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11/18/2013 | 2 MINUTE READ

SPE Automotive Div. names 2013 award winners

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The SPE Automotive Div.'s annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala was held Nov. 6 in Livonia, Mich., USA, and presented winners in eight categories.

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For the 43rd consecutive year, members of the SPE Automotive Division's (Troy, Mich., USA) board of directors and guests from the global automotive and plastics industries gathered to honor the year's most innovative use of plastics in ground transportation at the SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala. More than 700 people attended the annual banquet on Nov. 6, 2013, at Burton Manor in Livonia, Mich., USA, to learn which applications in this year's Automotive Innovation Awards Competition won awards in eight categories, and which category winner was also named the Grand Award winner, the most prestigious honor of the evening.

Winners survived a prequalification round as well as presentations before a panel of industry experts on Sept. 26 and 27. Finalists from that round presented before a Blue Ribbon panel of judges on Oct. 7, where category and Grand Award winners were selected. This year's Body Exterior category winner was also voted the Grand Award winner. Other winners were as follows (details on all of this year's nominations can be found at speautomotive.com/Awards%20Modules/2013Awards/Home.html.

GRAND AWARD & CATEGORY WINNER: Body Exterior, ALL-OLEFINIC LIFTGATE

  • OEM Make & Model: 2014 Nissan Motor Co. Nissan Rogue cross-over utility vehicle (CUV)
  • Material/Process: Hifax* TYC 1175P thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO, outer panel) & Mostran L5091-P long-fiber thermoplastic polypropylene (LFT-PP, inner panel)/injection molding

CATEGORY WINNER: Body Interior, THINWALL INSTRUMENT PANEL RETAINER

  • OEM Make & Model: 2014 Chrysler Group LLC Jeep Cherokeesport-utility vehicle (SUV)
  • Material Supplier/Toolmaker: SABIC/Windsor Mold Group
  • Material/Process: Stamax* 30YK270 PP/thinwall injection molding

CATEGORY WINNER: Chassis/Hardware, BUMPER ENERGY ABSORBER

  • OEM Make & Model: 2013 Ford Motor Co. Ford Fusion & Mondeo* sedans
  • Tier Supplier/Processor: Magna Exteriors & Interiors
  • Material Supplier/Toolmaker: SABIC/not stated
  • Material/Process: Xenoy 1103 polycarbonate (PC)/polybutylene terephthalate (PBT)/Injection molding

CATEGORY WINNER: Electrical Systems, ELECTRIC VEHICLE-BATTERY ENCLOSURE

  • OEM Make & Model: 2014 General Motors Co. Chevrolet Spark electric vehicle (EV)
  • Tier Supplier/Processor: A123 Systems LLC/Continental Structural Plastics
  • Material Supplier/Toolmaker: Cytec Industries Inc./Century Tool & Gage
  • Material/Process: Vinyl ester/Compression molding

CATEGORY WINNER: Materials, INSTRUMENT PANEL WITH INJECTION-MOLDED SKIN

  • OEM Make & Model: 2013 Nissan Motor Co. Nissan Sentra compact car
  • Tier Supplier/Processor: Calsonic Kansei Corp.
  • Material Supplier/Toolmaker: Asahi Kasei Chemicals/Calsonic Kansei Corp.
  • Material/Process: Sunvieo A7171 thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV)/Injection molding

CATEGORY WINNER: Powertrain, TURBOCHARGED AIR DUCT

  • OEM Make & Model: 2011 Audi AG Audi A4 & A5 sedans with 2.0L TDI & TFSI engines
  • Tier Supplier/Processor: Röchling Automotive
  • Material Supplier/Toolmaker: ZEON Corp./Röchling Automotive
  • Material/Process: Polyamide 6 and alkyl acrylate copolymer (ACM)/Suction blow molding

CATEGORYWINNER: Process/Assembly/EnablingTechnologies, PRESSURE PRESS TECHNOLOGY

  • OEM Make & Model: 2014 General Motors Co. Corvette Stingray sports car
  • Tier Supplier/Processor: Globe Machine Manufacturing Co. / Plasan Carbon Composites
  • Material Supplier/Toolmaker: Toray North America/Weber Manufacturing Technologies Inc.
  • Material/Process: Epoxy carbon fiber prepreg/New out-of-autoclave molding process

CATEGORY WINNER: Safety, SIDE AIRBAG COVER

  • OEM Make & Model: 2013 Ford Motor Co. Ford Fusion mid-size sedan
  • Tier Supplier/Processor: Autoliv Inc./Atlantic Precision Products
  • Material Supplier/Toolmaker: Mitsubishi/Great Lakes Mold & Engineering
  • Material/Process: TT914 CNP TPO/Injection molding

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