Ford Flex CUV to be honored at SPE gala

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) will honor Ford's crossover utility vehicle for its innovative use of plastics at its annual gala on Nov. 20 in Livonia, Mich.

The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE, Troy, Mich.) International has announced that it will honor Ford Motor Co. with its Vehicle Engineering Team Award for the automaker’s significant use of innovative plastics content on the new Flex cross-over utility vehicle (CUV). The honor, which will be bestowed at the 38th-annual SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala, Nov. 20, 2008, at Burton Manor in Livonia, Mich., will be accepted by Ford’s vice president of engineering, Paul Mascarenas, who oversees all engineering standards for car, truck, SUV, and cross-over utility vehicles for the company's Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury brands.

The Vehicle Engineering Team Award recognizes the technical achievements of teams comprised of automotive designers and engineers, tier integrators, materials suppliers, toolmakers, and others whose work – in research, design, engineering, and/or manufacturing – has led to significant integration of polymeric materials on a notable vehicle.  

The Ford Flex CUV features a number of innovative plastics applications, many of them
industry-firsts, such as: capless refueling system with mis-fuel inhibitor (MFI); satin-chrome decklid appliqué; injection molded crushable armrest with decorative grab handle; integrated refrigerator/rear floor console; integrated floor shifter/front console with a recycled SMA structure; integrated roof shade/auxiliary AC duct/headliner reinforcement; long glass polypropylene overhead console; integrally molded energy absorption features; acrylic appliqués with SecureCode invisible keypad
Speaking about the award, Paul Mascarenas, vice-president, Engineering said, "We are
delighted that Ford Motor Co. has been recognized in this way by this Society of Plastics
Engineers award. The whole team worked tirelessly to bring innovative thinking to the Flex
project and this honor for the entire engineering team is recognition of the hard work that has
gone in to the Flex."

This year’s SPE Automotive Innovation Awards gala will be held at Burton Manor in Livonia, Mich. Visit for more information.