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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: AftermarketTransparent Lightweight Wind Deflector
Category: Body ExteriorPush-to-Release Exterior Serviceability Fastener
Category: Body InteriorRear-Seat Folding Head Restraint
Category: Chassis/HardwareFibreglass/Epoxy Composite Coil Spring
Category: EnvironmentalSeat Fabric From Recycled Materials
Grand Award & Category: MaterialsUltralight Class A Body Panels
Category: PowertrainHeated-Tip Fuel Injector
Category: Process/Assembly/Enabling TechnologiesImx Instrument Panel
Category: SafetyFloor Rocker Reinforcement
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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