Applications Solicited for ACMA’s ACE and ICPA’s Pinnacle Awards

Winners of the 2011 Awards for Composites Excellence (ACE) and Pinnacle Awards included: A golf club using a carbon fiber-reinforced molding compound that will improve the game for players, from duffers to pros; a composites gas tank that is 57% lighter than steel and will increase vehicle performance and decrease the environmental footprint and a 100% post-consumer recycled glass countertop for eco-friendly construction.

These are just a few of the innovations and new technologies that were honored last year by the ACE Awards, hosted by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and Pinnacle Awards, hosted by International Cast Polymer Alliance (ICPA). The awards salute innovation in technology, design, manufacturing and product development.

Applications are being solicited for these prestigious awards—the industry’s premier recognition of product achievement. All entries will be showcased at COMPOSITES 2012 on the exhibit floor, which attracts top industry leaders and decision makers. The deadline for entries for the 2012 ACE and Pinnacle competitions is December 30, 2011.   

Submissions are sought in the following categories.

Design
•    Innovation in Green Composites Technology: The product that best exemplifies innovation that minimizes the environmental footprint of the product.
•    Most Creative Application: The product that demonstrates the use of composites materials to make a product that is imaginative, innovative and artistic.

Manufacturing
•    Equipment Innovation: The equipment, tooling or software that is designed to improve the manufacturing production, environmental sustainability or product quality and performance in composites manufacturing.
•    Process Innovation: The product that best exemplifies efficient manufacturing that contributes to overall product sustainability.

Market Growth
•    Composites Sustainability: The product that demonstrates an improvement in the environmental impact of a product in an application that supports the attributes of sustainability as defined by the products use phase in sustainable development.
•    Infinite Possibility for Market Growth: The product that demonstrates the potential to significantly increase the use of composites in existing markets or generate the greatest impact to open new and emerging markets for composites.

Pinnacle Award Categories
•    Cast Polymer Excellence: The product that demonstrates a creative application of cast polymer materials.
•    Cast Polymer Design: The product that demonstrates the potential to significantly increase the use of cast polymer products in new or emerging markets.

All ACE categories are open to manufacturers.  Academics, equipment suppliers, software developers and end-users are encouraged to submit to specifically applicable categories.  Manufacturers specializing in cast polymer should make submissions to the Pinnacle Awards.

For more information, visit: www.acmashow.org/awards.cfm

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