SPE Seeks Nominations for Automotive Innovation Awards

It’s that time again—time to start submitting nominations for the Society of Plastics Engineers’ (SPE®) 49th annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala. This is the oldest and largest recognition event in the automotive and plastics industries. This year’s awards gala will be held Nov. 6, 2019, at the Burton Manor in Livonia, Mich.

“Polymer technologies are advancing mobility by enabling mass savings, greater design flexibility, enhanced performance and more,” said Jeffrey Helms, global automotive director, Celanese Corp., the 2019 SPE Automotive Innovation Awards chairman.

During the competition phase of the event, dozens of teams made up of OEMs and suppliers work for months to hone submission forms and presentations describing their part, system or complete vehicle module to support claims that it is the year’s “Most Innovative Use of Plastics.” Nominations that are accepted into the competition need to be presented by their nominating teams during the first round of judging, Sept. 26 to 27. Finalists from that round advance to a second presentation before a panel of judges made up of media, retired chief engineers and other industry experts on Oct. 4, 2019. Current competition categories include:

• Additive Manufacturing
• Aftermarket
• Body Exterior
• Body Interior
• Chassis/Hardware
• Environmental
• Hall of Fame
• Materials
• Process, Assembly & Enabling Technologies
• Powertrain
• Safety

For more information about the SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Competition and Gala, go to www.speautomotive.com.