Enlighten Award Past Winners

Enlighten Award Past Participants

Since its inception a decade ago, the Enlighten Award has showcased some of the industry’s finest innovations that reduce weight, minimize waste, and drive sustainability and reuse initiatives. The Enlighten Award is coveted by the world’s foremost manufacturers and boundary-pushing new startups alike – all determined in their goal to give rise to the future of vehicle lightweighting technology. Below you can explore and hear testimonials from past participants, runners-up, and winners in the most recent award ceremonies.

2021 Enlighten Award

In 2021, the Enlighten Award expanded beyond lightweighting to celebrate the greatest sustainability initiatives that reduce carbon footprint, mitigate water and energy consumption, and demonstrate exceptional material reuse and recycling efforts.

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American Axle & Manufacturing Electric Drive Unit (eDU)

Future of Lightweighting

Winner: American Axle & Manufacturing
Electric Drive Unit (eDU)

Runner Up: Shiloh Industries
Aluminum Curvilinear Laser Welded Blank

Honorable Mention: Dura Automotive Systems
Dura Modular EV Battery Tray

ArcelorMittal GI Fortiform® 980, The 3rd Generation AHSS

Lightweighting Enabling Technology

Winner: ArcelorMittal
GI Fortiform® 980, The 3rd Generation AHSS

Runner Up: JAC Group
JAC, SOL A5, Fastback Sports Car

Honorable Mention: US Steel
Body-in-White Assembly using U. S. Steel 980 XG3™ Gen3 AHSS

Stellantis, BASF, L&L Products 2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Composite Tunnel Reinforcement

Module Lightweighting

Winner: Stellantis, BASF, L&L Products
2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Composite Tunnel Reinforcement

Runner Up: Rassini Suspensiones
Lightweight Multi-Material Leaf Spring

Faurecia NAFILean Stif

Sustainable Process

Winner: Faurecia
NAFILean Stiff

Runner Up: Henkel, Nihon Parkerizing
PALLUMINA™ Metal Pretreatment Process

Magna International 2019 RAM 1500 Active Air Deflector and Grille Shutter

Sustainable Product

Winner (Component): Magna International
2019 RAM 1500 Active Air Deflector and Grille Shutter

Winner (Vehicle): Ford Motor Company
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

Runner Up: SAIC GM Wuling Automobile Co., Ltd.
Wuling Victory

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2020

Full Vehicle
Winner: Harley Davidson
Runner-up: Nissan

Future of Lightweighting
Winner: Marelli
Runner-up: Nissan

Lightweighting Enabling Technology
Winner: Mubea
Runner-up: DuPont
Honorable Mention: Mazda

Module
Winner: Toyota
Runner-up: ZF

2019

Full Vehicle
High Volume Winner: FCA US LLC
Low Volume Winner: Ferrari

Future of Lightweighting
Winner: Alba Tooling & Engineering, CSI Entwicklungstechnik, Automotive Management Consulting GmbH

Lightweighting Enabling Technology
Winner: Material Sciences Corporation
Runner-up: DSM Engineering Plastics, General Motors, Cikautox Group, HENN GmbH & Co KG

Module
Winner: ZF
Runner-up: Continental Structural Plastics and General Motors

2018

Full Vehicle
Winner: General Motors

Future of Lightweighting
Winner: American Axle & Manufacturing

Lightweighting Enabling Technology
Winner: Asahi Kasei Corporation, Mazda Corporation
Winner: Sika Automotive
Winner: United States Steel Corporation

Module
Winner: BMW Group

Enlighten Award Interviews

Toyota

Toyota won the module category of the 2017 Altair Enlighten Award for its carbon fiber reinforced plastic closure panels used on the 2017 Prius Prime liftgate and the 2017 Lexus LC side and luggage doors.

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Ford Motor Company

John Viera, Global Director, Sustainability and Vehicle Environmental Matters at Ford Motor Company, gives his thoughts on the relationship with Altair and its importance as the company continues to drive down vehicle weight.

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Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover won the 2014 Altair Enlighten Award for the development and implementation of its premium lightweight architecture design concept on the latest Range Rover vehicles.

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Cadillac

Cadillac’s entry was one of twenty-one finalists that competed for the 2016 awards, winning the Full Vehicle category for its strategic approach to weight reduction.

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