SPE announces date, theme for innovation awards gala

The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE, Troy, Mich.) International has announced that the date for its 38 th annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala, the oldest and largest recognition event in the automotive and plastics industries, will be Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, at Burton Manor in L

The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE, Troy, Mich.) International has announced that the date for its 38th annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala, the oldest and largest recognition event in the automotive and plastics industries, will be Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, at Burton Manor in Livonia, Mich.

This year’s theme is “Plastics: Vision 20/20,in recognition of the new corporate-average fuel-economy (CAFE) standards that automakers selling into the U.S. market will need to meet by 2020.

Maria Ciliberti, Global Automotive director, Ticona Engineering Polymers, and also the SPE Automotive Innovation Awardschair for 2008, said, "This year's InnovationAwardstheme highlights the kinds of innovation that plastics and composites offer OEMs as they work to meet the new 35-mpg CAFE standard for their future product lineups. An increased use of plastics on vehicles is a practical, proven and economical option for providing car buyers with higher fuel economy without sacrificing safety, comfort, or styling. This year's gala is certain to provoke new ideas in the minds of designers, engineers, and their management. Not only will the most innovative new applications on ’08 and ’09 vehicle models be on display, but we also will have displays sponsored by USCAR and the Department of Energy. We look forward to seeing you at the Awards Gala on November 20."

For more information about the Automotive Innovation Awards Competition and Gala,or to download nomination forms and rules, visit the SPE Automotive Division’s website at “www.speautomotive.com/inno.htm”:http:// www.speautomotive.com/inno.htm, or contact the group at (248) 244-8993, or write SPE Automotive Div., 1800 Crooks Rd., Ste. A, Troy, Mich. 48084.