One sign of the slowly improving economy is an increase in automotive engineering innovation. The 2010 Innovation Awards Program sponsored by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) received 62 nominations, the most in recent years.
The entries included a range of fascinating technologies, including several game-changing designs focusing on plastics-enabled assembly that consolidates parts, improves quality, reduces use of fasteners and cuts tooling requirements. Entries came from Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Kia Motors, PSA Citroen, BMW, Hyundai Motors, Ferrari, and Subaru.
Conspicuously absent from the Blue Ribbon judging held today at the Ticona Technical Center in Auburn Hills, MI, were entries covering new technologies for the battery-powered Chevy Volt. GM decided to withhold technical data on the Volt until its public unveiling, which begins this week with introduction to the auto press.
The results of the judging will be made public at a gala awards ceremony Nov. 9 In Livonia, MI.