Plastics engineer group’s show creates parts competition for OE and aftermarket

Jun 13, 2012

The organizing committee for the Society of Plastics Engineers’ Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (SPE ACCE) will hold its first parts competition at its show, Sept. 11-13 at the MSU Management Education Center, Troy, Mich.

One innovative composites application submitted by sponsors/exhibitors or automakers will be selected during closing ceremonies; a follow-up announcement describing the application and why it was selected will be released after the event.

Creig Bowland, senior research associate at PPG Industries, and the 2011 and 2012 SPE ACCE conference chair said, “We’ve seen our large-parts display area grow considerably over the past few years. This year, it just seemed to make sense to capture some additional detail on all those parts that were at the show and provide some recognition for the innovation we were seeing, especially since our theme this year is “Unleashing the Power of Design.”

There is no cost to nominate parts for the competition. Materials suppliers, molders and OEMs in any geography may nominate as long as the OEM gives permission. Parts may be on passenger cars or light trucks, original equipment or aftermarket, as long as they are already in commercial (series) production or will be in production by November 1, 2012.

“Nominations will be judged on the impact and trendsetting nature of the application,” Bowland adds, “including materials of construction, processing method, assembly methods, and other enabling technologies that made the application possible. Nominations should also emphasize benefits of design, weight and cost reduction, parts consolidation, functional integration, and improved performance.”

To nominate a part, companies are requested to download a nomination instruction form at speautomotive.com/comp.htm. Preliminary descriptions and photos about the application’s innovations are due Aug. 15 and should be e-mailed to ACCEpapers@speautomotive.com. Physical parts must be brought to and displayed at the SPE ACCE for final review by judges during a formal walk-through at a date and time to be announced.