Probir Guha, who helped the growth of composites for auto body parts — starting with the iconic Pontiac Fiero body styling and continuing through pickup truck beds still in production — will receive the Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Automotive Innovation Awards and Gala event Nov. 2 in Livonia, Mich.
Guha spent much of his career at Budd Co., which later became part of ThyssenKrupp and Continental Structural Plastics. He also holds 179 patents.
His work in launching a structural glass fiber vinylester sheet molded compound for the Ford Explorer Sport Trac pickup box in 2000 won an SPE Automotive Innovation award in 2000.
Since retiring in 2021, Guha has formed a technology consulting company, Composites Innovations Inc., focused on lightweight materials and "smart composite technologies."
The first molded-in-color weatherable grille, used on the 1986 Volkswagen Golf, won the 2022 Hall of Fame for the SPE Automotive Innovation Awards. The grille used Luran S ASA from Ineos Styrolution.
To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, an auto part must have been in continuous service for at least 15 years and be broadly adopted in the auto industry.