The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®) will hold the 51st annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala, the oldest and largest recognition event (established in 1970) in the automotive and plastics industries. This year’s Awards Gala will be held Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at the Burton Manor (www.burtonmanor.net) in Livonia, Mich. Winning part nominations in 11 different categories, and the teams that developed them, will be honored with a “Most Innovative Use of Plastics” award. This year’s program will include a new category - “EV and AV Systems” – to recognize innovative polymer components for Electric and Autonomous Vehicles. Additional categories include: Additive Manufacturing, Aftermarket & Limited Edition/Specialty Vehicles, Body Exterior, Body Interior, Chassis/Hardware, Environmental, Materials, Powertrain, Process/Assembly/Enabling Technologies, and Safety. A “Grand Award” will be presented to the winning team from all category award winners.
An application that has been in continuous use for 15 years or more, and has made a significant and lasting contribution to the application of plastics in automotive vehicles, (nominations due by May 31, 2022) will be honored with a “Hall of Fame” award. Additional criteria for a HOF award is that the nomination be: game changing; very successful worldwide; innovative in materials, process and application; and still being used. The HOF committee consists of engineers, managers, executives, technical experts, SPE Fellows, SPE Honored Service Members and automotive industry technical experts having served at least 30 plus years in the industry.
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