SPE Issues Call for Nominations for 2016 ACCE Parts Competition

The organizing committee for the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) issued a call for nominations for its fifth-annual parts competition at the group's 2016 conference, September 7-9 in Novi, Michigan. Prizes for the Most Innovative Composites Application will be awarded in three categories ― Materials Innovation and Process Innovation (selected by media and members of the SPE ACCE planning committee), and People's Choice (selected by conference attendees) ― with winning teams receiving recognition and a trophy after lunch on the last day of the show.

There is no cost to enter the competition. Any registered conference participant (speaker, sponsor/exhibitor, or attendee) may nominate original equipment or aftermarket composite parts on passenger cars or light trucks from any geography. The only requirement is that parts must be on a vehicle available for commercial sale and that the vehicle producer must give permission. Nomination instructions may be found at www.speautomotive.com/comp.htm. Preliminary descriptions and photos about the application’s innovations are due July 30, 2016 and should be eMailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Physical parts must be brought to the SPE ACCE for final review by judges on September 7 during a formal walk-through at the show.

Last year, the Materials Innovation award went to the nomination jointly submitted by Bright Lite Structures, LLC and Huntsman Polyurethanes for the carbon composite chassis system on the Zenos E10 street-legal track car by automaker, Zenos Cars Ltd. The Process Innovation and People's Choice awards both went to the first composite coil spring on 2015 Audi A6 Avant 2.0-L TDI Ultra sedans by Audi AG nominated by Hexion Inc.

In 2014, the Body Exteriors award went to Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd., which nominated the carbon fiber-reinforced composite decklid made via the prepreg compression molding process on the Nissan GT-R supercar by Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. The event's new People's Choice award (chosen by conference attendees) went to then Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. (now Hexion Inc.) for its nomination of the lightweight carbon fiber-reinforced composite door structure with Class A appearance on the Porsche 911 GT Cup supercar produced by Porsche AG.

In 2013, Plasan Carbon Composites swept the competition in all three categories. The company's nomination of the hood for the Corvette Stingray sports car from General Motors Co., produced in carbon fiber-reinforced composites via Plasan's new out-of-autoclave pressure press technology, won the Body Exterior category. And Plasan won both Body Interior and People's Choice awards with its nomination of the engine X-brace on the SRT Viper from then Chrysler Group LLC (now FCA US LLC (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles)) produced in autoclave-cured carbon composites.

In 2012, the first year that the SPE ACCE featured a parts competition, Asahi Kasei North America won the Best Part award with its nomination of the twin-sheet thermoformed glass-reinforced polypropylene composite on the Ram Box assembly with lid for Dodge Ram pickups from then Chrysler Group LLC.

Held annually in suburban Detroit, the ACCE draws over 1,000 speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees and provides an environment dedicated solely to discussion and networking about advances in transportation composites. Its global appeal is evident in the diversity of exhibitors, speakers, and attendees who come to the conference from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia / Pacific as well as North America. Fully one-third of attendees indicate they work for automotive and light truck, agriculture, truck & bus, or aviation OEMs, and another 25% represent tier suppliers. Attendees also work for composite materials, processing equipment, additives, or reinforcement suppliers; trade associations, consultants, university and government labs; media; and investment bankers. The show has been jointly sponsored by the SPE Automotive and Composites Divisions since 2001. This year's show will be held September 7-9, 2016 at The Diamond Banquet & Conference Center at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi, MI 48374.

For more information, visit: www.speautomotive.com/comp.htm

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