The Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive Division has selected the finalists for its 2017 Automotive Innovation Awards. Nine category winners and one grand winner will be announced during the society's 47th annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala Nov. 8 at Burton Manor in Livonia, Mich.
The nominated parts are on vehicle models in the 2016-18 calendar years. The award goes to the automaker.
This year's finalists are:
• General Motors Co. for a backlit chrome emblem on the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro sports car and the Silverado and Colorado pickups. Production requires the combination of a two-shot overmolded lens and two-shot light guide along with laser welding in one package. Windsor Mold Group and its automotive components division Emerick Plastics supply the system and tooling, using Sabic's Lexan polycarbonate and Arkema Inc.'s Plexiglas acrylic material.
• GM for the twin-sheet thermoformed integrated floor bedliner divider on the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado pickup. PendaForm Corp. supplies the system and tooling, using scratch-resistant thermoplastic polyolefin material from A. Schulman Inc.
• Ford Motor Co. for a structural front-end module with integrated loose-layer construction on the 2018 Expedition. The automaker said the part is "possibly the largest" two-shot injection molded module in production today. Magna International Inc. supplies the system, with glass fiber-reinforced polypropylene material from Celanese Corp. Integrity Tool & Mold Inc. supplies the tooling.
• GM for the headlamp light curtain on the 2016 Cadillac CT6 sedan. Hella KGaA Hueck & Co. supplies the system. Evonik Cyro LLC supplies the clear acrylic material, which features light-scattering properties for a larger illuminated area and better visibility.
• GM for the D-Optic LED headlamp on the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse. The headlamp features three large, vertically integrated lenses alongside six individual compact lenses, which are single-shot thick molded. Magna International Inc. supplies the system, using Arkema Inc.'s high-temperature Plexiglas acrylic material.