ribbon panel of judges.

Category: Aftermarket
Transparent Lightweight Wind Deflector

  • OEM Make & Model: 2016 General Motors Corvette Stingray convertible sports car
  • Tier Supplier/Processor: Polytec FOHA / SABIC  
  • Material Supplier / Toolmaker: SABIC / Pace Machine Tool
  • Material / Process:  Lexan 9043 PC with Exatec 900 coating / CNC-trimmed sheet

Category: Body Exterior
Push-to-Release Exterior Serviceability Fastener

  • OEM Make & Model: 2015 Ford Motor Ford Mustang sports car
  • Tier Supplier/Processor: ITW Deltar Fasteners
  • Material Supplier / Toolmaker:  Ascend Performance Materials, LLC/ A&P Tool & M&M Tool and Mold
  • Material / Process:  PA 6/6 / injection moulding

Category: Body Interior
Rear-Seat Folding Head Restraint

  • OEM Make & Model: 2015 Ford Motor Ford F-150 pickup
  • Tier Supplier/Processor: Windsor Machine Group / Hawk Plastics
  • Material Supplier / Toolmaker: ExxonMobil Chemical / IRC Engineering
  • Material / Process:  PP copolymer / injection moulding

Category: Chassis/Hardware
Fibreglass/Epoxy Composite Coil Spring

  • OEM Make & Model: 2015 Audi AG Audi A6 Avant wagon
  • Tier Supplier/Processor: S. Ara Composite
  • Material Supplier / Toolmaker: Hexion / not stated
  • Material / Process:  Epikote epoxy + Fibreglass / modified filament winding

Category: Environmental
Seat Fabric From Recycled Materials

  • OEM Make & Model: 2015 Ford Motor Ford F-150 pickup
  • Tier Supplier/Processor: Johnson Controls /Sage Automotive Interiors
  • Material Supplier / Toolmaker: Unifi Manufacturing / not stated
  • Material / Process:  Repreve PET / Multiple

Grand Award & Category: Materials
Ultralight Class A Body Panels

  • OEM Make & Model: 2016 General Motors Chevrolet Corvette sports car
  • Tier Supplier/Processor: Continental Structural Plastics
  • Material Supplier / Toolmaker: Continental Structural Plastics / Century Tool & Gage, Paragon Die & Engineering
  • Material / Process: TCA Ultra Lite SMC / compression moulding

Category: Powertrain
Heated-Tip Fuel Injector

  • OEM Make & Model: 2015 Honda Motor Honda Fit subcompact and City sedan
  • Tier Supplier/Processor: Delphi Powertrain
  • Material Supplier / Toolmaker: DuPont Automotive / Coltelleria Baldi
  • Material / Process:  Zytel HTN54G35EF BKB336 PPA / injection moulding

Category: Process/Assembly/Enabling Technologies
Imx Instrument Panel

  • OEM Make & Model: 2014 Hyundai Motor Group Hyundai i20 supermini
  • Tier Supplier/Processor:  Hyundai-Mobis / HanilEhwa
  • Material Supplier / Toolmaker: Hanwha L&C / Hyundai-Motor
  • Material / Process:  Multiflex 3202 TPO / compression-injection moulding

Category: Safety
Floor Rocker Reinforcement

  • OEM Make & Model: 2015 FCA US Jeep Renegade SUV
  • Tier Supplier/Processor:  Proma Group / Redstamp
  • Material Supplier / Toolmaker: SABIC / Redstamp
  • Material / Process:  Noryl GTX 910 MPPE/PA / injection moulding

According to SPE, the Category and Grand Award winners were selected from the finalists during the Blue Ribbon judging by a group of journalists, academics and retired industry chief engineers and were announced at the Automotive Innovation Awards Gala on 11 November 2015 at Burton Manor in the suburbs of Detroit, US.

SPE says its Automotive Innovation Awards Program is the oldest and largest competition of its kind in the world. Dozens of teams made up of OEMs, tier suppliers, and polymer producers submit nominations describing their part, system, or complete vehicle and why it merits the claim as the Year’s Most Innovative Use of Plastics. This annual event typically draws over 700 OEM engineers, automotive and plastics industry executives, and media. As is customary, funds raised from this event are used to support SPE educational efforts and technical seminars, which help educate and secure the role of plastics in the advancement of the automobile.


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