SPE calls for nominations for 2015 ACCE parts competition

SPE's Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE), Sept. 9-11, seeks nominations for automotive composite parts in one of three categories.

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The organizing committee for the SPE (Troy, MI, US) Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) has issued its annual call for part-competition nominations for the Most Innovative Composites Application as part of the group's annual event, Sept. 9-11, 2015, in Novi, MI, in the Detroit suburbs.

Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Materials Innovation and Process Innovation (selected by members of the SPE ACCE planning committee), and People's Choice (selected by conference attendees), with winning teams receiving recognition and a trophy after lunch on the last day of the show.

There is no cost to enter the competition. Any registered conference participant (speakers, sponsors/exhibitors, or attendees) may nominate original equipment or aftermarket composite parts on passenger cars or light trucks from any geography. The only requirement is that parts must be on a vehicle available for commercial sale and the OEM must give permission.

Nomination instructions may be found at speautomotive.com/comp.htm. Preliminary descriptions and photos about the application’s innovations are due Aug. 30, 2015, and should be emailed to ACCEpapers@speautomotive.com. Physical parts must be brought to the SPE ACCE for final review by judges during a formal walk-through at the show.

Last year, the Body Exteriors award went to Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd. (Tokyo), which nominated the CFRP (carbon fiber-reinforced plastic) decklid made by prepreg compression molding process featured on the Nissan GT-R supercar by Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., and the event's new People's Choice award (chosen by conference attendees) went to then Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. (now Hexion Inc., Columbus, OH, US) for its nomination of lightweight carbon fiber door structure with Class A appearance on the Porsche 911 GT Cup supercar produced by Porsche AG.

Held annually in suburban Detroit, ACCE draws more than 900 speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and attendees and provides an environment dedicated solely to discussion and networking about advances in transportation composites.