This year's Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive Innovation awards will include a new category this year, reflecting work done by the auto industry to help fight COVID-19.
The Industry Solutions for COVID-19 category still honors automakers and suppliers, but rather than honoring work on, say, a sports car, the winners will all be medical programs.
"The automotive plastics industry developed a number of extrordinary innovations for battling COVID-19," said Jeffrey Helms, global automotive director of Celanese Corp. and chairman of the 2021 awards. "Protective masks, face shields, clothing, medical supplies, ventilators and more were made possible or enhanced with plastics. We're looking forward to honoring our industry heroes who worked together to provide fast, efficient and effective solutions for COVID-19."
Finalists for the awards, to be presented Nov. 10, include multiple teams working on the Ventec ventilator system with General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co.'s all-plastic PAPR ventilation system and Ford's production of personal protective equipment and face shields. Two other projects involving PPE that were made using DuPont Tyvek and other nonwoven materials are also finalists.