The 2014 Award was covered by more than 350 publications and news outlets across the world. Publications included: Wards Auto, The Auto Channel, Industry Week, TenLinks Daily, Plastics News, Desktop Engineering, Automotive Design & Production.
The winner of the Award will be featured in dedicated, full page advertising in the automotive heartlands of the US and Germany. Placements include SAE Automotive Engineering International and Automobil Industrie.
Collect the award from the world renowned Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminar in Michigan; an event attended by the world's most prominent automotive OEMs and suppliers.
Take back a physical award that represents your team's achievements. Use the award to demonstrate your expertise to the industry and attract new talent to your organization.
The 2014 Altair Enlighten Award was won by Jaguar Land Rover for its approach to sustainability. Its lightweight vehicle strategy takes a holistic approach to CO2 reduction, linking strategies of weight reduction in the body and chassis systems to powertrain and related secondary weight savings, while maximizing recycled material use and lowering energy consumption during the manufacturing stage.
BASF Corporation won the inaugural Altair Enlighten Award competition for the development of its thermoplastic composite front seat pan, manufactured for use in the OPEL Astra OPC model passenger car. BASF used virtual simulation technology to identify where material could be removed from the seat pan without negative impact to performance, allowing the weight of the component to be lowered by 45 percent (1.5kg to 0.8kg) compared to the original design.
This BETAMATE™ two-part epoxy structural adhesive is an industry-first material engineered to enable a new automated robotic process for untreated aluminum bonding.Download factsheet
Crash Durable Adhesive (CDA) from Dow Automotive provides a reliable joining solution for multi-material designs enabling OEMs to use advanced ultra-lightweight materials to reduce weight and improve fuel economy.Download factsheet
This part is an instrument panel retainer molded at 2.0 mm material thickness in long glass fiber polypropylene (LGFPP) composite resin.Download factsheet
Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) supplies the doors, fenders, quarter panels and hatch on the 2014 C7 Coupe; and the doors, fenders, quarter panels and deck lid on the C7 Convertible. These Class A body panels are all manufactured utilizing our propriety mid-density Tough Class A SMC (TCA Lite) for the outer panels.Download factsheet
Class 8 highway tractor tandem rear air suspension frame bracket. The previous casting design weighed 39 lbs. whereas the new casting design weighs 30 lbs., a 23.1% decrease in weight.Download factsheet
The component is a full-load carrying, all-thermoplastic, structural front end carrier with no additional metal reinforcements. Features integrated into the carrier are the radiator and hood latch mounting points as well as the attachments for the headlamps, hood bumpers, anti-theft system and air ducts.Download factsheet
The connecting rod is part of the engine combustion system. It transfers the resulting forces of the combustion energy from a translational (up and down) movement into rotational movement of the crankshaft. The lighter the masses the better the impact on friction and fuel consumption.Download factsheet
Engine mounts form an indispensable part of the powerhouse of an automobile. A lighter engine mount can help to achieve better fuel economy and lower emission levels, thereby improving overall engine performance.Download factsheet
Front lower suspension control arm for a passenger car. Stamped clamshell design with forged ball joint housing and handling bushing pin.Download factsheet
ShilohCore Acoustic Panel Laminate (APL) Front of Dash Panel. Weight saving between 1 and 2kg (2.2 and 4.4 lbs) for a dash panel application, depending on the alternative damping treatments that are being replaced.Download factsheet
Honda has designed the industry's first single-piece hot stamped Side Opening Panel Reinforcement (Door Ring) that contributed to significant weight reduction and improved safety and fuel economy performance of the 2014 Honda Acura MDX.Download factsheet
Carbon Fibre Composite roof for the 2013 Viper GTS that is both structural and Class A. This component also satisfies FMVSS rollover requirements without additional metallic structural components.Download factsheet
The main function of the steering wheel is to transmit the torque from the driver to the vehicle. It will also support (without fracture) and contain driver air bag cushion during deployment and occupant ride down. The armature has a hub, a rim surrounding the hub, and radial spokes extending between the hub and the rim.Download factsheet
Lightweighting technology: 65 percent weight savings with composite leaf springs manufactured at Benteler-SGL by using Henkel's Loctite matrix resin.Download factsheet
All new chassis for 3-row unibody CUV. The chassis consists of suspension, wheels, tires, axles, hubs, bearings, propeller shaft, brake systems, engine mounts, engine cradle and rear subframe, steering system, mechanical controls, fuel, and exhaust systems.Download factsheet
The Mack Twin Y is a trailing arm style suspension featuring two stamped high strength steel blades which clamp the top and bottom surfaces of the axle.Download factsheet
Vehicle body systems consists of several sheet metal panels of different sizes. Panels are stamped and welded together using spot weld, seam welding, etc to form a cabin structure used for passenger seating. Achieving higher stiffness with lesser weight is the major design challenge here in the body system.Download factsheet
The crankcase is one of the critical components of an engine. It houses the cranktrain, connecting rod and piston. It carries the loads generated by combustion, inertia loads from rotating and reciprocating components of engine. It is a major contributor for weight of the engine.Download factsheet
The Chameleon is a one piece full size cargo van partition with console. It is molded from High Impact ABS and designed to keep the cab cool or heated by sealing off the cargo area and providing protection for the occupants from flying objects.Download factsheet
Automotive industry engineers and product developers are pushing the boundaries of technology for better vehicle efficiency, performance, safety, and comfort. Increasingly stringent fuel economy, emissions and safety regulations, and the ongoing challenge of adding customer-pleasing features while reducing cost, are driving this development.
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