SPE expands ACCE parts competition

This year’s Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition will feature winners in three categories: Body Exterior, Body Interior and People’s Choice.

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The organizing committee for the SPE (Troy, Mich., USA) Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) announced on July 30 that it will hold its second parts competition at this year’s show, Sept. 11-13, 2013, in Novi, Mich., USA.

Expanding on last year's single award, the 2013 contest will recognize one winner in each of three categories: Body Exterior and Body Interior (with each winner selected by members of the SPE ACCE committee), and People's Choice (selected by conference attendees). Winners will be announced and will receive recognition and a trophy during 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 in 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 can be found at speautomotive.com/comp.htm. Preliminary descriptions and photos about the application’s innovations are due Aug. 30 and should be e-mailed 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.

Nippani Rao, president, Rao Associates, who is the competition's co-organizer, says, “Last year's parts competition was a lot of fun, but judging was difficult since we had only planned to give one award. This year we've expanded the contest and will give awards for both Body Interior and Body Exterior categories. And to ensure more conference attendees can participate, we have added a third category called the People's Choice award so all attendees can vote for their favorite parts. The competition will be an excellent way to showcase this year's theme of Composites: Lightweighting the Cars of Tomorrow."

Teri Chouinard, president, Intuit Group and the other competition co-organizer, adds, "Nominations will be judged on their impact and trendsetting nature, including materials, processing and assembly methods used. Nominations should also emphasize the benefits of design, weight and cost reduction, parts consolidation, functional integration, and improved performance."

For more information on the ACCE, visit speautomotive.com/comp.htm.