Ford Motor Co. took home the top award for its entry in the body exterior category, the structural front-end module with 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.
SPE honored General Motors Co. with the Vehicle Engineering Team Award for its "significant use of innovative plastic content" on the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse, the society said. The team used thin-wall, long glass fiber-reinforced polypropylene on the floor console carrier and launched what the automaker said is the "first serial production" nylon clevis bracket. The use of plastics and components contributed to performance enhancements, weight savings and improved fuel economy.
GM also took home the Hall of Fame award for the thermoplastic polyolefin skin used on the instrument panel on the 2000 Pontiac Bonneville. In 1999, GM won SPE's Most Innovative Use of Plastics Award in the body interior category for its use of TPO on instrument panels.
As previously reported by Plastics News, Suresh Shah, a retired senior technical fellow at Delphi Corp. (formerly General Motors Co.'s automotive components group), was recognized as the society's Lifetime Achievement Award winner.
Other category winners are as follows:
GM for the twin-sheet thermoformed integrated floor bedliner divider on the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado pickup. PendaForm Corp. supplies the system and tooling, using TPO material from A. Schulman Inc.
BMW AG for the instrument panel carrier on the 2017 Mini Countryman. The carrier is produced with long glass fiber-reinforced PP, using injection molding and structural chemical foaming with a core-back process to achieve low volatile organic compound emissions. International Automotive Components Group supplies the system, using material from Sabic and tooling from Christian Karl Siebenwurst GmbH & Co KG.