Winners of the 44th SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Competition Announced
The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) announced the category and Grand Award winners of its 44th-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition, the oldest and largest recognition event in the automotive and plastics industries. Winners were honored at the group's 44th-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala held at Burton Manor in Livonia, Mich. in the Detroit suburbs on November 12. The Safety category winner also was the event's Grand Award winner selected by a panel of Blue Ribbon judges as the year's Most Innovative use Plastics.
- Category Winner Body Exterior: Panoramic Sunroof Frame
OEM Make & Model: 2015 Hyundai Motor Group Kia Sorento cross-over utility vehicle (CUV)
Tier Supplier/Processor: Inalfa Roof Systems Korea
Material Supplier / Toolmaker: GS Caltex Corp./ Hyundai Motor Group
- Category Winner Body Interior: Second-Row Seat Back
OEM Make & Model: 2015 Ford Motor Co. Ford* Mustang* sports car
Tier Supplier/Processor: Continental Structural Plastics Inc.
Material Supplier / Toolmaker: Hanwha L&C / Century Tool & Gage
- Category Winner Chassis & Hardware: Co-Extruded Thermoplastic Coolant Tube
OEM Make & Model: 2015 Renault Group Renault* Twingo* city car
Tier Supplier/Processor: Tristone Flowtech
Material Supplier / Toolmaker: DuPont Automotive / not stated
- Category Winner Environmental: Cellulose Fiber Composite Console Armrest
OEM Make & Model: 2013 Ford Motor Co. Lincoln* MKX* luxury CUV
Tier Supplier/Processor: Johnson Controls, Inc.
Material Supplier / Toolmaker: Weyerhaeuser NR Co./ not stated
- Category Winner Materials: Metallic Appearance Finish Panels
OEM Make & Model: 2015 Ford Motor Co. Ford Mondeo sedan
Tier Supplier/Processor: International Automotive Components Group (IAC) / Key Plastics Löhne GmbH
Material Supplier / Toolmaker: Samsung Chemical / Michael Tool & Mold Ltd.
- Category Winner Powertrain: Crankshaft Cover with Integrated Oil Seal
OEM Make & Model: 2014 Volkswagen AG MDB engine platform
Tier Supplier/Processor: Kaco GmbH + Co. KG / Engel Austria GmbH
Material Supplier / Toolmaker: DSM Engineering Plastics B.V. / Elmet GmbH
- Category Winner Process, Assembly & Enabling Technologies: Single-Collimator Molded LED Lens
OEM Make & Model: 2015 Ford Motor Co. Ford F-150 pickup
Tier Supplier/Processor: Ventra Plastics Div. of Ventra Group Inc. & Flex-N-Gate Corp. / DBM Reflex
Material Supplier / Toolmaker: Bayer MaterialScience / DBM Reflex
- Category & Grand Award Winner Safety: Active Glove Box
OEM Make & Model: 2015 Ford Motor Co. Ford Mustang sports car
Tier Supplier/Processor: Faurecia
Material Supplier / Toolmaker: Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. & Advanced Composites, Inc. / Extol, Inc.
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