Great Minds Think Light: The Altair Enlighten Award

The automotive industry's only award dedicated to lightweighting and sustainability celebrates a decade of innovation.

The Altair Enlighten Award honors the greatest sustainability and lightweighting advancements that successfully reduce carbon footprint, mitigate water and energy consumption, and leverage material reuse and recycling efforts. An award that garners interest from industry, engineering, policymakers, educators, students, and the public alike, the Enlighten Award showcases the latest and greatest technology innovations dedicated to sustainability.

The Altair Enlighten Award is presented annually in conjunction with the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). This year's Award was presented on August 2, 2022.

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Award Categories

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Sustainable Product

Winner (Product): Ford Motor Company
2022 F-150 Lightning

Runner Up (Product): Lacks Enterprises
Composite Wheel Technology

Winner (Material): Ford Motor Company
100% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) Ocean Plastic Wiring Harness Clips (PA6)

Runner Up (Material): Nucor Corporation
Econiq™, the World’s First Net Zero Carbon Steel at Scale

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Sustainable Process

Winner: Nemak
Recycled Materials for Sustainable Manufacturing and Product

Runner Up: ArcelorMittal
First Industrial Large Scale Hydrogen Direct Reduced Iron Test (H2 DRI Test)

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Module Lightweighting

Winner: BASF Corp., Toyota, and L&L Products
Toyota Tundra Second Row Seat Structure

Runner Up: Bocar Group
Toyota Tundra Rear End Post – Lightweight Design

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Enabling Technology

Winner: Shiloh Industries and General Motors
ShilohCore Acoustic Patch Laminate (APL)

Runner Up: Bionic Mesh Design GmbH
Lightweight Design without Compromises

Runner Up: Human Horizons
Integrated High Pressure Die Casting (HPDC) Rear Cabin

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Future of Lightweighting

Winner: McMaster University and Nemak
NemAlloy™, Novel Lightweight Automotive Aluminum Alloys

Runner Up: Adient Design & Technology
UltraThin Seating

Runner Up: Yanfeng International
Instrument Panel and Passenger Air Bag (IP PAB) Integration

Honorable Mention: csi entwicklungstechnik GmbH, AMC, BMW M, DITF
NaMiKo Biobased Automotive Center Console

2022 Altair Enlighten Award Winners

Every organization that wins the Enlighten Award joins a distinguished, trailblazing club. This year's winners - Ford, Toyota, BASF, L&L Products, Shiloh Industries, General Motors, McMaster University, and Nemak – are among the latest organizations to showcase the future of vehicle lightweighting and sustainability.

You can see a complete list of previous winners here

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Our 2022 Judges

Judging is conducted by an independent panel of judges, led by the Center for Automotive Research (CAR). CAR chairs the group of recognized industry experts to select the winning entries in all the categories.

Carla Bailo
Center for Automotive Research (CAR)

Harvey Bell
University of Michigan

Brian Brothers

Josh Brugeman
Fresh Coast Climate Solutions

Brian Daugherty
Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association

Ryan Gehm
Truck & Off-Highway Engineering Magazine, SAE International

Dr. Deborah Mielewski
Ford Motor Company

Gina Oliver
American Chemistry Council

Dr. Wolfgang Seeliger
Leichtbau BW GmbH

Chris Theodore
Theodore & Associates,
Automotive Industry Consulting

Dr. Frank Zhao
Tsinghua University