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04-26-2016

SPE Announces Deadline of Automotive Innovation Awards

Members of the large team that developed last year's Materials category as well as Grand Award winner of the Automotive Innovation Awards Competition (© SPE)

The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has announced the dates, location, and theme for its 46th-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala, the oldest and largest recognition event in the automotive and plastics industries, and deadlines for the event's annual parts competition.

This year’s Awards Gala will be held Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at Burton Manor in Livonia, MI/USA, where winning part nominations (submitted by September 15, 2016) and the teams that developed them will be honored during an evening that celebrates automotive plastics innovation. The theme of this year's Gala will be "Plastics: Innovation in Motion".This annual event typically draws over 700 OEM engineers, automotive and plastics industry executives, and media. Funds raised from the 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.

During the competition phase of the event, dozens of teams made up of OEMs and suppliers work for months to hone submission forms and presentations describing their part, system, or complete vehicle module to support claims that it is the year’s "Most Innovative Use of Plastics." To win, teams must survive a pre-competition review and two rounds of presentations before industry and media judges. There is no cost to nominate parts. However, nominations that are accepted into the competition need to be presented (in person or via webinar) by their nominating teams during the first round of Automotive Innovation Awards Competition judging, September 29-30 in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Finalists from that round advance to a second presentation before a panel of Blue Ribbon judges made up of media, retired chief engineers, and other industry experts on October 10 (also in Auburn Hills). Winners of each part category, the Grand Award, Hall of Fame, and Lifetime Achievement winner will all be honored during the Automotive Innovation Awards Gala on November 9.

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