Powertrain Category Finalists Announced for 2016 #SPEInnovationAwards Competition


The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®) today announced the Powertrain Category finalists for its 46th-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition, the oldest and largest recognition event in the automotive and plastics industries. Nominations were first subjected to a pre-qualification review and then were presented before a panel of industry experts on September 29-30, 2016. That panel sent forward the most innovative nominations (category finalists) to the Blue Ribbon judging round, which was held October 10, 2016. Category and Grand Award winners selected during the Blue Ribbon judging round will be announced on the evening of November 9, 2016 during the 46th SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Gala.



Air Intake Manifold

OEM Make & Model: 2015 Volkswagen AG EA21 1.6L engines

Tier Supplier/Processor: Hua Tao Ltd.

Material Supplier / Toolmaker: SABIC / Not stated

Material / Process: SABIC G3135X PP / injection molding

Description:  This is the first air-intake manifold launched in China using 35% GR-PP to replace PA 6/6. The application provides 25-30% cost reduction and 15-20% molded-part weight reduction while retaining properties at high temperatures and improving weld strength, andNVH levels by 5 dB. Unique technology involving finer glass fibers and special sizing helps meet performance requirements. Parts are vibration welded.

Active Fuel-Management System

OEM Make & Model: 2012 General Motors Co. 5.3L V8 LH6 engines

Tier Supplier/Processor: Eaton Corp. Plc. / ITW Global Automotive

Material Supplier / Toolmaker: SABIC / Not stated

Material / Process:  Ultem 2310 polyetherimide (PEI) / injection molding

Description:  To boost fuel efficiency and reduce emissions on classic small-block pushrod V8 engines, an inexpensive and simple technology called active fuel management (displacement on demand) was developed. The efficient and precise electro-mechanical hydraulic system deactivates cylinder valves when power is not needed, then reactivates them when power is called for again. An important component of the system’s solenoid control valves is injection molded from 30% GR-PEI. The material is used for its high stiffness, creep resistance, thermal and chemical resistance, high knitline strength, and ability to be ultrasonically welded. The system improves fuel efficiency 5.5-7.5% and reduces cost 30% vs. metal.

2.0L GTDI Turbo Compressor Outlet Duct

OEM Make & Model:  2017 FCA Alpha Romeo Giulia luxury sedan

Tier Supplier/Processor: ABC Group, Inc.

Material Supplier / Toolmaker:  BASF Corp. / ABC Group, Inc.

Material / Process:  Ultramid Endure D5G3 BM PA 6/6 / 3D flashless blow molding

Description:  To meet more stringent fuel efficiency and tailpipe emissions requirements, engines increasingly are being downsized and turbocharged, but that raises temperatures and pressures that underhood components see during operation. For example, charge air ducts, which take air from the turbocharger to the throttle body, can see continuous-use temps as high as 220C and pressures as high as 207 KPa. Further, compact packaging space requires efficient designs. Switching to a heat-stabilized PA 6/6 capable of being 3D flashless blow molded reduced mass 30-40% and cost 20-25% vs. metallic designs.


Interested in attending this year’s event?  There is still time to buy individual tickets or tables of 10 seats. Register here.

For more information, see http://speautomotive.com/inno and http://speautomotive.com/awa .

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